1. It’s New York fashion week! Describe your typical day.
I don’t think there is such thing as a typical day during fashion week. It’s a time when inconsistency is the only thing that is consistent. With that said there are definitely a lot of castings, late nights, early mornings, crazy hairstyles, incredible people, and of course…clothes!
2. Who do you see as a role model in our industry, and why?
Coco Rocha: I just love her! She is the ultimate mover-and-shaker! Coco really knows what she’s doing…and she always looks amazing doing it! She’s a true model and business woman.
Karlie Kloss…because she is exquisite inside and out! You can see that she knows exactly who she is, what she wants, and how she’s going to get it…that complete confidence and assurance is inspiring.
Cara Delevingne… she is just so genuinely Cara. I love that she can laugh at herself! She really speaks to a part in all of us that craves to be that free-spirited and unrestrained!
I tried to keep it to one, but honestly there are so many amazing and inspiring people in this industry, my list could go on and on.
3. Your best and worst fashion week moments?
One of my favorite parts of fashion week is just seeing and reconnecting with everyone. It’s like one giant reunion! But the worst part of fashion week is the anticipation. You just never know….
4. This summer the MA introduced legislation that would include fashion models under 18 in child performer regulations in New York. The bill passed unanimously and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Do you support the legislation, and why?
I support the new legislation and really applaud the MA for its progress. When you are in your early teens, you are so impressionable. You don’t really know what to expect, and so you look to everyone else for the norms. Not having any standards leaves a lot up for interpretation and this freedom can really be abused and exploited. So I’m glad that there are now explicit rules governing what is to be expected for models under the age of 18.
5. Advice to fashion week rookies, and the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
For the fashion week rookies…while this time is absolutely invigorating and exciting, it can also be extremely overwhelming. It’s so easy to doubt yourself and to get caught up over-analyzing everything. Some words of wisdom that really helped me redirect the time I spent worrying about the opinions of others were “A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are.”
Don’t forget to breathe and just have fun with it!