You may know Phoebe Tonkin for her turn as Hayley in The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, or earlier as Cleo inH2O: Just Add Water, but the Australian actress has made a special exception to model forÂ Matteau, the swimwear line designed by her close friend Ilona Hamer and her sister Peta Heinsen.
â€śIlona and I actually met at a Sydney event in Sydney about five and a half years ago,â€ť remembers Tonkin, who celebrated her campaign appearance with an intimate and chic dinner held at China Heights Gallery days before Australian Fashion Week. â€śWhen she started working onÂ MatteauÂ Iâ€™d worn a couple of early models, and when she asked me to be in the first campaign, I was obviously very excited. and now Iâ€™ve told her no one else can be in the campaign!â€ť she says playfully with a laugh.
â€śIâ€™m probably the worst model because I like to have breaks, and snacks, and get out of the sun and do all the things that models arenâ€™t really allowed to do – Iâ€™d want to have some guacamole and a margarita, so Iâ€™m not a particularly well behaved modelled,â€ť jokes Tonkin, who had modelled younger but ultimately focused on her acting career.
On working with her close friends, designer Hamer and Alexandra Nataf, whoÂ photographed the campaign, â€śit is very effortless for them. They had such a clear idea of what they wanted so it was a very easy shoot. Sometimes it gets frustrating when a person doesnâ€™t really know what they want. Ilona has such a succinct style that is very classic and beautiful and not complicated.â€ť