THE MODEL LIFE
Meet Nick Truelove, who is taking the fashion world by storm
NICK Truelove is living the dream.
One day he’s finishing school at St Edmund’s with plans to be involved in sports therapy.
Twelve months later and the 18-year-old finds himself living in New York and travelling to places such as Milan, Barcelona, London and Paris, to model clothes on the catwalks of the world’s biggest fashion shows.
Home for the first time since his life became a whirlwind of fashion parades, airport lounges and photo shoots, Nick sat down with QT Magazine to try and explain the past year of his life that has seen him forge a career that, if all goes to plan, should set him up for the rest of his life.
They say you can take the boy out of Ipswich but you can’t take the Ipswich out of the boy. There’s proof in that when Nick was asked how a young man from a humble city like Ipswich ended up living in New York, modelling clothes in Milan with the Kardashians watching on, then getting paid for it.
“It’s got me stuffed,” Nick laughed. “I have no idea, it just happened I guess. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school. When I was at St Eddie’s all I cared about was sport and I thought maybe I wanted to do physiotherapy, I never had a plan.
“That’s why I jumped head-first into this. I didn’t know anything about the industry, what could happen, I had nobody to look up to…it really was jumping into it blindly.”
Nick was getting so much work that it made sense for him to leave home and he moved for a while to New York. Taking his mum Kate with him, Nick decided to fly the Ipswich nest.
“I was staying in a house with five other models in New York, all in their 20s so they helped me out. I remember calling my mum on the first night and I said ‘what do I buy at the shops, what do I cook for dinner?’ “It was tough on my mum, leaving me in New York. “At the time, just going overseas for the for first time was exciting, seeing a new country, being on planes, but it was tough on both of us. It was weird being in a big city on my own, paying rent, cooking for myself.
“But it’s taught me a lot and I’ve learned heaps from the experience. I’m more mature now, I’ve learnt to meet people, talk to people, and it’s really given me lots of life skills.”
Nick spent the next 12 months travelling the world from job to job, appearing at Fashion Week events across the globe, living out of a suitcase. If you’ve ever wondered what an average day is like at Milan Fashion Week, Nick has the answers.
“When I’m on a job, I’ll land, go straight to the hotel, then rest. Next day up early going to castings, up to 10 a day, and it feels like catching up with mates all over the place. You go to casting directors for all the brands because they ask to see you. Then, if they want you, they call you back and ask you to come in for a fitting.
“On the day of a show, you get there four hours before it starts. You go backstage, get your hair and make-up down, then just chill out. For me it’s like hanging out with your mates, as we all see each other all time,” Nick said.
So while Nick enjoys what he does, he never knows what he’s doing from week to week. Fortunately, the pay is good so he’s not reduced to living on vegemite toast and cupp-a-soups just yet.
“It’s true that I don’t know where the next job is coming from but that’s the way it is. If I wasn’t getting any work, there’d be nothing coming in but, so far, I’ve been very lucky.
“My main agent is in Sydney and that’s where everything I do comes from,” Nick said.
“I don’t really have a base, I go where the work takes me. Every day is different, that’s the fun thing. It’s what makes me want to do it as long as I can. I love that fact that I don’t know where I could go and who I’m working for. It’s so random, I love it, it’s fun.
“Do you ever get used to living out of a suitcase? You just have to. You never enjoy doing it, to be honest I’m a bit sick of living out of a suitcase but that’s the life of a model.”
Coming home for a few weeks after a whirlwind ride, Nick is happy to do the most mundane things and see his family. He misses Ipswich, no matter where in the world he is.
“Coming home to Ippy has been great, I love it, just seeing familiar places and people in the city I grew up in. It’s been nice to be home with the family, to play my Playstation…its so refreshing to not have to rush off.
“I’m told it does get easier, living that way,” Nick said. “I struggled at the start but it does get easier the more I do it, as I’m making more friends, but of course I always miss home after a period of time.
“When I was overseas and a bit down, I would think of stupid things, like the Eddies’ school oval, or doing some shopping at Riverlink…little things like that. I often wished I could be walking around Ipswich. It’s awesome to come home and realise I’m getting so much support.”
For Nick, the highlight of this journey so far has been Milan, where he stopped to pinch himself.
“One of the biggest moments was my first show with Versace in Milan. That was insane. Seeing the whole production, all the people behind it, seeing famous people for the first time…I’ve just left school, I’m 17 and this is happening to me?
“It’s a good life, I know how lucky I am to travel and do what I do then get paid for it. Not many 19-year-olds can say they’ve done what I’ve done. I always count my blessings and know that I’m so fortunate,” Nick said.
“I have so many mates in Ipswich, that will never change. Never forget your mates and look out for each other.”
Coming home to Ippy has been great, I love it. Nick Truelove
Former St Edmund's College student and international model Nick Truelove takes a break from his whirlwind career.
St Edmund's College old boy Nick Truelove strutting his stuff on the catwalks of the world.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 1. Nick on the catwalk 2. His family Derek, Kate, Matt and Lily Truelove, taken soon after Nick left for overseas. 3. One of Nick’s earlier shots 4. You’re never too old to tease your younger brother, in this case its Matt Truelove.