A vocal mental-health activist, she’s also the Founder of Gurls Talk, an online community that supports women in every difficult area, from depression to sexuality. A proud advocate for young girls, a top model and the darling of the fashion set? Here's what she had to say on life and her latest ventures.
I wanted to explore modelling as a way to creatively express and explore myself. It took a while for me to get my modelling break, but I would say everything changed after Tim Walker and Italian Vogue gave me a cover. I’ve had so many career highlights – my British Vogue cover is one in particular, it felt like being a part of a real change in fashion editorial. I’ll always be grateful to Edward for that opportunity.
British fashion is so good right now. I am very excited in particular right now, about all the amazing emerging designers such as Molly Goddard and Richard Quinn.
My style icons are Tupac and Jamiroquai.
A bright lipstick is my hack for a quick confidence boost. I always have hats and lipsticks in my handbag so I can transform my look whenever I feel like it.
I couldn’t live without a tracksuit, and a Prada coat is my favourite item in my wardrobe.
My number one beauty rule is always, without a doubt, to wash my face before bed.
I’m very selective when it comes to skincare as my go to beauty look is pretty minimal day to day when I’m not working. I’ve been loving Revlon PhotoReady Candid – it has become a new staple in my makeup bag. I’m prone to breakouts and have worked hard to find a skincare routine that works for me. I use a lot of Barbara Sturm products – and usually follow with her Glow Drops Serum after washing. I also use masks for different needs – I like GLAMGLOW and various sheet masks. After I mask, I finish with the light Barbara Sturm Face Cream.
My favourite budget beauty product is Revlon Volumazing Mascara – it builds volume so easily.
The idea for Gurls Talk came about from my own struggles when I was growing up. I created it as a safe space for young girls to share, listen and learn about their experiences as young women – without stigma, without shame – where we challenge the social norms. I want girls to be able to talk about anything. Nothing is too taboo.
What makes me most proud about Gurls Talk is seeing the young women that we celebrate, and champion go on to achieve great things, such as Tasha Bishop who was the first community member who did a talk with me on stage in London. She runs her own amazing platform now called The Pants Project.
You really have to work at being confident – it doesn’t happen overnight. You also have to surround yourself with good energy. If you’re struggling with self-esteem, it’s important to take the time to find out who you really are and when you find out embrace it.
Revlon is a great partner to help me spread awareness to a wider audience because they already do so much to champion and celebrate women and they believe in the mission of Gurls Talk. They really allowed me to creatively drive what the collaboration looked like. It’s not taking itself too seriously and that’s my outlook on most things, and Revlon agreed to let that come through.
For the Revlon X Gurls Talk collaboration, we also wanted the kits to be inclusive and purposeful about the deeper message and themes that come from the Gurls Talk community and you’ll see that within the kit names and the product shade names: It’s Ok To Feel: mental health, Celebrate Every Piece of Yourself: feminine health and Dare to Love Yourself: body positivity. From the beginning, I wanted the colours to be bright, colourful and playful. The shades are accessible to anyone and look beautiful on every skin tone. You don’t need to know how to apply makeup to have fun with it.
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