Abigail O’Neill is an Australian ‘mature model’ success story who was first discovered by Chic Brisbane at 32 and commutes regularly for work from her beautiful hinterland home near Byron Bay. The 40+ mother to three grown up children is also the entrepreneurial self published Author of her overnight best seller – Model Chocolate. The superfood-meets-fashion recipe book has been featured in Vogue Australia, numerous magazines and websites worldwide. “The Chocolate Models Eat”, as it’s satiating recipes are mostly raw, refined sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and real cacao based for maximum health and beauty benefits. Abigail is ageless in her inspiration to many. As a person who has lived the ‘organic lifestyle’ for over 20 years, she is considered to have been one of the original pioneers of the now trendy cult of healthy living, natural beauty, and wellbeing. Her skin, enviable bikini body and adventurous vitality show the results.
Abigail says, “By far the question I am asked the most is how I have maintained my youthful looks into my 40s. People see me with my grown children, 23, 21 and 18 and they think I’m their older sibling. Some may say it is just good genes, but the truth is I’ve dedicated myself to leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle and it has paid off and continues to do so.”
After the success of Model Chocolate and the years she spent championing the
benefits of raw cacao Abigail took some time off to recover from the loss of a family member and re-focus and is now ready to open up and share the other secrets of her lifestyle.
She says, “I’m still eating my raw chocolate everyday, but there’s a lot more to me than that. In the interest of combatting all the negativity about growing older and the pressure to go under the knife or get procedures like Botox, I want to share my alternatives and let women of all ages know that it’s ok to age naturally and there’s things that you can do to help you on that journey, which will not only keep you looking young, but leave you feeling younger and full of life.”
Some of Abigail’s other beauty rituals include, regular fasting, daily hydrotherapy, an abundance of DIY beauty treatments. Steam Baths, salt glows and a
vegetarian 70% raw food diet, are things she has maintained for the last 20 years. “I’ve been doing a lot of this all my life, but for those starting out now in their 20s and 30s or any age, it’s not too late. There’s plenty you can do to make yourself look and feel better because the body, given the right environment, is powerful to restore! After years of experimenting with different foods, treatments, supplements and natural oils, I’ve got my routine down to a fine art, the art of ageing confidently. I like to say, the little things you do day in and day out add up and equal the fountain of your youth!”
Abigail is also represented by Silver Fox Management, Sydney, Australia’s revolutionary agency dedicated to models 30 and over. She continues to work for leading brands and magazines within Australia, with plans to travel to Europe soon, where she will model overseas for the first time, at 43 years young.