Exclusive! Taylor Hill + Topshop = the perfect match

The face of Topshop’s fall campaign Taylor Hill talks exclusively with LOULOU about casting outfits, closet must-haves and comfy style.

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You might recognize Taylor from the many runways she’s walked for big-name brands like Victoria’s Secret, Balmain and Chanel. This season, the Colorado-born stunner stars in Topshop’s fall/winter campaign. Set in Taylor’s current home of NYC, the shots make a strong case for starting our fall shopping stat!

How did you prep for the shoot?

I took a shower last night. I woke up this morning an hour before the car picked me up, brushed my teeth, made Tate [her dog] breakfast and took him out for a walk and to go to the bathroom. Then I jumped in the car and came here.

How would you describe your style?

Today I’m wearing sweatpants because I’m going to the airport, but usually I’m very casual…say, jeans, a T-shirt and maybe a sweatshirt. I like to be comfortable at work, and if I have a long day, I want to be in flats or tennis shoes. That’s how I’m always thinking.

Is there anything you can’t stop wearing right now?

Sweaters! I have one, over there. It’s a cheetah-print one by Saint Laurent, and I love it. It’s just one little layer, a little cardigan, which, with the weather being as it is…it might be nice, it might be rainy. I don’t want to always wear a coat, even if it is cold. I feel like I’ve been wearing coats for months. I’m over it! So I got this sweater, and I’m wearing it nearly every day as an easy throw-on. The print is really interesting too.

What’s your go-to outfit for a casting?

Very simple. Black skinny jeans and a tight shirt so people can see my physique. That’s it.

How does it feel to be the campaign girl?

It feels really cool. I never thought I would ever do campaigns. Especially not Topshop. I would always see the big girls doing it, and I would never think I’d do it. And here I am!

If you weren’t a model, what would you be?

I’d be figuring it out. I was scouted so young, and then I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do yet. People ask me that now, but I don’t know. I never had the chance to figure it out. I’d be floating around or at college.

What did you love at school?

I really loved reading and writing. At 13, I read a million words in a year, which I’m pretty proud of. In school we had to take reading tests on the computer. I think they were called Accelerated Reader – it’s logged into a system where it tells you how many words are in a book. I read all of the books for that program…took the tests. I was actually really bad in school, but I was really good at reading. So I read them, did the test and read a million words. I’m a sci-fi nerd, so I read the Harry Potter books and this series called Eragon, which is about dragons. Harry Potter and dragons basically sums up my childhood.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m reading The Martian. I saw the movie, which was really good, but they always say the book is better than the movie. I’m often on those short three- to four-hour flights with no TV, and I’m like, “What am I going to do?” So I often buy a lot of books in the airport. I’m travelling so much so don’t watch TV much either, so I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, which people are amazed by. But when I come home, I have all these programs saved on my TiVo, and I’m like, “I don’t have time to watch five hours of this!”

Do you have a favourite movie?

I’ve always loved Pretty Woman. That’s the first one that pops into my head. Otherwise, any Disney movie. I know this might sound weird, because I’m an adult, but I love Tangled and Frozen and even the old ones like The Little Mermaid. I went to Disney World recently with my sister for her birthday…her 18th birthday. We went to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios and had a blast! We were like children again. It was amazing!

How are you going to celebrate your upcoming 21st?

I’m probably going to go to Vegas. Or Disney World. Maybe I’ll do both! I can legally drink in America – I’ve been in this industry for a long time and constantly around it but can never drink, so it would be fun to be like, “I’m here!” I would invite all my friends, all the VS girls, my sisters, my family.

Who would be your ideal or dream guest?

Beyoncé! If she would come to my birthday, I would be very happy. I’m going to invite her – let’s see what happens. Send her agent an email: “Hey, I’m a huge fan of Beyoncé, and it’s going to be my 21st birthday. Do you think she’d like to come?”

Where are you currently living?

I live here, in New York City. I like it a lot. It’s definitely different from Colorado. Every time I come back from travelling, I really have to adjust to it. It’s kind of a beast! I live in Chelsea, and my favourite thing to do is brunch – everyone loves brunch here. Sitting with your friends when it’s nice outside…so classic! I love taking Tate out for a walk by the river, near Chelsea Piers and the Hudson River. There’s a dog park there too. When it’s cold, I don’t know what to do here. New York is the best when it’s warm. I love going to Central Park and grabbing a slice of pizza. It’s more fun when it’s warm ’cause this little guy [Tate] gets to go outside more.

 

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