Monday, 12 August 2013

Jennifer Hope Interview with El Wood

After working with such a talented group on our last photoshoot I really wanted to catch up with the individuals that took part and see what they had been getting up, what they do in their life's and how they felt about working with Jennifer Hope Clothing!

Our second interview is with the incredible EL WOOD!!

Hey El! Nice to see you again!
Have you been busy since we shot the lookbook?

EW: Yes super busy :) I love to stay productive. Lots of shoots coming up at the moment and a new cover out soon!
For a couple of people that may not be familiar with yourself, we wanted to give them a bit of back knowledge..
Where are you from originally?

EW: I grew up in Surrey pretty near Croydon  
You have a huge following at the moment, was modeling always something you wanted to do or did you feel as though you just fell into it?

EW: I decided at the age of about 17 I'd like to do some for fun. At 18 I did my first shoot for inked magazine NYC and just kept going after that. It's not my career so I take breaks from it but it’s a really fun way to help make a living. And I've been lucky enough to do enough published work that I can do it part time now. I'm ever so grateful and happy to have got to work with such wonderful people such as yourself! 
We have seen you at work and you definitely know what your doing! You’re such a natural in front of the camera. What’s one of the best photoshoots you have done? 
EW: Right now I'm doing a lot of fun things, a lot more fashion based projects that I can get quite creative with I've kind of started to enjoy doing that kind of work more because its a lot more creative and artistic however I always dreamed of working with a certain American photographer and thought he portrayed women in the most gorgeous way, I wished I could look like them...I had my heart set on it and after years of wishing I flew to New York and met him. He goes under the name Christian saint :) we did my dream cover of that time for Bizarre magazine and we shot my tattoo life cover together too. We stay in touch 

If you weren’t modeling what do you see yourself doing?
EW: I work part time for a company called @theaceofclubs you should go follow them! We host parties at London's best-voted clubs and my guests get spoilt rotten! I'm always looking for new guests :)! 

What would you say your personal style is like?
EW: A mess!!  I would have no idea in all honesty. My day to day casual wear consists of sports wear, high waist jeans, plaid skirts, netted tops, plain t shirts, biker boots, leather anything, dungarees!  
Do you have a favourite brand or shop you always seem to buy into?

EW: Nope! I'm a high street girl, always looking for goodies online too! Swooning over brands like nasty girl, my friends label Ilovestonefox, minkpink and you obviously!!!

Doesn’t matter who it is, if you could choose a style icon who would it be?

EW: Ahh I don't know !! I don't really have one!but I suppose I like the style of iggy azalea, Rita ora, alexa Chung ,
We can see that you have a lot of extremely stunning tattoos, we know that you worked within a tattoo store before showing that these are more of an art form for yourself?
EW: I just really enjoy the history of it. I'm admittedly a bit of a tattoo snob because I'm such a nerd about it all. I've been extremely lucky to work for some of the best talents in the world in that industry and have learnt so much. I'd say I'm more of an impulsive collector, my tattoos rarely hold sentimental value. I just really respect and love the culture it's a wonderful art form.
It feels as though its become a mainstream fashion now for women to gets more tattoos, do you agree that tattoos on women have become more of a fashion statement than a piece of art work?
EW: Totally! It's become more socially acceptable for women to get tattooed and this due a lot to the media and tattooed celebrity women so yes I feel a lot of people may get tattooed just because it’s on 'trend'. Sadly this also means that there's an equal amount of poor quality work happening now and a lot of people want to call themselves artists without putting in the hard work.
EW:I have mixed feelings about it all that I won't bore you with :) 
We could go on asking you questions for hours! BUT we will finish up with, how did you find the Jennifer Hope Lookbook shoot with the brilliant Tom Barnes?
EW: Amazing, so much fun and an absolute pleasure to work for a brand built up by such a deserving individual. Everyone involved was wonderful.
Any thoughts on the brand itself? Favourite items?
EW: When I think of JHC I think of exciting prints, vibrant colours and effortless style. JHC makes bold statements out of classic apparel. You can dress it up or just wear it casual! I fell in love with a tie die dress teamed up with matching tie die socks at the shoot! Just enough example of how the designer adds in her personal touches that transforms simple items!
If you could sum up the brand in 3 words, what would they be?
EW: Cool, fun and vibrant  
Our last question for your wonderful self, what are your goals for the future?
EW: Honestly...just to be healthy, happy and keep meeting such brilliant people! 

 If you want to check out more what El is doing and more stunning pictures, head over to her Facebook

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