Twenty Questions with Phoebe Holden-Thomas


Welcome To Twenty Questions!

Every week I’ll be sharing a new twenty-something on the blog and their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a celebrity or public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Phoebe Holden-Thomas, 22

What is your full name?

Phoebe Louise Holden-Thomas.


How old are you?

22 going on 23.


How old do you feel?

It is one extreme or the other; generally I feel like I should be a lot older than I really am and that I’m a 30 year old trapped inside a 22 year old’s body, but when I’m hungry or tired I behave like a toddler.


Where were you born, and where do you live now?

Waiheke Island, New Zealand which still feels like home but I currently live in Sydney, Australia.


What do you do for work?

I currently intern full time at Vogue and do some work for Camilla & Marc on the side but I’m about to move home to New Zealand and find a new job because I’m broke and eating mi goreng for dinner on a regular basis. Possibly a little bit homesick too.


What do you do for fun?

Write, draw, style, design, photograph – basically anything creative that keeps my hands busy! I swim in the ocean, read books, smoke weed, spend time with loved ones, boogie (dancing is a necessity at least once a day), and try on magical clothes I can’t afford.


Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

I did, I attended Massey University in Wellington and completed a Bachelor of Design with Honours, minoring in Photography and Fine Arts. My honour’s thesis was on sustainable and ethical fashion.


What is your favourite movie of all time?

I can’t pick one! I’m a die-hard Harry Potter girl, I wrote myself an acceptance letter for Hogwarts and literally posted it to myself and then acted like I didn’t know where it came from. I also love Breakfast At Tiffany’s, The September Issue and Factory Girl.


What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

Being offered an internship at Vogue and dropping everything to move overseas for it. I’m so glad I did because it has been the best experience of my life and I’m definitely going to come back eventually.


Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Behaving horribly and loosing my best friend of six years as a result. It is by far my biggest regret but it was also the reality check I needed to become a better person.


Best moment of your twenties so far?

Becoming best friends with my mum, meeting my boyfriend Dan (we met at 18 but started dating in our twenties), moving to Sydney and meeting the best flatmates – now friends – I could ever hope for.


Who do you miss?

My amazing friends and old flatmates Jess and Ala who I haven’t seen in a few months but it feels like years. One of my most special friends Prue who lives in Melbourne where she is crushing her fashion dream, I’m so proud, my mum who is my best friend in the whole world, my Karen Walker girls and of course the best friend I lost who I will probably miss forever.


What do you like the most about yourself?

My ability to not take crtisism to heart or be hurt by unkind words. I famously go against the grain to say what I’m thinking and this has proven to be difficult a lot of the time but has also built me to be the warrior I am today.


What do you like the least about yourself?

I’m currently laughing because it’s probably the same as the answer above. It’s who I am so I accept it but I can also be “too much” and due to that I can sometimes burn bridges that I then regret later in life.


If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

I would love to be badass enough to get a tattoo and I love how they look but I chop and change too much to settle on something I could love forever so I don’t think I would ever commit.


How would your friends describe you?

Sassy, funny, out-spoken, brave, defensive, a fierce and very protective friend.

How would your parents describe you?

Badly behaved but a go-getter.


When was the last time you cried?

Last night watching the final episode of  The Crown (probably not because it was sad but more the crushing realisation I would have to do something with my life that doesn’t involve being in bed with the royal family).

What are you afraid of?

Not being extraordinary.


If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

I would have not quit pashing Dan when we were younger to go out with someone else. But at the same time, I think those years of friendship are why we fit so perfectly now. I would also realise how much of a bad ass my little sister is sooner and not steal her clothes as often, tell my best friend I loved her more and spend less money on “things”.