You always manage to look so naturally stunning and comfortable in your body. Do you have any advice for tapping into one’s own sense of style?
I think all of us, at one point or another, struggle with feeling like we don’t measure up to some ideal. We women, in particular, are so hard on ourselves. I certainly have my down days but I think it’s important to focus on the gift that our body is and on the incredible fact that we get to live in it and experience all of these sensations. When you learn to celebrate your own body and your own individual beauty, instead of on what’s around you, that’s a good day.
When you think back, were you into fashion as a kid?
I was really into dressing myself outlandishly in wild colors but I never read magazines or had a clue about designers or brands. That said, I’ve always been interested in what humans put on our bodies versus what we’re told to put on our bodies. For instance, we’re supposed to put on clothes just to go out in the world. To face that world we end up juxtaposing what’s functional fashion-wise with what’s beautiful, and then there are things that are designed to be purposely ugly, and I love that too.
Is there a moment in your career that you think of as particularly lucky?
My lucky moment was being booked on the January 2011 V Cover with Solve Sundsbo. I was in Seattle at the time and V was shooting the next day. I jumped on a plane overnight to get to the shoot at Flashlight in New York. There were 5 of us girls. For all of us, it was our first editorial experience and it was exciting because we knew that new things would be expected of us, for instance, there was nudity involved. It was so surreal. I remember lying nude on a cement floor and thinking, ‘This is going to be great.’ I was in Venezuela when the magazine hit newsstands and it’s been nonstop since.
Speaking of your non-stop lifestyle, which key pieces do you turn to when you’re on the go?
Well, for instance, at the moment I’m in Edinburgh, Scotland and since I’m super un-caffeinated and jet lagged, I woke up from my nap and immediately threw on black skinny jeans with an oversized black silk shirt and black block-heel boots, which are perfect for kicking around on cobblestones or anywhere.
I love Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks because they smell is so delicious, every single one. Right now I’m super into a red or pink lip with defined brows.
Which new pieces are your mixing into your wardrobe this fall?
Well, I’m crazy for the black and white trend. It’s great for playing with proportions and angles. Black makes things smaller. White makes things larger. And if you work with them, you can really use them to make your body malleable. I loved the Lucky tweed black and white blazer I wore on the shoot for its texture and I’m also into the idea mixing in a bright pop of color, like citron or dandelion, to make it fun. A new dose of color is such an easy way to take a serious outfit and pep it up a bit.
Any superstitions you swear by?
Oh yes! The big one is: If a ladybug lands on you, you have to make a wish before it flies away. That one’s hugely important to me. Also, when the clasp of a necklace touches the pendant, you should always make a wish before you put it back in place.
Okay, so now that we know how you’re going to dress up the black and white look, the real question is: how are you dressing up for Halloween?
Since I’m traveling like crazy, dragging a costume around can be cumbersome but I love love love costumes. I can usually come up with something on the fly, like I’ll toss on a jogging outfit and a bunch of fake blood and be a New York City jogger. Or I’ll thrown on a nude bodysuit and be a goddess. You just never know!