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Credit: Supplied and Instagram @chantalmonaghan 

What’s top of your fashion wish-list for spring? I am loving light bomber jackets and denim jackets right now.  

What’s your best long-haul travel hack? Travelling back and forth from New York to Australia is a long trip so I try to get as much sleep as I can so the readjustment to time zones is made easier.

What shoe style best sums you up? The show style that sums me up are boots, booties, ankles boots. It doesn’t matter what season we are in I’ll still wear heel boots in summer. I’m obsessed.

Can you tell us something that would surprise us about you? I don’t like getting my nails done. Most of my friends are like, ‘whaat? OMG!’. They love get pampered.

What’s your best selfie tip? Lighting. Look for the best light and take so many pictures with all types of faces.

Who do you miss the most when travelling? I miss my grandma the most when travelling as it’s really hard to call her and vice versa. I talk to my mum almost five times a day.

What’s the most fun job you’ve ever done? It was fun going to South Australia to do the shoot for Jo Mercer. The crew were great, the location where we shot was amazing and the landscape was spectacular. We flew to the destination on a small private plane, even though I am scared of small planes it was really fun and exhilarating.

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Monaghan on set for the Jo Mercer campaign shot at Lake Sturt in South Australia Credit: Instagram @chantalmonaghan 

What’s the most terrifying job you’ve ever done? My first catwalk show when I was 16 years old was nerve racking to say the least. I look back on that now and am very grateful for that experience.

What’s your biggest extravagance? Spending a weekend at the Hamptons or shopping in Manhattan and buying the latest designer handbag. I have managed to collect a few over the years.

Who is your favourite person and why? My mum because she is very strong and has taught me how to be like her. Especially pertinent when I am travelling because I am always travelling alone, trying to build my career at a young age.

Tell us something you couldn’t live without. FaceTime.

What’s your funniest style fail? My biggest style fail is probably wearing flip flops and a T-shirt dress to a really fancy restaurant in NYC. I didn’t know it was that kind of place. But one year later people are wearing my look in those type of restaurants, maybe I started a trend.

What’s your dream handbag right now? A Chanel boy bag.

WHO’S YOUR TYPE AND WHY? I like surfie looking types because they look carefree and fun but then I also like Wentworth Miller from Prison Breakand Liam Hemsworth. I think it changes all the time but the personality has to be fun and a free spirit.

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Monaghan, above, now models alongside the likes of Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid Credit: Instagram @chantalmonaghan 

Best pick up line you’ve ever heard? “Did it hurt?” Did what hurt? “When you fell from heaven.”   

What’s the biggest misconception about you? That I wear high fashion clothes and makeup all the time. When I’m not working I’m very relaxed and chilled at home, and walking around the streets. Sometimes I make my PJ dress a top by tying a knot in it and throw on some leather pants and it looks like an outfit. 

Can you remember the last time you lost your temper? Not really, but when flights or even public transport is running late I get very annoyed and anxious about not getting to a job or casting on time. There is a lot of waiting around in this industry and you have to learn to deal with it and manage your stress.

What’s your biggest regret? I don’t have a biggest regret but I think you should learn from mistakes you make in life and turn them into opportunities.

What would you be doing now if you weren’t a model? Working in a role related to fashion or in PR. My agent is amazing so I would love to do what she does making girls careers come true.

What’s been your biggest life lesson so far? Dealing with rejection. Realising that if you are not successful in a casting it is not you personally but your look is not what the client is looking for at the moment.

Chantal Monaghan is the face of Australian shoe brand Jo Mercer. Follow her on Instagram.

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