By: Jaaziel Job
I use to hate my freckles growing up. They were different; they set me apart from everyone else. Today, those are the reasons why I love them. I think you get to a point in life where you realise these are the cards you were dealt. You can only do so much. You can exercise, eat healthy, do beauty treatments, dye your hair, pick your clothing, get braces, but you can't change your skin or bone structure. These are things we must learn to love and accept!
PHOTO: LADY GUNN / KAREN EVANS
Audrey Kitching entered the world of modelling at the tender age of 14. Now, some 15 years later - the 29 year old can also add designer, fashion journalist and entrepreneur to her list of ‘conquests’.
She knew she looked different from the quintessential model and worked that to her advantage.
“Now the industry celebrates being unique and different. 7 years ago, you were considered a freak. Beauty doesn't just come in one package - it is universal and shows up in all different shades of life.”
Audrey was adamant about how she was going to express herself, she was not going to conform to the ‘fashion norms’ that society had set out.
Today, the reputable model is respected across the industry with photographers and designers waiting at the edge of their seat for a chance to work with the pink haired beauty.
A lot of the teams I get to work with see me as an artist and respect that. We all come up with themes and work on them together! It's a joint process.
PHOTO: LADY GUNN / KAREN EVANS
We had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Audrey Kitching in this exclusive interview with LTL.
Firstly, Tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I'm a designer, model, and artist. I'm also a crystal worker, reiki practicer and energy healer. Think fashion meets cosmic consciousness.
Who would you classify as your style icon(s) and why?
I love models off-duty and spiritual people from different cultures. I get so much inspiration from real life people all over the world through watching documentaries and the internet! Currently, I'm loving ancient Egypt and Indian temples. I mix that into my fashion by splicing it with runway looks and thrifted items!
You started modelling at the age of 14, how has things changed for you personally? Now, I almost have full control over the editorials I do, a lot of the teams I get to work with see me as an artist and respect that. We come up with themes and work on them together! It's a joint process. When I first started modelling, I was just a blank canvas and I had to do whatever I was told. Freedom is a brilliant thing!
How do you think the industry has changed since?
It's so much more accepting of being different. Now, the industry almost celebrates being unique and different. 7 years ago, you were considered a freak. I think this is so important to show that beauty doesn't just come in one package- it's universal and shows up in all different shades of life.
What is a big fashion ‘no-no’ for you?
Too much makeup and looking too fake! I love effortless beauty. When people look put together naturally without trying so hard, thats unique and beautiful.
What should every girl have in her closet?
A designer sunglass, a vintage leather jacket and a killer pair of black boots! Three staples that make any outfit edgy, chic and stylish!
What is 'Crystal Cactus'?
I wanted to merge my lifestyle into a project. I wanted to show people that you can be spiritual and conscious and still be unique and stylish! So many people think you can only be one thing. That is so far from the truth! Making healing crystals and sacred rituals is something that anyone can appreciate - It's bringing ancient secrets to the surface...so to speak.
Lastly, a message to all your supporters in Singapore and Asia?
I have such a vast appreciation for Asian style, culture, food and nature! I love everything about it and look forward to exploring it all in person in the near future!
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