woman crush wednesday with @eye99

What other Instagram gives you rare fashion finds and pictures of lizards?

by Ingrid Kesa
10 February 2016, 1:50am


Thalea Michos Vellis is a young Melbourne creative and animal lover who switches between styling, shooting and even making the odd modeling cameo. You probably know her by her internet name eye99, and if you're a fan of her online world we'll bet it has something to do with her obscenely good wardrobe. Her followers are regularly treated to glimpses of the rare pieces from Dries Van Noten, Comme des Garçons and Prada that she sources online and overseas. How many accounts can give you a lesson in modern fashion history and a stream of cool cat and lizard photos? We caught up with Thalea to talk pizza, personal heroes and pets.

Thalea MV

Instagram handle?

I don't have a day-to-day nickname, although I suppose I go by Eye99 on the internet.

Where are you right now?
Right now I am sitting in my lounge room waiting for a pot of coffee to brew; not a busy moment.

What do you do for work?
I work for fashion label P.A.M in their Melbourne store as a shop girl, and the rest of my time is spent styling/collaborating with photographers.

What do you do for fun?
Shoots! Planning editorials with photographers and contributing to publications that I enjoy has been really fun lately. I also enjoy eating pizza, sleeping and going op shopping.

Who was your hero in high school?
Multiple Tumblr girls whose accounts I can't recall. Think buffalo platforms and septum piercings.

Who is your hero now?
At the moment I really look up to female creatives such as Brianna CapozziLea ColomboMaryam Nassir Zadeh and the list goes on.

Who are the members of your dream girl gang?
Cheesy, I know, but I'm going to say my mates.

What lyric sums you up?
"I want candy".

What song will forever put you in a good mood?
Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini.

What do you cook when you want to impress someone?
Lots and lots of roast potato with garlic, and lamb roast (if that's their thing).

What's your dream pet?
I would LOVE an Italian greyhound, a Doberman and a miniature Schnauzer. I already have two Scottish Fold cats and a Central Bearded Dragon. Pepi, Zoo and Jazz, respectively.

What's something that you're passionate about?

What TV show will you never get sick of?

What's your secret party trick?
Going home really early and no one noticing.

If you had to wear one label for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is a tough one, but probably Louis Vuitton for as long and Nicolas Ghesquiere is in charge.

What do you love about the internet?
The platform it gives people to share their work and experience.

When did you join Instagram?
According to Instagram I signed up 188 weeks ago.

Describe your "Instagram aesthetic"?
A slightly curated insight into what I find inspiring/intriguing.

Who are your three favourite people to follow on Instagram?
@maryam_nassir_zadeh, @she_comes_in_technicolor and @yanzeecandle.

Where else can we find you online?
I have another Instagram account for styling work—@p0stp0st—and a website is on the way.

Country or city?

Britney or Beyonce?

Health food or junk food?
Health food.

Heels or sneakers?

Early mornings or late nights?

Dating or hanging out?
Hanging out.

Hotels or camping


Words Ingrid Kessa

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