"I'm always hungry," says Stephanie Hall and it’s not what you really expect to hear from a model. Although the current BCBG MAXAZRIA campaign star did not plan to become a model, her personality helped her land a Calvin Klein exclusive. This golden ticket led the English beauty to walk not only the most exclusive ready-to-wear shows for the likes of Ashish, Christopher Kane and Mulberry, but also the glamorous haute couture runways of Ulyana Sergeenko and Viktor & Rolf.
Here, Steph talks with Playing Fashion on growing up, waking up in the morning, beauty reassume, boot camp pilates, and what she can’t live without.
I WAS THE USUAL KID
that changed my mind all the time. I would’ve never thought I'd be a model, I don't think anyone did. I grew up just outside London, near Heathrow airport. I have lived there all my life and I have only ever moved one street down. I'm just so used to this area that nowhere else would feel like home.
I LIKE MY SLEEP.
I like to start my day at about 10:30 am. Breakfast is my first priority. I like my food. I never spend long on my makeup, so it’s just a MAC brown eyebrow pencil on my eyebrows, Estée Lauder concealer and a bit of mascara. Job done!
I USED TO FEEL VERY SELF CONSCIOUS ABOUT MY BODY,
so it was hard at first if I had to wear a see through-ish top, but as I've grown as a model, I feel more confident in myself. I don't think I've ever had to play a role that's outrageous or crazy, it's more of just adapting yourself into another persona, the normal is 'boyish' serious vibe, but my fav is sexy Steph!
THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOW
for me was probably my first ever runway show for Calvin Klein as an exclusive. It was pretty crazy. I also loved shooting for British Vogue with all the British models: Sam, Charlotte, Lara, Rosie, as we are all now best friends. Edie, Cara and Jourdan were also on set.
I DON'T HAVE MY OWN ROLE MODEL
but I do look up to girls who are doing well in the industry and only wish I could follow in their footsteps. I never take it personally, if I've been rejected for a job. It's because I didn't fit what they were looking for, I'd rather they picked the right girl for the brand.
I KILL TIME BACKSTAGE
by texting friends or listening to music. It’s the only time you get to sit down really, or if there's people around I know it's nice to have a catch up as you never get to see friends in the industry for long until they fly off somewhere else.
YOU GET TO SEE WHAT ACTUALLY GOES ON
instead of just reading about it in the paper, normally the things I read are absolutely ridiculous, recently I read that fashion designers give us horrible tasting foods before we go out on runway so we make a stern face.
MY BEAUTY REASSUME IS BASED AROUND 'SIMPLE' PRODUCTS
to clean my face. I use 'Skyn Iceland' lotion sold at M&S and it's the best tool for stressed skin. I mix my face creams up all the time but at the moment I'm using Bobbi Brown advance moisturising cream and YSL emulsion milky lotion. When I feel at my best is when I have clear skin, healthy hair, and I look toned, so that's what I would generally say is my opinion is of beauty.
I KEEP FIT BY GOING TO BOOT CAMP PILATES
on a reformer; it's an intense form of pilates. And I also love to hula-hoop, I can stand there for hours, it's surprisingly very good for your waist. Regarding time out, for me it’s just chilling, sleeping and doing shopping. When I'm abroad I like to find a nice spa, go swimming and sit in the jacuzzi.
I CAN'T REALLY LIVE WITHOUT LOVE,
so anything where I could die, it scares me the fact that this is it, you only get one chance at life. My life goal is to be successful in this industry even if it does not last as long as a normal job, I would like to feel like I did it well while I could! Then to make sure I'm loved and happy, as at the end of the day money can't buy you love, but then some people say love can't pay the bills. (Laughs)
Photography by Anya Holdstock; styling by Basma Khalifa; hair & make-up by Fiona Barry; model: Stephanie Hall / Models 1.
Casting Director: Megan McCluskie. Opening Image: dress by Richard Nicoll.