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A word with: Model Zippora Seven

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We chat to the model about stand-out campaigns, her love of all things 70s and her dream of living in Paris.

How and when did you start modelling?

I was scouted when I was 15 in Auckland, Steve Tilly took the first pictures of me for Pavement magazine. I was so terribly shy! But I found myself traveling and meeting all different creatives around the world and I learned that we’re all a bit shy, I love this industry!

What does an average day entail for you?

4am call times or trying to find a gym at an airport.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Paris, they make such good pastries and cinema!

What decade best epitomises your style?

I’m a 90s child there’s no escaping that, but I sure do dream of the 70s and Jimi Hendrix.

Modelling for Opening Ceremony.

Modelling for Opening Ceremony.

What’s the most inspiring project you’ve ever worked on?

Karen Inderbitzen’s book Smoke and Mirrors. Every time I open it I’m lost in her world. It inspires me to keep doing what I love and being creative in any way I can imagine. I love the photos she took of me and my brothers. We’re lucky to have those days captured.

Who are your favourite local and international designers and why?

I love everything Miuccia Prada creates, she’s such an inspiring cool woman. We have such incredible local designers, too many to list, but Kate Sylvester, Nom D, Zambesi, Lela Jacobs, & Ingrid Starnes, have made pieces I treasure and Harry Were’s beautifully delicate knitwear.

Would you rather find a piece of vintage clothing or grab a designer bargain?

Vintage, I love finding beautiful pieces with a story and having the responsibility of taking care of that dress someone had loved so much. It’s recycling.

Pick up a copy of the April issue of NEXT, on sale soon, to see more of Zippora.

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