Catherine McNeil

By
Photography Christian Brylle

Published September 13, 2016

PHOTOS: CHRISTIAN BRYLLE.. MODEL: CATHERINE MCNEIL/THE SOCIETY. CASTING: DAVID CHEN. SPECIAL THANKS: MILK

Australian model Catherine McNeil began modeling at age 14, and since being discovered by Mario Testino 10 years ago, has been a print publication staple. She’s graced the pages of InterviewVogue, British Vogue, and Vogue Paris. She treats her body like a canvas (she has 100-plus tattoos), and says she’s a work-in-progress. When asked the existential question of who she is, she says, “I’m still figuring that one out.”

THE PERSON I ADMIRE THE MOST:
My grandmother.

AN EVENT I WISH I’D WITNESSED:
Seeing System of a Down in concert.

MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS:
Finding good people in life that bring out the best in you.

GAMES I PLAY:
Football (go Chelsea), cards, and life. [laughs]

MY GREAT MASTERPIECE:
My whole career. I feel so blessed to be able to work in this industry for so many years.

MY VICE:
Chocolate.

THINGS I’D LIKE TO IMPROVE ABOUT MYSELF: 
My balance, patience, and spelling.

MY GREATEST ADVENTURE:
My life to date.

THINGS I’LL BE REMEMBERED BY:
I hope good things but let’s wait ‘til I die.

WHO I’D LIKE TO BE:
My dog … He has it easy.

QUESTIONS I CAN’T ANSWER:
What’s next?

For more from our “Beyond Here Lies Nothing” series, click here.