Despite all the peacocking between shows during Paris Fashion Week, it’s hard not to take notice of the teen tidal wave outside the Sacai show. The commotion is all because of one young male model from Los Angeles who has nearly one million followers on Instagram and Twitter—and who isn’t shy about sharing his experiences with the world.
“I wanted to give them an opportunity to meet me and it seemed like a good way to do it,” said Lucky Blue, who embraces the power of social media by tweeting his followers to meet him after his shows. The 16-year-old model stands 6 feet, 3 inches and has bleached blonde hair and androgynous features that are reminiscent of a baby-faced Leonardo DiCaprio or River Phoenix. It’s no wonder, then, that his style icons include James Dean and Elvis Presley.
M Collections: You’ve walked for some of the major fashion houses this season. What goes on in your mind backstage?
Lucky Blue: I’m mostly relaxed backstage hanging out with the other models and getting stoked about the look I am wearing.
MC: What is your first fashion memory from childhood?
L.B.: My mom took me to get a suit when I was 12 and I picked out an eggplant windowpane plaid suit with slim pants. I also have three older sisters, so fashion was always a topic at my house.
MC: Tell us how you wound up working with Hedi Slimane?
L.B.: It was the first photo shoot I ever did for Vogue Hommes Japan. I was about 12 and had just signed with Next LA. He wanted me and my three sisters set up as a band.
MC: Anything interesting happen to you during fashion week?
L.B.: You mean besides going to London, Milan, Paris and New York for the first time and getting to wear amazing clothes and walking in the shows? I got to see things most kids are looking at in books at school. I think it was all interesting, but of course meeting all the fans was amazing, too.
MC: Where do you see yourself at 21?
L.B.: I will be traveling the world playing music with my sisters in The Atomics, modeling and hopefully making films. I will still be chasing my dreams and opportunities and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
Name: Lucky Blue Smith
Agency: Next Models
Instagram followers: 720,000
Shows walked: 15
Ad campaigns: Calvin Klein, H&M and Tommy Hilfiger.