In the frenzied center of Manhattan’s Chinatown there is a walk-up apartment filled with models. It may not be the only perch for a bunch of ‘beautiful people’ in the Big Apple, however this one has its own distinction. The models are of varied species-cat, dog and human. Safe to say, it was Audrey Quock’s career as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, that launched those of Clarence (aka Boo Boo), her French Bulldog, recently photographed for Spoon Magazine, and Nuni, her calico cat, that made its debut in a Purina Pet Calendar. It is Nuni who Audrey calls her “muse”, as the cat is “always photogenic.” Quock says that the only one in the household that is camera shy is Tiki, her black cat, who maintains an air of mystery.
“Boo Boo” (Clarence’s middle name and ‘stage name’ according to Audrey) is ‘built like a linebacker’ but alas, she says, he is not very athletic, as his breed prohibits him from heavy exertion. He helps keep her in shape, though, as when he gets tired, she has to carry all 30 pounds of him around-weaving through the crowds in her busy neighborhood and up the several flights of stairs to her home. What a workout!
Boo Boo’s huge ears perk up at the snap of a camera, a sound he hears often as the constant companion of a Sports Illustrated model. After his recent magazine work, Quock jokes that she will get him his SAG card next, as with his looks, smarts, and personality she sees TV in his future.
Meanwhile, Quock is studying acting, and has appeared in minor roles of several movies, including Autumn in New York, which starred Richard Gere and Winona Ryder. She says she enjoys acting, but is “in no rush,” noting that there is “not so much of a timeline in acting, like in modeling.” For right now, she says, she loves her life of traveling, posing and “being her own boss.”
Enjoying life from both sides of the lens, Quock says, “I bought a digital camera, so I could take pictures of all of the exotic locations where we shoot.” She keeps her own files of the magnificent beaches and calls it “testing the waters” for vacation possibilities with a future “husband and family.”
And who will that Mr. Right be? Don’t ask Boo Boo. “Clarence is not a good judge of character”, says Quock. “He just loves everyone.”