Meet Selena Forrest, The New Face of Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, and Calvin Klein

Meet Selena Forrest, The New Face of Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, and Calvin Klein

The 17-year-old California native and Anthony Vaccarello muse talks her early success, kissing girls, and more.

The 17-year-old California native and Anthony Vaccarello muse talks her early success, kissing girls, and more.

Styling: Adair Smith

How old are you and where are you from?

I'm 17 years old and I was born in Louisiana, but raised in California

How did you get scouted?

I went to the beach with my cousins and brother and a security guard stopped us to check our cooler. In the middle of that going on, a lady came out of a restaurant and was like "have you ever thought of modeling?" and it was history ever since.

This season, you are starring in the Proenza Schouler, Saint Laurent, and Calvin Klein campaigns for Spring 2017. How did these relationships form?

When people allow you to be yourself and they like you for it the relationship forms itself.

Tell me about shooting the three campaigns?

Shooting the Proenza Schouler campaign was so fun; it was shot close to home which made things even better. Plus it was shot by one of my favorite photographers (Zoe Ghertner). It was funny because Natalie (Westling) and I were under the impression that we were going to be jumping on trampolines until we showed up on the practice day and realized it was full on trapeze. But overall it was a fun, new experience.

Shooting the Saint Laurent campaign was also a great time. It was also my first time kissing a girl on camera. I didn't have much of a problem with it; I was just pretty nervous. We kept having to kiss over and again because I didn't look into it enough [laughs].

Working with Raf and the team at Calvin Klein was pretty cool. He’s a visionary and it’s amazing to be involved in his first projects for Calvin Klein.

What are five things you need during fashion week?

Food, sleep, love, chapstick, and heat protecting serum.

During fashion week, what can we catch you running around in?

Comfortable clothes, nothing too fancy.

Did you expect so much success with so many shows and campaigns so young?

Honestly, I didn't know what to expect and I didn't know much or anything about the industry when I came in. Being that I've learned so much in the past year or two of being here I definitely did not expect to come this far.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you about your career and in life?

To never be incompetent so you can look back 5 years from now at all the stuff you've accomplished instead of looking back at all the time you wasted.

What are your top five songs of the moment?

My top 5 songs at the moment are:

"Hit ‘Em Up" by Tupac

"Try Again" by Aaliyah

"Nothing to Something" by Syd

"Water Under the Bridge" by Adele

"Peaches and Cream" by 112

What do you do on a day off?

On a day off if I'm not staying in bed all day I'd probably be hanging out with friends, out to eat, or doing homework.

What is coming up next for you?

I don't know what's next for me. We’ll both be waiting to see…

Proenza Schouler Spring 2017
Credits: Selena Forrest @ NEXT Models

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