10 Questions with Cassey Chanel

The it-British/Kenyan model.

Here at Couturesque, we're really passionate about supporting young creatives.  When we first started the site in 2014, our intention was to create a platform for budding fashionistas to share their work with their peers, minus the bureocracy and ageism of other competing publications.  Enter our 10 Questions interview series, which debuted this March and has showcased the work of six (so far!) young women making an impact on the industry.  This time around, we chatted with Cassey Chanel, a rising star on the modelling scene in the UK.  When she's not shooting for ASOS, Centrefold, and DAZED, Cassey takes time to get creative with fashion and art on Instagram, exuding endless fka Twigs vibes and inspiring young women to love themselves.  At only 16, it's clear that Cassey knows what she wants, and she isn't afraid to go out and get it.

What do you do and how did you get started?
I'm a full time model.  I was scouted on Instagram after being told to model by strangers, but I never thought I had potential.

What are you currently working on?
Learning from mistakes, appreciating/loving the good and bad times or people, and loving myself before I love another.

How do you stay motivated?
Vogueing motivates me in all aspects of life; it gives me confidence for modeling.

What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Put some Sade on while I cook an omelette as I Vogue with a spatula in my hand.

What store do you never leave without buying at least one thing?
Itsu. Or the Asian shop next to my agency that sells da bombest sushi ever.

Style icon?
Rihanna has a raw island gyal vibe and is all about #freethenipple, so I'm down for her. I like fka Twigs' style because we have the same taste; I like a lot of punk rock, chains everywhere kinda thing, then the next minute being very angelic, but still having the punk concept within it. She pulls it off so well! Michele Lamy on the other hand is my top inspiration. Her style is free and also I love how she draws on her face; it makes you think that there's something much more mysterious within her which I love so much.

Trend that never dies?  
The gelled baby hairs.

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Where do you see the fashion industry in 10 years?
A lot more diversity in colour and gender.  More fresh ideas from the youth of now; our generation will change the thinking of everyone. We are truly the future.
Proudest moment?
Having the opportunity to show my papa all the magazines I'm in. Just to be able to look back at how my life has now changed... it makes me feel like "wow, I actually made it."

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don't ever try to fit in - it's better to do you instead of doing someone else. Also, don't let Instagram "I have a lot of followers, I'm an artist, I'm legit" starter pack boys make you think that they're the good guys because most of the time, they're not. 

Images c/o Cassey Chanel

Keep up with Cassey on Instagram, then check out what artist gal Marleigh Culver told us about getting creative inspiration. 

WHO: Tia, Editor in Chief at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Toronto
OBSESSED WITH: 70s style Aviators
Listening to: Work Song - Hozier
CAN BE FOUND AT: @tia.elisabeth

1 comment:

  1. I follow her! She's so cool.


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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

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Editor in Chief