Meredith Mackworth-Praed is a young model from London, at the age of 21 her portfolio is already exploding with the sounds of some of fashions top names and photographers, Seeing some of Merediths photos its easy to see why shes doing so well, it just seems to work. We caught up with Meredith for a few words.
Hey Meredith hows it going?
Hey im great thanks!
photo by Chris Craymer
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Meredith, and I’ve been modeling since I was fifteen. Drawing in ink, painting, messing about with wire for projects and upholding the lost art of letter writing are a couple of things I’m interested in. I’m currently at University doing a Fine Art degree in Oxford, though I also like to travel a lot – something I think the industry sets into you. Then there’s also illustration, which I do a lot and as well as designing album covers and coming up with looks for bands. The main project I’m working on at the moment though is a children’s book I started a few years ago and that I found the other day and decided to finish.
What modeling work have you been involved in so far?
Quite a wide range of things, actually! I’ve worked with Vanessa Ellis, Ian Phillips-Mclaren, Rankin and Thomas Klementsson and have done fittings for Antoni and Alison, catwalks for Charles Anastase as well as look-books for Full Circle and Eley Kishimoto. There’s also been shows and shoots for the British Hair Awards on several occasions, and I usually had to fly abroad within twenty-four hours notice to shoot for magazines such as Indie, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, ID, Vice, 34 Magazine and Numero. Shooting for Vogue with Tim Walker was a pretty memorable day, as we were all driven off to some stately home in Norfolk and weren’t back in London until gone twelve, despite the fact it had been a five o’ clock start. We sat in the garden most of the day eating lunch and waiting to do a shot with giant ball-gowns that lit up.
Which was the most fun and why?
How fun a job is for me always depends on the people you’re working with. Obviously the whole being made up part and wearing interesting clothes as well as location plays a huge part in what’s the best, but for me the most enjoyable days were two shoots for Italian Vanity-Fair with Chris Craymer, a location shoot in a cemetery in London for Harper’s Bazaar with Katrin Thomas, and the shoots that I had with Vanessa Ellis. Steven Emberton was also fantastic, as it was my first location shoot and test shoot that I’d ever done through an Agency. Each day was especially brilliant because they were all such lovely people and such great photographers.
How did you get into modeling?
Not intentionally! Modelling was never anything I’d ever considered at all before, it just sort of happened. I’d been in hospital for a long time having spinal surgery for scoliosis, which had been quite severe all through school. Once it was done I came across a competition in Sugar Magazine, decided to go for it, ended up getting through to the final five and winning a shoot in London and a page in the magazine. We were all sworn to secrecy not to tell anyone, so I took it to heart and didn’t tell a soul. I remember my classmates stumbling across it themselves the day it came out. I didn’t win that competition, but at the convention where I applied was scouted by Storm and ended up test shooting with them pretty soon after. However I decided to have a look around other London agencies too to check them all out. In the end I ended up signing with Models1 – the team there were all lovely. So since then I juggled school and college with modelling and fashion weeks, and have had lots of great experiences along the way!
Do you have any favorite designers?
Favorite designers? I’d have to say a few of the obvious ones like Valentino and Coco Chanel, but I do love Eley Kishimoto’s work and have always found the clothes at Japanese shoots to be the most interesting. Charles Anastase’s collections did captivate me too, as did Yoko Yoshitake’s.
And the all important one…what music are you listening to at the moment?
Lots! I suppose I quite like La Roux but am also listening to Magnus, dEUS, Mauro Pawlowski, Panthersprung nach Agadir and Fever Ray a lot. I like Nick Cave’s projects too and also listen to Kakuzi, especially when going around supporting them live, though my favourite band has to still be Radiohead.
Thank you to Meredith for taking the time to chat with us. Look out for her appearing in top fashion projects over the next year.