Finlay was photographed exclusively for by Elliott Wilcox, with styling by Annabel Lucey. Thanks to Bea.


Finlay Robinson (@fin_robinson)


Models 1 (London)



Place of Origin:
Bath, England

Ethnic Origin:
Genetically, as English as it gets!


Did you always want to be a model? Tell us about how you were discovered.
Before being scouted, I’d honestly never really thought about being a model; for me, at least, it felt as if models didn’t really exist! It was always so alien to see them strut down the runway, and having never met a model before becoming one myself, I couldn’t really comprehend any of it! I was at my first festival, just chillin’ with my friends, listening to music, vibing, and then randomly, these two people came up to me – Joe Tootal and Milena Bommino – and asked if I’d ever thought about being a model. I remember being in sixth form and having issues knowing what to do with my future – uni, full-time work, or a gap year. I was working as a dishwasher at my local pub at the time, and when I realized how much I enjoyed seeing all of these amazing models doing so well, I decided not to go to uni, sign with Models 1, and see where it would lead me.

Most memorable modeling experience so far?
I’ve been lucky enough to have more than one incredibly memorable moment, so it’s really hard to pick one. But! If I had to pick one, it’d be my Milan-exclusive Prada debut because of how amazingly overwhelming it was; it threw me straight into the deep end of modeling, which was intense and unlike anything I’d ever done. I made so many amazing friends during the show.

One song you have on repeat, and why?
We Almost Lost Detroit by Gil Scott-Heron. It’s just so chill and fits every mood.

What other passions do you have aside from modeling?
I really enjoy music in general; I’d love to learn an instrument ASAP! I also really used to enjoy basketball, surfing, and mountain biking.

What is something you’ve always wanted to do/try?
I lived in Portugal for 7 years and unfortunately forgot the language when I moved back to England after being fluent. So I think it’d be great to re-learn Portuguese.

What’s one thing people may be surprised to find out about you?
I had very straight hair until I was 13, and then it turned super curly!

What change would you like to see in the world?
I feel that when people are normally asked this question, they’re tempted to say things such as end world hunger or stop war. Obviously, these are changes that everyone would love to see, but I think if I had to change something, it would be on a more personal level. I think characteristics such as empathy and compassion are very important, and I think if people were more empathetic, the world would be a better place for everyone.