Rosemary Ferguson, Model & Nutritionist
“I started modeling—everyone thinks it’s such a great story now, because I was found in McDonalds when I was 15. [Laughs] I did a couple jobs but I didn’t like it very much—in fact, I didn’t like it at all. I found it really alien to what I was used to. I did three jobs, but I just wanted to be in the pub with my boyfriend and friends. Then when I was 17, I passed my driving test and was like, ‘Hm… I need a car. I don’t know how to get a car.’ So I called [the agency] back and was like, ‘Hiya!’ I started modeling again, and it was the grunge era that was in. It was actually quite fortuitous for me. I didn’t tell anyone at college I was modeling, but then The Face cover came out, and Vogue. I rented a flat out, I was basically preparing my nest. I was going to go into Psychology at LSE, but that’s as far as I’d go. I’d got my place at university and took a gap year—13 years later, still haven’t gone back. I had a flat in New York six months later.
When I basically stopped modeling, I was like, ‘I don’t really know what I’m going to do.’ I’m a worker—I don’t like to do nothing. I was like, ’15 years of my life, and it’s kind of a closed chapter.’ But I was really wrong. I knew that I wanted to do nutrition—I did the three year course, and what was really brilliant was that they totally embraced me and were so bloody supportive. I really mean that—you forget of course, that the fashion industry is a very aesthetic industry. People are like, ‘Rose, come on, how do you do it?’ All these things come together. Maxine, from Beauty Papers, knows who I am, knows where I come from, knows I have a certain view on life that suits Beauty Papers—and it’s the same from Vogue. I think the book came around because I have this voice that people seem to want to hear. But that definitely comes from a fashion background, so I’m really grateful for that. The crossover between the two industries is like a match made in heaven, actually, which I didn’t think about when I was doing nutrition. It was a happy happening.
I started out trying to do healthy comfort food, and I was just like, ‘You know what everybody wants is a burger.’ It’s not about making food that’s so different that people won’t actually buy it—I want everyone to eat it. It’s a healthier version of a burger. This burger isn’t made with vegetable protein, it’s made with quinoa, lentils, mushrooms. It’s properly nutritious for you. We tested it, and tested it, and people feel like a completely different person after just a five day program of this. And it’s not fanaticism, or a juice diet—we feed people. It’s about teaching people they can eat good food, and get positive feedback. We do a liquid day in the middle, but even that’s not just juice. We do two soups, vegetable smoothies, a juice, and a shake. The reason I’ve gone away from juice fasting is because people do it to lose weight, and that’s not the reason to do a juice fast. People just abuse the juice fast. So I’m not going to give people the juice fast—so there! [Laughs]
At the moment I wake up at six. I went to this yoga retreat in January, and I felt so great, so I try to get up and do that in the morning. Then, I’ll take a hot and cold shower. You do as hot as you can for like 30 seconds, and as cold as you can for 10, and you do it three times. I really go for it—the water here gets really cold! But you feel like a shiny new penny when you’re done. It’s really good for your lymph, for your skin, and I think it’s good for cellulite too. It’s kind of a water therapy—it gets the circulation going.
Then I cleanse with Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil, which stays on your skin a bit. After that, I’ll make a cocktail of serums, usually including a hyaluronic acid. I use Skinceutical’s CE Ferulic every day. And I love Crème de La Mer—it’s old school. It’s like filler—you put it on, and it just feels really thick and nice. It’s usually my finishing day cream. I always use sun cream, always, every day—La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 SPF is my favorite.
At night, I mix this Ila cream with Romilly Wilde Night Duty Face Cream. And then I use this Lumity Anti Aging Oil. I like the way oils feel. Maybe I just have really, really dry skin. Either way, I’m a big fan of moist. When I’m putting on makeup, I always prime with Eight Hour Cream under it. I like a bit of shine. The Oskia London Renaissance Cleansing Gel is good. If I’ve got makeup on and I’ve been at work, I’ll use that. I’ve used Eight Hour Cream for years and years. Again, it’s just thick. I put it on my cheekbones for a little highlight, and I put it on my eyes, because it keeps your eyebrows in check. Liv Tyler was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s what you do!’ That’s my top tip. I think when you get older as well, it just lifts a little bit. Gives a little scaffolding. I use it on my lips also. I’ve tried other ones, but this is the best.
I love doing a mask. My daughter uses the Glamglow masks, and I love them! Or I’ll do the Umbrian Clay mask from Fresh. Sometimes I have a hydrofacial at Qutis, which is local. I try to go once a month—they really make a difference.
I go to Daylesford here for massages—they do amazing massages. I also go and get facials from Teresa Tarmey in London, if I want something like a red light. She does really great lifting massages as well. Maybe I have got dry skin, because I go really red really easily. Teresa does this great thing called Dermarolling, and we were laughing—well, I wasn’t laughing, because I looked like a beet root. She was like, ‘Don’t worry,’ and I was like, ‘Don’t worry?!’ [Laughs] But my skin was fine—it’s just sensitive.”
—as told to ITG
Rosemary Ferguson photographed by Tom Newton on March 9, 2018.