“I’d always been artistic as a child, and was spellbound by the otherworldly perfection in the images I saw in fashion magazines and films. I had an amazing amount of support and belief from my peer group: Kate Garner (from the pop band Haysi Fantayzee), iconic leader of style Ray Petri and his photographic partner in crime, Jamie Morgan. From there onwards, people were very receptive to this 16-year-old club kid with bleached white hair”.
I was an only child with lots of time to myself, and that often leads to you becoming good at something because you put the hours into your curiosity and passion.
“Highlights for me have never been necessarily the most obviously ‘prestigious’, as my value system is based on the quality of the people rather than fashion or celebrity kudos. I’m inspired by thoughtful, respectful, and highly talented people who are team players. Working with old friends like Rachel Weisz and Thandie Newton is always dreamy, and newer clients like Julianne Moore have been highlights of my career. Most of the high-end fashion experiences for Vogue etc. have been forgotten, as I was never especially happy in those environments. My low points were when I was flying around the world, spending down-time in airports and hotel rooms, doing the rounds of the highest fashion shoots and advertising. It bought me a beautiful home, for that I am eternally grateful”.
To work with Prince on a video was utterly extraordinary, even if the makeup I did on him was not my style.
“What excites me the most is how perceptions of ‘beauty’ and identity can be harnessed and changed for the better by those who influence from within the industry: from tech to artistic direction, to the imagery and marketing, the power to shift attitudes and be part of positive change is a real inspiration to me”.