Duckie Thot Reflects on Her 'Surreal' Career Trajectory So Far

The Australian model discusses some new high-profile gigs, being a part of the makeup shade expansion revolution and, of course, her beauty routine.
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Photo: Courtesy of L'Oréal

Photo: Courtesy of L'Oréal

To say Australian model Duckie Thot has a lot going on right now is, to put it bluntly, a massive understatement. In the five years since she appeared in "Australia's Next Top Model" in 2013, the 22 year-old has moved to the U.S., signed with New York Model Management, walked some of the highest-profile runways, appeared in a Pirelli calendar, become a muse to makeup artist Pat McGrath, racked up more than 1 million Instagram followers, worked repeatedly with Rihanna across various Fenty brands, been tapped for the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and — as of last week — been named the new face of L'Oréal Paris.

And she's enjoying every moment of her booming career "snowball effect," as she puts it. During Paris Fashion Week — where Thot walked in Le Défilé L'Oréal Paris, a special runway show the cosmetics company held on a floating runway on the Seine — she took a break between shows hop on a call with Fashionista. Ahead, the model discuss her recent career success, what it's like being a part of the makeup shade expansion revolution and, of course, her beauty routine.

You've really had such an amazing career trajectory so far, especially within the beauty space. You've worked with some of the biggest names in beauty: Pat McGrath, Rihanna for Fenty Beauty and now L'Oréal. Can you walk me through what that's been like for you?

Honestly, it's been really surreal. I started working with Pat first. It all happened really quickly, but it's been super amazing. I love makeup, I love being able to work with so many people in this industry, to be able to play with makeup the way that I have and be given this platform. I've really been taking it one step at a time but it's all super exciting and I'm just having a really good time.

Have you always been really interested in beauty and just personally drawn to that world?

Yes, I have, and skin care is my favorite part, honestly. So to be given this platform is such a huge blessing more than anything else. It's one of those times where we've reached a new age and it's really exciting, I don't know how else to really word it.

It does seem like everything is kind of happening at once for you right now, with your new partnership with L'Oréal and then obviously walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is really exciting. How are you managing all of that and making sure that you stay true to yourself and the messages you've tried to put out into the world?

It has been happening really quickly, but honestly I've been working toward Victoria's Secret — it's been something that I've been trying to do for a few years — it was one of my first jobs I pursued, so it is kind of having this huge snowball effect. But I think you need to just stay grounded, and I do what I love doing also outside of fashion, making sure that I have a good balance and I'm stable in what I do. I love to work and I love my job.

What specifically drew you to L'Oréal, and why did you decide that this was the right timing and the right opportunity for you?

L'Oréal has been a brand I grew up with; I grew up watching their ads when I was younger in Australia. They always had amazing commercials. So to be able to say I'm working with them now, that's been one of my biggest dreams, as long as I can remember, honestly. L'Oréal is such a huge brand worldwide, so I've been seeing them for as long as I can remember and to say that I'm a part of their family now is just super great, one of those things where it still feels really surreal.

One thing you were outspoken about celebrating back when Fenty Beauty was launching its 40-shade foundation range a year ago was that your shade was the darkest one. You were so excited that it was in the lineup. Now we're seeing a lot of other brands getting in on that and expanding their shade ranges for makeup. Do you feel like you've been a part of this sort of revolution toward more shade inclusivity?

I would like to say that I feel like I've had an effect. But honestly, in the last few years I think so many different people have come and paired up with makeup brands and launched their own sort of things with makeup brands, so it's not only just me. It's all just beginning, it's all just starting. But yes, I would like to think that I played a part in that.

In terms of your personal beauty routine, what are some of your favorite products?

I am a big skin-care fanatic, so I will say that clay masks are always my go-tos, especially since I'm traveling all the time. It's really important to keep the skin hydrated, so one of the other products that I use is the Hydrafresh Genius Mask

What about makeup?

I've got a few favorites that I really like to go around and use: The Infallible Foundation is something that has become, since working with L'Oréal, something that I really use quite a lot now, in the darkest shade, Rich Ebony. One of my favorite lipsticks right now is the Pro Matte Les Chocolats Liquid Lipstick. It gives a really nice, matte effect. I like to keep it simple. And of course, mascara! Mascara, mascara, mascara. So just keeping the skin nice and fresh and using mascara, those three are where I'm at, they're my favorites.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

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