Model Ilana Kozlov Is Effortless In All The Right Ways

"I’m not really that kind of model"

Photographed by Carissa Gallo.

The following feature appears in the September 2016 issue of NYLON.

Ilana Kozlov makes giving no fucks incredibly endearing. “I don’t know, I’m not really that kind of model,” she responds when asked which of her latest projects makes her most proud. We’re sitting high atop a downtown L.A. warehouse where the 21-year-old multimedia artist and Hollywood native just wrapped a photo shoot, and I can’t help but go a little slack-jawed at her answer. It’s just not what you’d expect from someone who broke into the modeling scene only a year ago and has already walked for industry giants like Max Mara and Balenciaga, not to mention laid claim to the latter’s spring ’16 campaign and Diesel’s as well.

But what may initially come across as blasé in Kozlov is actually an effortlessness that not only defines her career to date (she was discovered while out cassette-tape shopping with a pal, and only followed up with the agent in hopes of making some extra cash), but also sums up her whole vibe: “I was hanging out in Paris with my friend, and she asked if I wanted to come along to her Balenciaga fitting. I didn’t think much of it; I showed up in my pajamas and thought I’d just wait around and kill time. Next thing I know, the casting director is booking me.” 

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