All eyes are on Paige Reifler since it was revealed she's dating the most eligible man in pop, Harry Styles. Hearts broke around the world when the model confirmed she's dating the One Direction star and we've become rather enthralled by Paige's pretty Instagram snaps and stylish wardrobe (as we documented here). Now the model, repped by New York Models, has spoken to WWD and our fascination is only set to get bigger.
Described by WWD as 'a fast-talking, F-bomb-dropping, born-and-bred New Yorker', the 18-year-old dishes on her 'eclectic' style and modelling dreams. As for the dating rumours, Paige says: 'I don’t really talk about my personal life like that'. Oh boo. Read on for the 10 new things we've learned about Harry's blonde beauty...
1. She grew up in Manhattan
'I grew up on the Upper East Side. I went to school up there for a bit and then I went to boarding school in upstate New York. I think everybody grows up really quick here. You’re open to so many things. It’s obviously a melting pot. You’re always meeting people from different cultures and eating different cuisines. I loved growing up in the city. I’m all for it.
2. Her family’s 'strangely close'
My sister works at US Vogue, she’s a graphic designer, she’s 24. My brother’s in finance with my father. And I’m the baby. My mother takes care of all of us and tries to manage our crazy.
3. She originally wanted to be a dancer
When I was super little, I wanted to be a dancer. It was a funny story. I went to this very chi-chi dance school on the Upper East Side. It’s the kind of school where [you’re trained] to become a professional dancer — that’s just what happens. I took it pretty seriously, but they were very strict with what you could wear: black leotard, white tights. One day, you got to wear whatever you wanted. For an entire week, I wore the craziest outfits. The head of the academy called my mom and said, “Paige is being really reckless, wearing bedazzled tutus. She can’t do this.” My mom freaked out and was like, “That’s self-expression!”
4. She's only been modelling for a year
I went to my dad’s office one day and his friend said, “You should try modeling.” I was 17, so this was recent. I kind of always turned down modeling; I would be like, “No, I want to focus on my academics.” Finally, I said, pardon, “F--k it.” I thought I could make money. So I went to this guy’s place with my father….He had this young photographer randomly staying with him, Jacob Sadrak, who had just shot Latin American Vogue. Jacob just started taking photos of me and secretly sent them out [to agencies]. At 1 a.m., Jacob said, “This is your day tomorrow. You’re meeting with DNA, IMG and New York Models.” And it just took off from there.
5. She's on an 'indefinite' gap year
I graduated and now I’m on this indefinite gap between now and when I go to college. I’m going to continue modeling for now, and I don’t really know when I’ll go to college yet. I’m passionate about a lot of things. I really like writing. I just picked up photography. I like dipping my foot into a lot of different pools.
6. Her favourite gig so far was for Grazia (natch)
It was me in Times Square in the dead of winter. I could not have been more cold. I was in head-to-toe sheer, mesh clothing, like Dior and Chanel. Hundreds of people were around us and I’m wearing this red wig. I had a giant Acne coat on, and whenever the lights would shine on me, I would have to rip it off [and pose.]
7. She's learned modelling is 'not what it seems'
I think modeling has a bad connotation for being superficial. But I find the most joy when I meet really rad people on set and get to hang out with them. No one tries to take advantage of you or anything, at least not in my experience. I’ve always really felt comfortable in front of the camera.
8. She thinks Instagram is great for giving models a voice
It’s like, this is what I’m doing when I’m not standing and taking a photo. This is what I like to do. This is what I’m inspired by. I think it’s phenomenal for that. I was never a Twitter fan, but recently I started tweeting and I think it’s hilarious. I follow the news, I follow the pope. At one point I was only following the pope.
9. She looks up to Brit models
I think Kate Moss opened so many doors for so many people. She is just... “It.” I like models who are intelligent and have a voice. Even Cara Delevingne — she just doesn’t care what anyone thinks. I think a lot of young new girls on the scene are really killing it in that sense.
10. You'll find her DJing at London Fashion Week
Recently, I have this idea that I’m gonna be a DJ. My agency [Storm] in London is setting some stuff up for fashion week. My friend DJs at Paul’s Baby Grand and he’s gonna teach me how to do it. I’ve made a couple mixes of house mixed with Nineties hip-hop or Seventies rock — always with a beat.
Read the full interview on WWD and see Paige's most fabulous Instagram snaps in the gallery below...