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My Secret Life: Agyness Deyn, 29, model


The household I grew up in... was hectic. I have a younger sister and an older brother. We were always doing something – karate and swimming and stuff, it was a lively household.

When I was a child I wanted to be... a bed tester. I loved sleeping and I said to my mum, is there a job where someone can test beds and tell people which are the comfiest?

If I could change one thing about myself... To think a bit more before I do things; I tend to be quite fearless in jumping into things.

You wouldn't know it but I am very good at... boxing. I started a few years ago in New York.

You may not know it but I'm no good at... dancing. I always feel like I'm an awkward teenager at a school disco.

At night I dream of... I used to have a recurring dream when I was a child – you know that scene in Star Wars where Chewbacca's in the garbage disposal?

I wish I had never worn... Nothing – I feel like whatever I wear is cool. You make that decision, you've got to roll with it.

What I see when I look in the mirror... Myself. I really do.

My favourite item of clothing... At the moment, I have this new floral Joseph dress which I can't take off – it reminds me of grunge.

It's not fashionable but I like... going to see classical music live.

I drive... my bicycle.

My house is... At the moment, it's a hotel.

My favourite work of art... I love Damien's 'spot paintings', they're so cool. He's the nicest guy I ever met. He's such a northern monkey.

My favourite building... Whenever I'm in London, I always love running past Buckingham Palace.

A book that changed me... The Little Prince. I read it as a child and it's one I always have a look at.

Movie heaven... I like a drama, something really gritty – I love English, independent films, like Dead Man's Shoes, London to Brighton.

My greatest regret... No regrets.

The last time I cried... My friend had a baby and I went to see her in the hospital just after she'd had it – I was like, "Oh my God, someone just came on to the planet! You made her!".

My five-year plan... I suppose I'll be 34... I hope I'll have a few kids, have progressed in my acting career, and have a lot of love in my life.

What's the point? To find meaning.

My life in six words... Who knows what's gonna happen next?


Agyness Deyn was born Laura Hollins, in 1983. She grew up in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, and famously worked in her local fish and chip shop. Deyn was spotted by a talent scout at 19; she made her catwalk debut for Marc Jacobs in New York in 2006. Deyn went on to grace the covers of Vogue, i-D and Love, and has fronted campaigns for Mulberry, Burberry and Armani. She appears in the film Pusher, and will be starring in The Leisure Society, at Trafalagr Studios, Tuesday to 31 March. Deyn is based in LA