Stellar NICOLE TRUNFIO
Model Q &A
It’s been a year since you breastfed son Zion on a magazine cover. Did the image normalise breastfeeding in public? Absolutely. I woke up the next morning after it launched to comments on my Instagram saying, “This is such an important thing for women and culture.” For me, the most impactful thing came from home because Gary [Clark Jr, her musician husband] used to feel uncomfortable when I would breastfeed at a restaurant, even if I had a blanket. When he saw the impact it made, he realised how important it was to normalise it. We hear Zion in the background – will he become a model, too? Absolutely not. He’s going to be a basketball player or a drummer. He’s a child prodigy; he can already play guitar and shoot basketball hoops. Who loves Gary more – you or Barack Obama? [Laughs] It’s funny, when you meet the president [at the White House], you have to stand in a line. Gary is very humble and conservative, so we were at the back of the line watching Obama and Michelle greet everyone. When we got to him, he put his arms out and said, “My man! I’ve been waiting for you all night.” Then he said, “And who is this?” and twirled me around. So I have a photo of Obama twirling me. They don’t let you share images – you can’t have your phone – so that makes it more special. I think maybe Obama loves him more! Aside from meeting presidents, what’s the biggest perk of being married to a rock star? When Ebony [Eagles, of fashion brand Auguste, of which Trunfio is the face] was looking for music for the Auguste campaign, she wanted to use one of Gary’s songs. So instead of going through licensing, we just asked Gary if we could use it. You’ve modelled for Chanel, Gucci and Versace. How does Byron Bay’s Auguste compare? It is amazing to see a label from Byron Bay become such a huge brand all over the world. Working with Ebony and feeling the quality and comfort of the clothes, I understood why her brand is so big. The campaign was shot in Nevada. How do you keep cool in 40 degrees? I grew up in the bush in Western Australia, where it’s 40 degrees most days. I get booked for jobs where you have to wear fur in New York in summer because I don’t sweat, apparently [laughs]. You share photos of Zion on Instagram. But what do you keep private? My Instagram is very career-oriented; it’s not very personal at all. I do post photos of Zion, because how could you not?