Christina Osorio is the kind of woman you don’t want to stand next to. The tall, willowy Brazilian has put her awe-inspiring physique to good use – she’s an international fashion model, a career that has seen her walk the runway for the likes of Elie Saab, Azzedine Alaïa and Dior, and set up house in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Paris and New York, before settling in Abu Dhabi.
But all that frantic backstage outfit changing hasn’t rubbed off in real life, she admits. “I spend way too much time and effort in getting ready,” the 25-year-old laughs. “I’m always late, to the point of driving my husband crazy as he waits and waits and waits, and then needs to explain why we’re late to an occasion.”
After being model scouted at 14, Christina has been walking runways for close to a decade now. She’s under no illusions that her livelihood depends on her appearance, and takes good care of herself to ensure she’s at the top of designers’ lists when it comes to casting for their shows. “I go to a fitness centre five times a week with my personal trainer,” she says, “I also do yoga three times a week, and fortnightly sessions at a slimming centre. I have spa treatment sessions once a week, and my secret is an obsession with coconut oil. I use it for everything, including cooking my popcorn!”
Despite making a career of modelling the crème de la crème of the fashion world’s wares, when it comes to stocking her own wardrobe, Christina takes a different tact. “A chic woman is a well-prepared one. It’s not about a total wardrobe overhaul, or dropping tons of cash on the biggest trends. A stylish woman takes her time to plan and even does rehearsals of her looks. Striving for perfection has served me well so far.”
Photography: Richard Hall. Styling: Charlotte Blair. Words: Kerrie Simon-Lawrence. Hair: Maria for Soh Art + Beauty. Make-up: Sarah-Jane Thompson for Shiseido. Location: Arabian Nights Village