It’s hard to believe that Leona ‘Binx’ Walton only walked her first season of shows last February, as she’s already a favourite of one Karl Lagerfeld – she’s currently in the Chanel campaign after walking for the brand’s main and couture shows. Hawaiian-born and Tennessee-raised, Binx got her nickname from her brothers who thought she looked like Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars! Signed by Next Model Management just two years ago aged 17, Binx debuted at the Marc Jacobs AW13 show and has quickly risen up the fashion ranks. Like Sasha Luss, Binx had tried her hand at modelling but it was a radical hair change which propelled her career, going from long locks to a short back and sides with longer hair on top. Modelling is a far cry from her true passion, football. As fashion weeks fall in the middle of football season, Binx was forced to choose between the two and went for fashion in the end.
The industry has changed over the years, gone are the intimidating, Amazonian supermodels and in their place we have beautiful, fun girls who just seem really cool. Like Cara, Binx has personality by the bucket load. She seems so normal and unpretentious, I bet she’d be way more fun to hang out with than any of the Victoria’s Secret Angels (who I love, by the way). I was struck by this quote which was in her interview with i-D; “If you’re confident in who you are… It might take time to find yourself but once you do…you’re you. It makes you a beautiful person to know who you are. You can be the most beautiful girl in the world but, excuse my language, if you’re a bitch, then you’ll always be ugly.”. I love the positive and peaceful attitude, looking forward to seeing big things from Miss Walton over the coming seasons.