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e have a big com­mu­nity, which was re­ally nice for me when I was a kid. It was in­ter­est­ing to spend a lot of time with the adults be­cause I en­joyed hang­ing out with peo­ple who weren’t al­ways of my age group,” Ge­or­gia re­calls. “It’s a bit of a gypsy life, but you also take in a lot of wis­dom from the older peo­ple. But you know what? I don’t know if I gained that sense of ma­tu­rity very early on. I’ve only re­garded peo­ple based on their per­son­al­i­ties and never let age come into the pic­ture. I was raised to be like that – to sit at the ta­ble and have proper con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple no mat­ter who they are.”

Given Ge­or­gia’s suc­cess and a pic­ture-per­fect life (she counts Cara Delev­ingne as a close friend), it’s easy to pre­sume that she’s got her head in the clouds. But once you speak to her, Ge­or­gia comes across as warm, grounded, pro­fes­sional, and – de­spite hav­ing come to the shoot right off a long-haul flight – en­thu­si­as­tic. Hall, a rock in Ge­or­gia’s life, has ob­vi­ously taught her daugh­ter well. “My mum came from a very poor fam­ily, so she’s al­ways telling me to be thank­ful and ap­pre­cia­tive of what I have,” Ge­or­gia says. “She’s also a glass-half-full kind of per­son. She has a very pos­i­tive out­look and she re­minds me to see the best in ev­ery­one.”

In the un­for­giv­ing realm of fash­ion, how­ever, best is not al­ways enough. Ever since she de­cided to make a ca­reer in mod­el­ling, she has been forced to think much more about body is­sues and ac­cepted stan­dards of beauty. “I think ev­ery girl feels in­se­cure at times; [but] I don’t think we should view beauty as some­thing ex­ter­nal. I never re­ally wor­ried about my teeth, my body or com­pared my­self to other women. To be hon­est, it’s quite an in­ter­est­ing process for me be­cause I think about the con­cept of beauty much more now than when I was younger,” she ob­serves.

Has this changed her own per­cep­tions of per­fec­tion? “Ev­ery­one’s dif­fer­ent and we should celebrate that as much as pos­si­ble. But if you have some­thing that re­ally both­ers you and it’s mak­ing you in­cred­i­bly un­happy and if you feel that chang­ing it would make you a hap­pier per­son, then go for it,” Ge­or­gia of­fers.

Just then, the track skips and Donna Sum­mer’s “I Feel Love” comes on. Ge­or­gia bops along, re­veal­ing her pen­chant for disco hits. She ad­mits she never in­her­ited her fa­ther’s mu­si­cal tal­ents, but en­joys mu­sic ev­ery other way. And while her fa­ther may well be one of the great­est rock ’n’ roll stars the world has seen, Ge­or­gia only had eyes (and ears) for another band. A boy band, to be ex­act. “I loved *NSYNC! I was ob­sessed with them,” she gushes dra­mat­i­cally. “My favourite’s Justin Tim­ber­lake. He’s one of the few peo­ple I felt starstruck with. I don’t think there are peo­ple like him any­more – boy band-wise. He was danc­ing, singing ... do­ing the whole thing. He got us girls when we were younger.” Now, that is some­thing I’m sure her fa­ther can re­late to.

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