Long and lithe with mesmerising ebony eyes: Sarah Ann Macklin is a Portsmouth-made wonder.
Despite a globetrotting, celebrity-laden lifestyle, the 24-year-old model hasn’t lost an inch of her down-to-earth charm. When Macklin meets Esquire mid-fashion week for a coffee, she’s all eye-squinting smile and breezy banter. She's entrancing – the classic (obnoxiously gorgeous) Girl Next Door
Naturally, plenty of guys try it on: “If I’m out and about London for a day,” Macklin says shyly, “maybe eight or ten guys will approach me.”
Oof. Against those odds, it’s time to smarten up your game. Pay attention, now.
It starts with eye contact. Look at me across the room, show interest. Don’t just barge up.
I like it when a man looks me straight in the eyes. Like he can’t take his focus off me. It grabs you.
Our industry takes itself so seriously. If someone can make me laugh, they have my attention.
A man should be at ease. When he’s relaxed with himself and having fun, it makes you want to be around him. It’s a nice vibe.
Listen. When you’re with her, really engage. It’s such a cliché, but it’s so true.
I’ve worked with the most beautiful men in the world, and there’s never been chemistry. I have to see past looks to find somebody attractive.
Manners are so important. My dad is always a gentleman. If I see a guy with manners, it melts my heart. It says a lot.
You can see straight through a guy trying to impress you. “I own this, I own that.” He’ll talk about money, what he does, how much he works out. I’m not going to fall for someone because of that.
But I understand why guys do that. I do.
It doesn’t matter if he’s successful – as long as he’s driven.
A man should never be ashamed of who he is. I’m surrounded by male models every day. I’m surrounded by actors every day. I need a guy who’s secure. I don’t want to be constantly reassuring someone.
I always notice how much a guy is fidgeting.
The difference between lovely and sexy is very subtle.
A man should be in the moment.
If a guy takes care of himself, it’s a big plus. But not too much. Any guy who spends more time in a bathroom than a woman is so unattractive. It’s ridiculous. You should never have to wait for your boyfriend to get ready.
100 per cent – any guy can date a model.
I won’t have anybody rude in my life. People tolerate it, and they shouldn’t.
A man should challenge you.
I want someone to live my life with me. Not just tag along. A man needs to have his own life, his own friends, his own career. He should be able to teach a girl new tricks.
Never be in a rush.