Kitty Hayes


— February 27, 2017 —

Kitty is a 19-year-old fresh faced honey from London, who just popped over to our sunny shores from NYC, where she’s been living and working recently. She hasn’t been in Australia for very long, but we managed to pin her down and dress her up in head-to-toe Gucci while she was in town. It was a blast.

She has “absolutely adored” her time spent chilling in Bondi ‘cause she’s so close to the beach, and also because she “loves the architecture here too, it's so different to New York (which is mainly scaffolding), the buildings are really beautiful. It's better than I could have imagined.” She’s a touch surprised she hasn’t been bitten by some kind of tarantula yet, which is a fairly precedented fear from anyone who visits our creepy crawly country. 

The lil’ bae recently hung out with Karl Lagerfield in his backyard (!) to shoot Chanel’s Cruise 2016 campaign; an experience she’ll never forget. She said Carine, Karl and their teams are “some of the kindest as well as the most talented people in the industry” and that teamed with “how cool the other girls were” made for a super chill day. While she tries to not hold too much value on material things, her most treasured possession is a watch that originally belonged to her great grandmother and was passed down to her by her grandma. V special. 

Her vocabulary has expanded to include “bogan” during her stay in ‘Straya. Classic. If she she could only eat one meal for the rest of her life, it’d be mac and cheese (easy) and the best piece of advice she’s ever been given is an Elizabeth Taylor quote her sis tells her if she feels like she’s losing it a bit: “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” At 5’7, she’s pretty smol for a model, and has found it to be a bit limiting with regards to runway. “One day when I was 16, I went to something like 13 castings in Paris for fashion week and not one client even watched me walk.”

Kitty grew up the youngest of three girls, and says her mother and sisters are “some of the strongest women I know… their independence, success and intelligence is incredible and I’m so lucky to have family like that to look up to.” When it comes to feminism, she says that Sam Smethers fairly succinctly sums it up by saying “the simple truth is if you want a more equal society for women and men then you are in fact a feminist”, but does think people are afraid to say they support feminism because of the negative social connotations now associated with the title. 

If she had to describe herself in 5 words, she’d go with: “Slightly awkward, bad at interviews.” We can't help but disagree. 

Words: Maddy Woon    Images: Chloé Hill    Assistant: Lydia Hamer  

Kitty is represented by:
Priscillas AUSTRALIA
Monster MILAN
The Squad LONDON



Shot on location at The Art Gallery of NSW & Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia


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