Even if you’re not modeling on the world’s hottest catwalks, you can follow the lead of the genetically blessed by adopting their hobbies.

1.  Ditch the car and sport some real wheels

Take a leaf out of English model Agyness Deyn’s book and opt to cycle your way through town. The pixie-faced punk whose unique androgynous looks have scored her contracts with labels such as Burberry, Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood told Britain’s Sunday Mirror her transport of choice is “an old Pashley Princess Classic, an old-fashioned black-framed bike with a straw basket”.  “I ride everywhere and when I am on the bike and when I see a good shop I can jump off and go in and have a look around.”

Erin Wasson, who worked as a Victoria’s Secret model in 2007 and played the object of Justin Timberlake’s affection in his debut clothing line’s advertising campaign, prefers to hit the road on her skateboard.  “I’ve built a treehouse in my backyard and I’ve got a half-pipe there also, so every summer I bring all the kids from the neighbourhood over and I teach them how to skate,” she told Vero Moda magazine.

2.  Get creative on paper

Russian model Sasha Pivovarova says you don’t need to paint like Picasso to tap into your creativity. “I have these large pieces of recycled brown paper stretched on my apartment wall and when I am not doing anything fashion-related, I’m drawing on it, playing with colour spectrums,” she told V magazine recently.

She is said to carry her art tools with her between catwalk shows and has even converted part of her New York apartment into a private studio.

3.  Channel your inner Grandma

How does a model pass the time backstage before a catwalk show? By knitting scarves and woolly jumpers, of course.

U.S. model Amber Valletta and Scottish colleague Stella Tennant have both been spotted knitting on various occasions while backstage hair and make-up types fuss over them.

Quite clever, really, as knitting is a sure-fire way to ensure your wardrobe won’t mirror anybody else’s. You can pick up myriad wool textures and colours at Lincraft.