CONVICTS recently hit Sydney’s iconic Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore with Rosie Tupper, the twenty-four year old Aussie supermodel. Rosie’s a bookworm and self-identifies as ‘the quiet friend,’ yet she carried herself with unexpected confidence through the streets of Paddington, Sydney. Rosie moves through the world as if it were her oyster, and rightly so. In between flat whites, we got Rosie’s word on life, home, her favorite books, and why being the quiet friend pays off.
Now, the twenty-four year old homebody is back Down Under sipping fine Australian coffees, relaxing into the chiller pace of life, and doing her favorite things: reading and listening to choice tunes. It’s always refreshing to see the mega-successful down to earth and passionate, and Rosie brought the charm.
Hey there Rosie. To start, can you tell us who you are and where we’re at?
Hi I’m Rosie Tupper and we are at Carriage Works in Sydney.
Where are you from originally?
I’m from Perth, West Coast. Near the beach.
How long have you been back from New York?
Two weeks. I love being home.
What’s the best thing about home?
All my family’s here. I love Australia, I think the lifestyle in general is nicer. It’s calm and laidback, we have amazing beaches and the weather’s nice.
What’s your favorite way to start the day?
With coffee. I love getting up and exercising first thing in the morning. I think that’s a really good way to start the day. I definitely feel better when I do do that-I hate the thought of doing that in the evening.
How do you deal with all the travelling you do?
I have a homebase wherever I am. At least somewhere to come home to and feel comfortable, because I’m a homebody. That’s important.
What are your go to travel items?
iPod? I still carry an iPod. Is that weird? People say it’s so weird because everyone has music on their phone now. It’s so old school but I always have my iPod on me in any bag. You know, the old thin, really slim ones? I still have it. The nano! So always an iPod, phone, and book to read on the plane.
Who’s your favorite band at the moment?
My favorite band would be Radiohead.
What does the word ‘escape’ mean to you?
It means being comfortable, just being at home and reading or watching a movie and being comfortable there.
What’s one book you would recommend to everybody?
I love “A Million Little Pieces” by James Wright, that’s one of my all time favorite books. “My Friend Leonard” is the second one to that.
What are the main differences between living in Australia and living in New York?
The fast paced lifestyle there. It’s the complete opposite. Which is amazing, but I appreciate both. I couldn’t choose one or the other.
Where would you go to chill out in New York?
Before I left I started spending more time down in the Battery Park area by the water. It’s really beautiful and also just has a different feel down there.
What were you like as a kid?
I was a bit of a brat. I was a mum’s girl. Like when I was five, I was always by her side. I hated her going out, doing anything without me.
Did you play sports growing up?
Noooo. No. Definitely not. I was not into sports at all. Still not. In primary school, I wouldn’t even put myself in for the netball team. I’d get in trouble if I got forced into it. I was kind of uncoordinated in that way.
What was it like to get the front of Vogue?
So exciting. Um, I was 17 at the time and I didn’t know at the time we were shooting it that it would become the cover. Um, But yeah I was, I think I had been in New York for two months and my booker called me and told me and I was over the moon.
Ok, more important question: what’s your favorite thing about Australian service stations?
Sausage rolls. I don’t eat them ‘cause I’m vegetarian, but I love smelling them. That’s the one thing I miss about eating meat. And I think that they always have really good ones.
What’s kept you so level throughout your career?
Just the people around me, really. Family and my same small group of friends. I’m quite particular about who I’m friends with.
What would you tell a youngster trying to follow in your footsteps?
Do it in the right way and stay true to who you are.
Right on. Thanks for the chat Rosie.