At home with Austin Aughinbaugh at IMG MODELS.

Who are you  and what is your profession?

My name is Austin Augie or Austin Aughinbaugh. I am a 27 year old professional BMX, Photographer and Aspiring Director.  Each of these professions give me creative freedom.. allowing me to work on my own time and do things that not only make me happy but also keep me busy. I have worked in many different fields Dishwasher, Insurance Salesman, Pizza Delivery Driver etc. Also joined the army at one point but quit before they shipped me out.

 How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?

I can honestly say I have no idea… im focused on succeeding no matter what obstacle stands in front of me.. this is just an obstacle that not only the fashion world but the world in general, will have to conquer.  I see a lot of companies adapting to this new situation. Home shoots, facetime shoots, 3d digital music videos (sam cannon) its amazing to see what we can can do when the waves crash on us! 

How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?

Its actually been pretty good giving the circumstances. I am lucky to have a bestfriend and a girlfriend who are both models. I was able to curate and  shoot stories for both Zara Man and Zara women. Other then that its been pretty chill.. playing guitar, hanging with my dog.. smoking a lot of weed if were being honest! Hahahaha…. I also started a radio show on my youtube Channel called “radio augie” where I put together playlist and introduce my audience to new music… its been pretty fun. 

What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?

Its funny… in Indiana we didn’t have much fashion.. I was always the odd ball though, in my teen years..  I hated how everyone dressed the same…Hollister, Abercrombie and fitch, American eagle those were the go toos for the majority of my peers.  I was always inspired by my skater friends who would get there look from the pages of Thrasher Magazine or a new skate Video that came out.  Modeling came about out of nowhere.. I was living in Long Beach working at a juice bar.. and my buddy Tom took me to a casting for a timberland job… it was my first ever casting… and I booked it. I had to get my passport in under 24 hours and then fly to Mexico City for a week. I met Deb Watson (the stylist on the shoot) She recommended I leave cali and move to nyc to pursue modeling. I owe a lot to her I wouldn’t be where im at now if it wasn’t for her. 

 What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?

This doesn’t really apply to me.. I use my girlfriends face stuff and that’s about it… I make sure to wear sunscreen.. 

 What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?

I would say playing the blues on guitar.. I bought this program online and just started following the step by step guide. Im no chuck berry but maybe one day!

Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.

I lived with the amish for 3 months when I was in 6th grade.. didn’t mind it. Actually fell in love with this amish girl told her I wanted to marry her… got the whole community in an uproar haha

What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?

I have been listening to a lot of The Growlers and Bon iver  but I have a huge playlist on my Spotify that hits every genre… just look up augie playlist on Spotify and enjoy. 

What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?

Walk my dog and drink coffee every morning  used to smoke a spliff but im trying to chill out on smoking throughout the day. 

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.

Yes one time on a trip around Europe.  Lets just say my brain was a little hazy.

What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?

I just ride my bike everyday tends to work. I cant stand doing things I don’t like… working out being one of them! dont get it twisted if get a little chubby you best believe ill be hitting the gym.

What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?

I bought a painting from a friend Taras in Paris.. we were at his house drinking wine and I drunkingly purchased his painting… pretty heft expense but well worth it! 

At what age did you start with BMX  riding?

At age 14.

 What is the most exciting part about BMX riding for you? 

It used to be scaring the shit out of myself.. whatever I could do to get my blood going.. but now its just going out with my friends and hanging out…

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