You may or may not know model/presenter/IT girl Charlotte De Carle but if you don’t… where have you been hiding? We had the opportunity to sit down with the witty and wonderful Charlotte for a nice little chin wag to see if she could let loose on herself and the fashion industry. Afterwards, all we wanted to do was apply to be her new BFF/wingman. I mean, who wouldn’t wanna hang with her she’s HOT!!
Tell us about you when you were a teenager, did you always knew you wanted to be within the fashion industry?
Well, I grew up in a little town called Wigston, in Leicestershire. I lived in a bungalow in a retirement cul de sac which resulted in me not really having a social life until I left home at 18. It seems newly built stair lifts and women in head scarfs air punching rolling pins was a real deal breaker in my younger years. As a kid I set my sights on being a gym instructor. I was always a tomboy playing football with my dad and going out on his motorbike. Several times my mum asked if I liked the ladies and I think she still thinks I do to this day. I have two elder sisters that both were involved in modelling and beauty pageants. Due to my sisters, I was offered a modelling contract, so after much kicking and screaming I moved to London.
You’re great mates with Chris Ben’s (Pro Green’s stylist) and obviously Pro Green himself and being the poster girl for many ad campaigns but you’re most familiar from the TV show DIRTY SEXY THINGS. How were you approached to be on the show and why did you do it? Many fans keep asking will there be another one, if so would you do it again?
Haha, such name dropping . I am very blessed by the people I have in my life and sometimes I think they are very lucky to have me. Those boys can be a right handful, not in THAT way! A casting agent from E4 contacted London model agents asking for models with personality. Luckily my agent put me forward, if just to get rid of me for a few months!
I decided to do the show because I had a phobia of the film camera. Strange I know considering my career but I thought if they are going to film me eating, sleeping and peeing I will surely get over it then. And I did. I very much enjoyed doing the show, it was definitely an eye opener. I had to spend a lot of time with some people I wouldn’t normally, so definitely taught me patience. As to whether I’d do it again, I’m not too sure. I came out of the series as Perou’s favourite so unless there were some really challenging shoots that caught my attention, then I think it’s best to quit while I’m ahead. But I would love to do more television. Maybe more with my top on!
What was your most memorable moment? Many have said it was a scripted reality show - is this true?
Iceland has to be one of the most memorable moments. Not only for the Blue Lagoon hot springs, but also being naked and painted black on the black sand beach in winter was quite liberating. It’s not scripted at all. Obviously for the casting process it wasn’t just meeting Perou and, boom, I got the job. We all had to meet the execs, director and producers and there was hundreds of us from all London agencies competing. Everything else was real. I was myself.
Unlike other people in the show you already had a healthy modelling career but since it finished have you gained more work or less work?
While the show was on work did go a little quiet. I guess they want to see how you turn out in the end. It’s funny what can change from one episode to another. But after the series finished work was really good and still is to this day, touch wood. I don’t think it changed it too much but I do now get more jobs for my personality than just for my face, tits and arse.
What are your goals and ambitions now?
My next goal is to become a tv presenter. I think that’s my next step. I’d love a spot on T4 but hey, who doesn’t. The ability to chat and get paid for it. Score!
You have a very healthy following on Twitter – what is it over 24 thousand now? Have you had any weird requests or stalkers? Do you feel there is pressure to be constantly in the public eye now that you have so many people that look up to you?
I do have some very loving and loyal fans ranging from school kids to parents. The joy of having them there is I never feel alone. I am very lucky. I have had some odd requests. I was recently asked to a prom and have had a few date requests. The strangest was someone sent me a stamp addressed envelope asking for a used tissue. I held back on that one. I was asked if I wanted to go for a pint, so I did. I like to think I am an approachable person. Treat as you want to be treated and all that, though obviously check if they were mass murderers first.
We spotted you having a little cameo on Made In Chelsea (could you be Proudlock’s new love?) and in Professor Green’s music video… did you get involved in those projects?
Stephen (Professor Green) has been a good mate of mine for many years now, from well before his well deserved success and fame. He is like me but with a slightly better manicure. Very witty and down to earth, so I’ve got a lot of time for that man. As for the Made in Chelsea cameo, my friend Gemma Gregory, who is a new cast member invited me to a party and that’s what it ended up being. Within 20 minutes I was on the bed with the lovely Oliver Proudlock. Oops. Oh mother would be so proud.
How is the world of modelling at the moment – is it a dog eat dog world still? Do you feel there is a pressure to be thin and perfect all the time?
There is always pressure to stay in shape because a new younger version of you in always waiting in the background. It’s a competitive job which is being made harder by the fact your not just competing with other models but celebrities too.
You do tend to have a sarcastic/witty nature… has has this landed you in any trouble with people?
It has burned me in the past. I have been mistaken for arrogant or disinterested, but it’s really not the case. I can be quite dry and deadpan but underneath that lacking expression I’m not all bad. I’d say I’m a loveable dick but hey, you can’t please everyone I suppose.
Who would you snog, marry & avoid out of these people and why? BB (Your ex & cast member), Jameela Jamil or Rizzle Kicks (you get both of them)
Haha, erm, snog Rizzle Kicks, they are some good looking guys and I’m liking the two-for-one special, and I’d have to say marry the lovely BB. He is just one of my favourite people and to be fair, come on, imagine those kids. Damn I guess I’d have to avoid Jameela. It’s probably for the best anyway. I mistook her at a club for someone else and slightly drunkenly was accusing her of ignoring me to the point the restraining order is probably already out. Sorry Jameela.
If you could model for any brand or label who would it be and why?
Burberry would be my all time favourite to be the face of. I am very patriotic and they are the pinnacle of British design. I also love the style and their ideology. If all else fails I’ve already done ASDA. Life complete.
If you could give any advice to people wanting to become a model or a tv presenter, what would you tell them?
Be persistent, be yourself, have a unique selling point and don’t take yourself too seriously. Just be confident in yourself and I’ll see you there soon.
Could you sum yourself up in no more then 5 words.
Interview by Jade Stavri