Lyndsey Scott is taking Europe by storm. After starting her spring 2010 run in New York at Vera Wang, DKNY, and Monique Lhuillier, she continues to land on major runways in London, Milan, and Paris. The 18-year-old — who first made headlines last season by being the first black model to score a Calvin Klein exclusive — booked Pringle of Scotland, Jaeger London, and Topshop Unique in London, and appeared at Gucci, Blumarine, and Alberta Ferretti in Milan. And she wowed audiences at Prada by being the only black model to walk that show. The New Jersey native is in Paris right now sealing the deal on her rising-star status, already strutting at Giambattista Valli and Costume National, and even closing the Loewe show. We caught up with the Click model to talk about diversity on the runways, pre-show rituals, and more.
You're appearing at some high-profile shows. How's that going?
I’m happy with how things have gone so far this season, but I haven’t really felt the effects yet. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when I get back to New York.
Since you walked in Prada, do you hope to land the Prada campaign?
Right now, I’m just very happy I was given the opportunity to walk in the show. I haven’t really thought about all that yet.
Do you think there is more diversity on the runway this season?
I do notice that more brand-new ethnic models than usual are being booked for big shows. I think that’s a really good thing.
Do you feel that you have "made it" as a model?
I don’t at all feel as if I’ve made it yet. I still have a lot of work to do and I’m looking forward to it.
What is your favorite part of modeling?
I like to travel and meet new people. And I love both walking the runway and shooting editorials. Runway is exciting for me because I enjoy the whole live-performance aspect of it all. Editorial is exciting because it gives me the opportunity to experiment and be creative.
What is your favorite look or trend this season?
High-heeled gladiator sandals. I almost never had to worry about having a shoe fall off on the runway because most were strapped to my ankles.
What city have you liked best so far?
Milan, because I went there with so few expectations and was very pleasantly surprised.
What do you usually do before a show?
I normally talk to other models, relax, and spend a good amount of time at the food table.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like to watch movies, read books, spend time outdoors, and, more than anything, I love to try new things.
What are your post-fashion week plans?
Sleep! And spend time with my friends and family.
What does your family think of your career?
I don’t think they completely understand the fashion world, but they’re very excited for me. My parents came to Calvin Klein last season and they enjoyed it very much.
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