When I was spotted by superstylist and i-D contributing fashion editor Simon Foxton on my way to college at the age of 16, I had no idea that this chance encounter on the Metropolitan line would change my life forever. But two weeks later I found myself in the most serene house in Richmond, modelling for a strange and influential magazine called i-D. This was the first time I met Nick Knight and Charlotte Knight, surrogate parents to many a fashion orphan. After modelling for a year while acting as Simon Foxton’s assistant (or taste bud, as I prefer to say), i-D’s then fashion editor Beth Summers commissioned me to shoot a story with photographer Jason Evans.
Despite an early apprenticeship at the knee of my dressmaker mother, this was my first real work as a stylist.
A year later, following a meeting with i-D’s maverick creative director Terry Jones, I was appointed the magazine’s fashion editor, aged just 18.