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 bureaucracy 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.
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.
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.
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.