V125 NEXT GEN: Rebecca Longendyke

V125 NEXT GEN: Rebecca Longendyke

V125 NEXT GEN: Rebecca Longendyke

“One of the most unique features of this generation of models is that [we’re] the first to have social media. Now you see more of [our] personality and see what it’s like for [us] day-to-day.”

“One of the most unique features of this generation of models is that [we’re] the first to have social media. Now you see more of [our] personality and see what it’s like for [us] day-to-day.”

Photography: Inez & Vinoodh

Styling: George Cortina

Text: Valerie Stepanova

A new generation of supermodels is here. They’re on the world’s runways, magazine covers, music videos and iPhone screens. They are everywhere in our connected world. As summer rolls in, they prepare for some well-deserved rest and relaxation — even at the age of COVID-19.

This time, all eyes are on Rebecca Longendyke, lensed by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by George Cortina. The model has taken the fashion industry by storm, launching her career with a Saint Laurent campaign. In light of the current events, she spoke to us about her hidden talents, reading the classics while in lockdown and life post-coronavirus. Preorder your copy of V125 now.

Read the full interview, below.

Rebecca wears top Champion from Front General Store, Pants and boots Celine by Hedi Slimane, Necklace Clash de Cartier, Watch Cartier Tank Solo / On eyes Guerlain Terracotta Khol Loose Powder Eyeliner

V Magazine When you’re not modeling, what are you up to? Do you have any hidden talents? 

Rebecca Longendyke When I’m not modeling, I read a lot, I like cooking vegan food and doing yoga. My hidden talent is that I can do a headstand for a long time. People might be surprised to hear that I’m actually 23 and have finished my degree at university! 

V How would you describe the current wave of models?

RL I think one of the most unique features of this generation of models would be that it’s the first with social media. Now you can see more of the personality of models and see what it’s like for them day-to-day.

V How did the onset of this year’s public health crisis change your outlook on life and work?

RL Starting the new decade by seeing illness, the closing of schools and businesses, people losing their jobs, events and flights being canceled, the economy struggling, etc. has been the longest period of uncertainty I’ve ever experienced. There was life pre-coronavirus and, of course, there will be life post-coronavirus, but they will likely be different and that has made me reevaluate almost every aspect of life. We will all have to reconsider how many journeys are essential and how much physical contact is appropriate. I’ve been reminded that there are things in the world that are always out of our control.  

 V What have you learned while in solitude?

RL On a positive note, this has been a good time for reflection and introspection. Personally, I’ve learned the value of face-to-face interactions, and how special it is to have the freedom to live spontaneously. As a society, it has been remarkable that we have all accepted restraints in daily life. We have the potential to remediate a lot if extend this kind of joint effort approach to other problems in the world. 

V Many people are reevaluating travel plans… If you were to be in one place for most of the summer, where would that be?

RL If I were in one place for the summer that would be Cape Cod, it’s close to home and on the beach.

V What is your favorite summer memory?

RL Going to Cape Cod with my boyfriend every summer is one of the best.

V What is the ultimate summer song?

RL “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles.

V What is on your summer reading list?

RL I want to read the Neapolitan Novels, a series by Elena Ferrante.

V The public health climate has shaped many peoples’ reading and viewing habits. What are some of the reading or viewing materials you’ve sought out at this time?

RL Since the public health crisis has affected literally all aspects of life, it’s impossible to ignore the news and not follow the developments. I have been, like everyone else I’m sure, reading the newspaper or news articles online. I’ve never been one to read the paper, but now I’m subscribed. To balance that out, I’ve been using my time at home to consume a lot more reading material for pleasure as well! I started a series and read some classics I’ve been meaning to for a while. 

V How have you “given back” in light of the public health climate?

RL The simplest way to give back to the community is by respecting social distancing. I’ve been supporting the local businesses I would normally be supporting by purchasing gift cards. Also, assisting my neighbors in my building with grocery pickups and deliveries, and pharmacy trips.

V What do you hope for this year?

RL I hope to stay still more and appreciate the little moments of life.

Credits: MAKEUP: DICK PAGE (STATEMENT ARTISTS) HAIR: JAMES PECIS (BRYANT ARTISTS) MANICURE: RIEKO OKUSA (SUSAN PRICE NYC) EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: STEPHANIE BARGAS (VLM PRODUCTIONS) PRODUCER: TUCKER BIRBILIS (VLM PRODUCTIONS) PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: EVA HARTE (VLM PRODUCTIONS) PRODUCTION MANAGER: JOHN NADHAZI LIGHTING TECHNICIAN: JODOKUS DRIESSEN (VLM STUDIO) DIGITAL TECHNICIAN: SASHA VINE (VLM STUDIO) PHOTO ASSISTANT: JOE HUME

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