If the daily grind of study, sleep, repeat ever gets you down, it’s always handy to hear that many of the world’s most haute models and creatives weren’t afraid to hit the books. Ahead, some of our favourite fashion girls who prove that beauty and brains don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Part runway model, part radiology technologist - this American model has walked for the likes of Prada, Christian Dior, Chanel and Proenza Schouler, all while studying and squeezing in two years of hospital work.
This Australian model studied a bachelor of science and a bachelor of applied science, and is working to pursue a postgraduate degree in medicine.
In between shooting, directing, styling and writing for an impressive portfolio of global brands, Zhang completed a bachelor of commerce and bachelor of laws at The University of Sydney.
This Victoria’s Secret alum graduated with a dual major in computer science and theatre, and is a keen programmer and app developer - her most popular app, iPort, offers models, actors and creatives a platform to create professional multimedia portfolios in the palm of their hand.
Inspired by her mother’s career as a social worker, international supermodel Joan Smalls completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology - graduating magna cum laude, no less.
Italian blogger/fashion powerhouse Ferragni launched The Blonde Salad in 2009 while studying law at Bocconi University. She has since parlayed her platform into a bonafide million-dollar business, with countless creative collaborations, consulting gigs and design ventures under her belt.
This American model made waves when she opted out of donning her Angel wings to attend NYU. In conjunction with undertaking individualised study at NYU’s Gallatin School, Kloss has also completed short courses at the Harvard Business School and is passionate about coding.
In between fashion jobs, Malcolm studies an engineering degree via correspondence - she hopes to hone her passion for the environment by working with renewable resources.
This Russian beauty didn’t let a full-time modelling schedule get in the way of studying, and graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in psychology.
Russell majored in political science and economics at Columbia University, graduating with honours in 2013. Her TED Talk on the modelling industry is also one of the most viewed of all time, with over 17 million hits and counting.