I first met Liberty on the set of the campaign shoot for The Morphbag by GSK. The designer wanted to use real girls as her daughter and friends had inspired the collection. Liberty really struck me as a professional, working hard with a quiet confidence and when I was editing her photos afterward there were almost no unusable frames. So, I was delighted to hear from Liberty when she graduated from her Lamda program and needed headshots and a portfolio as she’s finally ready to look for an agent. Of course I asked my partner in crime Emily Joanna to come along and work her hair and make-up magic as we spent the day with Liberty taking her from fresh faced ingenue to full fledged model for the camera.
Q: Whats the best advice anyone’s ever given you?
L: The best advice that I live by is take every opportunity because you never know what it could lead to.
Q: Do you still remember what you wanted to be when you grew up when you were a child?
L: When I was a little girl I always wanted to be a performer – singing, dancing and acting. My sister and I used to make up dance routines in our room to Sugar Babes and Girls Aloud songs.
Q: What surprised you most about modelling when you started?
L: I think what surprised me most about modelling was how natural it felt – maybe it’s because I watch too much America’s Next Top Model!!
Q: Who is your hero and why?
L: My hero is my mum and dad. They are so supportive and have always told me to follow my dreams.
Q: What movie have you watched more than any other?
L: I love the film ‘Great Gatsby’. Leonardo Dicaprio is my ultimate celebrity crush and I’m obsessed with 1920s. If I could live in any era it would be then. Plus Carey, Mulligan went to my school so I’m determined that I can make it like her.
Do you have a question for me?
L: My question to you is if you could time travel where would you go?
Me: Oooooh good question! I think I’d probably go back to the 90’s for sure. There was such a cool tidal shift in culture then with raves, hip hop and the grunge scene really freaking out the adults and shaping what popular music would become like for years to come. Clueless is still one of my favourite movies. It really captured what it was like to be 16 and ridiculous. I saw it in the cinema I remember I was living with my aunt in Upstate New York at the time in this recording studio in the Adirondaks and going to the cinema was like the highlight of our week. She and her husband saw Waterworld and I saw Clueless. I remember we got buttery popcorn and shook M&M’s into it and how grown up I felt all by myself at a film. The next day we went to the mall and I bought platform shoes, several pairs of outrageous Dona Karan tights, several mini skirts and some cropped sweaters for back to school from the Gap and Gap Grass perfume (that scent is ICONIC to anyone who was a teen in the 90’s) and my grunge phase was almost over. The following year I discovered Cool Britannia and came to the UK for the first time and fell in love with a boy dancing to Oasis at Knebworth Festival… Of course it all went wrong eventually but my God at the time, it felt like the world was my marshmallow.