Photography // Cybele Malinowski
Model // Zippy Seven @ IMG
MUA // Fern Madden
FASHION CREDITS //http://www.oystermag.com/zippora-seven-model-maison
A Q&A with Zippy for Oyster Mag
Zippy Seven is a model and Oyster regular. Cybele Malinowski is thephotographer behind Model Maison — a rad ongoing fashion portrait series where models are photographed in their homes around the world. Read her interview with Zippy below!
Cybele Malinowski: Hey Zippy! How are you? What have you been up to since our shoot?
Zippy: I’m good and happy thank you, I’ve just been working in Australia and NZ the last couple months catching up on the good life down under.
Where are you now? Still in Bondi? Looks like you’re having a killer time here. Lots of surf and sun and boating around on your Instagram.
I’m in the Northern Beaches now and leaving for NYC again in the morning. It’s great coming home here after a long day in a studio to splash around in the sunset.
How was it having me come and shoot you in your own house? (I know, I know, it was a temporary house, but still). Is it weird? Did you have to tidy up before I came? It was pretty tidy.
Haha yes we keep a very tidy home, I grew up on a boat so I have had the ship-shape mentality drilled into me..I loved that home in Bondi and living there was such a heaven, thankyou for capturing it for the memories of this trip to Australia. It was a special one.
Where do you call home? We know you are from NZ, and live in NYC; do you call both home?
Waiheke Island is my spirt home. The place I can wander with my eyes closed and still see. NYC would be dangerous to walk around like that but I have a life there that I call home. Paris and Sydney are also homes for me where I grew, learnt, loved and always get that feeling of returning home when ever I step off the plane.
Describe where you grew up in NZ. It sounds like a different world from here.
I grew up on an island with two brothers as best friends, sailing and exploring the land that was our playground.
What do you take with you when you travel to make you feel like you are at home wherever you are?
I don’t need anything and I try to travel light. But collecting too much new clothing becomes a bit of an issue sometimes.
What is your favourite place in the world and why? How does it make you feel?
At sea. I feel pride, adventure and peace.
Fantasy house. Describe it! Where is it? What does it look like?
I’d love to live in a lighthouse where I’d see the storms crashing or whales laughing in the sun. The hill of my lighthouse would be surrounded in a magical forest of wildlife and I’d have the happiest pet cats hunting the fat mice who keep sneeking the cheese I make from Lucy the cow…
If you weren’t modelling, I would imagine you would still be galavanting around the world. How would you keep this ephemeral lifestyle?
Yes, I’d be in a circus, the horseback acrobat. Or I’d be travelling the Antarctic as a marine biologist. Or in a rock n roll band. Playing the bass, or maybe even in the front. Or a photographer sailing the seven seas, capturing the ships in full sail and the sunrise in each new bay. I love to be in front of a camera though and for now am very happy doing just that.
How do you normally start the day? And how do you wind down at night?
Put the coffee on, jump in the ocean till I smell it bubbling. In NYC, Terence makes me coffee every morning and I head to a shoot or the gym. Or a sneaky adventure.
Favourite places to hunt for your wardrobe? Feels like there is so much history there.
The flee markets in Paris and New Zealand are the treasure troves, Australia has so many amazing designers and get some good rock ‘n roll stuff in New York.
What music do you play when you’re relaxing with a glass of vino?
Bowie, Hendrix, Gainsbourg, Reed, Zeppelin — if Terence hasn’t picked up a guitar first.
What’s next for Zippy Seven?
Keeping busy every day, working and balancing the spinning plates!