Jess Hart – we heart thee! The Aussie model has long had a place in our fashion psyche with those cuter-than-cute top knots, gappy teeth and brilliantly laid back style, so it’s no wonder Copenhagen-based label ONLY have snapped her up for their latest campaign for autumn/winter’12. It was only the other day that we snapped her on the streets of New York Fashion Week for our very own Style Hunter. Want to know more about the lady? Then read the Q&A below. Want to see her wondrousness in action? Then watch the exclusive video at the bottom!
How did you start modelling?
"It all started with a beauty contest I won back in Melbourne in 2000. I was not really interested to enter such a contest, but my mom told me that we were going shopping, and instead she took my to the contest. I won, and shortly after I moved to Japan for my first model job. Today, I’m happy about it. It’s been 12 amazing years and a huge adventure".
How would you describe your personal style?
"It’s hard to answer that question, because I don’t think that much about it. I have my own rules, but mostly I wear something relaxed and comfortable. I love contrasts, so if I wear a girly dress, I always wear something more masculine like a leather jacket or boots. I don’t like to be too girly or too masculine. My style is simple and I’m pretty thorough about colour coordinating what I wear."
Who do you think has a cool style?
"Agyness Deyn always thinks outside the box and she looks amazing – she dares to wear what she feels like, and I appreciate people who do that. Agyness is one of my best friends – we lived together for six months in Paris and had a great time."
We often spot you out and about with your dog, tell us about him/her?
"He’s my little darling friend. His name is Floyd – I named him after Pink Floyd, one of my favourite bands in the world. Floyd was with me on my recent vacation, and he’s the best travelling buddy. He fits in my handbag, and I can take him on the plane. Normally, Floyd stays home when I travel, but he’s going with me again when I leave Copenhagen and fly to New York to shoot an underwear campaign."
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
"My weak points are gossip magazines, occasional cigarettes, food indulgence and wheat. I just had a wheat free period, and it was amazing for my body, but on the holiday in Italy it was impossible to stay on a wheat free diet."
Do you have any specific beauty tips or routines?
"I think the more natural the better. Actually, at the moment I’m working on my own makeup and skincare line back in Australia. It’s a few products, which are produced naturally and compliment the natural look. I can’t really stick to routines like exercising, drinking green tea, taking vitamins or so. I’ll end up doing the routines for a short period, and then I forget it or get stressed about it. Instead, it works better for me to do what feels natural to me in the given moment."
So how do you relax?
"I relax by watching a movie in bed with my dog and my boyfriend, going for a walk or just by doing absolutely nothing. I love to stay home and wear tracksuit pants or hoodies - that’s the best. Actually, I collect hoodies. I love hoodies, and I buy way to many of them, but I always bring them with me when I travel."
Hoodies aside, you look great in the new ONLY collection, what’s your favourite piece?
"I love the floral denim pants, and I definitely want them in my wardrobe. They are really cool!"
To see the full collection... http://only.com/