- BY: RACHEL O'BRIEN
- Nov. 4, 2019
For November’s Q&A, we spoke to Jill Ogai, a soloist with the Australian Ballet Company. This year, Jill was nominated for the prestigious Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards which will be announced later this month.
Q1: Who, what or wear is so hot right now?
Zoe Kravitz, and anything she is doing, wearing, acting in or putting on her face.
Q2: Finish this sentence: ‘I am always ready to wear….’
Q3: Bruises, blisters and bad hair cuts – have you suffered for fashion? If so, state the injury. Was it worth it?
I get blisters almost every time I buy a pair of shoes. I keep buying shoes, and I keep suffering, so it must be worth it!
Q4: What is your favourite fashion moment on film?
Not a film, but a TV series: anything Francesca wears in ‘Master of None’ is everything! Favourite moment is Season 2, Episode 1 – blue shirt, pants and a headscarf.
Q5: Do you remember the first time you felt fashionable? How old were you? What were you wearing?
Yes! I was thirteen years old, and I was wearing a cream linen mini dress with a thin navy check. I had accessorized it with a wide belt and little blue flats. I wore these items until they were rags. An annoying habit of fashion is that you never really know what you’re going to wear and love to death, until you’ve bought it. And when you try to replace things, they are always discontinued!
Q6: Who would beat you in a walk-off?
I permanently walk like a duck with my feet turned out, I couldn’t beat anyone in a walk-off!
Q7: Have you ever committed a crime of fashion? What was it? Were you guilty or not guilty?
I am very experimental with colour combinations. Combining red and pink is a favourite of mine, and yet its meant to be a crime!? But they haven’t caught me yet – so not guilty!
Q8: What is the one thing that you never leave home without?
A brown leather pouch with my keys and loose change in it.
Q9: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.” Do you agree or disagree?
I agree. But sometimes you feel defeated, and you need a uniform for that.
Q10: If your fashion fairy godmother could grant you one wish, what would it be?
Lots of tailored trousers.
Jill was born and raised in Sydney and began ballet as a 4 year old. She reached the rank of soloist with the Australian Ballet in 2017 and since then has danced a number of lead roles within Australia and internationally. She recently danced in New York with principal Kevin Jackson and has debuted in lead roles in Nutcracker and Sylvia. To learn more about the nominees and vote for your favourite to win the People's Choice Award visit telstra.com/ballet