“It is just not in my na­ture to sit back and rest on my lau­rels”

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One can’t help but won­der if Perry’s good mate and one-time Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model

co-star Char­lotte Daw­son, who passed away in Fe­bru­ary 2014, would have been right at home among the lo­cal casts. “So amaz­ing,” Perry says with a laugh. “Her hu­mour… it’s the thing I miss most. Yeah, she would have been the house­wife from hell – the ul­ti­mate!”

Pro­duc­tion on ANTM sol­diered on de­spite Daw­son’s un­timely death, and af­ter mark­ing a decade on air last year, an 11th sea­son is now in the pipeline. Perry serves as one of the show’s judges, and ad­mits it can be “con­tentious… peo­ple might look at it and may not agree with what that in­dus­try is about, but that’s what that in­dus­try is. And if you want to be part of it, we’re go­ing to show you what it’s like to be the best part of it. You don’t want to be Aus­tralia’s next av­er­age model.”

Nor, it seems, does Perry want to be re­mem­bered as just an av­er­age de­signer. Which is why his re­fusal to memo­ri­alise his ac­com­plish­ments while he is in the midst of still achiev­ing them ac­tu­ally makes sense. “It’s just not in my na­ture to sit back and rest on my lau­rels,” he says. “For me, it’s about amp­ing up, keep­ing it new, mak­ing sure we, as a brand, don’t be­come com­pla­cent.

“You know when some­one starts to do great­est hits al­bums?” he asks. “It’s like, ‘I don’t have any­thing new, but how ’bout we look at what I’ve done?’ I will never do that. I will al­ways say: ‘Look at what I’ve got – that’s new.’”

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