@taylor_hill at the Café de Flore before heading to @miumiu, looking at things with an appropriately existential twist. “Modeling is about staying relevant,” says Hill. But who defines relevance? At present she exists as a model in two parallel universes. There is the world of @victoriassecret, where she and her friends work crazy hard and also have crazy fun—and this is a life and a landscape that resonates brilliantly on social media. Then there is Fashion Week, which gives one cred in the industry and with designers and peers. But the runway life can also be “very hard, very sad, very lonely,” desperately uncertain (“even if you open the show, you are not guaranteed to get the campaign”), and, for a true social media darling, a little niche in audience for all that pain. “People don’t care about Fashion Week,” Hill says, speaking as a girl from the suburbs of Denver who grew up thinking, “What’s Chanel? Who’s Kate Moss?” (When she, at age 14, suddenly shot up to 5-foot-9, her pals thought she might one day try out for America’s Next Top Model.) Hill says, “I wish I knew what modeling was like when I started. There was no@instagram.” She adds, “My life wasn’t all sparkles and butterflies. I worked my ass off. People who followed me from the beginning [on Facebook] know this.” Her social following is the key to relevance, as much as her forthright personality and unquestionable beauty: “It’s the time. This is what’s happening. You have to embrace it.”
Mock Life magazine cover for November 26, 1965. This issue featured Edie Sedgwick's "Girl in Black Tights" iconic photo shoot photographed by Fred Eberstadt, and was the first outlet in which her title as superstar became national. Wearing a long sleeved dress by Rudi Grenich, "I swish them the way other girls swish their hair," she said of her chandelier earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane.