Beautiful Hannah Saul is our featured model for the current ALOHA Spring 2013 Collection. We chose Hannah not only for her amazing beauty, but also because she encompasses the natural and healthy beach lifestyle we live and breathe here at LILYA. We’re super excited about Hannah’s inspiring new venture www.mindbodyandsaul.com which is launching soon so we caught up with her to chat about her exciting career, what’s ahead and her passion for health and wellbeing…
HEY HANNAH! WE LOVED HAVING YOU AS PART OF THE LILYA SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION – TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU STARTED MODELLING?
Hello! Oh thank you so much, it was such an honour being apart of the Lilya team and shooting this beautiful collection! I grew up in a small town on northern NSW called Lennox Head; I started out modelling when I was 18 after I had moved to the gold coast. My Brisbane agency Dally’s models entered me into the NRA NEXT NY model search and I was lucky enough to win it and go on to sign with Chic Management in Sydney. I moved to Sydney when I was 19 to pursue modelling full time and have been in the industry ever since!
WHATS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MODELLING MOMENT SO FAR?
My favourite modelling moment so far would have to be working with supermodels such as Miranda Kerr, Nicole Trunfio, Jennifer Hawkins, Megan Gale etc. Sharing the runway with these women or being on a photo shoot with them to watch them work is another level. Being featured in magazines or campaign’s is also really huge as it’s not everyday you see your face on a bus or in a 5 page spread in your favourite magazines! It can still be quite surreal seeing yourself in print.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES FROM THE LILYA SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION?
My favourite pieces from the Spring Summer collection would have to be the Talei pant, the sunset knit, the salvia bikini hydrangea, allamanda singlet dress and the aloha singlet! 🙂
MODELLING CALLS FOR A LOT OF TRAVEL AND LONG HOURS – WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?
My favourite thing to unwind from the constant travel and stress of long hours is to enjoy the beautiful beaches and coastal walks Sydney has to offer, I love being outdoors in the sunshine and keeping active. I love going out to dinner with friends and enjoying a wine down at the bucket list over looking Bondi Beach.
WHAT ARE YOUR SUMMER ESSENTIALS?
My summer essentials are H2Coco coconut water, Paw Paw, coconut tanning oil, a great collection of bikinis & a camera! WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE SUMMER HOLIDAY DESTINATION? My favourite holiday destination would be Hawaii! Lots of water activities, shopping, restaurants, hikes and the locals are so friendly!
WE KNOW YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING – WHATS YOUR GO TO SUMMER SNACK AND SUMMER FITNESS REGIME?
My summer fitness regime consists of lots of cardio! walking, running, step class, body attack and then I mix it up with resistance and weight training and Pilates. My ultimate summer snack is an Acai bowl topped with muesli and fresh fruit! I also love making berry banana pancakes, which my friend gave me the recipe for! They are so delicious!
BERRY BANANA PANCAKES
Prep time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 5 -10 mins
WHAT YOU NEED
1/2 a cup of organic oats
1 fresh banana
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 whole organic free range egg
1 & 1/2 cups of almond milk
1 tsp of Acai berry powder (You don’t need this to make the pancakes, however I like to use it)
LETS START COOKING
Firstly, put all of your ingredients into a blender/food processor (you can also use just the egg whites of the eggs if you want, it tastes just as great!), then get your 1/2 tsp of Coconut Essence coconut oil & heat it in a non-stick frying pan – make sure the heat is medium/low so you don’t burn the oil or your pancakes! Pour in the blended ingredients into the pan & cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Once cooked, top with fresh berries in between your stack of pancakes & drizzle a little agave nectar over the top.
MODELLING CAN HAVE AN UNHEALTHY STIGMA ATTACHED TO IT, BUT WE NOTICE THAT YOU PRIDE YOURSELF ON BEING A ROLE MODEL TO MANY YOUNG WOMAN AND AMBASSADOR FOR PROMOTING A HEALTHY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE. WHAT ARE YOU’RE 5 TOP TIPS FOR STAYING HAPPY & HEALTHY? Yes the modelling industry seems to have this general idea that all models starve themselves or are unhealthily thin and doing it all the wrong ways. I have always been an extremely active person and I want to prove to young girls that you can be a ‘sample size’ model by doing it the right way. So many people look up to models and idolise them so you have to be 100% aware of the image you are putting out into the world. We are lucky in Australia they do support the healthy look for girls and try to steer clear from the ‘Paris’ thin models! My top tips for staying healthy and happy is everything in moderation; I love to live by the 80/20% rule. Do something active everyday, surround yourself with people who are like-minded to yourself and who are positive, focus on the beautiful world we live in and appreciate your life!
Images via LILYA, fashionmodeldirectory.com, tapiture.com, Hannah Saul, Facebook, & www.sullivanlc.com