the rise and rise of lily-rose depp

We share an exclusive and intimate moment with the social media star of the year backstage at Chanel.

by Tess Lochanski
19 October 2015, 12:00pm

We are built to admire. We crave it. There are plenty of stars and icons, yet we keep looking for the next one to fall from the sky (or our Instagram feeds). Like Lily-Rose Depp: 16 years-old, divine ancestry (she's Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis' daughter), heavenly cheekbones and the world's coolest social media presence and a burgeoning film career. She's a beautiful it-girl for the internet age. 

"I grew up with the media circus." She explains. "My whole life. My parents were very calm about the photographers, the fans. But I understood right away that I hadn't done anything to deserve that attention. No matter what happens, it will be there. I didn't choose it. You just can't take that too seriously. You need to live your life and stay calm."

Lily-Rose has calmness in spades when we meet her backstage after the Chanel runway show, surrounded by a circle of whimpering admirers. Not just any admirers, but it-girls in their own right like Kendall and Cara. It was six months ago (an eternity in Internet Time), at the Chanel Métiers d'Art event, that she made her first big appearance. Since then, she's booked a Chanel campaign, as well as two major roles in French films, Rebecca Zlotowski's Planetarium with Natalie Portman and The Dancer with Soko.

So she's a pro backstage now, though, at her third runway show. Lily-Rose smiles politely, her posture superstraight in a strapless top, her bun high on her head. Kaiser Karl keeps a watchful eye on her from a distance, Vanessa keeps an eye on her from a bit closer. "For now, what I like most is making films," says Lily-Rose. When we ask if she plans on a long career in the cinema, she shrugs and smiles: "I'm a Gemini, very spontaneous. For now, I'm having fun doing it, we'll see what happens later." Nonchalantly, lightly, she's making her own way in the world.


Text Tess Lochanski
Photography Angelo Pennetta