It’s easy to fall in crazy, stupid love with Daisy Lowe. I meet her in Berlin at a dinner hosted by MyTheresa.com celebrating Jimmy Choo and, in the few hours that I am in her company, I am totally and utterly transfixed by her. She’s the bombshell model who, according to designer Vivienne Westwood, has “quite simply the best walk: confident and proud”. These two words could very well be the best way to describe Daisy Lowe, for she is both confident – tonight she is wearing a sheer black Saint Laurent dress under which you can see her entire body, in all its beautiful, curvaceous form – and she is proud, unapologetic for who she is and truly endeavoring to leave a lasting mark on the industry as one of the few un-waiflike models who is celebrated for her gorgeous figure.
Though I would normally deem such an outfit too racy, on Daisy, it looks spectacular – and strangely, angelic. Though I normally do not appreciate a raspy voice, on Daisy, it sounds sexy. For there is something about Daisy that makes her enormously likeable – even lovable. Behind those famous curves, perfectly symmetrical face, and larger-than-life personality that commands an entire room lies a truly down-to-earth, intelligent, and sharp woman whose presence is so grand, yet approachable, that you almost forget you are meeting one of the most famous names in the world.
By the time we are finished with our two-hour meal, Daisy feels so comfortable that she kicks off her Jimmy Choo heels and sits cross-legged on the same couch as me as we conduct our post-dinner interview. It’s rare for an editor to see such unabashed and unpretentious conduct from a celebrity of this magnitude. Yet it is exactly this that makes me long to learn more about her.
Daisy, we’re here in Berlin celebrating Jimmy Choo and its Creative Director, Sandra Choi, at a glamorous dinner hosted by MyTheresa.com. How has your evening been?
It was so lovely, actually. Just such a lovely bunch of people. It was so lovely to sit next to you and with Atlanta [de Cadenet Taylor], who is gorgeous.
Atlanta is a childhood friend, I hear.
Yeah, we’ve known each other since I was five and she was two. It’s so nice to catch up, as it’s been so long since I last saw her. They have handpicked just really lovely, cool, creative people to hang out for a night. It is such a treat, you know. This is the best part of doing what I do.
It was my first time meeting Sandra [Choi] and she’s wonderful. I love Jimmy Choo. The thing that is great about it is that they have a collection so large that you can get everything from high-top trainers to a fabulous court shoe that is really simple and classic. And then you have your glitzy and your glamorous things. And their bags are really well-made. They don’t fall apart. They do what they are supposed to do. I am a big fan of the brand. I’ve always worn them, actually. My Jimmy Choo black courts, I wear to death.
Let’s talk a little bit about style. What do you consider to be your aesthetic?
I love dressing in a feminine way, but with a little bit of a tomboy twist. I love feeling quite French as well. I love all those kind of Saint Laurent and Chanel-y vibes, but I team them with a leather jacket or a pair of cowboy boots. Makes it a bit more rough around the edges.
Old Saint Laurent or new Saint Laurent – which do you prefer?
Both. But new Saint Laurent is very “me”. It is such a nightmare honestly; a friend of mine was saying recently, “Don’t go into that shop; it’s so dangerous for your wallet”. It’s lethal.
Any up-and-coming designers on your radar?
Ashley Williams. Love her. She is brilliant and creative. I really love what she does. There is a woman called Hannah Beth Fincham, who customizes leather and denim jackets. She is really cool. She studs them and puts patches on them and paints them. I’ve got a really cool jacket that she painted a fox onto the back of, with embroidered roses and leaves around it. There’s also a girl called Margot Bowman who is an amazing illustrator. We went to school together. She also paints clothes and they are really cool. She’s just started a swimwear collection called Auria. She does the prints, and Auria does the shapes. It would be so cool for Dubai; you should definitely check it out.
Will do. Speaking of Dubai, when was the last time you visited?
I’ve only been twice – I went the first time for the opening of The Palm Jumeirah, which was fabulous. I went and danced with a dolphin on a water slide. I was so terrified, but it was the best time ever. Then, I went back to host the Jean Paul Gaultier launch for his Evian bottle. I can’t wait to come again.
We’ll figure out a way for you to come again. But now, let’s talk about your role as one of the most empowering women in fashion today.
I love empowering women as a model and just as a working girl – strange to put those two words together! [Laughs] But the longer I am in this business, the more I am keen to push the boundaries of women accepting women for women, as opposed to women who look like sticks and little boys. As a society, there needs to be a lot more of that, and it is really important to make women feel amazing. I think there needs to be a lot more self-love. My journey as a model and as a creative person has been a constant battle of “I am not perfect”. I pull myself apart everyday.
Yet you are perfect.
There you go. For us to feel better about ourselves, as people, we have to start taking care of ourselves and being kinder to one another. It is so self-deprecating and it is really important, especially for young girls. Girls on Twitter constantly ask me how I stay in shape, or how I feel good. How I stay confident. You know, it’s a daily fight. It is all about doing things that make you feel happy, but also finding things about yourself that you like, that you take care of, and that you look after and you appreciate. If you can do that once a day… Just find a new thing that you appreciate about yourself. Even if it is just, “Oh, I was really nice to my friend today”.
Do you find that in your line of business, with so many girls trying to break out in the same kind of role that you have, it is really competitive?
It is damn competitive. It would have not been a business if it weren’t. I am very lucky to have made it.
Are you good friends with a lot of the girls?
Well, not so many. There are a few that are my really close friends. There is Portia Freeman, who is incredible, and of course Alexa, and Pixie, and Rosie… All those girls. I love them so much, but there aren’t many. I am very lucky that in life I have very grounded friends who keep me grounded as well. Also, being differently shaped than everyone else, I am kind of in a different “room”, so to speak, because if people want to book me for a job, it has to be shape-specific. I am a different kind of fish. I am a loner. [Laughs]
Too fat, too thin, will we ever be content?
If only they all looked like you. I’ve never been a fan of the waiflike model.
I spoke to Yasmin [Le Bon] the night before I had to give a talk last year – the debate was “too fat, too thin, will we ever be content?” And Yasmin was saying that, in her day, you could not do a show until you had worked for like four or five years, because you needed a confidence to walk down that runway with that power. You needed the experience; you needed to be older, because you needed to be comfortable in your own skin. You needed to have your own energy. You needed to have that power that makes people turn around and look at you as you walk down. And now it is a completely different business and ultimately, when you go and watch shows, you don’t really look at the models, unless it is like a Lara Stone. Naomi Campbell maybe, if she still walks, and she looks great. Cara looks great, but there is a very small handful. Joan Smalls too. It used to be that everyone who did shows had that power. Yasmin was saying that, back then, it was all about team support. If the shoes were too small for a girl, all five of the girls would tell the designer, “We are not walking if you don’t get the right shoes”. It was all about girl power and sticking together. Nowadays, I am put in shoes three sizes too big and they are surprised if I trip on them. So the designers had to look after their models back then. Now, it’s only about the clothes as opposed to being a show about the models. Yeah, I understand the commercial and selling aspect and all the rest of it. But it would be nice for it to be like in the 90s with the big supers. Those were the days.
Daisy’s guilt-free new cookbook, Sweetness & Light, is available for order on Amazon.