You were the first sibling out of your family to be scouted when you were 14. What was it like to grow up on sets and be in such a creative space?
You know when you’re in kindergarten, they’re like, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would always put “model.” Then I just lucked out being tall enough. So this was always something that I really wanted to do and I just really love it; I think it’s the most fun thing. People have a lot of negative things to say about the modeling industry, but it depends on how you look at it. If you’re looking at it as just a vain thing, like Oh, these people are trying to look good in pictures, then of course you’re going to think it’s a ridiculous job. But I view modeling as more than just looking good. I’m never trying to look a certain way, I’m just trying to feel a certain way in the picture so when people look at it they feel that too. You can learn a lot about people and yourself when you’re on set in ways that you can’t in other jobs or other parts of life.
I think I learned a lot about confidence and how you just have to get our of yourself and do stuff and take risks—that’s when you really get the good stuff. And you have to know how to present yourself and speak to people. I think what I’ve learned the most is how to connect with people and understand their vision to then help bring it to fruition.
Right. I would imagine it’s the same with acting—you get to try on so many different personas and personalities, which would help somebody figure out what they like and what mindset they like to be in.
Yeah, I think so, too. I guess my personal style is pretty classic. I don’t usually wear crazy things and so when I do photo shoots and get to wear something totally different than what I would ever put on, or get to be someone who is so far from me and what I would normally do is really funny. You get to experience little things. You learn things like “Oh, maybe I can do act like this or dress like this,” or “Maybe this kind of vibe is cool for me sometimes…” You just never would have though to try it before.
You and your siblings all seem really close. You work together a lot and live in a two-bedroom apartment together, but you guys have all been pursuing your own different projects at the same time. How has it been to have these people who are experiencing the same things as you? What’s the dynamic?
It’s really cool because because modeling can be so misunderstood, and unless you’re in the industry, it’s hard for people to wrap their minds around it, kind of, and it’s just sort of a different mentality. There are a lot of stigmas that come with it, too, but it’s so fun and it’s really refreshing to talk to my siblings about it because they get it. They live it. If you’re tired, or you had a rough day or something, you just go home and talk about it and they’re like, “Yep…that’s true, that sucks, I’m sorry.” And then you just get over it. You almost wouldn’t be able to share things the same way with people who weren’t in the industry because they wouldn’t quite understand.
Photo shoots with my siblings are my favorite ever. You just mess around and you just do the most fun job in the world with the most fun people and you just have a great time.
From the outside, it seems like you’re all very supportive and you’re not very competitive with each other.
Yeah, I think it’s because we all know we’re so different. Piper and I used to go up for similar jobs when we first started modeling, but then as our careers developed, and as we developed more as models we’ve realized we have totally different markets. And so you can’t even take it personally because it’s like, “Oh do you want this super cool, edgy, quirkier girl, like Piper, or do you want someone more like me?”
What is the best piece of advice your siblings have given to you?
I’ve really learned how to have more fun with them and just be more wild, I guess. It’s not so much things that they’ve sat down and said to me; it’s more something that I learn when I’m around them. I’m very goal-oriented, very ambitious, and I can be quite serious sometimes, and so the best things that I’ve learned from them is just how to be crazy and let loose. It’s okay to be immature and have stupid fun sometimes.
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