Tess is a full time model and self-confessed Sapiosexual. Here she shares her style, life and much loved lingerie…



Hi Tess, tell me about yourself:

I’m a full time model currently signed with Leni’s model management, I’ve been modelling for just over a year now and I love it! My mother was a model so it felt like a natural decision. We entered a mother & daughter modelling competition in Paris for Comptoir des Cotonniers, I enjoyed it so much I decided to go into it full time. Natalia Vodianova is my favourite supermodel, she incredibly beautiful and a great role model – she founded the Naked Heart Foundation.


How would you describe your style?

Clean and sophisticated - with a bit of an edge. Monochrome pieces are essential for my wardrobe! I don’t wear a lot colour so I prefer to experiment with the cut and texture of a garment. My go to brands are Zadig & Voltaire and The Kooples. I love their aesthetic.


Would you say your lingerie fits into that style or do you like to express yourself differently underneath?

It would say it fits - I love sexy sophisticated lingerie. I wear a lot of La Perla, their soft bras are incredible. Although, as a model, I do tend to live in strapless nude bras and thongs!


And how about your swimwear?

I travel a lot with work so I really invest in my swimwear. I’m been fortunate to travel to some amazing places so it’s only right I have a great bikini to match. I particularly love Missoni prints and neon bikinis – pretty much the opposite of my outerwear look.


 Do you have a favorite set of lingerie?

Yes, my red La Perla set. Its sexy and I love the tie side knickers… My lingerie draw pretty much only consists of black and red lingerie.


How do you feel about your body image?

I’m happy with my body. I used to be a dancer so I’ve always kept in shape. When you push your body through dance or exercise, you start to appreciate your body for what it can do as well as what it looks like.


Do you have any words of advice to aspiring models?

Its more difficult and definitely not as glamorous than you imagine. But if you put in the hard work, the rewards are amazing!

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