Salem Mitchell

Salem is wearing our Peekaboo Petra Dress in Black

Test Shoot Photo by @coughs coughsy.com | Reposted from @SalemMitchell

Test Shoot Photo by @coughs coughsy.com | Reposted from @SalemMitchell

“It's really important to always be positive. That's how you get the best results in life.”

Where are you from? Where do you live now?
Originally, I'm from San Diego. Currently, I'm in L.A.

Favorite Book:
Girl Culture Book by Lauren Greenfield

Favorite restaurant:
Jon & Vinny's and Petit Trois

Favorite movie right now:
I just watched Her. It's so good. I watched it 3 times in the past week.

What are you up to?
A T-shirt collaboration with a really cool ethical brand. I also have a web show with Vice's broadly coming out soon. Lots of modeling work and just, you know, having fun in my free time. I have a couple cameras and I like to practice [photography] so I've been taking pictures of my boyfriend. I'm getting into photography just for fun as an extra hobby. If you know the camera you're better in front of it when it's time to work

What's the Vice show about?
I'm not allowed to say the name but it's about fashion and cultural appropriation. Each episode is a new topic. We talk to different people and get their perspective about [cultural appropriation], what it means and where it comes from as opposed to policing it. It's a positive show.

What’s your favorite thing about what you’re doing? What’s your least favorite?
My favorite thing is all the people that I meet every day. As much as people say that modeling can be crazy, all the people around me make me so happy and I like my agent. My favorite part is just the fact that we all come together and make something beautiful. We support each other. My least favorite part is probably the pressure. I feel a lot of pressure all the time but maybe I'm putting it on myself?

When was the moment you decided to pursue modeling?
I started through social media. [My friends and I] were always taking pictures. When we were bored, we would dress up and set up shoots in our backyard, but it wasn’t until Mayan [Toledano] found me on the [instagram] explore page, that I actually took it seriously. [Before that], people would tell me I should model and I would be like “Yeah, I would love to but I have no idea how to. I wouldn’t be good at it. I don’t have what it takes.” I’m not that short, I’m 5’6, but I thought I was too short. Mayan shot me for the youth issue of paper magazine. Once I got [the magazine], I thought “Oh, this could be real life.” Having it in your hands makes you feel like “Okay, this is attainable.”

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I definitely wanted to be a model. I also wanted to be a scientist, a movie star, and a public relations person.

What’s a piece of advice you would give to someone starting off in your field?
I would tell them to develop self esteem way beforehand. It's a process. I was 17 when I started [modeling]. I started without thinking about what I was really getting myself into. I wasn’t thinking “Do I love myself? Do I think that I am beautiful regardless of what other people say about me?”. Nobody tells young girls when [they’re] doing this to figure out how to love you before you put yourself out there for millions of people to see you and hundreds of people to comment on you.

Who do you find inspiring right now?
Marsai Martin. She's the little girl on blackish, Diane. She's so cool. She's like 13 or 14 and an executive producer for a movie that’s coming out making her the youngest executive producer ever. I'm very inspired by that and the fact that she can do so much as this young 13 year old black girl.

What do you love the most about yourself?
My optimism. It's really important to always be positive. That's how you get the best results in life.

 

Kate Bowman

Kate is wear our Lucky Frill Shorts in White

Photo from @KateOfficial

Photo from @KateOfficial

“I wanted to be a cowgirl.”

What’s your name and where are you from ? Where do you live now?
My name is Kate. I’m from New York and I live in the Lower East Side. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a cowgirl.

What are you doing now?
I am finishing my thesis at The New School, completing my degree in Visual Studies.

What’s your favorite thing about what you’re doing? What’s your least favorite?
My favorite thing about being in school right now is the flexibility it allows me to have with my free time. I love having morning breakfasts with friends and seeing where empty afternoons take me. I will really miss sitting in the sun in my home on a Wednesday at 2pm with space to fill however I please.

Do you have a daily routine? If so, what is it?
My day always starts the same way. I go to the same coffee shop every morning, sit in the park and listen to music or read. 

What’s a piece of advice you would give to someone starting off in your field?
Being kind and thoughtful goes a long way. And being on time.

Who do you find inspiring right now?
Isamaya Ffrench

Do you ever feel uninspired? If so, what do you do?
Watching movies always inspires me, even ones I’ve watched many times. Entering another world and perspective gives me so much space to see my own life in new ways. Watching a movie I've seen a lot is really great too because it makes me feel safe and understood.

Is there any hobby/talent you are not doing now that you hope to do?
I’m re-teaching myself piano, and I hope to keep up with that more this year. Right now, I've been trying to learn parts of Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto. 

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
Walk around my neighborhood, write, look through photo books.

What do you love/value the most about yourself?
My faith in myself and my independence. 

If you had a week to do anything, anywhere what would you do?
My dream right now is to go to Tokyo <3

What/who inspires your style?
Isabelle Adjani.

What’s your greatest memory?
Falling in love with New York over and over and over again.

Favorite Song RN:
Evangeline by Cocteau Twins

Favorite Restaurant:
Fanelli’s

Favorite Beauty Product:
Rosebud Salve

Favorite Movie RN: Possession, always

Favorite Book:
Little Jewel by Patrick Modiano

Where will you be and what will you be doing in 2025 (6 years)?
Following my heart.