How did this collection come about?
We wanted to make something very bespoke that feels like a keepsake, so we came up with a chic little bottle top with a birthstone, each one hand crafted by Duffy, an amazing jeweller and a dear friend. I’m obsessed with Wild Bluebell and Red Roses and now I can put my January garnet on top.
Do you have any fragrance tips?
I’m all about never having perfume that is too overwhelming. I never want anything to feel like it’s screaming, ‘I am definitely wearing Red Roses’. The biggest compliment is when someone says ‘you smell nice’.
Do you layer your fragrances?
If I’m feeling something heavier there’s a new fragrance Bronze Wood and Leather by Jo Malone London, I’m obsessed! Just a spritz of that with Velvet Rose and Oud, it’s a very evocative, seductive combo.
Who is your beauty icon?
A woman that I admire and respect is Meryl Streep, she’s an intelligent, beautiful, real woman. There’s nothing but grace about her, that’s what real beauty is. It’s not about ‘oh my god my style icon is a woman in her twenties’ for me looking at a woman who has lived and has a face that lives to tell the tale of that, I find that so remarkably beautiful.
Who’s your style inspiration?
The Queen. C’mon, the Queen is so stylish. I love all the powdery and I live for her headscarves. What a woman.
Favourite British prince?
I’m going to say Harry because he’s a redhead and I’m a ginger too. As gingers, we are tortured in Britain!
How has the modelling industry changed from when you started?
Diversity of what people deem beautiful is finally being readjusted and it’s definitely about time. Beauty is not a defined thing, it’s not a size 0, it’s not a pale blonde. I’m not saying that that’s not beautiful, but there’s so much more to beauty. I’d like to see more Ashely Grahams be as successful as Ashley, I’d like to see more diversity of women of colour in the fashion industry as well as people with different disabilities being recognised. Runway shows are one thing that could use a big kick in the butt as far as diversity is concerned. It’s happening in shoots but not so much in shows.
Young model to watch?
Adut [Akech], she’s such a sweet, thoughtful, beautiful young lady and I’ve got to know her because Edward Enninful is a great friend of mine and we’ve hung out with Adut a number of times. She grew up in a refugee camp, she moved to Australia and has made her way in the world and that’s really inspiring to me.
Best shoot location?
I went to Bhutan with Tim Walker for two weeks and it was one of the most breathtaking countries I’ve ever been to. We shot on Himalayan peaks, in monasteries – it was epic. I kept nicknaming Tim Sir Edmond Hillary, because he’s such an explorer. He’s like “let’s climb a mountain” I’m like “okay boss, let’s do that”. Standing on the edge of a mountain top where there’s a thousand foot drop definitely gave me anxiety but it was a beautiful picture. Anything with Tim is worth it, he is going down in the history books, there is nobody like Tim Walker. He is magical.
How has the fashion industry changed you?
I was bullied for being so pale, pale and scrawny. I grew up in Northern England and it was the era in the early Nineties where Baywatch and Pamela Anderson were the archetypes in female beauty and I was the flat chested, scrawny, pale redhead – the absolute antithesis of that. Being accepted by the fashion industry made me accept myself, it wasn’t until then that I wrapped my head around the fact that I am an individual.
First thing you do when arriving home from set?
Make myself a cup of tea, PG Tips – proper tea, followed by a warm bath filled with Red Roses bath oil.