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Farah Holt is The Woman We Dream of Meeting In A Bookshop, Cliché’s Be Damned

By Playboy Staff

Farah Holt sips a cup of Yorkshire English breakfast tea and follows it with a drag. This is her morning routine. “I am not a person who cares about looks or what people wear,” says the 24-year-old British blonde. “Being true as a real person is so much more interesting to me.” Farah’s disavowal of superficiality can be traced to her modest upbringing in Porthleven, Cornwall, a fishing village in southwest England with a population under 5,000. In her early teens, Farah moved to London to live with her aunt, a literature teacher, and began modeling soon after, though she never saw it as a long-term plan. “I’ve always wanted to write or be a teacher. After modeling, I’m going to get a degree in English literature. I love existential writing and Russian lit. I’ve read The Age of Reason by Jean-Paul Sartre three times and Crime and Punishment twice,” she says. “The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera is a favorite, and I love recommending Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar.” Farah is also writing a novella, which will hopefully quell a common delusion. “Most people assume I’m some blonde bimbo,” she says, “but I’m not wrapped up in the fashion world. My goal is to have a big enough voice to influence others. That’s everyone’s struggle, after all: to find yourself in a place where nobody is judging you.”

Photography by Kava Gorna