REDMILK MEETS MODEL CHIARA SCELSI, AS THE ECCENTRIC, ITALIAN/BRAZILIAN BEAUTY REFLECTS ON HER WORK WITH DOLCE & GABBANA AND CHANEL, REACTS TO THE EVER-CHANGING STANDARDS OF THE MODELING INDUSTRY AND DISCUSSES HER HUMBLE RELATIONSHIP WITH BEAUTY. AS WE SPOKE OF PASSIONS, FULFILLING CAREER MOMENTS AND ATTRACTING DREAMS, THE FUTURE OF CHIARA SCELSI APPEARS UNDENIABLY BRIGHT AS IF CARVED INTO THE STARS.
You’re ethnicity is half Italian, half Brazilian. What qualities do you possess from each of your cultures?
Yes, I’m half Italian and half Brazilian. I think I took the positive energy and the joy to live from Brazilians and the traditions and importance of family from Italians.
You’ve mentioned that originally you were discovered and thought to be a better fit for the direction of film, because of your height. It seems today, in terms of runway qualifications that height is becoming a less relevant factor and almost being phased out. Would you agree?
I agree 100%. I didn’t expect to be a model for catwalk because of my height, but maybe a strong personality is more important and I think this is the reason my height has not been a limit at all.
Also speaking to this notion of film, would you say you are open to projects in the film industry?
Of course I’m open to it … but of course just if the right project comes.
You recently traveled to Mexico. In my opinion, travel is often so transcendent and provides inspiration and clarity in so many aspects of life. Do you find traveling helps to bring you inspiration within your career, as well as your personal life?
Yes of course. I learned to appreciate all the different cultures and I am grateful for this big opportunity. One of the best things of my job is that I can travel around the world.
You were cited as the muse of Karl Lagerfeld. Tell me a little bit more about this experience for you.
I still can’t believe it happened – everything came so quick. To be selected for Chanel from Karl Lagerfeld was one of the most incredible things that happened in my life. When I see the video of that show I still think it was just a dream.
What has been your most fulfilling moment in your career thus far?
I think I have two moments- when I shot French Vogue with Inez and Vinoodh styled by Emmanuelle Alt and the shooting for Dolce & Gabbana One fragrance with Kit Harington (the famous actor from Games of Thrones) and the movie director Matteo Garrone (Gomorra, Tale of Tales) I had so much fun and I’m totally grateful to Stefano and Domenico, who believed in me from the first moment.
How do you find you stay true to yourself whilst advancing as a top model in the fashion
I really don’t think I’m a Top Model…I think I’m just lucky to be surrounded by people who believe in me and help me every day, 24 hours a day. I hope that if my career will go in this great direction, in the future I have the hope to influence all young girls in a positive way. I would love to become an example of a person who realized her dream coming from a normal reality.
What is your relationship with beauty?
Of course I have to take care of my beauty as I work as a model but I never give importance to beauty in general judging people for their exterior aspect. I think the most important beauty is the one you have inside.
What has been your favorite project of last year, 2016?
I loved shooting with Terry Richardson for Diesel campaign, Vogue Brazil with Mariano Vivanco and British Vogue.
What are some of your upcoming projects for 2017? What’s next for Chiara Scelsi?
[pause] Who knows…let’s say I would love to work again for Chanel and one of my dreams is to shoot for Italian Vogue, shot by Peter Lindbergh.
Text by Jennifer Paccione
Photos courtesy of Chiara Scelsi