It’s hard to fully understand the phrase “gives good face” until you’ve seen Pyper America Smith in front of the camera. As she mugs for photographer Ted Emmons in a small studio in downtown Los Angeles on an unusually warm fall day, the 18-year-old model’s white-blonde hair, otherworldly icy blue eyes, and luminous fair skin shine in every shot. And her sense of playfulness—whether she’s rolling her eyes, sticking out her tongue, or perfecting an air of ennui—only makes her look even more striking. So it’s not surprising that Smith has experienced a meteoric rise to fashion (and Instagram) fame, which includes walking runways in New York and Milan and being photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz in Iceland for a Moncler campaign. “I was seriously like, ‘I’m dreaming right now,’” she says, leaning forward on a tufted white leather couch after the shoot. But fortunately someone was there to remind her that it was real: her younger brother, Lucky Blue, whose similarly stunning looks have made him the star of Calvin Klein and Tom Ford campaigns, and whose face pops up daily on the feeds of his 1.5 million Instagram followers. In fact, modeling is a Smith family affair—Pyper’s older sister Daisy Clementine was signed first when she was scouted at the age of 14. Two years later, when the entire clan showed up at her agency’s office during a California vacation, Pyper, Lucky, and their other older sister, Starlie Cheyenne, were signed, too. Within a couple of months the foursome was starring in Gap’s holiday campaign.
Click through the gallery to read more about our December/January 2015 issue “Model Citizen,” Pyper America Smith.