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13.04.2016 - Anna von Stackelberg

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DON'T MESS WITH MOODY

WITH A LOVE FOR TEX-MEX FOOD AND A TYPE OF BEAUTY THAT EXUDES BOTH TIMELESS ELEGANCE AS WELL AS A HOMEY KIND OF FAMILIARITY, VANESSA MOODY REPRESENTS THE UNION OF A NUMBER OF OPPOSITES THAT GIVE HER A VERY PARTICULAR AND CAPTIVATING KIND OF CHARM.

With her big brown eyes, unmistakable cheekbones and pouting lips, it is easy to see why so many cast Vanessa as the next all American supermodel.

TOMBOY DAYS

Growing up as a self-described tomboy in Lewisville, Texas, Vanessa’s venture into modelling came as a bit of an incidental side step. Done with high school and not wanting to search for a job right away, she asked her father to drive her to an open casting call in Dallas. Far from having pursued modelling as a long-time aspiration however, Vanessa describes how she actually had quite low levels of self-confidence as a teenager and had never truly been exposed to fashion. None the less her beauty was so convincing that what had started on a mere whim ended up landing her with a contract from Women Management followed by a welcome move to New York City and the opening up a world of opportunity.

NEW YORK SUCCESS

In New York, her striking looks were quick to get her the right kind of attention. For her debut season both Alexander Wang and Balenciaga signed exclusive contracts with Moody setting the stage for her to walk over 50 shows in the subsequent season alone. These days it is hard to think of a show without her. Add to that Vanessa’s recent appearance across spring billboards as the face of Michael Kors, shot my Mario Testino, and you have a sure front-runner for the next generation of all American superstar model, easily stepping in the footsteps left behind by a young Cindy Crawford and the like.

LEARNING CURVE

With her childhood reality dominated by Texan trends featuring opulent amounts of jewellery, boots and plaid shirts, Moody’s entry into the world of fashion came with quite a learning curve. Far from shying away from the experience, Moody welcomed the new setting to explore her own sense of style and personality. Explaining her current look as classic and understated, Moody describes how she likes to alternate between fashions that range from “very relaxed and casual to something more grown-up and sophisticated.” Moody also cherishes the opportunity to see the world as she travels for work, admitting however that she always maintains a close connection to her family and her Texan roots wherever she goes.

#MOODYEATS

Her Texan roots also clearly come to the fore in her spare time, with Vanessa expressing a keen interest in the TexMex cuisine and food in general, when she is not featuring in the spotlight. She has taken her interest as far as to try and dispel the widely held belief that models don’t eat, by cataloguing her culinary ventures via the hash tag #MoodyEats on Instagram. Happy to share her personal restaurant recommendation all over the world and generally eager to explore new things, it is fair to say that Vanessa seems to have found herself in her role as model, taking a good bit of fun and Texan panache along on her ride to the heights of fashion stardom.

Vanessa Moody backstage at the Altuzarra FW16 show

Short Facts

Trademark

Vanessa Moody stands out for her pouty full lips, her wide eyes, dark brown locks and endless legs.

Distinctiveness

Moody has a keen passion for food. She has taken it upon herself to try and dispel the widely held belief that models don’t eat by chronicling her foodie adventures via the hash tag #MoodyEats on Instagram.

Anecdote

Moody tries to keep a cool head as she advances into the world of fashion, glamour and decadence, preferring a casual style and simple things. She values the experiences she makes travelling and meeting new people far more than the increased attention her success has awarded her.

Timeline

1996 – Texan Birth

Vanessa Moody is born on November 20, 1996 in Lewisville, Texas.

2013 – Casting Call

After finishing high school Moody participates in an open casting call and lands her first modeling contract.

2014 – Debut

Moody makes her runway debut with exclusive contracts with Balenciaga and Alexander Wang for their FW14 shows.

2015 – Campaigns

Starting with the Alexander Wang FW14 campaign, Vanessa Moody has featured in over 13 major campaigns, working with Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti and most of the major labels.

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