Thursday 8 December 2016

'It can be very hard, very sad, very lonely' Victoria's Secret model Taylor Hill on her career

Published 10/03/2016 | 09:12

Taylor Hill backstage at Victoria's Secret show.
Taylor Hill backstage at Victoria's Secret show.
Model Taylor Hill attends The Daily Front Row's Third Annual Fashion Media Awards at the Park Hyatt New York on September 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)
Taylor Hill at the Victoria's Secret after party
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Taylor Hill walks the runway during the H&M show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2016/2017 on March 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Taylor Hill at the AmFar Gala in June 2015
Model Taylor Marie Hill attends the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

Taylor Hill wishes she knew what modelling was like before she began.

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The fashion star may be just 20, but she's already posed for the likes of H&M, Versace and Victoria's Secret. While her career may appear to be a success now, it wasn't an easy ride to the top for Taylor.

Model Taylor Hill attends The Daily Front Row's Third Annual Fashion Media Awards at the Park Hyatt New York on September 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)
Model Taylor Hill attends The Daily Front Row's Third Annual Fashion Media Awards at the Park Hyatt New York on September 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)

“Modelling is about staying relevant,” Taylor told US Vogue. "(It can be) very hard, very sad, very lonely... even if you open the show, you are not guaranteed to get the campaign.

“I wish I knew what modelling was like when I started. There was no Instagram. My life wasn’t all sparkles and butterflies. I worked my ass off. People who followed me from the beginning (on Facebook) know this.”

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Taylor Hill walks the runway during the H&M show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2016/2017 on March 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Taylor Hill walks the runway during the H&M show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2016/2017 on March 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Social media is an important aspect of Taylor's livelihood and she insists those starting out in fashion now need to embrace their online presence.

With travelling a big part of her job, the brunette beauty often gets homesick for Colorado while jetting around the globe. On Wednesday she walked for Miu Miu as part of Paris Fashion Week, and took time to reflect on her work after the show.

Sara Sampaio and Taylor Hill backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Sara Sampaio and Taylor Hill backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

“Maybe one day I would like to sit at the shows, not walk in the shows," she sighed.

But there are plenty of perks to being a model. She doesn't just wear designer gear on the runway; her own personal wardrobe is impressive too

Taylor Hill at the AmFar Gala in June 2015
Taylor Hill at the AmFar Gala in June 2015

“It sounds stupid, but you need it, because this is your job, too," she said of investing in proper fashion pieces. "I buy EVERYTHING."

And when she isn't busy being an A-list fashionista, Taylor makes time for her friends back home. She's aware of how important it is to have people who keep her down to earth, and it turns out her dad is one of them as he originally wanted her to go to university on a music scholarship.

Model Taylor Marie Hill attends the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
Model Taylor Marie Hill attends the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

“It’s important to have a conversation,” she said, “but also to do what you like.”

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