Model Body, Model Mind

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By Jemma Walker

We’re all envious of models’ toned physiques, flawless complexions and luxurious lifestyles – even when they’re off duty. So we caught up with international model Dominique Lamon who’s modeled for the likes of John Galliano and Agent Provocateur to find out her tips for looking runway ready.

Inbetween jet-setting all over the world, the 22-year-old South African beauty spends her time at her favourite Dubai hangouts, sipping Lychee Martinis at Zuma and dining at Le Petite Maison, and after modeling for seven years she knows the importance of keeping fit and taking time out to relax.

Do you find it hard maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

Fitness and health is something that I am so passionate about, I’m a qualified nutritional and exercise advisor, so food, nutrition and exercise is something I spend a lot of time reading up on and learning about. I love working out in the morning, I feel like it starts my day off on a good note and helps me to eat healthier throughout the day. 

What’s your secret to staying in shape?

I love exercising in general. It puts me in such a good mood! I go running, functional training and love yoga the most. I just recently completed my second half-marathon in my home city of Cape Town – It was so fun! If I had to choose my least favourite exercise, it would have to be cycling. 

What do you do to relax? 

Yoga – It’s an amazing form of relaxation and a great way to keep yourself centered. It’s very important to make time for yourself to de-stress, and yoga really is the perfect way to do this. I also enjoy hiking, Cape Town is so beautiful and natural and has so many hiking routes. 

Do you have a secret beauty ingredient? 

Coconut oil is something I swear by; It’s great for cooking, skin and even hair. I also lean towards using natural and vegan products on my skin and hair – natural is best! I like to use the Moroccan Oil Mask at least twice a week to keep my hair healthy and hydrated, especially since it dries out easily from all the product and Dubai heat. I keep my skin clear by using a face-mask for my skin on a regular basis.

Name five products we’d find in your beauty-bag?

It would have to be the YSL touché Cle concealer to hide the dark circles under my eyes and I think Gurlein’s CC Cream is amazing, I use it as a tinted moisturizer during the day. I also use La Roche Posay Effaclar H soothing moisturiser on my skin. On my locks I use Kevin Murphy’s shampoo and conditioner (all vegan!) and finish with a spritz of Christian Dior’s Ambre Nuit perfume.

What are your top tips for keeping your skin clear and bright?

The best advice is to drink lots of water, get enough sleep, and make sure you eat good, clean, wholesome food – routine is also very important. 

Finally, what’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t take life too seriously! 

For workout inspiration, fitness tips and useful body-contouring tips follow Dominique Lamon on Instagram: @benelibody