Rianne Van Rompaey: "My biggest success is my growing sense of self-worth"

For The Icons and Idols Issue, Alasdair McLellan shoots the Dutch model along with a dream team of our favourite new faces.

by Felix Petty
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20 February 2020, 5:00pm

Rianne's story originally appeared in i-D's The Icons and Idols Issue, no. 359, Spring 2020. Order your copy here.

Is Rianne Van Rompaey the most fun and most fab model in the world? We think so. Well, we can’t think of anyone better, to be honest. She’s a beguiling mix of delicate beauty and fantastic joy. Scouted at the age of 19, in the small Dutch university town she grew up in, Rianne made her catwalk debut closing Nicolas Ghesquière’s first-ever show at Louis Vuitton in 2014. Since then, Rianne has done just about everything -- walked for everyone, shot with everyone. She recently shot four covers for the 1000th issue of Vogue Paris.

She was last in i-D when we celebrated our 35th anniversary, and she’s back now, five years later, as we turn 40, for her second i-D cover. Rianne loves an anniversary! When we talk, Rianne is on her way to her therapist for a New Year’s catch up before she gets to work bossing around the builders who are renovating her house. So here it is, a quick, and hopefully fun and fab, Q&A with the one and only Rianne...

Rianne Van Rompaey by Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
AJ wears suit Berluti. Rianne wears top and skirt Givenchy. Earrings Sophie Bille Brahe.

Hey Rianne, how are you today? What are you up to?
I’m good! I’m on my way to my therapist for a New Year’s catch up, then I have (another) interview and some work to do for the renovations of my house. Busy day!

Where are you from and what’s it like?
I’m from a small university town in Holland, where I could bike from one side to the other in 20 minutes and run into students from all over the world on the way.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I’ve always wanted to be an actress.

And what do you want to be now?
Compassionate, relaxed, free -- and an actress.

What’s your greatest ambition?
To be in a movie!

What’s the best advice anyone’s given you about modelling?
Never complain, never explain.

What’s the biggest truth about modelling?
Truth doesn’t exist, darling.

And the biggest misconception?
That my ‘size’ dictates my life.

Alasdair McLellan for i-D Spring 2020
Jaheim wears jacket vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Shirt and tie BOSS. Trousers Valentino. Earring (worn throughout) model’s own. Nora wears shirt Pringle of Scotland. Skirt Ermanno Scervino. Earrings and necklace Sophie Bille Brahe.
Alasdair McLellan for i-D Spring 2020
Mia wears dress and belt Maison Alaïa.


What do you think your biggest personal or professional success has been so far?
My biggest professional successes were the four different covers I did for the September issue of Vogue Paris last year. My biggest personal success is my growing sense of self-worth.

What would you consider to be your biggest failure?
Getting somewhere on time.

When do you feel most beautiful?
When my girlfriend tells me so.

And least? During Fashion Week.

If you could travel back in time what event would you like to have witnessed or place would you like to have visited?
I’d love to go back to ancient Greek times, as a man, if possible.

Tell the readers of i-D a secret!
Not all my teeth are real!

Do you keep a diary?
I have a notebook, which is a chaotic mix of to-do lists, diary fragments, ideas, drawings and recipes.

Alasdair McLellan for i-D Spring 2020
Coat Mackintosh. Shirt Charvet. Trousers and belt Paul Smith. Tie Dior.
Rianne Van Rompaey by Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Reece wears coat Balenciaga. Rollneck Pringle of Scotland. AJ wears coat Mackintosh. Shirt Charvet. Tie Dior.

Have you ever written a love letter?
I’m actually posting one this afternoon!

What would you most like to change about the world?
Put women in power.

Have you ever pretended to be someone else in the mirror?
This is a daily activity.

What do you think happens when you die?
I imagine it as a very blissful nothingness. Your atoms become parts of other creatures and keep circulating for eternity.

What would you like to be reincarnated as?
A bird or a dolphin.

If you had to create a dream girl band, that included yourself, who would the other members be?
Gloria Steinem, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Simone de Beauvoir, Madonna and Michelle Obama.

If you could do anything without fear of repercussion, what would you do?
Travel around the world for a year.

