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Kristen McMenamy: how to make it as a model

By Tamsin Crimmens

‘There are two kinds of models that make it in fashion,' Nineties supermodel Kristen McMenamy said to ELLE last night, at the opening of the Tim Walker: Story Teller exhibition at London's Somerset House. ‘Some models, who have incredible natural beauty, they make it, and they might last a few seasons. But if you really want to stay there, you need motivation.'

Kristen's own daughter, Lily, recently exploded onto the modelling scene, walking for Saint Laurent and Chanel at Paris Fashion Week, just days after signing with her first agency. But asked if Lily would follow in her footsteps, Kristen wasn't sure. 'Lily might not make it because she hasn’t got that drive. She’s interested in too many other things besides modelling.'

She recalled her own start in the business: ‘I got rejected by everyone. But I was obsessed! It was the only thing I wanted to do and I wanted it so badly. I was like a bulldog, hanging on by my teeth.’

The supermodel, who was wearing a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress, Alexander McQueen furry jacket and Prada shoes, said she still hasn’t lost the thrill of modelling. ‘When I get a booking for a job, I’m so excited, I’m jumping round the house. [Even though] I still earn so little. I do editorial, and it gets a lot of attention, but not always a lot of money’.

Kristen said that when she heard her daughter Lily was going to start modelling, she didn’t agree with it at first. ‘But then I thought to myself – I can’t say that, it would make me a hypocrite, so now I’m supporting her. She had a wonderful time in Paris. And now she’s gone to L.A with Hedi Slimane’

It looks like Lily McMenamy’s modelling career isn’t over quite yet then.

See what Kristen and other stars wore to the Frieze art fair

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