Flame-haired Westling burst on to the scene last year, blazing a trail for the next gen of models. This is a girl who is as comfortable on her skateboard at home in Arizona as she is posing for Miu Miu’s cruise campaign shot by Jamie Hawkesworth. Appearing alongside partner in crime Binx on our autumn issue cover shot by Roe Ethridge, she epitomises a new, mould-breaking era of American youth.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Natalie Westling: Justin Bieber getting arrested.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Natalie Westling: Fuck shit up.
What’s your favourite song and movie of 2014?
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Natalie Westling: I actually think it will be the same. People who rock the trends will continue to do so, and those that sort of do their own thing with their style will continue to do so as well, I’m sure.
In 15 words, sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Natalie Westling: Fuck more shit up and continue to do my own thing, as I usually do.
What’s the most exciting thing about the fashion industry today?
Natalie Westling: Probably that everyone gets to do their own thing and no one version of reality rules all.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Natalie Westling: Learning how to actually walk in heels.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Natalie Westling: The truth.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Natalie Westling: Christa McAuliffe. The first astronaut to match her eyeshadow to her NASA suit.
Hair Akki at Art Partner; make-up Sil Bruinsma at Streeters using M.A.C; models Binx Walton at Next, Mona Matsuoka at IMG, Natalie Westling at The Society; set design Andy Herman; lighting design David Diesing; lighting assistant Lucas Flores Piran; digital operator Jonathan Nesteruk; styling assistants Lizy Curtis, Victor Cordero, Patricia Machado; hair assistant Naomi Endo; make-up assistant Lisa Campos; production Tali Magal at Freebird Productions; casting Noah Shelley
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