You’ve been illustrated by David Downton. Does fashion illustration deserve a full-on revival?
Sitting with David is always a joy. He has a true understanding of all his subjects and the stories they have to tell. In that way, he is a true historian. He captures the essence of every person he draws often from just a simple conversation, and has a wonderful talent for finding the lightness and humour in a moment. He is magic! Fashion illustration is such an important medium that needs to be exposed to the world, and David is the leader.
You’re a model noted for your flamboyance…
I took a big leap of faith in a time when no one was doing what I was on the runway. I wanted to find a way to take a risk, to elevate and showcase a different sort of beauty. Models are supposed to sell clothes through movement and presence, and that’s why I chose to expand on the designer’s imagination and to tell the audience a story. I always speak with the designer and work closely with them to make sure they are happy. Fashion requires a newness, and I’m here to provide.