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AMY PEJKOVIC

ATHLETE & MODEL

BIOGRAPHY

It’s inevitable; Amy Pejkovic will make you feel lazy. She has trained nine times this week, but after being diagnosed with a brain tumour on her 19th birthday, the year she was set to go to the London Olympics for high jump, she now knows to never take things for granted – crumpets and couch time included.

What’s your style like?

Relaxed: shorts, jumpers, boots, thongs. I just wear what’s comfortable.

Do you have a favourite silhouette?

I love tight, high-waisted jeans and crop tops. I don’t wear dresses, but I love playsuits.

People you look up to in the fashion industry?

Candice Swanepoel, because she has great beach style. I also love Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; and Izabel Goulart’s Instagram is insane, she does a lot of pilates and TRX stuff. I respect that.

Favourite fashion magazine?

RUSSH – it’s just so raw, natural and real.

When did you get into high jump?

I started when I was 10 and it came naturally to me. My PE teacher chose me because I was tall and lanky. My greatest achievement was a silver medal at World Youth in 2009 – it was insane. It was the best feeling I’ve ever had.

How has overcoming a brain tumour affected your outlook?

It has changed it quite a bit. I would get quite lazy and take things for granted, but now I don’t tend to take much for granted anymore. Almost losing your life is pretty scary and a wake-up call; we’re all going to die and you don’t know when, so you take action and stay busy while you’re here.

What are you obsessed with?

I love crumpets with butter and golden syrup. Seriously, I’m obsessed with them. I will eat half a packet in no time. That crunchy bit on the outsides…

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