HARI NEF

Hari Nef: “I’m obsessed with a boy”

Meet the model and actress who’s changing the fashion industry – one show at a time.

Over the last few years, trans issues have been raised on the political agenda in many countries around the world, and transgender men and women have become more visible in society and entertainment than ever before. They are stars in television, films, advertisement and fashion – from The Danish Girl to Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner and Andreja Pejic. 

And then there’s Hari.

She’s yet to turn 24, but is already one of the most successful transgender models in the industry. Hari was born in Philadelphia and raised in Massachusetts before she moved to New York to study drama at Columbia University. It was there and then she began transitioning and launched her modelling career. First she modelled for underground labels and indie magazines; walking shows for Eckhaus Latta and VFiles, and starring in editorials for i-D, Dazed and Vice. Around the time of her graduation from Colombia, she signed with IMG, becoming the prestigious agency’s first openly transgender model – and a high-end fashion darling. Last month she became the first transgender woman ever on the cover of a major commercial British magazine (Elle UK) and last winter she was cast to the TV show Transparent. The future sure is bright for the talented all-rounder.

Right now Hari Nef is seen in H&M’s autumn fashion campaign alongside icon Lauren Hutton and popstar Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe. When the commercial was finished, Hari sat down and shared her top model secrets with us.  

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…
“Ethan James Green, Carrie Mae Weems, and Juergen Teller.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER…
“Sticking around.”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOW WAS…
“Gucci!”

THE SONG/ARTIST WHO ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS…
“Frankie Knuckles.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
“Acting.”

MY MODEL ICON IS…
“Tracey Africa, Teri Toye and Stella Tennant.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
“Oils.”

I smell like green tea


HARI NEF
 

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY…
“Kickboxing and sticking (mostly) to a plant-based diet.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I…
“Tease out my bangs.”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS…
“Going dancing.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
“Acting…!” 

I SMELL LIKE…
“Green tea.”

MY FAVOURITE OFF DUTY LOOK IS…
“A giant vintage tee and platform boots.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
“A boy…whoops.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“Less is more.”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS…
“The Carlisle.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS…
“MáLà Project.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE…
“A chocolate coffee oatmeal smoothie from Juice Press.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK…
“Under-eye therapy patches.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I…
“Leave New York!”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“You are enough.”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS…
“Food!”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT…
“To be patient.”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO... 
“Continue acting, for sure.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS…
“The Sopranos.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…
“Mrs. Dalloway, for the third time.”

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS…
“To live authentically.”




HARI NEF

AGE: 24 (in October)

LOCATION: New York

AGENCY: IMG

OCCUPATION: Model and actress

INSTAGRAM: @harinef

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