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EUGENIE LEE

Hey hey 👋🏽 Its @eugenie_lee here taking over for the day! Thought i’d start off by sharing a little bit about me.

I’m a climber and model from London.
Growing up I was one of those kids who couldn’t stop moving, I had too much energy for my own good. Sport came pretty naturally to me, I always wanted to be the best at everything I tried😅.

At 8 years old I got my first taste of climbing at the @thecastleclimbingcentre and from that moment on I was hooked. 
Later on I started competing and made it onto the gb junior team at 13 years old. At the time I didn’t have any goals in mind, I was just having fun and taking every new experience as it came. I am so grateful to have had the opportunities to travel and meet new people who inspired and helped develop my goals.
I think climbing/ competing and the things I learn from it have really helped me keep grounded in the industry I’m in now.

Which brings us into modelling, I was scouted at 16 by my mother agency in London. I decided to see where it would take me and ended up signing with them. At 18 I dropped out of school; balancing climbing, modelling and preparing for exams wasn’t working out and one had to go. This was a pretty scary decision at the time but I had the full support of my parents which made it a lot easier. This industry definitely pushes you to grow up a bit faster and you do have to be careful but it has also opened up the door to a lot of experiences and lessons I am very grateful for 😊💫

I think one of the challenges I face with climbing and modelling is trying to fit all of my training needs into a busy work day and finding the energy to do both.

I’m frequently catching flights or trains and sometimes the places I travel to don’t have a climbing gym or I just don’t have enough time in the day to have a full session at a wall.
This kinda sucks because I usually feel guilty when I’ve missed a session. 

The other thing is that quite often I’ll be placed in another country for quite a while and when you’re so far from family and friends, perhaps on another time zone, it can feel quite isolating and you often don’t have anyone to talk to about how you’re feeling.
I think I’ve definitely gotten to know myself better through this 😅

I’ve got a long list of things I want to achieve in climbing. I plan to continue competing for quite a while yet, as there are still so many things I want to achieve. I’d also like to explore outdoors more and I’m sure that’ll unlock a whole new set of goals. 

It is a little harder to make goals in modelling as a lot of it is out of my control but I definitely have dream jobs I’d like to do and brands I’d like to shoot for. I don’t really know how long I’ll be able to model for either but there is a point where I would like to put climbing first and maybe modelling would have to take a back seat but I don’t plan on quitting either in the near future. For now I kind of need to be doing both.

I think there are always a lot of self improvements people can make on themselves.
As a kid I sometimes struggled embracing my heritage. I didn’t like being different and I wanted to change things about myself. I think this left me drifting away from my culture and losing touch of some of the things that make me who I am and my history. So now one of my lifetime goals is to reclaim my heritage, learn as much as I can about it and be proud of it. 
That’s why platforms like these are so important for making people feel comfortable embracing their differences and sharing them with others 💛💫

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