Filed under: Introducing Ford Models | Tags: alexa chung, allaire heisig, cailin hill, calvin klein, damien neva, emily carter, ethan james, fashionista, ford women, hanne gaby odiele, hannelore knuts, madewell, model burnbook, models.com
For an endearingly irreverent, 5’9″ (175 cm) girl with a predilection for spontaneous wardrobe modification by way of bleach, cheese grater, and even coffee grounds (yes, coffee grounds), modeling would seem a safe career path until, say, daredevil bespoke tailoring performance art becomes a more viable option. Meet London, Ontario native Cailin Hill, one of the latest models to join the Ford Women board that includes fellow Introducing Ford Models alumni Allaire Heisig and Emily Carter. Since coming to Ford earlier this year Cailin has settled in nicely having featured in the Calvin Klein Fall 2011 presentation in March. In the Models.com MDX feature for that presentation Cailin can be seen in the opening shot standing shoulder to shoulder with River Viiperi (Soul) and another five models away from Ford Men’s Ethan James, which well suited her, longtime admirer of all things ck. Most recently Cailin shot a forthcoming lookbook for Alexa Chung for Madewell and as of last night was on a flight to Miami to shoot for Marie Claire. Suffice it to say Cailin is well adjusted and busy, which is exactly what models expect when they join Ford.
Having spent the better part of an hour with Cailin yesterday I was impressed by many aspects of her not least of which included a distinctive personal style, the succinct articulation of which I associate with Hannelore Knuts, Hanne Gaby Odiele and Christian Brylle. Cailin cheekily describes her DIY aesthetic as “Tompkins Square Park homeless chic,” which she achieves through a pastiche of methods from sewing to distressing. In a casting room full of beautiful models, personal style can be a selective advantage. To that end Cailin’s board has been incredibly supportive in permitting her to express herself in ways that merely wearing, say, an in-season dress would not. Expression is not limited to clothing, but in fact extends into other social media substrata including Tumblr and Twitter. Cailin’s voluble contributions to Tumblr by way of her Model Burnbook have complemented her modeling career to such an extent that last week she was featured on the Fashionista. Catching Fashionista‘s eye is no mean feat, but is one to which Cailin Hill is equal just as she is to her blossoming new career at Ford Models.
Until her next feature on the Ford Models Blog, please enjoy the below video portrait and digitals of Cailin Hill.
Credits include: Publication, Ford Models Blog; Title, “Introducing Cailin Hill”; Model, Cailin Hill; Division, Ford Women; Interview/text, Damien Neva; Video/photography, Damien Neva.
Introducing Cailin Hill / Ford Women (Video: Damien Neva)
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