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She’s not only the star of a Prada short film but also an Energy
Sustainability Policy student. The activist model Taja Feistner – born and raised in the
has walked for Mulberry and has been on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, but she hasn’t
film of her childhood, Alice in Wonderland. Let’s now get to know her up close and personal,
hearing the story from the girl herself.
Taja, you recently starred in Prada’s episodic film
‘Nylon Farm’, but how did you first get into modeling?
When I was discovered for modeling, I was a college drop out
jobs in Iowa. One of the jobs I had was as a waitress in a restaurant and one night my now
agent came in for dinner. She was really persistent about me giving modeling a shot. I had
thought of it as a possible career!
Being a model, you’re always on the go. What’s in your bag right
I’m a super low maintenance girl. I just need my chapstick, my credit
Contax T2 camera and I’m ready to go pretty much anywhere.
Are you into thrift shopping? I’ ve read you’re pretty
Thrifting is one of my favorite pastimes. I grew up with really frugal
who taught me the value of money from a young age. It started with me realizing how many more cool
unique pieces I could get if I shopped second-hand: I wanted to have things that no one else had. As
older and more interested in environmental issues, I realized how much my choices to avoid new
were actually good for the planet.
Needless to say, you travel all over the world. What’s always in
As I just said, I really love thrifting. So I always take my little
scale with me to make sure my suitcase doesn’t get too heavy with goodies I find in different
That being said, as there are lots of misconceptions about
I’d like to ask you what the best (and worst) part of your job really is.
There is a lot of good and bad that comes with modeling. Other than the
hierarchy, social media pressure and extreme politics of high fashion, the hardest bit for me is the
inconsistency of being a freelancer. It’s common to have to wait 3-4 months to receive a paycheck
job. So you have to stay on top of things and save money for the slow periods. The best part for me
definitely the traveling: we get to experience places you’d probably not even think to go to as a
Let’s now focus on your own wardrobe. What’s your favorite
I love a good corset. I think there is something quite enchanting about
they’re the perfect mix of elegance and rock and roll!
How do you define your personal style? Has it changed since you
My personal style has definitely changed since I started modeling and
varies a lot from city to city. When I started modeling, I was living in LA and I quickly adapted to
more bohemian vibe of the people around me. In each city, I become a different version of myself. In
I’m more polished and ‘chic’, in Milan I’m a bit more feminine, and in London I’m probably the most
a bit boyish, punky and quirky. It’s really important, as a model, to always try to represent who
but also to be a bit of a chameleon.
And what’s your go-to look?
My go-to look is definitely a vintage T-shirt and jeans. As much as I
piecing together funky looks, sometimes it’s just best to look effortlessly cool!
Do you have any style-related advice on how to stand out from
I would say a pair of vintage sunglasses. It doesn’t matter what you’re
if you have a sick pair of retro shades, people are bound to notice you.
One last question: what’s that one thing you had to wear for a
wished you could bring home?
I got to wear a bunch of archive Vivienne Westwood wedding dresses for a
and, if I could, I definitely would casually wear one for the rest of my life!
Leather sandals with fringes
Pleated printed silk dress
Quilted leather shoulder bag
Reversible oversize cape-coat
Dolce & Gabbana
Pleated midi skirt
Originality, simplicity and emotional sensitivity. Those are
main traits of Fernando Cobelo and his faithful ally, a well-sharpened pencil.
‘My body is my temple’. That’s one of the mantras of the
illustrator Egle Zvirblyte, who built her artistic career on important themes.
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