Five fashion ‘it’ girls talk about what it’s like to model and share their tips and tricks

Rising stars feature in Topshop’s holiday ad campaign

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 November, 2015, 1:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 November, 2015, 1:58pm

Topshop’s latest holiday campaign is a who’s who of young supermodels including US rising star Bella Hadid and British model Ella Richards. Here they share what it’s like being “it” girls in the modelling industry.

Bella Hadid

Q. How is it having a sister in the same industry?

A. We’re always busy, so it’s nice to see each other at work. Fashion week is great because we finally get to hang out.

Q. What advice would you give to models starting out?

A. You’ve got to be nice. Friendship is probably the most important thing in the fashion world, otherwise no one really respects you. If you’re mean you’re not going to go very far.

Q. Are you on Santa’s nice or naughty list?

A. The naughty list. I was born naughty!

Imaan Hammam

Q. What scares you?

A. In the early days, modelling was nerve-wracking – I had to open my first big show with Anna Wintour and Kanye sitting in the front row and I was shaking. Luckily make-up artist Pat McGrath calmed me down. She’s the sweetest thing.

Q. What’s the best bit about modelling?

A. Walking in the shows. When I step out on the catwalk I can’t explain the feeling – it’s more than excitement. I get goose bumps and my heart is racing.

Q. What’s on your holiday gift list?

A. A new surfboard and a really festive jumper.

Malaika Firth

Q. What makes a role model in the fashion world?

A. Someone who’s not afraid to be themselves. It’s about speaking your mind and knowing what you want in life, without worrying what other people think. That’s what people look up to.

Q. What are you most proud of?

A. My biggest achievement is becoming a model. I’ve worked with so many big designers and talented people and not a lot of people can say that.

Q. Where do you see yourself in five years?

A. I hope I’ll be getting married with a kid in a big house – that would be nice!

Ella Richards

Q. Have you inherited any musical talent from your granddad (Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards)?

A. No! I tried learning the piano but my teacher kept me on nursery rhymes for about a year. You can’t be playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star when you’re 14…

Q. What will you be doing this holiday season?

A. Eating too much and watching The Holiday.

Aneta Pajak

Q. What’s the best beauty trick you’ve learned from make-up artists?

A. One make-up artist taught me how to make a body scrub just by mixing sugar and honey. It really works.

Q. What’s the coolest place you’ve been in the world?

A. I’ve travelled to so many places around the world for work, but without a doubt the coolest place for me is the tiny Polish village where I was born. Life there has its own rhythm – people respect nature and traditional values.