Meet the next new British supermodel: Eliza Cummings

09 July 2009

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When we first clapped eyes on her we thought we had accidently stumbled across an '80s edition of i-D, she looks that much like an extra from Madonna's Like A Virgin period. But Eliza is a punky 18-year-old Londoner who was discovered last year, thanks to an eagle-eyed friend of her mother's, and immediately signed to Select. Her first booking came from Italian Vogue. By April this year she had landed the cover of Italian Vogue shot by Steven Meisel. Meisel has also shot her for W magazine. Not a bad start. 'I love the cover because it is the real me, I look just like it. Everyone that doesn't know me is saying "OMG Photoshop!" but it's not, that's the real me. I love working with Steven, he brings out the softer side of me and it is the real me. I am no punk like everyone says.' Bless. Harder to recognise are her rauncherama covers for Dazed and i-D and her shoot for up-and-coming jeweller Dominic Jones, where she is strapped up in fetish gear. To some she looks like a young Elvis Presley, to others she is the 'love child' of the models Agyness Deyn and Freja Beja –just look at the pictures below that we uncovered of Eliza, taken last year by up-and-coming photographer Richard Stow, and you will see exactly what we mean. 'To me she represents what's going on in London – she's an unconventional beauty,' Nicola Formichetti, Dazed & Confused's creative director told us. 'When I first saw her polaroids I thought she was a very beautiful boy. Eliza isn't skinny, nor is she very tall, but she is so unique and beautiful.' So roll on fashion week, when we get to see what little Miss Eliza is really capable of. Her agent was staying tight-lipped, but we know something big is about to happen....

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-Melanie Rickey


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