Meet Gemma Howorth, international foot model and face of the new Stand Up For Feet campaign.
Gemma Howorth started modelling at 18 after leaving boarding school. She quickly got a name for herself in the body-part modelling industry. After a few years Gemma set up her own model agency, Body London. Gemma has been dubbed the multi-million pound body with clients and celebrities alike requesting to have Gemma in their campaigns. Gemma, now 29, runs her very successful model agency and continues to model around the world.
Gemma is now a Scholl ambassador and is sharing her top tips on how to maintain healthy feet.
How did you become a foot model?
I got into the industry originally modelling and hand modelling and while on a particular shoot, the photographer spotted my feet. So I guess I have him to thank! I made the decision to move from fashion to foot care because I really believe that it is an interesting career to be a specialist in. Very few fashion models make it like Kate Moss, and I guess people call me the supermodel of the body part industry, which is quite fun.
What are some career highlights so far?
Probably working with supermodels such as Kate Moss and Heidi Klum. Seeing those amazing women in action was truly special, you soon realise why they are called supermodels. Heidi came from LA on three hours sleep and did a 14-hour day, laughing and joking and didn’t complain once! Also, I have doubled for Kate Moss for Rimmel and Liu Jo, Cat Deeley for Aussie Shampoo, Rose Byrne for Max Factor, and January Jones and Heidi Klum for Astor. Rose was my favourite, such a sweet girl.
What is the secret to looking after your feet?
Caring for my hands and feet on a day-to-day basis is all about consistency and doing things little and often, so I always carry creams and oils in my bag. In the summer, wearing thongs can dry out your feet, so I try to use my Scholl products as much as I can. I find Scholl’s Party Feet Gel Cushions save me if I have to wear heels for an event. But to keep my hands and feet in top condition, as crazy as this sounds, I wear gloves and socks sunbathing. Suffice to say, the socks don’t last long as they’re a bit hot! However, sunblock on your feet is essential as they catch the sun so easily.