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PHOTOGRAPHY BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY / BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY

STYLIST JODIE BARNES

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Makeup Florrie White for NUDE skincare (D+V Management)  Hair Karin Bigler for Sebastian (D+V Management)  Manicure Shardae Green for OPI  Digital technician Dave Imms  Photo assistants Edd Horder and James Donovan  Fashion assistants Manuel Estevez and Polly Butler  Makeup assistant Nelson Catarino  Hair assistant Declan Sheils  Production Chantelle-Shakila Tiagi (REP Limited)  retouching provision  Location Spring Studios, London  Special thanks Hannah Holland

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LONDON CALLING: LILY MCMENAMY

PHOTOGRAPHY BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY / BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY
FASHION JODIE BARNES
TEXT ZAC BAYLY



Lily McMenamy didn’t plan to follow in the impressive runway footsteps of her mother (übermodel Kristen McMenamy), but shortly after moving to Paris to wait tables and do all the other things that 19-year-olds do, she was suddenly signed to Next Paris.

In a few short months she was strutting for Marc Jacobs (topless!), Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Saint Laurent Paris.   “It had always been my dream to finish school and move to Paris,” she explains over coffee. “And I went there with the intention of getting by somehow—working in cafés or whatever. And a friend of mine who’s a model said I should come meet her agency. I thought, Okay, sure. I went in there and they were extremely convincing, and I’m kind of spontaneous. And so I was like, ‘Okay!’ So I just signed a contract—I didn’t even read it! Whatevs! 

“I’m learning other things and having fun,” she continues. “I go with the flow. I mean, I’m not that much of a diva yet. My mum got fired by her agency once because she turned down a campaign that she didn’t think was cool enough. I wish I could be like that! I’m just like, ‘Oh, cool. I’m down!’

“I want to do everything!” she exclaims when asked what besides modeling she wants to do with her life. “I want to go to school and study art history, and I want to be a contemporary dancer. I’ve started going to this club in the Pigalle in Paris. It’s this, like, Reggae bar, and I’ve been going every night. I don’t even drink! I just walk in, even if I’m alone, and I’ll dance for like four hours or something! I just start swinging my hair around, going insane. And people are like, ‘Are you wasted? Have you taken drugs?’ But no…I don’t do that.” 

It’s easy to see why they’d wonder. In the middle of the café where our interview takes place, McMenamy swings her long hair and gangly limbs all around as she demonstrates her dance moves, eyes closed and a grin stretched across her face. Considering her lack of inhibition, it’s hard to imagine that just a few months ago Hedi Slimane hired the young model for her awkward walk. Has her mother given her any tips since then? 

“No, we don’t really talk about that stuff,” she explains. “I’ve always rebelled against my mum’s glamorous lifestyle. I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to be an intellectual feminist!’ And then I got roped into this…But Mum was saying to me the other day that we both have our niche in the industry. There’s not competitiveness. We’re kind of like, ‘Oh, you got that job? Sick! See you in New York!’” 

EXTRA CREDITS

Makeup Florrie White for NUDE skincare (D+V Management)  Hair Karin Bigler for Sebastian (D+V Management)  Manicure Shardae Green for OPI  Digital technician Dave Imms  Photo assistants Edd Horder and James Donovan  Fashion assistants Manuel Estevez and Polly Butler  Makeup assistant Nelson Catarino  Hair assistant Declan Sheils  Production Chantelle-Shakila Tiagi (REP Limited)  retouching provision  Location Spring Studios, London  Special thanks Hannah Holland

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