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Poolside with model and mother-of-five Carrie Berkey

20 November 2018

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

The fashion model has settled in Wanaka after a whirlwind international career in Paris, Milan and New York.

“Fun is my everything,” says Carrie Berkey, Simply You’s cover star with the infectious smile. “I truly think the key to beauty is being happy.”

The 47-year-old mother of five says although she feels amazing in the here and now, it’s taken her a while to feel comfortable in her own skin.

Carrie has been modelling since she was scouted in her home town of Beavercreek, Ohio, at the age of 18. “I sometimes wish to go back in time and take the confidence I have now and see what that would be like,” she says. “I’m happier and at peace with myself and it’s an awesome feeling. I feel you can do anything better when you feel amazing.”

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A tomboy when she began her career, Carrie still found her footing in the fashion industry, working in the fashion capitals of New York, Milan and Paris and beyond, for leading brands including Chanel, Missoni and Ralph Lauren. Giorgio Armani, however, was her favourite designer to work with: “I spent a lot of time with him… he spoilt me!”

Carrie Berkey Simply You profile
Left: Carrie wears dress by Trelise Cooper. Earrings by Partridge Jewellers. Hells by Mi Piaci. Right: Modelling in New York in the ’90s

Eleven years ago, Carrie moved to Wanaka with her family. Two of her children, Lucy (19) and Ben (18), are now away at university and she lives with her three youngest, Bridget (16), Henry (13) and Josie (11), who share their modern property on the hills of Mt Barker.

“Being a mother has had its ups and downs, but my kids have shaped me into a better person. Because of them, I’ve realised I needed to dig deeper and do better for their sake,” she says.

The model’s new mantra to help her succeed is: “I am strong, I am beautiful and I can do anything.” We think it’s working.

 


Read Carrie Berkey’s full story, and see her stunning resort wear photoshoot, in the new issue of Simply You.

Words: Jessica-Belle Greer
Photography: Michael James Rooke
Styling: Louise Hilsz
Hair & Makeup: Chay Roberts
Agency: Unique Model Management
Top image credit: Dress by Maggie Marilyn. Sunglasses by Gucci.

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