This Model Life

This Model Life Ruth Crilly

In 2003 I appeared in three hour-long TV programmes called This Model Life. If you’re old enough, you’ll have seen them the first time round – episode one saw me jetting off to Tokyo, episode two to New York and three at home in London. This Model Life is always repeating on bizarre channels all over the world so you may have caught an episode as recently as last week!

Anyway, I just wanted to point out that this documentary (a very good one, in my opinion!) was filmed in 2002 – nearly ten years ago. That’s why I sound and look a little different. Some people have seen the programme recently and assumed that it was filmed recently – not the case! My voice is about an octave deeper now, I don’t have hair that looks as though it has been cut with a lawnmower around a pudding bowl, and I would never wear most of the clothes that I appear in throughout the series. Including the weird orthopedic-looking rubber-soled slip-on sandals that I team with a D&G hot-pink denim pencil skirt in episode 2. Holy Mother of God.

This Model Life Ruth Crilly

If you’re wondering what all those ribbons are sticking out of the front of my body in the picture above, then wonder away – because I have absolutely no idea. It’s embarrassing enough having photos of yourself from many years ago and cringing at your fashion mistakes, but imagine having them repeatedly shown on television?!

Anyway, I’m not complaining. Being part of This Model Life was actually a wonderful experience – Jane Treays, acclaimed documentary maker, and her crew were a joy to work with and I have very fond memories. The whole television appearance gave my profile a huge boost and got me some amazing jobs, so I’m very grateful to have lucked-out in the way that I did. If you’d like to watch the three episodes of This Model Life, then you can do so at 4OD HERE, or if that doesn’t work, try YouTube HERE!

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  1. Izzy
    April 8, 2011 / 10:55 am

    I remember watching you in this! I actually stumbled across this website some time afterwards, and was totally delighted when I recognised you! It was just lovely to see that you managed to stick it out in an incredibly tough industry and make yourself a success. Embarrassing outfits aside, at least you can look back and see how far you’ve come! ;) xx

    • April 8, 2011 / 11:46 am

      True, true! And I’m still rocking the embarrassing outfits! x

  2. Lydia
    April 8, 2011 / 11:45 am

    Funny I just recently watched this on 4oD, I got a shock when I saw you haha xx

  3. Lizzie
    April 8, 2011 / 11:47 am

    It was after watching this that I found your blog – you came across as such a lovely person that I wanted to see what you’d done since. It’s a great programme and gave a real insight into the real world of modelling and not what us civvies think it is! You should be proud of it.

  4. Lizzie
    April 8, 2011 / 11:48 am

    Oh Ruth – have you watched The Model Agency then? What are your thoughts?

    • April 8, 2011 / 6:10 pm

      Unfortunately I have no time for television these days – I caught about five mins of it the other week, but not enough to make an informed judgement! Maybe I’ll have a look this weekend! x

  5. sonya
    April 8, 2011 / 11:51 am

    omgah! i remember this doco. how hilarious that it’s you.

  6. April 8, 2011 / 11:51 am

    Wow Ruth, it must have been very fun to film this! Great experience!
    I’m going to watch it now, thanx for the links ;)

  7. Sonja
    April 8, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    sigh I just tried both of these links, but it seems they’re not available for viewing in my area (Italy). Such a shame, I was excited to see these episodes! Btw in the description it says you were 21 then, we’re the same age. You look so young Ruth, lol, from now on I’ll have to follow ALL your skicare tips ;DD
    I already did follow your recommendations with Sisley and Lierac & I’m loving them!
    Have a nice day & thanx for all your great tips!
    xx Sonja

  8. April 8, 2011 / 12:45 pm

    I didn’t know about this tv show, but I will def check it out on 4oD! Thank you Ruth!

  9. April 8, 2011 / 12:54 pm

    I watched this program when it first was shown and it was only recently when I stumbled upon your blog that I recognized your face. It’s great to see how you have progressed.

  10. April 8, 2011 / 1:10 pm

    Please dont be embarrased, you must be proud people think you look the same ten years later!! Fashion changes, there is nothing to be ashamed of. you are amazing

  11. Rose Selavy
    April 8, 2011 / 1:50 pm

    Not available in my country, shaaaame…uh, I dislike those restrictions.

  12. April 8, 2011 / 2:28 pm

    Oh I watched this the other week on Channel 4 OD and I assumed it was filmed recently! :O It was a really good series :)


  13. Natalie
    April 8, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    I watched it recently on Virgin On Demand. I thought it was a brilliant series and you came over as really likeable and funny. I even went back on to watch it again recently but it had disappeared. Boo!

  14. Emilyjane
    April 8, 2011 / 3:20 pm

    I saw this on late night tv when it first aired, and loved it. I’m so proud of how you’ve grown up Ruth! X

    • April 8, 2011 / 6:06 pm

      GROWN UP? ME!!!!!!! Hahahaha…… x x x

  15. Andrea
    April 8, 2011 / 3:23 pm

    As soon as I started following your blog, I remembered you from this documentary all those years ago (I was about 17 then!). A few months back I ended up rewatching them on 4oD and was so glad that I did. I loved it all over again. It’s so nice to see the younger you and think of how much you’ve progressed in those years, and I find all the bits with Erin O’Conor fascinating.

    Do you know if the yong girl in it (the one from the angel sculptures) still a model now? x

    • April 8, 2011 / 6:06 pm

      I don’t think that she ever followed it through, actually! She was very, very young. I’ll try and find out! x

  16. Rachel
    April 8, 2011 / 4:25 pm

    I’ve been wanting to see this forever but unfortunately, it is restricted in the US. Where else can I get a hold of it?

