Shirt & Jacket Kate Spade NY
How were you discovered?
I was discovered on Italian Vogue’s website when I was 15.
Was your family always supportive of you pursuing this career?
I come from a family of Greek Cypriot immigrants who came to the USA in search of a better life for my brother and me. So they genuinely want me to just do anything that makes me happy. My dad lost everything in the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 so he always tells me to keep fighting and never give up because one day it could all be gone!
What was your first modeling job?
Full Look Thom Browne
Did you always feel confident?
Absolutely not and anyone who answers this with the word “yes” is a liar. Confidence is a journey not a destination! It is hard to love everything about yourself, all the time. It’s a process that takes time and commitment for sure!
What advice would you give your younger self?
The people who make fun of you now will be your biggest fans. This is just the beginning!
What is your definition of beauty?
Beauty is in the eyes. I don’t mean JUST the eyes – I mean what do you see when you look in them? For me I always tell beauty by looking into someone’s eyes and seeing the emotion that they speak. Eyes truly are the window to the soul.
Earrings Simon Harrison / Shirt & Vest Acne Studios / Trousers Markus Lupfer
What is one beauty essential you can’t live without?
What is your off-duty beauty routine?
I tend to have two vibes and they are completely different. My more “put together” vibe is just brow gel and a super bold red lip. And on my “messier” days I just smudge a ton of black Kohl liner around my eyes and I’m usually good to go.
Shirt Vivienne Westwood / Skirt Calvin Klein 205W39NYC
Do you have a specific routine for your brows? How do you maintain them?
I tint them every three months jet black because I really like the way it looks. But other than that I just brush them everyday so they aren’t completely unruly.
If you weren’t a model what would you be?
I have a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing from a top business school in the USA, so I think whatever I’d be doing it would definitely be online.
What are three qualities that got you where you are today?
Perseverance, kindness, risk taking.
What is the hardest part of your job?
Leaving my family for long periods of time.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Don’t make permanent decisions off of temporary emotions.
What has been your proudest career achievement?
Last month I was invited back to my high school to talk to students about my life and career. It was crazy going back to the place that at the time I attended, was so cruel to me. It put things in perspective for me. Whatever you are dealing with
can really feel so much worse WHILE you are going through it. Don’t give up though! I was so proud going back to my old high school – very full circle for me.
How do you think the industry needs to change?
Include more diversity because you genuinely want to, NOT just because you feel “pressure.” We see right through it. There is nothing more iconic than seeing diversity that the designer and brand actually believes in.
Jumper & Skirt Calvin Klein 205W39NYC / Shoes Jimmy Choo
What is the last thing you binged watched?
The ‘Mötley Crüe’ Netflix documentary.
What is the top song on your current playlist?
Anything by Khalid. – just so proud of him.
What are three things on your bucket list?
Paying for something at the Chanel store all in $1 bills, jumping out of a plane and going to Japan.
What is next for you?
Officially moving to London to start the next chapter of my life! Wish me luck!