ELLE – Welcome to Talking Body, a series where we have honest conversations with women about their bodies. Up this week: Alyssa Sutherland, star of the History Channel’s Vikings. The 33-year-old started as a model when she was 15 and appeared in campaigns for Chanel, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Bvlgari. Recently, the Australian got a lot of buzz (and even a repost from Amanda Seyfried) after sharing an Instagram of a side-by-side selfie–one glammed up, one with no filter–hoping to show young women they shouldn’t let their body image be affected by the idealized images that many women post on social media. “The snaps you see them post are carefully chosen to project the beauty and lifestyle they want you to believe they have,” she wrote. Here, she discusses that photo and what struggles she faced growing up in the modeling world.
Hey. Thought I’d pull back the curtain for some of you young ladies out there. The thing is, we’re constantly bombarded with gorgeous images of the women around us, whether they’re celebrities or friends. The snaps you see them post are carefully chosen to project the beauty and lifestyle they want you to believe they have. People take multiple selfies to get a good one, use all kinds of filters and tinker with all kinds of settings (the pic of me on the left is 1 of 7 I took, and obviously filtered and tweaked). When I was a model, we’d shoot ALL DAY (in amazing light, with a team of professionals) for only 8-10 pictures. We would literally shoot hundreds of frames to choose just 1, which was then perfected through hours of retouching. Studies suggest looking at selfies on Facebook and other forms of social media can give females negative feelings about body image. I could have posted the pic on the left this morning (I mean, c’mon, this is the best selfie I’ve ever taken!), along with say, an inspirational quote or romantic poem I found online, making me look both HOT and profound. (Knowing me though the caption probably would have ended up a Yoda quote warning you of the “dark side” cause there’s a cool shadow in the pic and I’m a fucking nerd). And then I’d feel validated by likes and flattering comments. BUT, the reality is, today I’m tired. I woke up with a big pimple under my nose and I went to a “booty and abs” Pilates class this morning because I too am susceptible – I keep seeing images of girls with perfectly toned tummies and perky butts on here, and it makes me think I should be working harder, juicing more, eating more quinoa, eating less pizza, going to more parties, wearing cooler clothes (I have NEVER been “airport chic” and I NEVER will be. Seriously?? THAT’S what you wore on a plane?!), vacationing in exotic locales, and ugh, WINNING MORE GRAMMYS. Also, my eyebrows are never on fleek. Let’s be real. We’re all just fucking sitting here on Instagram in our sweats. ✌?️
The thinking in my head [when I posted the photo] was, Oh my God, I’m so glad I’m not a teenager right now, because I remember just how difficult it was fitting in at school and wanting people to like you. I thought: How scary is it that your popularity is actually measured in numbers now, by likes on a picture or retweet? To actually have a numerical look at how many followers you have? I actually do the same thing–there are moments when I will see an image on social media and think, Oh my God, I must work out more. I think we’re all doing it. We’re all kind of sitting there and seeing these images and we end up feeling bad about ourselves. “Why don’t I have that?” These thoughts pass through your head and we compare ourselves to one another.
Thanks to the Far Far Away Site we have some additional Stills from the first four episodes of Season 4. I also added two new photoshoots of Alyssa Sutherland!
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IGN – History Channel’s Queen Aslaug chats with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell in a new edition of “Drinking With the Stars”
“Vikings” star Alyssa Sutherland relinquished her queenly duties long enough catch up with TheWrap for the latest installment of “Drinking With the Stars.”
Sipping at West Hollywood’s Sofitel Hotel with host Stuart Brazell, the women discussed the forthcoming season of the History Channel hit, challenges that Sutherland’s character, Queen Aslaug, will face and her male costars’ off-screen gripes about hair and makeup.
“On screen, they’re really masculine,” Sutherland said of her burly cast mates. “And then in real life they complain about their hair extensions.”
Flayed, an axe to the head, an arrow through the heart — whether in bloody battle or during an act of betrayal — death is dealt out in true Nordic warrior style on the hit drama series Vikings.
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – For Aussie Alyssa Sutherland (The Devil Wears Prada, Arbitrage), who stars as Viking queen Aslaug, the characters’ lives always hang in the balance.
“There’s a certain producer that kind of comes up and gives you a tap on the shoulder and we’re all very aware of who it is,” she explains over the phone from Sydney, where she is mixing work and pleasure before returning to the set of Vikings in Ireland to finish filming the fourth season.
“Having spoken to some of the actors who have been killed off, you get a little bit of notice, like a few weeks, and it sort of is what it is. We all know that nothing is ever guaranteed — we could be the next one.”
But whether her tenure on the show is long or short, Sutherland jumped at the chance to work with screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors).
“To have the opportunity to work with Michael Hirst was a no-brainer, there’s no way to say no to that … I didn’t know a whole lot about it when it was offered to me because she (Aslaug) came in right at the end of season one. So it was a very quick introduction and the character was much more fleshed out in season two.”
Aslaug is just one of many strong female roles on the series and Sutherland thinks now is a great time to be a woman working in TV.
I’ve recently added a new feature to the gallery. The individual cast members now have a section for events with their photoshoots. I still need to add a few cast members but the ones below have been added. The events they attend together will remain in the group events. These are just the other events.