Meet our Woman Crush Wednesday, an African beauty who is a Model. It comes as no surprise that the 18-year-old Angolan model, who spent much time at the beach growing up, is comfortable in a swimsuit. But she’s also embraced a more tomboyish aesthetic now that she has short hair, and keeps it simple when it comes to summer beauty and style. However, she names the always-confident Naomi Campbell as her ultimate inspiration.
When did you first think about becoming a model?
It was when I was 14 years old.
Were there models that you were a fan of as a child?
Yes! I really liked Candice Swanepoel and Naomi Campbell because they are such incredible women.
Were you nervous at the Elite Model Look competition? What was that experience like?
I was really nervous, because it was my first time facing a lot of people whose eyes were on me and supporting what I was doing onstage. It was an amazing experience and I met new people while learning a lot of new things about who I am.
Which job that you’ve had was the first time you felt like you had really made it as a model?
It was when I saw the cover that I did for the New York Times’ T Magazine last year, by Craig McDean.
Do people recognise you on the street when you go home to Angola?
Yes, they always recognise me, but I feel shy because I feel almost too much love from them, even though I’m just starting and still young!
Which fashion week is most fun?
The most fun is the whole spring/summer fashion season. I feel like you can enjoy everything more because of the better weather, and I love all of the cities then because I’m doing what I love to do in beautiful places.
Do you prefer a one-piece bathing suit or a bikini? A hat or sunglasses? Jean shorts or a dress?
What’s your favourite bathing suit right now and why?
My favourite bathing suit is one from Hermes that I just got as a gift. I love the color, which is a wonderful black and orange. It goes with my skin tone!
How would you describe your personal style?
I like to be comfortable and cool, and dress a little bit boyish because of my haircut. I usually just throw some jeans on top of some sneakers or boots.
Who are your beauty and style icons?
I really idolise Naomi Campbell. I think she’s an inspiration for a lot of people, and I think she has a strong and amazing personality. I also really love Candice Swanepoel, as well. She’s amazing and has a beautiful and strong face…and I love her figure!
What was your most recent purchase for your summer wardrobe?
I love to carry bags of all different colors. You can wear very simple pieces, but carry a cute bag to give off some chic vibes.
What do you wear for a night out in the summer?
For a night out in the summer, I like to dress more sexy and simple, with some high heels sandals and a mini dress. For me, this look is perfect. I also love to wear sunglasses, even during night time just to give more swag, hah!
Interview gotten from W Magazine and Paper Mag.com