Lily Cole Dyson Supersonic

Lily Cole: A Letter To My Younger Self

The actress/entrepreneur/activist shares what she wishes she'd known when she was scouted

Dear Lily (age 13),

A man is about to walk over to you with a card, an invitation to model.

What it doesn't say - it must be very small post script - is all the other things that will come with that offer.

Your unique looks and your hair colour is about to earn you a lot of money so f*** the bullies!

You're going to get the chance to travel the world.

To work with fascinating, creative people – and sometimes with assholes.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

To taste fame but to be simultaneously scrutinised.

Chair illustrated animation with pull-quote
GIF

To see your dreams become reality and to see that anything is possible, then to be taught your limits.

To get to act, to make your own films and publish writing.

To learn about economics, politics and technology and to set up businesses. Life is about to become busy, huh?

You are about to go on a journey. The world will open up to you in miraculous, curious and sometimes confusing ways.

You will see its beauty, diversity, possibility and also its ugliness. Enjoy it - it will all pass and change quickly.

Lily Cole eye's mirror illustrated animation
GIF

You will experience the buzz of success and the hollow carving of failures.

Don't feel guilty or fearful of either.

You will come to know yourself most in moments of pain.

The silver lining to every cloud is a mirror to look into, so embrace all moments.

Even the difficult ones.

Work hard, but not too hard. Be patient, you have time.

Don't compare yourself to others or take anything personally.

Industries are fickle and their affection will wax and wane like the moon.

The only real opinion about your worth that matters is your own.

Hand spinning globe
GIF

Really appreciate yourself. You don't need to be more of anything.

Be gentle and kind to yourself. It's alright to want to save the world, but first you must learn to save yourself.

Trust in life; it is a process not a goal.

Gratitude is the currency of happiness. Don't take anything or anyone for granted.

Stay creative. Keep making things for the sake of making. But most importantly, have fun!

Love, Lily

Embracing unique qualities and the value of a journey is how Dyson came to rethink the hairdryer.

The Dyson Supersonic was created by enlisting the help of some of the world's top hair stylists and engineers, resulting in a product that is light-weight, efficient and easy to use, yet still delivers powerful drying and styling results every day. Get yours here and get to know Lily a little more in the video below:

[Edited by Emily Badiozzaman]

More from ELLE UK: