It’s really important for a model to have a strong sense of style because it really translates into the way they wear the clothes, and contributes to their ultimate brand. When you think about the models who’ve really made it in the business—Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Agyness Deyn…—they’re not just clothes hangers. They’re the ones that have that extra thing going on; and part of that extra thing comes from understanding what they’re wearing. When you know what you’re wearing, you know how to wear it to convey a feeling or mood people can connect with.
It comes down to exposure. On Scouted, there are the girls who walk in wearing the new J Brand Jeans and a cool ripped tee, and it’s like ‘Oh, you read NYLON.’ And there are also the girls from really small towns where they don’t have the exposure to fashion that people in New York and the bigger more cosmopolitan cities have. It’s important for those girls to check out the blogs and keep up with what’s going on.
Listen, they’re models so they basically all look amazing in a paper bag. My job is to impress upon them the difference between looking pretty, and being a model.
[photo courtesy of AOL TV]