Sgàire Wood has made an impression as a model, artist, and performer. With an Instagram page chock-full of various drag personas and whimsical makeup artistry, the Irish-born creative has opened doors to singular opportunities for herself. As a trans-woman and mental health activist carving her way through the fashion world, Wood shows first-hand that her quirks and eccentricities are what make her successful in this demanding industry. From walking runways to gracing editorials, the up-and-coming model is just getting started. CR recently sat down with Wood to get the inside scoop on her life in front of and behind the lens.
What’s your favorite part about modeling?
“It’s definitely given me more confidence because you go from judging yourself for everything you do to realizing that objectively people are all just bodies, and there’s nothing to be scared of. I think being in a room with barely any clothes on and no one’s paying attention to you, it’s like, I must be alright looking! I think it’s definitely made me able to look at my own body and other people with an objective everybody’s beautiful in their own way kind of vibe.”
How would you describe your personal style?
“A bit soft-butch. I like androgynous, but in the way you dress like a baby kind of androgynous. It’s all about comfort and utility but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and cute.”
Do you have a style icon or favorite designer?
“My style icons are probably all pre-1900. I like to reference period stuff but through the lens of comfortable sportswear. I’m really into Vaquera at the minute. They do that whimsical referencing of historical clothing, but it’s done in a tongue-in-cheek way. It’s very fun, which fashion should be.”
Who do you look to for career inspiration?
“Anyone who has taken the things that make them different or weird that could potentially be handicaps in their career and capitalized upon it and made it their thing; made it their reason for standing out and being different. I think being gender non-conforming and trans in the modeling world is a real example of that, because people who are different and don’t fit the mold can do really well. Like I love Karen Elson. I used to have photos of her on my wall when I was younger, and then met her on a shoot and couldn’t even speak. I find her being different and kind of rock ‘n’ roll, not giving a damn, inspiring.”
What do you like to do on your days off?
“I really like exploring, taking in my surroundings. Not really having a plan, not really knowing where I’m going, or maybe kind of knowing where I’m going, but wandering on the way there. It’s always how you discover fun stuff.”
What kind of music do you listen to?
“I think it changes every month. I do monthly playlists on Spotify to track the evolution of where you’re going. But I just love pop. I love fun, upbeat, ’80s pop. Real typical in that sense.”
What does the future hold for you?
“Finding the thing that makes me happy and chasing it with all my energy. I still feel like I’m casting the net pretty wide, but hopefully once I get a bit older I will specialize in something and find my path. But at the minute, I’m happy to be walking any old path.”
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