Since WWD’s last chat with Shena Moulton, the 17-year-old has been busy, to say the least. Aside from landing the Marc Jacobs spring campaign and booking editorials with Harper’s Bazaar and Russian Vogue, the Muse-repped model just wrapped up her sixth runway season (yes, she started when she was 13), walking in 43 shows, including Hermès, Jil Sander and L’Wren Scott. All that, and she just graduated from high school.
WWD: This season was hardly your first go-around. Have you come to expect the worst?
Shena Moulton: Actually this season wasn’t too bad. It actually felt kind of slow, if you can believe it — you know what you’re getting into. You know there will be jogging. You know the sun will be hot. You know that you’ll have to run up and down subway stairs, but it wasn’t terrible this time.
WWD: How do you feel now?
S.M.: I’m a little bit relieved. When I came back to New York from the shows in Europe, I was so happy. I was like, “Yes, I can get a massage and chillax now.” But no, I found out I have to go to a million castings. Because it’s my first full season, it’s time to get out there and capitalize on it and see if I can get a couple editorials and some campaigns.
WWD: The gown you wore in Naeem Kahn’s show was pretty amazing.
S.M.: It was gorgeous but superheavy with all these beads and rhinestones. At first when it was hanging, I was like “Yay! I get to wear that!” But then they put it on me and I was like, “Oh boy.” I just didn’t want to trip. I hope it’s not in the videos but at the end of the runway, I had to lift the dress up because I couldn’t walk anymore. It was so heavy!
WWD: Speaking of difficult looks, I saw that you had to carry an umbrella in two shows (Tsumori Chisato Paris and Tracy Reese) this season. Did that throw you off much?
S.M.: Actually, it made me walk with more attitude. It was like a prop so I needed to work it. I hope I worked it. I still haven’t seen the video from those shows yet.
WWD: How do you like to dress when you’re not working?
S.M.: Because of the industry, I have to dress simply. Before I was a model, I always wore bright colors and patterns but as a model, you’re encouraged to wear more classic stuff. My closet now is all black and gray. I wish I could dress like Rihanna. She doesn’t care. She dresses how she wants. That’s her style. No one can say, “Rihanna you must dress like this today, you must dress like that tomorrow.” In this industry, you always have to look the part. You never know when your agency will call you and say, hey, you have a shoot or hey, you have a casting. You can’t have an ugly day.
WWD: Do you have any beauty secrets?
S.M.: Nope, I don’t need to work out. I’m so skinny as it is. I’d say just get rest. I love my bed. I don’t know what else to do. It’s like Lady Gaga says, “I was born this way!”