Before Selena Forrest scored her first modeling gig as an exclusive for Proenza Schouler, she was living out the story of your typical underage teen in L.A. When she wasn’t at school, she was playing basketball or smuggling alcohol into an ice chest to drink with friends on the beach. It was during one of these unlawful trips, that she was scouted. “A security guard stopped us on the beach and confiscated all of our drinks,” she recalls. “I was standing there while he emptied our ice chest when a random woman came up to me and asked if I’d ever thought of becoming a model.” That “random woman” turned out to be an agent and a few days later she called Selena in to sign her first modeling contract. Selena has since moved to Next Management in New York where she’s fast becoming one of the most in-demand faces of 2016. She walked in 28 shows this past Fashion Week season, is the face of Proenza Schouler’s spring campaign, and just last week, she was flown to Cuba to walk in Chanel’s Cruise 2017 show. Needless to say, we’re expecting big things from Selena:
What was your first memory of fashion?
“When I was really young, my mom would sit me down and make me watch America’s Next Top Model. Her and the rest of my family were always telling me that I could be a model, but I never took them seriously until I was scouted on the beach.”
When did you get your first big break?
“My first paid job was for farfetch.com, but my big break was when Proenza Schouler booked me as an exclusive for its Spring 2016 show. I didn’t even go to a casting for it. My agent just took some photos of me and sent them to Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez and they booked me right away. When I met them in person, we all clicked instantly. They’re both so sweet and cool.”
How did you feel before you first walked the runway?
“I opened the whole Proenza show and I was terrified. My knees were shaking before I walked, but in the end, I just went out there and did the damn thing without a problem.”
How does it feel to be the face of Proenza Schouler?
“It’s so cool. The actual shoot for the spring campaign was so fun. It was in L.A. and we were at this guy’s house who made all of these crazy things out of clay. Apart from him, Jack, and Lazaro, it was an all-female team which I thought was awesome. The photographer was Zoe Girth and she is super rad. I was really happy when I saw the final campaign.”
Were you interested in fashion before you started modeling?
“I’ve never been interested in fashion and I would say that I’m still not really, but I do like to look good. In some ways, not being that up to speed with fashion is a beneficial thing because I don’t know who anyone is, so I don’t get too nervous when I meet people. The more I work, the more I learn. I can see myself getting more into it all as I grow into my career.”
What do you do to stay in shape for your job?
“I have to be honest—I do nothing. It’s all natural. My dad is really skinny and tall and my mum is really tall, but after you kids you gain a lot of weight. So I can basically just never have children!”
What’s your personal approach to beauty?
“I’m very low maintenance. I use Aveeno acnes pads on my face every day and that’s about it. I don’t own any makeup. My hair requires more attention though. I flat-iron it and then cut it whenever I see it getting too curly on top.”
What are your hobbies?
“I love to play basketball when I have the time. I’ve also got my mind set on taking some cooking classes, because all I can make right now are ramen noodles and they’re not where it’s at. I feel like cooking is a really important skill to have and I love to eat so I’ve got to learn.”
What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
“I think about that a lot and I don’t know the answer. I’m finishing up my high school diploma online because I have to travel a lot, so if I weren’t modeling I’d probably just be doing it at school and then getting up at 5am to play basketball.”
What projects do you have on the horizon?
“I have no clue yet. I just go wherever my agents tell me to go. I’m so new to everything that I don’t know what to expect of the future.”
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
“In ten years time, I’ll probably be married to Drake.”
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