HARRIET RUSSELL

What does diversity mean to you? 

Diversity means understanding everyone as they are, where they are from and who they want to be and accepting that.

If there’s one thing you could change in the fashion industry what would it be?

Of the many aspects of the industry that need to change, the most prominent one for me is the 18+ regulation. The modelling industry is notoriously cutthroat and I think the most important change needed is regulating a 18+ age limit for models. I was lucky in the sense, until I was 18 I lived in a small village in Dorset with my parents where I did a couple of shoots for local designers and companies but didn’t feel the strains of the industry. However I have a couple of friends who started modelling when they were around 14 and now really struggle with mental health, eating disorders and the fear that they have nothing to fall back on when they reach 25 + and no longer get booked for jobs. I think its important to promote what the industry is really like, and how hard it is, and how for models it’s more than just shoots, catwalks and parties but a lifestyle of working out, dieting, rejection and travelling. Also, I think it is necessary for models to get qualifications even if its just GCSE’s or A-levels so that when they do decide/have to leave the industry they have something to fall back on. Alternatively, I think the industry should teach models a second trade, for example creatives during a shoot should educate and give advice to each other in order to also abolish competition within the industry and accept and encourage instead.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

 

Hopefully living in Paris.

What’s the craziest thing about you?

 

The first 13mile run I did was a half marathon race through the mountains in the Pyrenees in October.

What is your hidden talent?

 

I used to practice as an Opera singer, I also used to play the saxophone at a high level and performed a couple of times in the royal albert hall.

 

If you could spend a day with any super model in the world, who would it be and why?

 

Christy Turlington because she has not only graced the industry with front covers, music video features and worked on numerous campaigns for top designers, but she worked with a range of charities and starting her own called Every Mother Counts. I think she would be motivational in terms of modelling and as a business-women.

What do you love most about yourself?

 

My determination and work ethic. If I want something badly I will fight for it and put all my energy into achieving that goal. 

What does Beauty mean to you?

 

For me, beauty if the events and experiences you’ve had, the passion you have for something, the understanding and accepting of others and the willingness to fight for yourself.