I once was a model, so I have authority to slam what is becoming to my eyes one of the most dangerous and wanky professions that ever became created on this earth’s face. The faces of models are masks. Their bodies are suits and our faces are or were masks, and our clothing became no more than cardboard cut outs that had to fit onto a 2D barbie, stuck flat to the fridge front with magnets.
Lara Stone Talks with Marc Jacobs
I was 16. It was crazy. I started modeling when I was 13 or 14, I think. We were on the Métro in Paris on a family holiday, and somebody came up to me and asked me to be a model, and that's how it started. [laughs] It's been a long time.
You know, I see a lot of girls. And when I started working, the big models were people like Naomi [Campbell] and Kate [Moss]. It was a time when there were models who had real personalities and individuality. I think you are probably the first one in a long time who is in that realm where you're becoming iconic in that way. How do you feel about that? Do you enjoy the fame and success that you're having?
You know, I think it's great in any job to be doing well and doing it the best that you can, so that's pretty great. But I wouldn't call myself a celebrity in any way. I'm just doing my job. We were talking about it today, actually-that so many of the girls now, you don't really know any of them anymore. Me and Sasha [Pivovarova] were talking about it, about doing shows, and how we only know each other and a few other girls. Everyone gets replaced rather quickly.
Yeah, that's kind of what I was saying. I mean, when I was starting out, it seemed like there were so many girls who were known by their first names, who were unique, who all had idiosyncrasies and characteristics that made them individual. Those girls stuck around; you'd work with them season after season. But now it's completely different.