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​tilda lindstam: the funniest girl in fashion

And they say models are boring…

by Tish Weinstock
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Sep 1 2015, 1:24pm

While the rest of her class back in Sweden was busy worrying about prom, Tilda Lindstam was busy becoming the model everyone wants to work with. Having been discovered from her middle school yearbook, the 21-year-old fashion phenomenon has already walked for the likes of Dior and Alexander McQueen, and bagged campaigns for Calvin Klein and Valentino. But that's not why we love her. Out to prove that models aren't all big hair and blue steels (although she did once get a kiss from Derek Zoolander) -- that they're just normal people for whom #wakinguplikethis is as challenging as it is for the rest of us -- we love Tilda because she's one of the most refreshing people in fashion. 

She's also one of the funniest. From Photoshopping herself into a picture of Hanson with the caption "Future family goals" to a picture of herself holding a piece of Prosciutto with the caption "talk to the ham," Tilda is more jokes than an episode of Cats Make You Lol. In fact, she's so funny she's even been told off for not being professional enough, a comment she rebuffed by posting more hilarious selfies for her 305K followers. In a world where models get booked on the basis of how many likes they get (and how much consumer product their face can flog), and where retweeting campaigns is now written into modeling contracts, someone like Tilda, who isn't afraid to make fun of herself, is a breath of fresh air. That's why we love her.

Did you always want to be a model?
No I never did. I just fell into it. I really disliked it in the beginning but now, many moons later, I really enjoy it.

What's been your career highlight so far?
Getting a kiss on the cheek from Derek Zoolander.

What's the biggest misconception about modeling?
That we all look good all the time. Some girls might, I am not one of them. I get pimples and sweat stains and allergic reactions and all of that stuff. But clearly a photo of me with pimples or rashes will never be published in a magazine. It takes a lot of work from a lot of people to get me to look like I do at a job. I'll never wake up like that.

How do you feel about people suddenly paying attention to how funny you are on Instagram?
It's so bizarre. People automatically assume you're an idiot if you're a model, and the fact that I can make fun of myself seems to be so shocking to people. To be honest, I am the least funny one out of my group of friends. But thank you everyone who laughs at my dumb jokes, I really do appreciate it. We should probably all hang out sometime.

What advice would you give to young girls who wanted to follow in your footsteps, but who weren't necessarily as confident in their own skin?
Do not take this industry too seriously; we are not saving lives over here. As long as you stick to being yourself and have enough distance to be able to laugh about yourself from time to time, you'll be fine.

What does beauty mean to you?
People who don't take themselves too seriously, and people who represent healthy body images. Two very important things to me.

What's the best part of being a girl in 2015?
That us girls can finally get married to each other.

What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to keep working for a bit longer if I can. I am saving up to hopefully buy some cheap land in the middle of nowhere and have my own winery or sword making shop or something like that. Maybe I'll get into riding horses and take part in medieval roleplays and jousting. I don't have a real plan yet. 

@tildalindstam

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