Armed with tattoos and a longboard, Melissa Stasiuk is the 5’10″ Argentinian making the fashion world flip 180.
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You’ll find her in her uniform: skinny jeans, shirt and a leather jacket. Channelling those effortless Patti Smith vibes, the leggy brunette’s ungroomed good looks are absolutely unmissable. With that wild crop and those killer cheek bones, Melissa has been a Proenza Schouler exclusive and a Chanel couture starlet. When the rock ‘n’ roll queen isn’t working her pretty face, she’s a free sprit who enjoys riding the ramps on her board. Starring alongside her friend Magda Laguinge in Fashion Director Charlotte Stockdale’s non-Olympic sport shoot for The Lights, Camera, Action Issue, NEXT Model Management signed Melissa (just Melissa to her friends) took time with i-D online to chat about style and skating.
Where do you go out for a good time in Argentina? I like to longboard in the park with my friends. When did you get into skating? I started skating about three years ago. It is my therapy. What inspired your tattoos? They signify a stage in my life. How would you describe your personal style? My look is very personal. It depends a lot on my mood. What’s the best thing about your job? It drives me to be better. How did you get scouted? A scout saw me walking home from school one day. Where do you like to shop? Vintage stores! How do you feel in front of the camera? I feel free. What would you be doing if you weren’t modelling? I would like to work on something related to art. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given? “Live for today”.
Text: Rebecca Arts