  17. Wiebke
    April 8, 2011 / 4:41 pm

    sadly i cant watch it here in Austria as the internet tells me i am not allowed to :/

  18. Bunny
    April 8, 2011 / 5:04 pm

    I wanted to watch – but it writes (both sources, youtube included), that “the user did not make the video available for your country”?!
    I`m from Russia! Could we do smthing with this discrimination of my country?

    • April 8, 2011 / 6:05 pm

      I think that there are lot of countries that it won’t play for – it’s probably something to do with licensing! Boooo!

  19. mary
    April 8, 2011 / 5:12 pm

    I didn’t see this on tv, I actually saw it on 4od about a year and a bit ago!
    A few months later I googled you (in a non stalkerish way!) to see if you were still modelling and stumbled across this site! It was such a coincidence as I was already reading beauty blogs. I remembered your name because it is memorable not because I’m weird by the way haha!

  20. Monika
    April 8, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    in poland both links don’t work too, though I think I will be able to fix this with some major IP changes thanks to my nerdy boyfriend :) can’t wait to see this documentation

  21. Linda
    April 8, 2011 / 9:57 pm

    Nice, making me happy with nothing.
    you can’t watch this in Holland, not cool stupid channel 4

    • April 8, 2011 / 11:58 pm

      OH DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      That is me, but I have never worn that wig. Which means they have retouched it in. How utterly hideous!! HAHAHA!

  22. Vera
    April 9, 2011 / 12:29 am

    I can’t watch it in Canada! But I think my youtube is still set for Portugal, as the msg appears in Portuguese (don’t know how to change the settings…)
    Maybe it’s not possible to watch it in continental Europe at all.

  23. Jordan Burrell
    April 9, 2011 / 12:48 am

    i watched this on youtube a few weeks ago and loved it :] and then when i found your blog and youtube was like ” = o thats the lovely model of the telly!!”…it brightened my day!

  24. Sakura
    April 9, 2011 / 3:00 am

    I’m in the U.S. and I can’t watch it from either one of the linkss :((

  25. JemmaR
    April 9, 2011 / 11:46 am

    Awww, your Blue Peter chart. :-)

  26. JessieG.
    April 9, 2011 / 4:20 pm

    UGH can’t watch it in canada :(

  27. Angie
    April 9, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    So funny that you wrote a blog about this, I just watched this seried the other night on 4OD. You were so sweet in it. And the little tortoise/turtle you had in New York was so cute! My mum recently watched it on 4OD too and I told her that you still model and made her watch one of your YT vids with me:)

    • April 9, 2011 / 5:57 pm

      Hahaha! Bet she loved you for that! x

  28. April 10, 2011 / 10:02 am

    Booh, it’s not available on youtube anymore :-(

  29. April 12, 2011 / 12:35 am

    haha thank you so much for the 4od link…i was worried i’d have to start on my dissertation. it’s fascinating!

    i’d never noticed how similar my sister looked to a young erin o’connor when she was modelling (albeit a bit earlier than erin – i forget which agencies she was with).

    what did you study at uni? your mum may have said in the video but i missed it. x

    • April 12, 2011 / 12:41 am

      Law, but I left at the end of my second year to be a model. I did a degree in Literature whilst modelling though and got a first (woohoo!) so I didn’t give up on education! x

  30. Name
    April 13, 2011 / 6:12 pm

    i love your blue peter thing heheeee

  31. April 14, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    Amazing, well done with the first…I’m in my last year of literature and just finishing my dissertation. Fingers crossed for a first for me too please!

    I saw one video and I think you said you don’t get under eye circles much but I’m going to pick up a couple of bits in Selfridges tomorrow and need a decent under eye concealer (too many late night library sessions). Any recommendations – I was thinking of Clinique Airbrush?! x

    • April 14, 2011 / 9:26 pm

      Sometimes I get them very badly indeed. I use Estee Lauder Smoothing or Double Wear – have a try on counter! x

  32. Sophie
    April 17, 2011 / 4:52 am

    I watched it the first time round, I was abour 10 or 11? I always hope’d you’d do well! :)

  33. L
    May 17, 2011 / 11:09 pm

    Ah! I can’t watch it “in my area”, not even on Youtube…sucks -.-

  34. Hollie
    May 18, 2011 / 10:44 pm

    I watched this back in 2003, I was 14 and just loved it! I was so into the idea of working in the fashion industry and it really inspired me. So glad you’ve done well! x

  35. Sarah
    August 14, 2011 / 4:03 am

    I was wondering Ruth, did you change agency since you started modelling? I recall you being with Models 1 in the documentary but now you are with FM? If you did change, would you mind if I asked why?

    • admin
      August 14, 2011 / 11:30 am

      @Sarah I had been there for seven years, so it was just time to shake things up a bit! xx

  36. cherry
    April 3, 2013 / 5:35 am

    i’m really sad that the website and the youtube link doesn’t work for me because i live in canada and it is not available in my country :( i really wanted to watch the documentary ruth, do you know any other ways i could?

  37. Emilia Grace
    January 1, 2014 / 11:20 pm

    I just started watching this on 4oD having no idea when it was filmed. Got to your bit and was like WOW this must be old! Turns out I was right! :) So glad that you blog/youtube because it’s great to know how well you’ve done! <3

  38. July 17, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Boyfriend and I, both in our fifties, saw first episode last night — following link on All 4 after watching good Dior documentary (boyf used to work for fashion press). We felt for you in Tokyo … the Tube map there was a real challenge when we visited a few years ago!! Looking forward to watching the other episodes. Good luck with your continuing career x

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