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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.)

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!

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