The supermodel turned super nutritionist talks digital detoxes to logging exercise: model behaviour online.

It’s always interesting when a person’s life has two distinct yet equally stellar acts. Rosemary Ferguson first became known as one of a crop of models in the nineties who commanded the prefix of ‘super’. Kate Moss’ best friend to this day, she remembers those heady days as ones in which 8 a.m. show prep would inevitably involve a glass of champagne while, amidst the glamour and toil, hectic schedules often called for fueling up on burgers and chips. Indeed, she was first discovered in a McDonald’s, aged fifteen. And from that unlikely launchpad, her fashion career went stratospheric; she went on to appear in campaigns for Prada, Miu Miu and Dolce & Gabbana among many uber-glitzy other couture houses. She was photographed by the true greats, such as Corinne Day, and walked the runway for Galliano and McQueen, as well as appearing in Vogue and The Face.

Fast forward to today, now at full sashaying stride into her second act, and McDonald’s burgers no longer pass muster. Why? Because Rosemary is now not only a nutritionist to the stars, but also a newly qualified practitioner of Functional Medicine (to date, she is one of only a handful in this country). Although a departure from modelling, in a sense, Rosemary’s life has come full circle; she grew up in a family with a keen interest in health and homeopathy (her grandmother opened one of the country’s very first health food shops). It was only when she had a young family of her own that she found herself being drawn back, magnet-like, to her roots, as she began to consider the nutritional value of what she was feeding her kids. As she immersed herself in deeper and deeper research, she began to realise the power and impact of food on health and soon took the logical next step, qualifying as a naturopath and nutritionist from The College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2009. Such is her commitment that she has kept working and studying all the while keeping up her Harley Street clinic, ensuring that she is always deepening her knowledge as well as being across all the au courant scientific thinking.


Winningly, Rosemary’s approach is eminently sensible and focused on balance: everything, she espouses, in moderation. And if you can’t bag a spot at her clinic, currently running via Zoom, you can follow her Instagram feed, which is packed full of useful information and tips. Looking for motivation? Why not join one of her regular group programmes via her Insta community, where she shares her ideas, all completely free of charge.

Having grown up in Scotland, Rio de Janeiro and Surrey, she is now based in a converted barn in Oxfordshire, where she lives with her husband, artist Jake Chapman, and their three children, Elfie, Bliss and Blythe. Here, she tells us about her Matches addiction; why she regularly has screen detoxes, and how exercise doesn’t really count unless she logs it.

My favourite website...


I love MatchesFashion but it’s a total disaster for me. I go to buy one thing and end up buying five things instead. Nutrition wise, I love Amrita. It’s great for me for work and ordering supplements for my clients.

My favourite app...


Insight Timer, Google Maps, and Mindbody are some of my favourites.

My favourite blog...


I really like Goop for general current trends and topics. It’s brilliant for all things health, wellness and beauty.

My favourite podcast...


Mark Hyman is my go-to podcast. He’s incredible in the world of functional medicine and I love listening when I’m driving.

My favourite Youtuber...


Cat Meffan is a fantastic yoga teacher. I’ve done a retreat with Cat before and absolutely loved it, but she’s just as fab online as she is in person. I’ve loved it over these lockdown periods.


My most recent buy online...


It most definitely would have been food. But apart from that, a lovely Raey jumper from Matches and some posh work trousers (although I’m not sure when I‘ll get to wear them!).

Last book you downloaded or read...


Fleishman Is In Trouble. I bought it last summer but I’m only just getting round to reading it now! I’m also really looking forward to Gizzie Erskine’s new book, which I’ve pre-ordered. I’m very excited about that.

Favourite Instagrammer...


@dj_fattony_ makes me laugh on a daily basis, so that would have to be my fave.

Favourite brand I discovered online...


Not newly discovered as such, but Etsy. It has so many great independent businesses on there and you literally can find ANYTHING.

Favourite tech gadget...


Definitely my Garmin watch or Oura Ring. If exercise isn’t logged it doesn’t count in my eyes!


The most useful item/gadget on my desk...


My computer – boring but very true!

Most useful digital resource during lockdown...


Does Netflix count? But definitely Zoom. It meant my clinic could remain operational.

Most inspiational digital resource during lockdown...


Untethered Soul on Audible is a great listen at the moment. Really inspirational during these times.

First thing/app you look at on your mobile when you wake up/in the morning...


My Oura Ring app! Before my emails, Instagram, WhatsApp etc.

Last thing I binge-watched...


The Undoing. I’m completely hooked.

The best digital advice I've been given...


It’s okay to take a break. A digital detox is a real thing and it’s so beneficial from time to time. As much as I LOVE the digital world and my gadgets, it can do wonders for your mental and physical health every now and then to log out.

My screensaver is...


It alternates between pictures of my dogs or my children (and sometimes my husband!)

My pet online hate is...


Cookies! They drive me bonkers and pop up constantly.

Do you have any online rules or resolutions...


I TRY to practice what I preach and turn off an hour or so before bed, but I know it can be hard.

The Internet. On balance, a force for good or ill?


Absolutely good! Everything in balance and moderation, but without the digital world, WiFi and the Internet, I couldn’t do the job that I love.

By Nancy Alsop
January 2021

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