Ondria Hardin

By
Photography Christian Brylle

Published March 28, 2017

PHOTOS: CHRISTIAN BRYLLE. MODEL: ONDRIA HARDIN/DNA MODELS. CASTING: DAVID CHEN. SPECIAL THANKS: MILK STUDIOS.

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?” As for who she would like to be: “The best version of myself. There is only room for one Ondria in this world.”

Though Hardin is still in her teens, she’s already a fashion-world veteran. In 2011, Steven Meisel photographed her for Prada. A year later, when she was just 15, Karl Lagerfeld cast her in Chanel’s SS 2013 campaign. Things haven’t slowed down since: ranked as one of Models.com’s “Top 50 Models,” the North Carolina native was a fixture at the SS 2017 shows, walking for the likes of Miu Miu, Chanel, Balmain, Dries Van Noten, Versace, and Michael Kors.

THINGS THAT INSPIRE ME:
My family and my past. Also, knowing that things constantly change.

QUESTIONS I CAN’T ANSWER:
This one.

MY BIGGEST ADVENTURE:

I hope to tell you someday.

THINGS I’D LIKE TO IMPROVE ABOUT MYSELF:
Everything can always use improvement. My patience, definitely.

GAMES I PLAY:
Rock Band! And GTA 5.

MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT:
I feel it is premature to speak of my greatest achievement. I want to do something life-changing, which has yet to come.

MY GREATEST VICE:
Smoking.

THINGS I’LL BE REMEMBERED BY: 
I’m still walking an unknown path—wait and watch.

SOME THINGS I’D RATHER FORGET:
A lot, but I forgot them. Why bring it back up?

MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS:
Being outside, near the water, enjoying a fresh breeze.  

ONE LAST FAVOR I’D LIKE TO ASK:
Can we stop talking about it and actually coexist?!

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