Olivia Arben first started her modelling career when she was a 15-year-old working for hair salons in and around her local Mole Valley area. She has gone on to work with many leading industry names, including boohoo, L’Oréal and Wolf & Badger.
Olivia suffered the loss of her father to heart failure at 16 and has become a dedicated British Heart Foundation Ambassador. Working very closely with the Foundation she helps raise awareness about high cholesterol, sharing her own experiences with familial hypercholesterolemia. This is a genetic disorder that means cholesterol levels are higher than normal from birth.
Most recently, Olivia partnered with the British Heart Foundation to promote its new clothing campaign, centred around affordable, sustainable partywear during the festive season. The Foundation is keen to encourage people to shop with it and then donate the clothes back, therefore offering a sustainable solution to combat the ‘buy now, throwaway later’ fashion culture. This also helps the Foundation raise funds for life saving research at the same time.
Keen to combine her working life as a model and help raise awareness amongst young people of the importance of keeping a healthy heart, it made sense for Olivia to visit her local British Heart Foundation shop in Dorking which showcases a great range of items, both new and donated. These can easily become wardrobe staples or statement pieces.
If asked at the many red carpet events where she bought the clothes she is wearing, Olivia is more than likely to answer: The BHF in Dorking.”
Olivia believes that with the plethora of models and bloggers using Instagram to show off outfits, using the hashtag #boughtatbhf will raise awareness and encourage more young people to visit charity shops.