In the end, to do a good accent, you just have to be a good listener.

-Abbey Lee Kershaw
Abbey Lee Kershaw

It's quite rare that you find models taken care of backstage.

Abbey Lee Kershaw
The chi of a room is important to me. If I walk into a hotel room and it doesn't feel right, I ask to change.
Abbey Lee Kershaw

Sure, we had to be skinny. I lived on Diet Coke and apples for two years. For the couture, we had to get up at 4 am to be sewn into the clothes and there was huge pressure to be thin. But I made a million dollars by the time I was 20, I bought a town house in Manhattan and put myself through Columbia. Does that make me a victim?

Abbey Lee Kershaw
I see potential in everything. It's about opening your mind to what you can do to the garment: because they're cheap, you can cut them or stitch them, and if you stuff it up, it's fine - it's only two dollars.
Abbey Lee Kershaw

Let's just say, if I weren't a model, I'd be a walking collage. I see my body as a blank canvas that's aching to be decorated; I find it all very fascinating.

Abbey Lee Kershaw
A lizard is a perfect pet for a model. They only need feeding once a fortnight. And I'm always travelling, so it's perfect. If I had a dog, it would drop dead of starvation.
Abbey Lee Kershaw

My favourite outfit was this black lace dress that I found in a vintage shop in Williamsburg, New York.

Abbey Lee Kershaw
I like my hands. They do most of the talking.
Abbey Lee Kershaw

It's because I have no sense of shame that I'm always willing to give things a go: I've ridden horses naked into the sea, I've climbed rocks, all kinds of things.

Abbey Lee Kershaw
I was always in hospital as a kid: I had a tumour on my knee, lots of broken bones. I loved climbing trees.