grab a bite in the shower with greta varlese

To celebrate our 35th anniversary, we've cherry-picked the hottest faces in fashion, music, art and film, and in typical i-D style we've asked them some very i-D questions! As Greta Varlese takes us on a Milanese adventure in our latest Model...

by i-D Staff
17 June 2015, 10:30pm

The raven haired half-Italian half-German model, Greta Varlese, was only discovered last year. But, she is redefining what it means to be beautiful in the fashion industry. Her look is intense, aggressive, and alluring. Greta, a life-long admirer of fashion, says she looks up to model Adriana Lima and recently followed in her footsteps by gracing the Prada runway for fall/winter 15. Her insanely cool Model Motherland video and hilarious snapchat art Instagram posts have made Greta not only a new face in fashion but also an up-and-coming social media it-girl. 

What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a model, and I do it because I love fashion.

Describe yourself in five words.
Moody, extroverted, sociable, strong, emotional.

How did you start your career?
I went to the Elite Model Look 2014 in China and then in Italy.

What was your big break?
When I did my first show, I opened the women's collection of the Givenchy fall/winter 15.

What are you working on at the moment?
Shooting for i-D.

What advice would you give young people wishing to follow in your footsteps?
Be yourself in every situation.

We're celebrating the 35th Anniversary Issue of i-D, when did you last celebrate and what was the occasion?
I celebrated my dad's birthday two weeks ago.

What excites you most about tomorrow?
Seeing my family and friends in my hometown.

Tell us one thing that no one knows about you.
I love to eat and drink in the shower.

Finish this sentence: 35 is the newNumber before 36.

WATCH: Greta Varlese's Model Motherland guide to Milan.


Photography Alasdair McLellan 
Styling Olivier Rizzo
Hair Anthony Turner at Art Partner
Make-up Lucia Pica at Art Partner for Chanel
Nail technician Jenny Longworth at CLM using Chanel S2015 and Body Excellence
Set design Sam Overs. Photography assistance Lex Kembery, James Robjant, Matt Healy
Styling assistance Niccolo Torelli, Lucrezia Mancini, Alice Lefons
Production Laura Holmes at Laura Holmes Production Ltd
Production manager Ros Jenkins
Production assistance Molly Zinar, Tom Manaton. Runner Simon Wellington
Retouching Output Ltd
Greta wears shirt Prada. Shorts and scarf Miu Miu. Boots Vetements

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