Three years after Amber’s iconic Damaris campaign, we look back at one of our favourite ever photoshoots and catch up with the supermodel about her career, body confidence and her favourite pieces from the new Mimi collections.
When I shot my campaign for Damaris a few years back, the room was full of women, most notably including the photographer, Jane McLeish-Kelsey. On the basis that the shoot was for lingerie, I felt more empowered than objectified. Working in the presence of a female eye allowed for a particular level of intimacy. I've had the joy of working with some truly amazing male photographers, and I hope to continue doing so, but I considered this creative decision to be invaluable when the brand’s intention is for women to feel sexy and confident in themselves.
I think wearing gorgeous underwear is incredibly confidence-boosting and almost part of self-care. In fact, I enjoy the secretive sense of wellbeing I get wearing sexy underwear underneath some baggy jeans and a t-shirt! Models have to be resilient. I started modelling at 15 and initially found the career adjustment both overwhelming and unsettling. It was challenging enough understanding my body as a young woman, let alone also entering into an industry that can tend to focus on perfection. It can be hard for your attitude towards body image to not become a thing of transaction. I felt as though people would tell you that all you need to be is yourself whilst simultaneously categorising you based on who they think you are, so self-awareness and having other interests is key.
My career focus has changed somewhat over the last few years, and while I still have to maintain certain measurements as a model, I now see things more in a health and confidence-centric way. As an actor you have to endure long stretches of often quite physical work or learn new skills like dance or fighting. It’s draining and it gives you a refreshing respect for what your body can do.
I started to train now because I want to, and its given me pride to have a more emotional relationship with my body as opposed to seeing it as purely a commodity. I’m delighted to be choosing my top picks for Mimi and Damaris, a brand that confidently manages to help women feel great in their bodies.
The best advice I've ever been given? In a relationship, don't ever be afraid of life without someone, because then you will always be yourself.
Amber's Top Picks.
1. Kiss Chase - Triangle Bra, Suspenders and Petal Knickers.
I’ve been trying to get myself into wearing more colourful underwear recently. This set is pretty, and I love the sexy edge of the peep hole at the back of the briefs. The suspender belt is a great addition to this set for the evening too!
2. Queenie - Triangle Bra and Knicker
As you might be able to tell, I’m a big fan of the triangle bra! Mimi manages to make them wearable for those of us with a larger cup size too, which is rare.
(Available mid August)
3. Conkers Triangle Bra & Thong
We all love a barely there sexy set that also looks super comfortable and this one is pure fire.
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