From making a mark in the modelling industry, holding her ground, to embracing the coming of age concepts of fashion and beauty in its truest form, Amy Taylor takes us through her incredible journey in an exclusive interview. Edited excerpts follow.
Amy, you’re one of the world’s leading models. When did the spark of pursuing modeling as a career dawn upon you?
When I was a teenager, I was scouted by a photographer and agent, in a shopping mall. My father helped ensure it was a legitimate offer, which fortunately it was, and I began learning to pose, shooting for clothing brands, doing small local runway shows etc. I also did city and state pageants while in school. Even when I entered college, I continued modeling alongside school, as well as the other jobs I held; so it’s been a constant part of my life now, for nearly three decades.
Being the leading face of fashion, who are your favourite designers?
I’m more fascinated by the life of Coco Chanel than her fashion style, per se, as I find too many women just wear it or mimic it, sadly. She’s truly a woman way ahead of her time, born a penniless orphan, and rising to power to create her own kingdom, back when fashion was a male-dominated industry. She introduced pants for women, after all. She also created the concept of the designer perfume, the little black dress, freedom from corsets, showing the ankle, and short hair and suits for women, among others. I love everything about her fantastic, independent, and ferocious life.