About Me

ruth crilly fashion model blogger

This is me – Ruth Crilly – fashion model, writer and beauty insider. I have been an international fashion model for over ten years now and am still working for brilliant brands, shooting in exciting locations and generally feeling very lucky to have such a great job. Past and present ad campaigns include Swatch, Olay, Myla Lingerie, Patrick Cox, River Island and Sunsilk and I have appeared in editorials for magazines including Elle, Vogue, Glamour, Grazia and Cosmopolitan – both in the UK and all over the world.

I started modelling in 2001 after spending two years at the University of Birmingham studying law. It was a bit of a risk, looking back, but thankfully all turned out well. I didn’t ever go back to my law studies, but continued my education through distance learning (completing essays in airport lounges!) and then at Royal Holloway. In 2008 I graduated from the Open University with a First Class Honours degree in Literature and last year Royal Holloway awarded me with my MA in Creative Writing. My academic endeavours are the things I’m most proud of and I try to continue practising my writing by doing a little bit every day.

I was a proper Londoner for over a decade, but have now absconded to the countryside and I live in a house on the river with my husband (Mr AMR), a dog called Dexter and a large cat called Mr Bear. I spend half of my time working from home, makeup-free and wearing mud-spattered tracksuit bottoms, and the other half jetting about the world doing shoots and glamorous things that seem completely absurd to me when I properly sit down and think about it.

I really appreciate each and every one of my readers and have formed some lovely friendships over the years. If you’d like to say hello then the best place to catch me is on Twitter – for pictures of my daily life (and lots of pets) make sure you follow me on Instagram!

If you’d like to find out more about A Model Recommends, then have a look at About This Site. (Imaginatively named, I know.)

If you’d quite like to book me for a job, then please see Work With Me. (Again, it took me hours to come up with that page name.)


  1. Rachel Parker
    December 22, 2014 / 3:12 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    I just came accross your blog and videos through Caroline H, and from The Saccone – Jolys before that.
    I have re arranged my skincare routine just over night from watching as many videos I could manage in the bath last night. Luckily I had a pretty good range already, but was using them in a bizzare order and the extra tips I have picked up on have already made a difference overnight, which seems incredible!
    I am going to add a cleansing balm to my routine also.

    Thanks for a wonderful blog. Cannot wait to follow you from now on. I need all the tips I can get with a boistrous 2 year old, a nutty Yorkshire terrier and working as a secretary in healthcare …!
    Merry Christmas

  2. Lisa c.
    February 12, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Hi Ruth ,
    Just found you on YouTube via a Burberry video.
    Love your videos, thank you so much for taking the time to do them. Lots of great tips on makeup and skincare, really appreciate the varied price range although I live high end products but frankly I have just been applying my makeup so sparingly why bother.
    I was wondering what you thought about Burberry brand makeup? I love the videos I seen with Wendy Rowe and I like the nude look or rather your skin but better looks, but before I swach lines again wanted to know what you thought of brand.
    Thanks ,
    Ps Congrats on baby on board and wish you both all the best.

  3. April 21, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    Hi Ruth! I am completely in love with your blog, you are such an inspiration! I have been a follower for years and I love it when you post new things!

    xo Katherine

  4. Neil Trotman
    June 1, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    Dear Ruth

    I do really enjoy your videos. I have even bought a few of the things you have suggested and they have been great. I find you a breath of fresh air. I must be one of a small number of your male fans, but hey a big fan nonetheless.

    If there is one thing that the beauty industry has taught you, what would it be?

    All the best.

    Kind regards


  5. June 25, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    I love your blog and especially your videos. You actually know what you are talking about, so I trust your judgement :). I have bought a few products because of your advice and I’m particularly happy about the Effaclar Duo(+) crème by La Roche Posay. I sometimes used to have skin problems and this is so far the best product that I have tried!
    All the best for you and your happy little family!

  6. hannah york-harris
    November 3, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I came across this site whilst I searched for a young girl I once knew who lived with her mother in quiet studley Warwickshire who was a model in her spare time. I only knew her for a short time as social circles changed. I have a feeling that you are the same person. Just wanted to say hello and congratulations on what you have done with your life. Dull Redditch says hi.

    Kinds regards hannah

  7. Philippa MacKinnon
    December 27, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Hi Ruth

    Please can you tell me what type of cat Mr Bear is as he is wonderful and so relaxed.

  8. Elle von Westarp
    March 8, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I came across your blog while searching for reviews on beauty products. What an amazing find!
    Your background has also caught my attention as I am currently studying Law with the Open University (4th year)… but I wish I was as beautiful as you are to be able to do what you do ; )

    Elle X

  9. Karet
    April 17, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Hi Ruth!

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog and watching your Youtube videos.
    You are amazing!

    Thank you and all the best!

  10. June 22, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Hi rush
    I enjoyed reading your blog look for tip on modelling.
    I am very interested in becoming a model.I am paying for a new portfolio at kube studios then after completing the payment I will be put on to a web site what are my chance’s of getting work at 35 years old.

  11. Ayanda Moloi
    June 30, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Hi Ruth! I just discovered your blog,and saying im obsessed would be putting it mildly.Keep up the greatness,I will be following both your blogs for as long as you blog.*Im 33 weeks pregnant and your ‘Uphill’ blog has been especially insightful.

  12. July 6, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    Hi Ruth .I met you many years ago I Bromsgrove ,at Bern and Denise’s house.We played some music together then,you on clarinet,and me fumbling about on guitar.Your mum and dad and I were very good friends in the 70s.
    Congratulations on your success,and all the very best to you.
    Jim Hay

  13. August 26, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    oh btw forgot to say – I studied law at the University of Birmingham too! in 2004 though. alumniiiiiiiiii

    • August 26, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      No way!!! I think I left in 2001. In my second year. Naughty me! : )

  14. Braden
    November 21, 2016 / 6:22 am

    Found your videos while searching for a present for my wife and ended up watching like 15 of your videos (you and my wife are eerily similar) . I’m a chef and loved your low-ingredient no-nonsense meals. Still not sure what I’m getting her but great videos!!!

  15. February 21, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Hi Ruth,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog The Uphill has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Maternity Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 50 Maternity Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


  16. June 20, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Gorgeous beauty and lifestyle blog! xx

  17. September 16, 2017 / 7:43 am

    Beautiful is you and is your post! Thanks for sharing.

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