WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST FASHION EXTRAVAGANCE? I like to splurge on jewellery. I like things made in thick gold that will last forever.

WHICH SHOE STYLE BEST SUMS YOU UP? Classic. You can always find me in loafers, or black patent boots. Through the summer I like to mix it up. Whenever I’m in Europe I manage to find an outrageous pair of Italian slides (covered in pearls), which make their way into the mix.

WHAT’S TOP OF YOUR FASHION WISH-LIST FOR SUMMER? The Simon Miller, Bonsai 30 nubuck bucket bag in tan; it has summer vacation written all over it.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST FASHION TIP FOR SOMEONE ATTENDING OUR GRAZIA X VAMFF RUNWAY SHOW, WHICH INCLUDES TALULAH AS A FEATURED BRAND? Don’t over-do it. I think cool-casual trumps American-prom-queen any day.


Izi wears the Eloise Mini Dress by Talulah, $280. The brand will feature in GRAZIA x VAMFF 2018 runway show. SHOP THE DRESS HERE
Credit: Courtesy Izi Simundic

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER OF YOUR FIRST CASTING? Ha! I was so nervous, I spent the whole morning trying to nail a ‘barely there’ face of makeup. (In actual fact, you would need a brush to scrape off the seven layers of concealer I had piled on). It was disappointing to discover that castings last a total of five minutes, and those four hours of getting ready didn’t quite equate.

WHAT’S THE MOST FUN THING YOU’VE EVER DONE? The most fun (and acceptable story to be published) was the weekend I sailed around the tiny islands off the coast of Hvar in Croatia. We pulled up at what looked a secluded island only to discover it was a nudist movement. We had walked 20 minutes across the Island to the only restaurant and there was no turning back, so we embraced an afternoon of nude Croatians and outdoor bathrooms with no walls.

WHAT’S THE SCARIEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE? Flying over the South Island of New Zealand in a helicopter. No one bothers to tell you that there are no doors on the chopper. It’s just you and a tiny seatbelt preventing you from plummeting thousands of feet.

WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FUTURE WORK GIG? Without sounding like every single other model that has ever answered this question: Victoria’s Secret or Vogue US (or both, if someone was feeling generous).


Off-duty at Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach, Sydney
Credit: Instagram @izisimundic

CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING THAT WOULD SURPRISE US ABOUT YOU? I can speak Croatian fluently and take adult-ballet lessons.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE PERSON AND WHY? My father. He is the coolest salsa-dancing Croatian I know. We have the same taste in documentaries, and the man never fails to bring me a bottle of vintage Shiraz when he’s visiting (take note future guests).

WHAT’S YOUR BEST HOT SELFIE TIP? Finding the right light. Get a shady-spot near direct sunlight and you’re golden or just get someone else to take it. Selfies give me anxiety.

WHAT’S THE BEST PICKUP LINE YOU’VE EVER HEARD? “You’re cute, it must be your Cro-Asian* heritage.” I don’t think the man had ever taken a geography lesson in his life. *NB Croatia is in Europe – not Asia.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FASHION LOOK ON A GUY? Polished. Throw those rubber thongs far, far away. A relaxed after-work look gets me every time.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOU? That my name is “Izi Mundic” – it’s Izi Simundic. I have absolutely no idea why every call-sheet I have ever read has created me a new last name.


Simundic in a campaign shoot for YSL fragrance
Credit: Instagram @izisimundic

CAN YOU REMEMBER THE LAST TIME YOU LOST YOUR TEMPER? I never really lose my temper, however, I am incredibly passionate when I speak, so probably always sound like I’m yelling. (Think Penelope Cruz, in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.)

CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING YOU COULD’T LIVE WITHOUT? My passport.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST LONG-DISTANCE TRAVEL HACK? Lather yourself in expensive face cream at the duty-free counter before your flight, and if you’re really hardcore (and want to scare your fellow passengers) BYO an SKII sheet mask. You will look like the crazy man from Silence of the Lambs, but when you disembark you will look about two years younger.

WHAT FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA DO YOU OBSESS OVER? I get on social media to post and get straight off. You will find me deep in the Bloomberg world news first thing in the morning.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING NOW IF YOU WEREN’T A MODEL? Something in finance. I have an economics degree.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST LIFE LESSON SO FAR? The time I cheated on my eyebrow-lady and ended up with thinner brows than Kate Moss in the 90’s. That was a tough one to bounce back from.

Izi Simundic will be front row wearing Talulah at the GRAZIA x VAMFF 2018 runway show on  March 10

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