With her delicate features punctuated by piercing green eyes, Celia Becker is a dead ringer for Jessica Szohr of “Gossip Girl.” (“Everyone says that,” laughs the model.) While Becker hasn’t caught the acting bug, she does say she dreams of becoming a singer. For now though, the 22-year-old Brazilian, who’s repped by Muse Management, plans to stick with modeling. With an enviable mixture of both commercial and high-fashion appeal, Becker has landed a wide range of editorials in magazines such as Elle Japan, Marie Claire China and Town & Country.
So where are you living these days?
I’m actually living in New York full time now. I moved in June of last year.
What were your first impressions of the city?
New York has so much energy. Good and bad energy. Sometimes you hate it, sometimes you love it. It’s like nowhere else in the world.
What do you love about it and what do you hate about it?
What I love is that you have so many different people coming from everywhere. There is such a blend of cultures here. The bad thing for me is, as far as modeling, as soon as you step in New York, even if you’ve been modeling for 10 years, you start from zero. Everything before, that is [considered] not real modeling. Also, it’s a very expensive city. Other than that though, I love it!
Where have you been shopping?
I’ve been going to Urban Outfitters a lot lately. I just found out about it. As soon as I step into the store, I just dig in.
What else do you like to do during your off-duty hours?
They just got a gym at our agency so I like to go there and do kickboxing. But on the weekends, I sing. My boyfriend plays the guitar and we just invite our friends over to our place and play for them.
So you have mini concerts in your living room?
Yeah, exactly. That’s my dream, to be a singer.
What kind of music do you play?
Acoustic music, kind of like Alanis Morissette.
Do you get dressed up for your performances?
No, I usually just wear jeans and T-shirts. I like to be comfortable so I’m very simple.
As far as beauty regimen, do you keep that simple as well?
I try to take care of my hair and my skin as much as I can. I hydrate my hair and make sure it’s getting moisture. We have to have it ironed or blow-dried or colored all the time. And I always wear sunblock, which I think everybody should wear. You see some older women who’ve avoided the sun and wore sunblock and they look like they’re 28 or so.
Speaking of later in life, what do you hope to achieve in your modeling career?
I don’t know. To make more money, I guess.