Taylor Hill: ‘I’m Totally Winging It’
The model is currently taking the industry by storm but it’s as much of a surprise to her as anyone else. Look’s Gabrielle Dyer sits down for a chat…
I never say the words: ‘I have to work out’. I hate that!
With her impossibly symmetrical features, it’s hard to believe modelling wasn’t always Taylor Hill’s goal. At just 20, she’s already ticked off what most models could only dream of achieving in their entire career. She’s fronted campaigns for H&M and Topshop and walked for Victoria’s Secret. Plus she’s just added L’oréal Professionnel Série Expert to her ever-growing CV. There’s no question: Taylor’s time is now.
You’ve been dubbed the most beautiful girl in the world. How does that feel? I’m so unaware. I like to feel that I’m still who I was when I was first scouted at 14. Nothing else really matters to me besides my family and friends and being a genuine person. There isn’t really any pressure in modelling. I’m just enjoying it and having fun. It was an accident, me getting here. It was thrown at me and I just went with it. Did you have a back-up plan? I didn’t. Everything I do, I’ve always just taken step by step and winged it! Having nothing to lose makes you not really care where you get but just really happy with what you’re doing. When you post a photo on Instagram, do you ever think: ‘Eek, I have seven million followers looking at this’? Not really, no. I think a lot of what I do is very organic, as if I’m speaking to a friend. Making it too controlled loses the sense of getting to know them and them getting to know me. I love to be spontaneous about my life. How did it feel to be chosen for the Victoria’s Secret show? I couldn’t believe it! I thought my agents were pulling my leg. I was like: ‘We just had a meeting last week and you said this wouldn’t happen to me for another few years – I don’t understand. What are you saying? What are these words?’ And they were like: ‘We don’t know, we’re not kidding!’ Have you always been body confident? Probably not. As a girl, I definitely had an awkward phase. I’m the biggest nerd in the world. Growing up in the fashion industry where you’re always around artistic people who appreciate you being there really helped boost my confidence and be OK with it. Which part of your body do you like most? I’d have to think about that one. I’d say, in general, just love yourself. That’s the one thing I’ve learned and try to express to my fans. I don’t overdo it. I never say the words: ‘I have to work out.’ I hate that. Do you have to work hard at your body? People hate me but I’m almost 6ft tall so where does it all go? That’s the thing I think a lot of people don’t register – models are very tall. In photos you might not be able to tell, but I’m 5-7in taller than most women. I do work out because I like it. I used to be a competing gymnast. I work out for my mental wellbeing. How do you find time to see your boyfriend [Michael Shank, 31]? It’s more about finding a balance. We’ve been together for some time and we really know each other. We love and care about each other. Perfect date night? Pizza and a movie. Something really exciting like a thriller. I’m really annoying – I’m always like: ‘What’s going to happen?’ and he’s like: ‘I don’t know!’ Are there any negative effects of sharing on social media? I don’t think so. I try not to focus on anything negative because as soon as you do, it’s all over from there. Instagram shows the special, fun parts of life as if I was a regular person. I just do what I do and ignore everything else. What do you do to relax? I like to sleep a lot so for me, catching up on my sleep is huge for my beauty routine. More than seven hours, everybody! Who’ s your ultimate style or beauty icon? No one in particular – I think all women should embrace their own beauty. I would never want to try to be someone that I’m not because I’ll never be them. You have amazing hair. What’s your secret? My mum recommends a haircut every four weeks, just a little trim – half an inch will keep it shiny and fresh. I shot the Série Expert for L’oréal and my favourite product is the Enforcer. It’s targeted towards breakage and damage. A hair trim doesn’t always happen for me so I felt like oh my God, this thing is perfect for my life! If you could have a lifetime supply of only one beauty product, what would it be? I don’t know, I can’t pick one! Coconut oil, the Lancôme’s Énergie de Vie and a hydrating, nourishing lip mask. One for every part of my body. If you could go back in time and tell yourself something, what would it be? For sure, just be yourself, no matter how you feel that day, no matter how you think you look or whatever tough things you’re going through... I was super-awkward and really shy and I had glasses. Don’t focus on the little things so much – let them go. How do you deal with feeling run off your feet or stressed? I try to take care of myself. Take a shower, eat something – whatever you’re craving, just eat it. And go to bed. Those are the three things that change your perspective. If you’re dirty, hungry and tired then nothing can go great! Who did you last call? My brother, three times – and he didn’t answer!
L’oréal Professionnel Série Expert is available at leading hair salons
She’s been with model boyfriend Michael since 2015
@taylor_hill has 7m Insta followers and counting