In 1986, we asked Bob Dylan, the perennial icon of '60s cool, a few seemingly simple questions about his inspirations, regrets, favorite games, and even his last slice of pizza. The premise was straightforward: "Sometimes a simple shopping list can be more revealing than a person's life story." Thirty years later, we're presenting a similar set of questions to some of the most interesting models in fashion today.
"Growing up, I always wanted to be a model. I was always that weird girl in school. I was always made fun of; I was never that beautiful," Sarah Brannon told us when she interviewed Koché designer Christelle Kocher last year.
Originally from Romania, Andreea Diaconu has been modeling on-and-off for more than half her life.
Since we started Beyond Here Lies Nothing seven and a half months ago, we have been featuring models—from the well-established to rising stars. For April, however, we decided to focus on a few fashion industry icons, beginning with Bob Recine, the legendary hair stylist, sculptor, and visual artist.
Since she began modelling over a decade ago in 2005, Denmark's Freja Beha Erichsen has become an industry icon.
German model Antonia "Toni" Garrn describes herself as "a hyper, impatient, ambitious, and happy gypsy."
"I'm a simple island girl in a big city trying to make it," says model Ysaunny Brito.
"When I was a child, I compared a lot to people around me and wished I could live their lives," recalls German model Lou Schoof.
Jamie Bochert first caught the fashion industry's eye in the early ‘00s with her Patti Smith-esque looks, but she's far more than a doppelgänger. She's now known for both her modeling work and musicianship, and performs under the name Francis Wolf.
Fernanda Ly wants to be "someone who can make [her] parents proud, someone who is comfortable in their own skin."
If you are a regular reader of Interview, or really any high fashion magazine, you'll recognize the name Mark Carrasquillo.
Ten years ago, Polish model Kasia Struss participated in her first Paris Fashion Week.
"I am a Sagittarian with strange tastes, and a total family person," says Brazilian model Angelica Erthal.
"I've got a lot of nicknames," says model Marjan Jonkman. "For non-Dutch people, my name is hard to pronounce. My favorites are Marji or March."
When Joséphine LeTutour introduces herself, the Brittany native is charmingly direct.
"Have you ever seen Stranger Things?" writes model Londone Myers when we send her our questionnaire. "That show you keep telling yourself you'll watch after work because other people LOVE it, but you never get to it...I am the upside down faced emoji of fashion."
Harleth Kuusik says her greatest adventure was moving to New York at 16 years old.
Ask model Maria Borges to describe herself, and she'll succinctly summarize: "I'm Maria Borges, a model with long legs and short afro hair from Africa Angola."
Australian model Catherine McNeil began modeling at age 14, and since being discovered by Mario Testino 10 years ago, has been a print publication staple.
In 1991, Interview and Christiaan collaborated on a special project: giving free haircuts to members of the public in Central Park..
Who is Ondria Hardin? Ask the model directly, and her answer is the following: "I'm an American. I am a dog mother. I'm evolving. Who are you?"