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Interview: Suki Waterhouse

Kildare Village launched its Christmas season today with a flying visit from the international model, actress and it-girl

Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 21:15


Images via Getty Images

Suki Waterhouse – model, actress, celebrity girlfriend, muse, it-girl – is no stranger to Ireland, having spent time here when she filmed Love, Rosie, the Hollywood adaptation of Cecilia Ahern’s Where Rainbows End, so when Kildare Village came a-calling, asking Waterhouse to launch their Toast to Chic Christmas campaign, it was a slam dunk for the 20-year-old. And it seemed the perfect time for me to ask Waterhouse some, y’know, burning questions (like whether she prefers heels or flats, and what kind of plane passenger she is). Behold . . .

Image via Photocall Ireland

Wikipedia seems to think your life began with Vogue‘s What I’m Wearing feature – was that a big turning point for you?

Being acknowledged by Vogue and invited to do “Today I’m Wearing” was a really great moment for me, and the photo diary of my outfits was a really fun thing to do. I love fashion and dressing up, so documenting it added another level to that which was great. My style is important to me, and I really enjoyed this project.

So many models try and fail to achieve the kind of success you’ve had; to what do you attribute your stratospheric rise to Burberry face and A-lister?

I have a great agency! It’s definitely team work with my fashion career. The trick is to surround yourself with the best people, those whose opinions you really trust and value. I am really lucky to be working with such amazing brands that I personally love so much too. I’m really happy.

You’ve said before that you were a complete tomboy when you started out. How would you describe your style today, and is how you dress important to you?

I think it’s important to be dressed appropriately for the situation, although sometimes situations change when you’re not expecting it! I like to feel comfortable, I love British brands and I enjoy dressing in a way that makes me feel good.

Modelling has a shelf life – do you have a back-up plan?

Actually I disagree – models are working longer and longer now, as brands engage with an older audience – so they want to book models who appeal to their customers. I love modelling, I love acting, I love singing, art, photography, I am young and creative and at the moment I am enjoying all of it.

Who would you say are your style inspirations?

Jane Birkin, Lou Doillon, Janice Joplin, Rod Stewart and Thin Lizzy.

You do an awful lot of travelling; what’s your inflight plan – are you a reader or a rester, and what do you wear when you fly?

I like to wear clothes which are as baggy and comfortable as can be. I’m a rester, I sleep the whole flight!

Modelling is obviously tough on the skin, with heavy makeup for shoots and catwalk. What’s your skincare routine?

I use Heal Gel, incredible product.

What are your top three . . . restaurants?
Ffiona’s, Roka, Giraffe Café

. . . hotels?
Connaught, Browns, the Greenwich in New York

. . . shops?
Liberty, Rellik, Superga

. . . fashion designers?
Burberry, Christopher Kane, Sass & Bide

. . . cities in Europe?
London, Paris, Barcelona @sukiwaterhouse

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