“Life teaches you how to live
it, if you live it long enough,” per Tony Bennett,is one of Suki Waterhouse’s favorite quotes. While at 27, the blonde, 60s-spirited darling hasn’t yet lived very long, she’s lived a lot. Scouted at age 15 by a modeling agency in her hometown of London, the multihyphenate has since expanded her résumé to capture work as an actor, singer, songwriter, and accessory designer.
But it certainly didn’t come duty-free: “I definitely haven’t always found it all easy. There’s definitely been [periods] that I would say were not great, but I’m quite glad that I went through a lot of life quite young.”
When Waterhouse first started modeling, the industry and the work were not an immediate fit. “I think when you’re 15 or 16, you look at models in such high regard, and I thought it was not something I could do at all. It was quite a lot of pressure when I first started. I was not suddenly doing great stuff, which is kind of nice because I feel like I do understand a model’s plight.” Waterhouse describes having to go on “millions and millions of castings” in heels that were too tall and outfits that were all wrong to compensate for her 5’8” height.
“I had kind of crazy style,” she explains, “I wore mad, mad outfits just to distract from the fact that I wasn’t very tall. I got everything off eBay at that point.” Among some of the nascent model’s greatest looks: oversized, checkered combat trousers, and white tights and white ankle boots due to her momentary obsession with “fancy dress” (“some of the stuff is unfortunate today,” she jokes). “My agency was always trying to get me to buy a t-shirt and little skirt and that was my idea of hell. I was really quite a tomboy and stomping around in these big Doc Martens.”\