Grace Elizabeth Is a Supermodel In The Making

Grace Elizabeth Is a Supermodel In The Making

As her career morphs from the girl most likely to girl most wanted, Grace Elizabeth takes the Fall collections for a spin in V108.

As her career morphs from the girl most likely to girl most wanted, Grace Elizabeth takes the Fall collections for a spin in V108.

Photography: Nathaniel Goldberg

Styling: Tom Van Dorpe

Text: Landon Peoples

The story appears in V108, on stands July 6. Pre-order the issue here.

Everyone’s wild about Grace Elizabeth, and for good reason. At only 20 years old, she has the modeling skills of an industry veteran. She blew us away with both her masterful posing techniques and infectious charm at our Fall collections shoot, so we called her up a few days later, after she’d returned to her hometown in northern Florida, to get to know her better. She answered the phone in a singsongy voice that did little to disguise her gravelly Southern drawl (“Hellooo, it’s meee!”) before divulging that she was sitting on the porch, just enjoying the sunny day, and yearning to go fishing—about as far from high fashion as one can get.

Her entry into the modeling world wasn’t particularly glamorous either. She got her start on the runways of a local mall. “There’d be wedding expos and they would dress us up in sequins and fake eyelashes,” she remembers, laughing. Yet her transition to an international, in-demand talent was seamless, and it turns out that her secret is refreshingly simple: it’s trust. “No one’s going to post an ugly photo of you,” she says. “Make the faces, yell at people, and the pictures will come out. You just have to not feel embarrassed.”

The thing is, it’s pretty much impossible for her to miss a frame. By way of her raw, unhinged talent, she sets herself apart from the rest. In some ways she fits the model archetype. And in others, she doesn’t. That dichotomy—that she’s both otherworldly and utterly mortal—is why we love her, and why this is just the beginning. So we’re calling it now: for all intents and purposes, Grace Elizabeth is the next supermodel of the world.

"I LIKE EASE AND WEARABILITY. THESE WORDS ‘NONCHALANCE’ AND ‘ATTITUDE’—I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE NEW SYNONYMS ARE FOR THEM, BUT THAT’S IT.” —DEMNA GVASALIA. GRACE WEARS EARRINGS DIOR FINE JEWELRY. COAT AND EARRINGS BALENCIAGA. ON EYES ESTÉE LAUDER PURE COLOR ENVY 5-COLOR EYESHADOW PALETTE IN PROVOCATIVE PETAL
Credits: Makeup Karan Franjola Hair Dider Malige Models Grace Elizabeth (Next Models), Pietro Boselli (Soul Artist Management), Jules Horn (Soul Artist Management), Anders Donatelli (Soul Artist Management), Trevor Signorino (Request Models), Jake Lahrman (Request Models), Charles Bilgrien (Request Models), Francisco Henriques (Wilhelmina NY), Shayne Cureton (Request Models) Manicure Yuko Tsuchihashi for GRANJE at Susan Price NYC Production Coordinator Sabrina Banta Digital technician Heath McBride Photo assistants Ian Rutter, John Law, Craig Salmon Stylist assistant Vesper Wolfe Hair assistants Ledora Francis and Serina Takei Location Pier 59

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