Slowly but surely we’re beginning to see a new generation of models emerging on the catwalks, in our magazines and advertisement campaigns. During fashion week the red-haired skater girl from Arizona, Natalie Westling caused a stir, being the talked-about face in the SS14 Marc Jacobs and Saint Laurent campaigns. Her laid back attitude and fiery hair sets her aside from other models.
Photograph by David Sims for Marc Jacobs SS14.
After a Skype lecture with co-founder and director of Established Models, Mark Evans, earlier on in the year its apparent that modelling agencies aren’t looking for the 6″, never-ending legs, blonde, American girl-next-door look anymore. Brands are going to agencies wanting somebody a little different, someone who has something about them, and that is what these models seem to have.
I stumbled across an interview in AnOther magazine with Canadian born artist, actor and model Rick Genest, referred to as ‘Zombie Boy’. Covered head-to-toe in tattoos, having gotten his first tattoo when he was nineteen. He describes his body as a ‘gradual work of art’ after a near-fatal brain tumour in his teens he has since had careers in acting and modelling. Nicola Formichetti first discovered him on the internet in 2011 when he then modelled for Thierry Mugler, since he has worked along side many other brands, walked many shows and starredin music videos (famously in Lady Gaga’s music video for Born This Way). Its great to see different people and new faces, its what keeps the industry exciting and fresh. To read the full interview with Zombie Boy click here.
Rick Genest for Mugler. Photography by Mariano Vivanco.
Rick Genest for Vogue Hommes Japan. Photography by Mariano Vivanco.