Montana Lower is one of our favourite models. She’s also friends with a big portion of the Racquet Studio team, doesn’t take herself seriously and is a naturally magnetic person to be around. It’s these traits – paired with a very natural, honest beauty – that’s made Montana a household name in the Australian modelling industry. Outside of looking wonderful in front of a camera, Montana paints, studies engineering (more on that later) and just generally loves life.
We had a chance to have a talk with Vivien’s repped model about a whole lot of pointless stuff, her life as a student, and advice she’d give to people coming up in her field. Enjoy, then follow this Brisbane/Byron stunner on Instagram right here.
What do you call the pet elephant your Grandma gave you?
What’s the weirdest thing you do?
I always have a song playing in my head or make up a beat to things around me and start dancing to it and most times people get involved but sometimes they don’t. Which is weird. For them.
Your most embarrassing moment is:
Every. Day. Of. My. Life. My mum has taught me a really good coping mechanism. It’s that if I don’t care what people think, then it can’t be embarrassing.
Paste a link to the best video on the internet:
Butterfly takes over Koala Joey’s shoot.
What’s the worst nightmare you’ve ever had?
I live in this shed and one time I was just dreaming about all these stray cats and none of them had homes and I couldn’t figure out how I was going to look after them all and then I woke up and a cat had broken into my house and was walking straight towards me. This was a week ago. I named it Frankie. I haven’t seen him or her since.
What IS your worst nightmare?
That the lady next door is going to catch me stealing her mulberries.
What were you like in high school?
List one of your favourite quotes:
Not every day is good, but there is something good in every day!
List three dream jobs.
Carer at the Costa Rica sloth sanctuary, on the team of people who developed the Kelly Slater wave pool, sunflower farmer.
Tell us about your creative process.
Step 1: throw mud at the wall.
Step 2: see what sticks.
What do you do in your free time?
I like to try and learn as many names and purposes of plants as possible!
Tell us something you wouldn’t necessarily like the internet to know.
I talk about how sick it is doing engineering while doing this whole modelling and painting thing but it’s actually REALLY REALLY hard and sometimes I cry about it, but not so much so that I’d ever consider not finishing it.
Last one: what would you say to beginners in your field?
Things will RARELY come to you. Never compare yourself to anyone else. The beauty about a creative field is the fact that NO ONE is doing what you’re doing, or exactly how you’re doing it – so own it.