Rachel Thomas is a fashion model and a doctor. Two total different things, but she has a passion for both and loves that it is so different from each other.
Nationality: Australian & British
Profession: Doctor & Author
Agencies: Storm London until mid-way through medical school
Current location: London & Sydney
First off tell us how you were discovered and how your modeling career all started?
I was scouted while walking down the street in Double Bay, Sydney, in an enormous white hat and a hot pink skirt. I cringe at the outfit now – I was still at school but I’m not sure that’s an adequate defense. Someone liked how I looked, however, as I was booked for a catalogue at the end of that week.
And since then I’ve been represented by agencies such as Storm, and have worked on many interesting jobs in many interesting places.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
Part of the fun of modeling is how varied jobs can be! I find shoots for commercials such as Johnsons interesting as there are so many people involved and tight timelines, meaning everyone as to be focused on their role and on working as a team.
I also like working for regular clients such as doing shows for Calvin Klein Underwear – you really get to know the team and there is a family vibe.
From model to doctor: Can you tell us a bit about your background, and in particular about your reasons for deciding to become a doctor?
I’ve always been very interested in health and wellness – this is very much a part of both modeling and of medicine, just in different ways! I enjoy teaching people about their bodies and how to be healthy, and so it made sense to do this as a medical professional.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I am blessed that my days are varied. Some days I work clinically, seeing patients. Other days I focus on writing, having just had my second book published and writing for sites such as Huffington Post – and now you! And I do the odd bit of modeling still.
What is the most interesting part of your job?
There are so many interesting parts to my work, so I’m really lucky. With modeling, there are so many creative people involved in getting a single shoot to run successfully and smoothly, and I find it interesting to learn from them. A photographer will see the world differently to a producer, for instance, and I like trying to understand and learn from this.
In medicine the goal is always to deliver the best care possible. Part of this is also trying to understand how the person in front of you sees the world, such as what their concerns are. Meeting people in health care is continuously inspiring to me.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The idea of being able to make a difference to someone, somewhere, each day. Whether it’s teaching someone something new, or challenging that they thought previously, this possible impact gets me out of bed.
What is your favorite healthy snack?
Nuts. If they are uncooked and unsalted, they are a well-balanced, healthy snack with protein, good fats, and trace elements. A lot of people who are concerned about their weight shy away from foods with fats in them. But we need fats in order to stay healthy – they just need to be the right kind of fat.
What’s your beauty regimen like?
I think happiness is one of the best beauty secrets! And minimizing your exposure to the sun. Growing up in Australia with a wise and beautiful mother means that I wear SPF moisturizer daily, wear hats and avoid exposure during the hottest parts of the day whenever possible.
What do you love to do in your spare time?
I love to spend time with family and friends. We all have such busy lives that I am so grateful when we can catch up in person and just hang out.
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
I think that Modellist-ID can provide great quality information and a source of connection for a broad and influential group of people.