Hi Imogen, tell us – how did you get into the modelling business?
I was scouted when I was 12. I was in the mall, hanging out with my friends when an agent approached me!

Do you have any tips for models just starting out in the industry?
Be smart, professional and on time. And be nice!

What do you enjoy most about modelling?
Travelling is the best thing about modelling in my opinion – seeing new places and other cultures. Modelling can give young people travel opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have. I haven’t been to too many places, but Japan has been my favourite so far.

Where would you recommend to eat/shop there?
Its almost impossible to recommend one place to eat because there’s so many. BUT my favourite sushi train is Katsu Midori above the Seibu Department store in Shibuya. There’s almost always a queue but if you go at a weird time it goes pretty fast and it’s so worth it. Also the cooked Sweet potatoes you get from the supermarkets and Donquijote. Shopping wise, I like to go second hand shopping so Harajuku, Shimokitizawa and Koenji are cool neighbourhoods for shopping and walking around.

How do you spend your free time?
Drawing, being around my friends and if i’m overseas walking around familiarising myself.

How do you stay healthy and keep in shape?
I like veggies and exercise so it makes it easy.

Rize models: Imogen Gentles 1
Imogen Gentles on set at the Rize launch shoot.

Do you have a favourite up and coming/emerging fashion brand?
I got this top with line drawings of girls bums sitting on a bath while I was in Tokyo and I wear it almost everyday. It got to the point where i was told to ‘change my shirt’. It’s by ‘No Panties’ a little Japanese label.

How would you define your personal style?
A bit of everything. I dress like a boy a lot but I also love spring dresses. Comfort is key and I hate heels.

Whats next for you?
I was studying Architecture full-time last year at Auckland Uni but i’m planning on putting that on hold and modelling full time again, so we’ll see what happens!

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