Mosman Insider: Dancer and Model Emily Daffas Promotes Healthy Body Image
SHE STOPS TRAFFIC WHEREVER SHE GOES, BUT THERE'S MUCH MORE TO LOCAL BEAUTY QUEEN EMILY DAFFAS THAN MEETS THE EYE. THE DANCER AND MODEL OPENS UP TO MOSMAN COLLECTIVE ABOUT THE PRESSURES OF WORKING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA, HER BUSY LIFE BEHIND-THE-SCENES ... AND TELLS ANNA USHER ABOUT HER EXCITING PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.
Photography: Graham Monro
Fresh from the gym and still in her sweats, Emily Daffas is seemingly oblivious to the reaction she generates, after gliding into a busy local café to take her seat at the front window.
Even with her long, dark hair tied back and a makeup free face hidden behind oversized sunglasses, there’s no mistaking that the 25-year-old local is mesmerizingly beautiful.
The former Queenwood student juggles full-time work as Director of Mosman’s Dance First Academy, with a thriving career as a popular model for brands like Reebok, Zoggs, Tooheys and Mountain Dew.
“Dancing has always been my passion and it’s the thing I love to do more than anything else in the world,” the softly spoken brunette says.
“But I must admit that modelling has also turned out pretty well for me.
“For some reason, I’ve been really lucky and I’ve had no shortage of work – it’s fairly hectic, but always exciting,” she laughs.
Although a glamorous industry to those of us on the outside, Emily says there is “most definitely” a darker side to the modelling world, including fierce competition amongst other women at times.
“You have to be a strong person, you have to know who you are and stay true to yourself,” she says.
“I was once told that the decisions we make today will forever affect our future and I carry that advice with me everywhere I go.
“So, don’t ever expect to ever see me naked on the cover of a lad magazine – because I won’t go there – the bikini is where it stops!”
Swimsuit competitions have become a recent and lucrative interest for Emily, who’s won a swag of bikini titles including Miss Freshwater and Sydney’s Next Top Model in 2015. Earlier this year, she represented NSW in the Maxim Australian Swimwear Model of the Year.
“For me it’s all about promoting a healthy body image,” Emily says.
“Swimwear competitions are a real motivator because they force you to eat well, drink more water, go to bed early and get 100% fit.
“Of course, there are some people in our community who are quick to judge and think that bikini competitors are bimbos - but that couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Emily, who has a Diploma of Marketing and a Bachelor of Business degree, says that “the vast majority” of young women she competes with have tertiary qualifications and highly successful Monday to Friday careers.
“Bikini competitions are just a hobby for many of the girls and it’s not uncommon for me to be up on stage with lawyers, psychologists and accountants,” she says.
“Modelling won’t pay the bills forever, and that’s why I have my Bachelor of Business degree.
“It will be put to good use in the future, but for now I’m exploring my options in the modelling and dance world.
“And I couldn’t be happier.”
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