Sunday, May 19, 2013

Exclusive Interview - Ruby Jean Wilson

Australian model Ruby Jean Wilson is the latest antipodean modelling export to hit the big time on the international circuit. Scottish born Wilson emigrated to Australia from England at the age of 13, and began modelling three years later on the recommendation of a scout. Wilson's petite willowy frame, delicate features complimented by a chic Jean Seberg style cut, and her inimitable quirky sense of style have earned her a strong following amongst the high fashion set. Since debuting at the Spring/Summer 2010 collections in New York, nineteen year old Wilson has tread the board for Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Theysken's Theory, Carolina Herrera, Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Burberry Prorsum, and Jil Sander. A strong editorial presence in indie publications; Dazed & Confused, i-D, Russh, Wonderland, and the Australian editions of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar attest to Wilson's appeal to a both mainstream and edgier clients. Wilson recently struck campaign gold, fronting the Spring/Summer 2013 campaigns for Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs shot respectively by Steven Meisel and Juergen Teller. Fashion's newest 'it' girl chatted candidly with Inoubliable Model Army about her unique fashion sensibility, balancing the perks of modelling with sore feet, and her idea of a perfect day.

Ruby Jean Wilson
Photographer - Daniel Gurton
Source - thefashionspot.com


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Ruby Jean, thank you for taking time out with Inoubliable Model Army. You are the latest Aussie expat to hit the big time internationally. Have you noticed an insurgence to Australian modelling talent during the past few seasons at castings and during the shows?
RJW: Hi! There are always some Australians around which is nice. Codie Young, Julia Nobis, Niocle Pollard. It's great that I can see the same girls in Sydney and overseas too.

IMA: You were recently back in Sydney for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). What were some of your personal highlights of MBFWA and what were your general impressions of Australian fashion?
RJW: It was a lot of fun working with designers I hadn't seen in a while since becoming internationally based which is always nice. I had worked with many of the designers when I first started modelling in Sydney. Australian fashion I feel is more laid-back and fun! I suppose it's a reflection of the attitudes of the people there, especially in Sydney.

IMA: Would you mind sharing a little bit of your backstory?
RJW: I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and I loved there until I was about 5 years old, although it remains my favourite city even now, I think it is so beautiful. I then moved to West Yorkshire, England before emigrating to Australia at 13. I started modelling on a whim I suppose at 16, after being told I should give it a try. Turns out I love it!

Australian Vogue - February 2013
Photographer - Derek Henderson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Russh - February 2013
Photographer - Derek Henderson
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dazed & Confused - September 2011
Photographer - Kacper Kasprzyck
Source - models.com


IMA: Is modelling your true calling and what keeps you motivated in the face of the highly competitive and fickle nature of the industry?
RJW: I certainly enjoy it, and having an interest in fashion is a huge plus I think when working as a model. I think once you begin to accept who you are, the competitive side of things becomes less important, you can only be yourself!

IMA: During the Fall/Winter 2011 collections, you opened exclusively for Yves Saint Laurent! How was the experience, what was involved in the casting process, and what was going through your mind as you stepped out onto the runway?
RJW: It was my first experience working more closely with a designer and seeing the way a collection comes together, especially on a larger scale (at the time it was Stefano Pilati) and I remember being in awe of the creativity and focus of everyone involved in the team. And of course in awe of the collection! The same thing was on my mind when I stepped on the runway mixed with excitement and happiness ;-).

IMA: Modelling is not as glamourous as it appears from the exterior, with lots of travelling, time spent alone in hotels, and long working hours. Do you have a close circle of friends within the industry to help you get through modelling's ups and downs?
RJW: I'd like to make more friends, it can be a little lonely at times but I am very close with my family and we connect every day. It is important to have friends around you and having some friends that are also in the industry is good because of course you can relate to each other.

Yves Saint Laurent - F/W 2011
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Carolina Herrera - F/W 2013
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Marc Jacobs - F/W 2013
Photographer - Gianni Pucci
Source - style.com


IMA: You recently relocated to New York. What are some of your favourite local haunts and what do you like most about Manhattan?
RJW: I love vintage shopping and going to yoga near my apartment on the lower east side, reading in the park, drinking good coffee. I love that you can walk around so close to where you live and every day see something new or something you've never noticed before. It is so beautiful in the Spring time.

IMA: What are the secrets to your own impeccable sense of style?
RJW: Thank you. No secrets! As I said, I love to vintage shop and think it needn't cost a lot to dress well. I love looking at old magazines and blogs etc and replicating looks I see with clothes I find, a lot of the time I just dress for comfort! But I love to accessorise, I love interesting scarves, hats, sunglasses, bags... ;-)

IMA: Are there any models whose sense of style or personalities you hold in particularly high regard?
RJW: Hanne Gaby has an impeccable sense of style and an amazing attitude towards her profession that I admire so much, even before I started modelling.

On Track
Photographer - Craig Arend
Source - thefashionspot.com

New York City Girl
Photographer - Damian Bao
Source - thefashionspot.com

Super Chic
Source - streetmuse.it


IMA: What are the perks and pet peeves of modelling?
RJW: Perks of course are the amazing people I get to meet and learn from and the places that I can go which otherwise may have been out of reach had I not begun modelling. Pet peeves could be loneliness! I often miss my family. Also, sore feet!

IMA: You recently shot the Spring/Summer 2013 Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs campaigns with Steven Meisel and Juergen Teller! How was it to collaborate with two of the most revered figures in the fashion photography?
RJW: It was fantastic! Definitely a great feeling to be working with such industry greats.

IMA: What have been the most valuable life lessons that you have acquired as a reply to your exposure to the modelling industry, and what advice would you offer to other aspiring models?
RJW: To accept what you cannot change, and change what you can't accept. To try to remain as true to yourself as possible and stay connected to the people who have always been there is something very important to me.

IMA: What's a perfect day in the life of Ruby Jean Wilson?
RJW: That's a tough one. It'd probably be spent with my sister and be here in NYC. Coffee, a walk in the park, looking around some thrift shops, maybe seeing a movie to listening to music at home. Nothing too crazy ;-)

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
RJW: My accent!

Photographer - Rory DCS
Source - rorydcs.com

Ruby Jean Wilson & Michael Smoley
Wonderland - September 2011
Photographer - Robbie Fimmano
Source -models.com

i-D Magazine -  April 2013
Photographer - Matt Jones
Source - models.com


Louis Vuitton - S/S 2013
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com

Marc Jacobs - S/S 2013
Photographer - Juergen Teller
Source - thefashionspot.com

Special thanks to Alex Shah at Premier Model Management. For more information on Premier Models, please log onto www.premiermodelmanagement.com

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