model: Nahal Donyadideh
If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
I would probably be the mantis shrimp because they can see five thousand more colours than exist to us, imagine seeing the world through the eyes of a mantis shrimp! And the kick of the mantis shrimp is so strong that they literally boil water because they kick so hard and fast, they’re pretty cool weird psychedelic looking things.
Do you think you have any mantis-shrimp-like qualities?
My kick is pretty powerful. I don’t know if it would boil water though… (pause) Wait, I changed my mind! I would be a gibbon. Because they’re adorable and steal your food.
When was the last time you had a hysterical laughing fit?
I went to a doof and there was a dude there with a really cool hat, my friend and I thought he was a massive babe. We got back to Sydney, she found his Facebook and started talking to him and they ended up seeing each other. Then we realised he was in fact on kid’s show and that he’d used one of his props the night they’d spent together. I thought – I have to see this show. So her and I got really baked and watched some video clips of him and I’ve never laughed so hard in my life, I could not breathe, my sides hurt… And to see him use that prop on this kid’s show… it was fucking hilarious.
What’s the biggest misconception you think people have about you?
Oh this one’s so easy – how shy I am! Everyone expects me to be this loud, bubbly, extroverted, in your face person but I am such a people watcher. I will happily slink into the shadows and just observe and I’ve always been like that. My shyness always gets misconstrued as bitchiness. I think it’s gotten way worse because people have so much information about me through social media without actually knowing me… little do they know I’m this dorky little weirdo who would rather sit, drink and laugh watching people than really get amongst it. I’m pretty much happy with my hermit-like existence.
[Unashamedly inspired by HONY]