Stella Maxwell talks ex­clu­sively to Grazia

Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret vet­eran, model of the year, cover girl, beauty am­bas­sador – and Kris­ten Ste­wart’s girl­friend. Jen Crothers talks shop with Stella

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I KNEW IF I DIDN’ T LIKE IT, OR IF I WASN’ T HAV­ING FUN MOD­EL­LING, I WOULDN’ T DO IT

she was named Model of the Year at the Fash­ion Awards in LA. ‘That was def­i­nitely a high­light,’ she says. ‘I had to ac­tu­ally go and give a speech, it was all re­ally funny. I ob­vi­ously wasn’t ex­pect­ing it, but I was just happy. It’s al­ways nice to be cel­e­brated.’

Her par­ents have al­ways been sup­port­ive and told her, ‘Do what you love and, if you’re happy do­ing it, we’re happy.’ I sus­pect what’s mak­ing her most happy these days is Kris­ten. When Stella has her make-up done for our shoot, the ac­tor, also 27, barely leaves her side. At one point, Kris­ten brings Stella a piece of toast, which they share be­tween them.

Later, they scroll through an an­i­mal adop­tion web­site, brows­ing through pro­files of dogs look­ing for a home (while Stella poses in the blis­ter­ing London heat, Kris­ten watches a video of a husky hav­ing a bath). And af­ter the shots are done, Stella plants a kiss on Kris­ten’s lips.

This isn’t Stella’s first high-pro­file re­la­tion­ship. Pre-kris­ten, her 2015 ro­mance with Mi­ley Cyrus drew just as much in­ter­est, cul­mi­nat­ing in a covertly-filmed PDA be­tween the pair. How does she cope with the in­tense in­trigue about her love life? ‘I don’t look at

the scru­tiny of me like that,’ she says. ‘I don’t re­ally feel that’s the sit­u­a­tion. I see it like: I’ve been work­ing re­ally hard for a long time and I’ve ac­com­plished a lot of what I’ve wanted to pro­fes­sion­ally. I’ve been re­ally blessed and that’s all I look at.’

But whether she’s will­ing to fo­cus on it or not (I won­der if her de­ci­sion not to is just a cop­ing mech­a­nism), Stella and Kris­ten are part of a new gen­er­a­tion of women chal­leng­ing the nar­ra­tive around sex­u­al­ity.

De­spite the affection on dis­play to­day, they’re a fiercely private cou­ple, and on In­sta­gram (Stella has 3.2 mil­lion fol­low­ers), Kris­ten is con­spic­u­ous by her ab­sence. There’s no sign of her among a care­fully cu­rated feed of be­hind-the-scenes shots, magazine cov­ers and can­did snaps with fel­low beau­ti­ful peo­ple. Why the se­crecy? ‘Con­trol,’ says Stella. ‘It’s nice be­cause you choose what you show peo­ple. You have that choice.’

But she also en­joys the reach In­sta­gram gives her. ‘Mod­els def­i­nitely have a lot of in­flu­ence. Like, in young peo­ple’s lives. Any­one. Any age, ac­tu­ally,’ she adds. ‘Every­one’s re­ally in­ter­ested in each oth­ers’ lives and work.

‘It’s ob­vi­ously a glam­orous job, and you can reach out to a lot of peo­ple within sec­onds through In­sta­gram or Twitter or Snapchat. It doesn’t have to be some­thing very se­ri­ous. I think it’s just giv­ing in­sight into your life a lit­tle bit, and if they’re in­ter­ested, they’re go­ing to look at it.’

If she weren’t a model, what would she be do­ing? ‘I was study­ing psy­chol­ogy in school, but I don’t think I’d be do­ing that,’ she says.

WHY THE SE­CRECY? ‘CON­TROL’ SAYS STELLA

‘I think things are meant to be and it just so hap­pened that I got lucky with what I fell into, but who knows?’

She’s con­vinced she’d be the same per­son ei­ther way (‘mod­el­ling hasn’t re­ally changed me’). One of her big­gest pas­sions is travel and, be­ing an in­ter­na­tional star, she gets to do it more fre­quently than most. I ges­ture to­wards Kris­ten, who’s still deep in her itunes li­brary. Is it nice hav­ing some­one to bring with you for sup­port on days like this, I ask.

‘I travel alone, in gen­eral, be­cause usu­ally it’s just a day,’ she offers – the only thing she’ll say about her re­la­tion­ship. ‘Un­less clients are happy to have any­one with you. It just de­pends on where I am and what I’m do­ing.’

Her favourite life motto is, ‘It is what it is.’ And this is what Stella is: a happy, con­fi­dent, young woman in love, who’s clearly hav­ing the time of her life. 

mod­el­ling hasn’ t re­ally changed me

Leather bra, £234, T by Alexan­der Wang (alexan­der­wang.com); trousers, £470, Tibi (tibi.com)

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