Brinkley Davies is a babe. But not one of those fake girls you find posing provocatively in Zoo Magazine. No, she is a natural beauty, even a goddess who cares more about the environment than herself. Brinkley is a diverse human being, involved in modelling, acting, surfing and animal welfare, and when asked how she manages to juggle all these passions, she recognises the struggle, but really wouldn't have it any other way.
"Over the past few years it has been a constant juggle, but there wasn't really any other way to go about it. I guess a lot of people choose one thing they are good at and stick with it, whereas I really wanted to collaborate my ideas and skills in all these areas."
Talking with Brinkley, it’s evident that education is linked with travel and exploration, especially in her chosen career path of marine biology.
"At the moment I am completing my undergraduate degree which is a 3 year degree, which can go forth into Honours and a PHD if you choose." But she recommends the aspiring marine biologist to take time to discover the world around them before heading straight to University. "Coming out of year 12 is scary and at the time it seems as though you have to make such critical life changing decisions. What I did was went travelling, did some work experience in this given field, then started my degree a year later."
This involved deferring straight out of year 12 for 1 year, which is a flexible option which should be considered by all students leaving secondary schooling.
Being an animal advocate means she has a respect for creatures that most people disregard. Sharks are one of Brinkley's strong interests and she believes to a certain extent they are misunderstood.
"There’s no denying they are apex predators, and have amazing hunting capabilities. But also what the media portrays specifically of Great Whites stereotypes them as something they totally are not. For the future of our oceans I believe it’s unbelievably important to learn more, and come to understand their ways of life, behaviours, and the threats they are facing ecologically."
I couldn't agree with Brinkley more, humans are a guest in their home which is the sea, and we must respect this.
Brinkley also lives on a raw food diet, which she recognises is a challenge at times.
“I try to eat the freshest food in the given place I am in, which can no doubt be a huge challenge, especially in country Australia! I predominantly eat fruit to be honest; bananas are something I just simply could not live without.”
And if some of you aren’t convinced, the positives of turning vegan are endless…
“From being super healthy, not consuming heavily processed things, to not supporting industries that exploit animals.”
And what’s Brinkley’s favourite thing about summer in South Australia? What else…
“Surfing all day on beaches that are empty for hundreds of kilometres, with huge pods of dolphins and a bunch of good friends.”
Interview: Caleb Sweeting