Hey Maddie! How did you become the Silent Arrow girl? When did you get into modelling?
Kelly found me through my agency in Melbourne. To be honest, I wasn’t looking to do a lingerie shoot and she wasn’t looking for a traditional lingerie model! So we interviewed each other over the phone. She wanted to know about me as a person and I needed a little convincing and wanted to know more about the brand. Doing a lingerie shoot is never something I ever thought I would do. There were a few reasons why I changed my mind for Silent Arrow. SA is all about empowering women and feeling comfortable in your own skin. Body image has never been something I have struggled with until recently, and I hate that I let it get to me. I guess we all have parts of our bodies that we wish were different. It’s one of those things that’s all in your head. I hear so many friends complain about things they wish were different, and I look at them flabbergasted. They are so beautiful and gorgeous, how could they want to look any different?!
When you love someone all you see is their perfection, everything else is just surface isn’t it? Are you comfortable with your body?
Not entirely, I did this shoot because I wanted to force myself to get over any securities and just be comfortable within my own body. Because why they hell shouldn’t I be. Life is short, what’s the point worrying about looks. It’s all negative energy that is very unnecessary.
Agreed! So if modelling is a hobby, what is your full time gig? Who is Maddie?
I love spending time with friends and family, as well as travelling whenever I can. I love hot weather and the beach, and I’m a bit of an excessive op shopper. I’m just on the brink of my completing a Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of South Australia which is very exciting. So now it is time for me to grow up and find my spot in the world. I’ve just quit my part time retail job, so I don’t really have anything holding me back. I’m looking forward to getting my head into every door that I can, and grasp any opportunity possible.
Exciting! What is coming up after graduating?
Next year is going to be a big one for me. For the first time in my life, I could literally do anything. I don’t have any study which could constrict me. Ideally, I would love to be a travel journalist or a news reporter. In regard to travel writing, I don’t mean the kind that reviews hotel rooms or meals, but the kind that completely emerges themselves in an utterly diverse culture. The kind that meets incredible people and makes the effort to tell their story. The kind that isn’t biased or objective. The kind that is inquisitive and looks at every story in a unique way. I’d love to do film/tv journalism. The pressure of having to get a story put together in a day and then the relief when it airs at night would be really rewarding and I like the idea of getting pushed to my best ability. I am also really interested in documentary making, so we will see what happens.
Have you had any journalistic experiences?
I’ve just completed some work experience at Network Ten, I’m doing PR work at the Cancer Council SA, I’ve done a presenting course with a former ‘Postcards’ presenter, and I will be doing some volunteer work at Fresh FM and Channel 44. One of my favourite experiences so far would have to have been when I was interning in Vietnam recently for the Australian Chamber of Commerce Vietnam. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had in my life. We were there for the Battle of the Long Tan 50th anniversary commemoration services, however the government flipped out at last minute and cancelled everything. This was such a huge thing, as Australia and Vietnam are supposed to be watering a flourishing relationship, and growing their economical and education ties.
So the reason for your trip was suddenly over?
Yes. So I decided to try and find a story while I was there. Whilst I was researching, I somehow came across a Trip Advisor review of somewhere called ‘Digger’s Rest’. One thing led to another, and the next day I travelled hours away with a camera student to interview a man called Jason. Jason is from Queensland, however he moved to Vietnam a few years ago as he believed there wasn’t being enough done to preserve ANZAC history. Every day, he goes out into the fields of Nui Dat, to source a museum worthy collection of war memorabilia. Without Jason, none of that military history would be preserved.
He lives there solely to preserve the ANZAC history?
Yes, but on top of that, he has a classroom where 100 kids a week are taught English for free. Jason took me to climb the top of SAS hill, where the Anzacs were based and we got footage that was never seen before. He took me to a lunch where I met veterans from both Australia and Vietnam, including a man who was shot and left in the rubber plantations overnight. There is a short documentary being made on that day, and I can honestly say it was one of the best days of my life. It was one of the first times I have ever been able to say yes!! I’m on the track to a career that I will love.
It is so good when you get that confirmation that you are on the right track and made the right choice. Tell us about your life in South Australia?
I think many people who come to Adelaide from bigger cities find it a bit boring, but I love that everyone is laid back and I rarely sit in traffic. I feel very lucky to have grown up in South Australia. It’s safe, it’s homely, and there’s a variety of incredible sights at my doorstep. I love Australia, however it’s very sheltered. There is so much of the world that I don’t see, so I’m really excited to travel around and see what the rest of the world has to offer, both good and bad.
Journalism is such a varied job where you need to really stretch your boundaries every day.
I want to experience everything and anything that life offers. I want to see things that will make me cry, make me scared, make me smile. I think journalism is definitely an area of work which will be able to supply me with that, which is one of the most exciting parts. When I was younger I always hoped I could find a job that would seem like I was getting paid for doing what I love. I think I’ve found it. It’s going to be hard work, the industry is very difficult to crack into, but I will do anything to get to where I want to be.
And what about your relationships? BF?
I have the most incredible boyfriend in the whole entire world and he shows me the world through different eyes. He inspires me every day and it’s so cool to have him as a best friend. I have heaps of other awesome friends and I appreciate every single one of them. I’m very close with my Mum, she’s definitely one of my best friends, and have great relationships with my family so I’m very lucky.
What do you love most about the Silent Arrow range?
I loved each and every piece of lingerie that I wore in the shoot! It all fit perfectly, was designed gorgeously, and felt very flattering on. I felt bad ass, sexy and empowered. In all honesty, I often wear plain cotton underwear for comfort, but it was so awesome putting these works of art on and feeling like a whole other woman! I felt confident and awesome. And even better, they are an affordable price which is just insane, because I often find that lingerie is either waaay too out of my price range, or doesn’t fit me right and feels cheap.