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FashioNZ's Five Minutes with Penelope Benson

Born and raised In Sydney-Australia, Penelope Benson is an International plus model and current face of Playtex, Australia and New Zealand.


Penelope Benson modelling for Playtex at NZFF Collections # 3


Penelope has been In Auckland, for Playtex at New Zealand Fashion Festival and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to chat with her about her career, style rules and off course what she would never be caught wearing...


How did you become model?

I took a year off university during my degree and wanted a change of scenery. I approached an agent after encouragement from family and friends.


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Lots of things, it changed all the time. A marine biologist, fashion designer, actress.


Do you look back on anything and wished you'd done it differently?

Not particularly, I’m in a great place and position right now in my career so all the triumphs and mistakes along the way have still brought me here and I wouldn’t change that.


Do you have on style rule you always obey?

I always balance out my outfits for example, something fitted with something loose or if I choose a top that is covered I’ll wear it with shorts or a skirt to show some skin.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully still working hard ticking off more personal goals, travelling and fingers crossed be property owner.


What advice would I give to young girls?

Don’t worry so much! Enjoy being a teenager. 


What style do you wish would come back in fashion?

I'm not concerned with what is and what's not in fashion, create your own style and wear what you want I say.

Describe a cringe outfit from your past?

Where do I start? The first thing that comes to mind is actually a cringe hair-do; I went blonde in 2005, seriously blonde. Needless to say it was awful and won’t be doing that ever again.


Finish this sentence.

You would never catch me wearing... kitten heels.


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