ARTICLE INEZ VAN LAMSWEERDE
PHOTOGRAPHY INEZ & VINOODH
WHETHER SHE'S STRUTTING THE MENSWEAR RUNWAY OR BLURRING GENDER BOUNDARIES WITH HER THOUGHT-PROVOKING ARTWORK, CASEY LEGLER IS A MODERN-DAY MODEL TO ADMIRE. HERE, ONE OF HER BIGGEST FANS PAYS TRIBUTE
Excerpt from Casey’s New York Fashion Week blog (for Paper magazine):
6 pm: Call time for Michael Bastian. I don’t know how else to describe it but through a series of words. The prep is all a bit of a blur: show up, wait, drink some water, try to eat, watch Sebastian [Sauve] eat, sit around, wait, get up to do a walk-through, get your hair done (Martial!), sit, wait, get a camera in your face because press is now in the prep room, wait, get your nails done, get up and go do another walk-through, watch the boys read in line, wait, watch everyone look for Sebastian, do the walk-through, sit down, wait, get your makeup done, get five cameras in your face now because more press has shown up, have one of them ask you if you’ll take your shirt off (the answer is no), smile, sit down, drink more water, get in the lineup, do another walk-through, watch the set get cleared, get dressed, tell another photographer he can’t take a picture of you getting undressed, get in the lineup, wait, Michael styles all of us, Martial checks all of us, Michael does another two passes to assure styling is correct, wait.
9 PM: Then this happens: the line in front of me gets shorter, the guys ahead are walking, the music is blaring, I move forward up the line. Then I’m next. Michael styles me one more time and says, “Give ’em attitude.” And so, I serve you attitude.
In my next life I am coming back as Casey Legler. Seriously! What could be more exciting than this? I would be 6ˇ 2ˇˇ, have no hips but the most gorgeous long and elegant legs you can imagine (think Nadja Auermann), broad swimmer’s shoulders, and a chest that needs no lingerie but looks as awesome in an evening dress as in a T-shirt. My body moves fluidly, shape-shifting from girl to boy, from animal to machine.
My face looks like that of the most elegant boy in an August Sander photograph and only gets truly feminine when I smile.
My wide-eyed hunger for experience, knowledge, and exchange makes me so easy to be honest with, and at the same time forces people to be careful with me, for I will give them all in the name of art and inspiration.
My heart is healthy from being an epic Olympic swimmer (1996) and from seeing the joke in everything.
Growing up in France with American parents made for a sweet, soft, ringing fluency in French combined with a swaggering tough New York kid rap.
My brain is a strong artist brain that investigates the poetry of being human (no gender intended) through ritual and devotion, sex, religion, and iconographies. Through rule breaking and anarchy, I am fully at ease.
So really nothing stands in my way. I can be the first female that is exclusively signed to Ford’s male model board, and if I dream of being the first female James Bond, that is probably what will happen next.
All this is part of life’s performance, life’s play, each experience adding another layer of richness to my art.
And meanwhile, if being myself makes it any easier for that kid in the Midwest to be exactly who s/he is then...BAM! Job well done.
Lighting Director Jodokus Driessen Digital Technician Brian Anderson Photo Assistant Joe Hume Production The Collective Shift and VLM Studio