You know I'm all about muse Willow Hand, been watching her since her start and I'm thirlled to see this beautiful editorial!! She reminds me of Gemma Ward starting out!
The Perks of Being Different: Stella Lucia on Her Unique Look and Styling Aspirations
Janelle Okwodu Fashion April 4, 2015 — 03:00PM
Many models enter fashion with dreams of magazine covers and campaigns, but Austrian newcomer Stella Lucia’s initial career goals placed her in a different category. “I always wanted to be a stylist,” says Lucia. “When I was 13, I got discovered over Facebook by a stylist who wrote to me asking if I wanted to model and then brought me to my mother agency. It was actually a surprise for me. I had never thought about doing modeling or something, so I was really excited and I wanted to try it.”
A career behind the scenes may be her end goal, but one look at Lucia makes it easy to see why she was scouted. Her bee-stung lips and quirky features give her a beauty that is at once delicate and seductive. This alluring contrast has resonated with the likes of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot and Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, who cites Lucia as his latest obsession and cast her in his Spring campaign alongside Julia Roberts. The job provided Lucia with her big break and her first taste of California life, an experience she won’t soon forget. “I think going to L.A. was really my nicest experience so far. The people are so much more relaxed and everything is so beautiful.”
Since arriving on the scene, Lucia has landed in the pages of artsy publications like AnOther and CR Fashion Book where she’s been given the opportunity to star in outlandish, attention-grabbing images by Nick Knight and Karl Lagerfeld. The influx of editorial work allows Lucia a chance to experience her favorite part of modeling: role-playing. “Clothes can let you act. How you’re styled is how you behave,” the model expounds. “When the clothes are really dark and gothic, I can take on that role; if they’re lighter and more romantic, I can show that side.”
Modeling also brings her closer to the clothes she grew up admiring. Citing labels like Maison Margiela, Dries Van Noten, and Givenchy as favorites, Lucia has developed a style she calls “very chill, always comfortable, and with a little twist.” Her mix of comfy hoodies layered beneath glamorous coats has earned her a place as a street-style star to watch, but the real fun comes when she gets a chance to put her styling talents to good use. “My boyfriend's a stylist, so I often assist him and try to help him out with that. I do a lot of fashion even when I don't work in modeling—I still want to be a stylist one day, and modeling has let me get the connections, so hopefully I can do that later on.”
Lizzie just glows at every appearance. She's just so pretty and fresh!
Sam Rollinson continues her reign on the runways this season, impressive as ever, fresh and exciting I cant wait to see her in more editorials.
I'm so excited for this fresh new girl, Natasha. I see Gemma Ward/Sasha P. potential in her. I would love to have a new icy blonde to follow!! Go Natasha!!
It's hard to believe that Belarus native Natasha Remarchuk was scouted in the Minsk subway about six months ago, scooped up by Elite, and then walked as an exclusive for Calvin Klein in New York. (It's hard for Remarchuk to believe, anyway.) She also booked eight other spring 2013 shows, including Prada, McQueen, Givenchy, and Dior — and the opening spot at Jil Sander. For pre-fall, the 17-year-old took another turn for Calvin Klein and stars in Donna Karan's look book. But, when it comes down to it, she's a girl after the Cut's heart, having admitted to sitting online all night long while eating candy in her model apartment. Remarchuk also told us about studying abstract painting, wanting to meet Albert Einstein, and listening to her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars.
Tell me about growing up in Belarus.
I grew up in a small family — not so rich, but not so poor — with my mom, and my dad, and I have a little brother. A little monster, really. He's 8. In school, I studied art. I love painting, drawing, and before I started modeling, I couldn't imagine doing it. I was just trying to be a good daughter and a good student ... I like abstract painting. You can't see real things — you can only think about it and imagine your world in your mind.
How were you discovered?
A scout found me in a subway station in Belarus and I decided to try it. It was half a year ago. I had already finished school, which is really important because I think you must have some education. Then the scout sent my picture to Elite, and that was that.
Was Calvin Klein your first show?
Yes, and I was an exclusive. I went to a casting and then to a callback. I met the designer, the stylist, and the producer, and I guess they liked me, so I got it. Before the show started, I was thinking, Oh my God. I will be so scared. I will be so nervous. But when it was my time to walk, I didn't feel scared or nervous.
Then you opened for Jil Sander in Milan.
Opening is a little nerve-wracking, but it was so important for me to do it. I walked first, and when I came back, I noticed that [Jil Sander] was crying, I think because she was so happy — I think it's really important for her to be a designer, to make clothes. And really, it was her comeback.
What was Dior like?
I really love Raf Simons. He's always smiling — some designers are always serious, and he's always smiling and always nice. But, in terms of the show, it was such a long runway. It was two big rooms with so many ways to walk. It was hard, but it looked amazing ... I really liked the eye makeup for Dior with the crystals. Each girl had different crystals, different colors, and different shapes. I think the makeup took three hours, maybe longer, and just two hours for the eyes because it was so hard for the makeup artists to put on the crystals.
You walked for some pretty big names.
Yes, but before I started fashion week, I wanted to do McQueen. I like this sort of crazy collection. Did you hear the music during the finale? It's funny. It's always interesting to see differences in the collections, because for some designers like Jil Sander or like Calvin Klein, it's always a serious, strong collection. It's always simple form and simple color. And with McQueen, you never know. For me, I love painting and drawing and it's an inspiration to see something like McQueen.
Let's talk about your spare time. What types of books do you like to read?
I find interesting Jonathan Safran Foer. I read two of his books — Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He's simple to read, but you also can think about it. I also like books by Chuck Palahniuk, like Fight Club.
And are you into music at all?
I love music. I like indie rock, pop rock, rock. My favorite band is 30 Seconds to Mars, [Jared Leto's group]. I like them and I like their music. I went to three concerts, in Minsk, St. Petersburg, and Kiev. Ah! I really like them.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Eating sweets at night! And also, all models need to sleep a lot — eight hours or more. But I'm always sitting on the Internet. Then, I'm like, Oh my, it's three o'clock in the morning! And I don't sleep at all.
If you could meet one person, dead or alive, from any time, who would it be?
The first thing that I was thinking now was Albert Einstein. I don’t know why, but ... he's a genius, really. It would be super cool to just talk with this really, really smart guy. And I was thinking about Shakespeare.
What would you tell someone else, like you, who's interested in modeling?
I think it shouldn't be a girl who's, you know, 16 or 15 — I think she needs to be older. Like 18. I don't know why. It's good for me — I'm 17. But I see some girls who are 15 and 16, and I think it’s not for them. You must be really strong inside. When you're 15, you don't really think about it. And when you're older, you see when people are telling the truth or when people are fake. And it's hard to always be in form, to keep doing some exercise, keep eating healthy, keep practicing your walk. It's hard to do ten, eleven, or twelve castings in one day. But it's not so hard, because you travel, you meet some really good, different people. You grow up inside. It helps you become an independent person.