Name: Amy Julliette Lefévre (@lefevrediary)
City: NYC, LA, Austin
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Known for her style, beauty and perfectly curated feed, Amy has grabbed attention from global brands such as DIOR to indie brands like us. But, what we admire most about Amy is her confidence to be unapologetically herself. Earlier this year, she took a stance and refused to wear racist accessories while modeling in a FIT runway show. An empowering moment that did not go unnoticed.
We had the opportunity to get to know the 25-year-old to talk inspiration, challenges, and everything in between.
How did you begin your career as a model? Is this something you’ve always wanted to do?
My parents were both creatives and fashionistas, so as a child I was always trying to dabble in art, dress up, and find different ways to be creative. I became especially interested in fashion as I grew up in various countries (Belgium, Senegal, Gambia, US) and got a taste of unique and varied styles.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have been so fortunate with being able to make a living by doing what I love. I have really loved working with some of my favorite brands, from L’Oreal, Apple to Stuart Weitzman, and Dior!
What is the best part about your job?
The ability to be creative and share my passion for fashion and art is definitely my favorite part of what I do!
What are some things you look for when working with a new brand?
I love supporting small business and start-ups, I really look for an aesthetic that matches my own.
What are some challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?
Growing up, I was often made fun of and bullied for the color of my skin, so much so that I grew up with a lack of confidence. Carrying this weight into a career in the fashion industry was difficult because of how foundational your appearance is to growing in this line of work. I always felt that I would be missing out on jobs or career growth due to the color of my skin. Over time, I realized that confidence in myself and who I am was pivotal to my own happiness and that things would only change if I stood up for myself. This pride and confidence in myself is my source of personal empowerment.
Who or what inspires you the most?
My parents’ journey as immigrants and their will to provide their children with a better life is so inspiring to me. As of late, I am also inspired by all the solidarity for racial justice and support for essential workers who are keeping us feed and healthy.
How do you stay positive especially during these times?
Physical and mental self-care is so important and I try to acknowledge that there are things that are out of my control and that there is nothing wrong with feelings of unease. I try to take time to unplug as much as possible. I will take time for a bath and just soak for hours. I also try to read or just binge watch a completely unknown show.
What are you doing with your free time right now?
I try to use any free time to draw, do some non-work related photoshoots, and go for a run. I also try to sneak in a nap if possible!
Once everything goes back to “normal”, what is the first thing you’d like to do?
The very first thing will be to visit all my family and just give them all huge hugs! The second would be to travel as much as possible. I miss exploring new places and meeting new people, so it is at the top of the priority list!
Where is the most memorable place you’ve traveled to so far?
My all time favorite is definitely Paris. I just love roaming aimlessly around the city and exploring new areas that I have not previously visited. I also have family in the city so it’s always great to see them!
What are your favorite spots in the NY and Austin for food / drinks ?