What are you taking with you into this year, and what are you leaving behind in 2019?
I’m leaving the fastness and hurry in 2019. I’m going to try to take life at a bit of a slower pace in 2020 and be more present.

Rianne Van Rompaey by Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Dress Sandro. Bra and briefs Hanro. Earrings Slim Barrett.
Alasdair McLellan for i-D Spring 2020
Nora wears top and skirt Miu Miu. Earrings Sophie Bille Brahe. AJ wears suit Paul Smith. Rollneck Pringle of Scotland.
Alasdair McLellan for i-D Spring 2020
Maty wears dress Atlein. Earrings and necklace (worn throughout) Sophie Bille Brahe. Zak wears jacket Berluti. Tank stylist’s studio.
Alasdair McLellan for i-D Spring 2020
Maty wears jacket Prada. Adam wears jacket Mackintosh. Shirt Charvet. Tie Paul Smith. Fabio wears all clothing Raf Simons.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Jaheim wears jacket Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Shirt and tie Charvet. Nora wears top vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Skirt Arket. Earrings Slim Barrett. Necklace Sophie Bille Brahe.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Nora wears top vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Skirt Arket. Earrings Slim Barrett. Necklace Sophie Bille Brahe.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Fabio wears jacket vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Shirt Ermenegildo Zegna. Trousers Paul Smith. Tie Raf Simons. Adam wears coat and jumper Dries Van Noten. Shirt Charvet. Trousers and tie Paul Smith.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
AJ wears all clothing Prada. Reece wears coat and trousers Berluti. Shirt vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Nora wears coat and shirt Miu Miu. Skirt Ermanno Scervino. Earrings Sophie Bille Brahe.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Lila wears dress vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Earrings Slim Barrett. Ring Alice Cicolini.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Lila wears dress vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Earrings Slim Barrett. Ring Alice Cicolini. Adam wears jacket and trousers Givenchy. Shirt and tie Charvet
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
AJ wears trousers BOSS. Jaheim wears trousers BOSS. Ring model’s own.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Zak wears jacket Martine Rose. Rollneck Pringle of Scotland. Reece wears coat and trousers Berluti. Shirt vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Rianne wears coat Mackintosh. Rollneck Petar Petrov. Earrings Sophie Bille Brahe.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Zak wears tank MM6. Shirt, trousers and tie Paul Smith. Fabio wears jumper, shirt and tie Raf Simons. Trousers Paul Smith.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Dress Atlein.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Jacket Re/done. Shirt AMI Paris. Skirt vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Earrings Slim Barrett.
Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Jacket Re/done. Shirt AMI Paris. Skirt vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Earrings Slim Barrett.
Rianne Van Rompaey by Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Reece wears trousers BOSS. Ring model’s own. Rianne wears jacket and shirt Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Skirt vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Earrings Sophie Bille Brahe.
Rianne Van Rompaey by Alasdair McLellan. i-D Spring 2020
Zak wears vest stylist’s studio. Trousers Valentino. Rianne wears top Prada. Skirt vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Earrings Sophie Bille Brahe. AJ wears shirt vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection. Trousers Paul Smith.

Credits


Photography Alasdair McLellan
Fashion Director Carlos Nazario
Hair Cyndia Harvey at Art Partner using Oribe.
Make-up Hiromi Ueda at Art + Commerce using Chanel Desert Dream and Chanel Sublimage La Collection Lumière.
Nail technician Nickie Rhodes at David Artists using NARS nail polish.
Photography assistance Lex Kembery and Simon Mackinlay.
Styling assistance Raymond Gee and Kevin Grosjean. Tailor Carson Daling Blair.
Hair assistance Pâl Berdhal and Joel Philips.
Make-up assistance Eddy Lui, Sunao Takahashi and Chloe Holt.
Nail technician assistance Stacey Bushay. Production Rosco Productions.
Production assistance Jordan Kilford.
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING.
Models Rianne Van Rompaey, Nora and Adam Attal at Viva.
Maty Fall, Mia Juul, Fabio, Jaheim and Reece at IMG.
Lila Moss at Kate Moss Agency.
Zak at Premier.
AJ at Select.

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