laura's got an aura about her...
Laura O'Grady is the Saint Laurent exclusive from Castleknock ready to rock in her little black frock!
Photography Dancian. Styling Jo Barker. Laura wears Jacket Prada. Dress, earring and necklace Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Earring American Apparel.
Laura Greta O'Grady is the 19 year old Irish model who looks like she might have just walked out of Brian Froud's World of Faeries, got hold of a kohl pencil and stepped onto the Saint Laurent runway. This little modelling oracle is actually 5 foot 10 with huge, green eyes and an aura about her that made her one of the standouts as she walked exclusively in the spring/summer 14 Saint Laurent show, looking the epipheny of Hedi Slimane's ideal rocker-chick-Chelsea-girl in her off the shoulder LBD and black, leather mini-skirt. Laura's long limbs and pixie features have also leant themselves to the runways of Bora Aksu (where she scored the opening spot), J.JS.Lee and Claire Barrow. We get to know the elfin beauty off the catwalk.
How were you discovered?
I came to London on a trip with my dad and walked into the office at Select. I was signed right away.
How long have you been modelling?
I've been modelling for two years now but I have only been full time for 6 months.
What are you up to today?
I'm shooting for a magazine and then I have castings in the snow. Eek!
Tell us about the day of the shoot with Jo Barker and Dancian?
I flew in the day before from New York but was feeling surprisingly bright & awake. I was the first person there (arriving before the coffee isn't always recommended) and then hair and make-up arrived, followed by Jo and Dancian. It was a really cool day of shooting as the whole team got on well and there was good banter throughout the day. The overall look was inspired by the Saint Laurent spring/summer 14 show, which was nice and nostalgic!
What do you do for fun?
I like to do relaxed things like go out with my friends, go to the movies, read or draw. Once I'm in good company I'm happy.
What's your career highlight?
Walking the spring/summer 14 Saint Laurent show on exclusive and shooting with Tim Walker.
What was it like working with Hedi Slimane?
Hedi likes everyone to be relaxed so it was always enjoyable working for him, and he always made sure we were looked after and would sit and chat with us sometimes. I found it fascinating to see how he has developed such an iconic fashion house and put together the new collection. When I arrived to do looks he told me it was a top secret mission! It was a cool experience.
Who are your best model friends?
Matilda Lowther is my best model friend. She is really sweet and laid back, we met in New York and hang out all the time now in London or Paris if we're there.
Big night out or quiet night in?
It depends on my mood, but I do love a night out. Anything that involves good music, good people, a few drinks and lots of awkward dancing sounds fun to me.
What was the best fashion show after party you've ever been to?
The most memorable fashion week party I've been to was the Select Model Management end of fashion week party in London. It was my first time in London for shows and I had just turned 18. I remember thinking 'I should be in school tomorrow' and dancing to 212 with Sam Rollinson. It is funny to think back on how excited I was by everything back then.
Why did you bleach your eyebrows?
I have my brows but I have no problems with bleaching them because it can completely transform your look and make you look otherworldly which I like. In terms of jobs I try to always be open to whatever the team want to do, as at the end of the day it is their vision and as a model you have to help them realise it.
Were you scared?
I am always scared they'll fall out especially because I like having full brows and my brows are quite distinctive, but I try to just trust the make-up artist, and so far we haven't had any incidents!
Would you ever considering shaving or dying your hair if a designer/stylist asked you?
I think you have to be open to becoming whatever a team want you to be because versatility is one of the biggest assets in this industry - so I would always consider it, but I think it's circumstantial. It depends on the nature of the job and how it would affect my future jobs. You have to look at the bigger picture as well as the job your doing and figure out what way to go.
Has anyone recognised you on the street yet?
Never on the street but I was in a restaurant in Dublin and the waiter asked if I was "that model Laura O'Grady." There's very few Irish girls in New York or London so word spreads when you work abroad I guess.
If you weren't modelling what do you think you'd be doing?
I'd be in university, probably studying English and Philosophy.
What are your favourite animated movies?
I really love UP, Wall-E and Nightmare Before Christmas, along with the old Disney movies and I've started watching some Japanese animations which are cool.
Are you in love?
Who would your dream date be?
Probably be Matthew Gray Gubler.
What are you most insecure about?
I do have insecurities but I try not to dwell on them and I definitely wouldn't share them because then everyone would zone in on them too!
When do you feel most sexy?
When I have lipstick or a great pair of jeans or matching underwear on. Or all three together.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I have no idea but it should be fun finding out!
Text Felicity Kinsella
Styling Jo Barker