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.)