Get to Know Moscow Based Model Elle Rigby

When and how did your modeling career begin?

Usually models start their careers very early, because this business isn’t for a whole lifetime. It's very difficult for adult models to travel all time, visiting castings and not having guaranteed an annual income and the according security. Therefore it's more common to have this kind of lifestyle only as long as you are young and have nothing to loose.

I started my model career 6 years ago when I was 15. When I look back I realise that everything that happened during all these years, now feels like a fairytale. When I came to Moscow, I immediately fell in love with the city and decided to stay. My parent supported me and my idea, which I am still super grateful for. I found a great school where I finished my last classes, and then I went to university. During this time my mother's friend took me to live with her. But I’m a typical girl and I adore shopping, and meeting for coffee with friends etc., so I was in desperate need for pocket money. So I discovered my first model agency on the internet and started visiting castings whenever I wasn’t busy with my studies.

What are your career goals?

I want to do my the best and be a real professional in this business. I want to have name to use it for investing in charity and philanthropy. I think that humans have to help others. And this is my main goal. Therefore I admire Russian model Natalia Vodianova. She is definitely my idol.

Is there any place in the world you are dreaming to live at?

I want to be a citizen of the world. I want to call the earth my home. I'd rather move constantly instead of spending my life in only one place. I adore big cities like Moscow, NYC and Hong Kong. They reflect the power, passion and dynamic that lives inside of me. Frank Sinatra expresses this very well within his lyrics: “I wanna wake up in a city that doesn't sleep.”

Do you keep any special diet to stay fit?

I can’t say that I keep any real diet, like eat only buckwheat or apples, but I have a lot of allergies. And if I eat sweets and snacks all day long, I’m usually not able to stay skinny. But it seems to me that it’s always important to look after what you eat in regards to your health. Our bodies and minds are the biggest present from the universe. And we have to appreciate that and take care of ourselves.

What's your guilty pleasure?

I don't feel guilty about treating myself with a little pleasure. I mean, as long as it doesn’t leads to someone else’s happiness or unhappiness, I wouldn’t call it ‘guilty’ pleasure.

Favourite song at the moment?

I listen to almost any kind of music, and sometimes I’m fed up with all songs… then I listen to audio books - especially when I go for a run. But currently I adore to listen to ‘Arctic Monkeys’ with their single ‘505’ - Listen to it, I’m sure you’ll love it! Also I always gotta smile when I listen to their song ‘I Wanna Be Yours’.

What does true love mean to you?

To me it means to being free on the choice of who you want to be in love with. I appreciate freedom more than anything else. To be yourself and not to be the blame. Not to be afraid of telling the truth, but to listen to yourself. And in spite of everything, to still love and to feel like yourself while being loved. Also, relationships should be easy, joyful and happy. And love should be unconditional.

Photographer: @evgenia_sizanyuk
Stylist: @ana.tess
Model: @elle__rigby
Make-up and hair: @alexandrie.k

Wearing: Carleen, Samantha Wladis, A.V. Max, Miranda Starcevic, VeraMeat, Colin LoCascio