Top Model Secrets: Katy Syme

27 things to know about Katy Syme

She’s obsessed with colouring, makes world-class guacamole and believes all problems can be solved over a cup of tea. Read up on Katy Syme.

Katy Syme is the redhead in H&M’s autumn campaign and is a part of the progressive movement that’s changing fashion. 

In the last couple of years, the barrier between plus-size and the straight-sized norm has begun to crack, and casting models without dividing them after shape has really become a thing. Together with Ashley Graham, Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and many others, Katy Syme symbolises this shift.

H&M’s campaign for the brand’s main autumn line challenges the meaning of the word ladylike and celebrates women in every shape and form. In the ad they range from supermodel Lauren Hutton and pop star Jillian Hervey to trans icon Hari Nef and industry favourite Adwoa Aboah. 

After the shoot, H&M Magazine reached Katy over email and had her fill out our top model secrets questionnaire. 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS...
“I love photographers who can capture a magical moment with their subject. Lachlan Bailey is my current favourite. Peter Lindbergh is the OG.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER...
“When I get to work on jobs where there’s no distinction of my size – it’s a come as you are situation.”

I’m really lucky to know some inspiring women who are champions of this industry! They inspire me every day.


Katy Syme
 

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOW WAS...
“My first show because it was terrifying! It was at New York Fashion Week and I walked for Chromat wearing the highest heels I’ve ever seen, and a 3D printed mask over my face. That mask was such a blessing – I think it hid most of the fear!”

THE SONG/ARTIST WHO ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS...
“Some good Motown or disco!”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS...
“Cooking, colouring, and cutting my clothes into something new!”

MY MODEL ICON IS...
“I’m really lucky to know some inspiring women who are champions of this industry! They inspire me every day, and give me great ideas for new moves.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS...
“Eat well, sleep enough, and be happy.”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY...
“Swimming, and going to barre class.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I...
“Dry shampoo the roots and throw it all over to one side”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS...
“I meditate using the Headspace app. If that doesn’t work – I dance!”

MY SECRET TALENT IS...
“I make the best guacamole you’ve ever tasted.”

I SMELL LIKE...
“Something I don’t know the name of! It was a free sample at a fancy hotel I stayed in and I’m obsessed with it; it smells like smoke and oranges.” 

MY FAVOURITE OFF DUTY LOOK IS...
“Long sleeves, shorts, sneakers.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH...
“Boy Brow by Glossier. And planning a trip to Japan.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS...
“Redheads CAN wear pink!”

As an English girl, I truly believe you can solve anything with a cup of tea – it’s a great way to start the day.


Katy Syme
 

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS...
“I just had a great stay at The Line in Koreatown LA. The Standard is great for a party, and they’ve got the biggest baths I’ve ever seen. For old school elegance, The Bloomsbury in London.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS...
“Dudley’s on the Lower East Side in New York. Sit outside, order a Dudley’s Cup even if it’s not on the menu, and share all the small plates. So delicious, and great people watching.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE...
“A cup of English breakfast tea, with a splash of milk. Putting the kettle on is the first thing I do in the morning. As an English girl, I truly believe you can solve anything with a cup of tea – it’s a great way to start the day.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK...
“Ear plugs, lip balm and a colouring book.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I...
“Adventure!”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS...
“Create the life you want to live.”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS...
“Homeware.”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT...
“To be brave. And how to pack a carry-on suitcase for 10+ days of travel.”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO...
“Do so many things! Write a book, study for another degree, and paint my nails a different colour every day!”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS...
“Scandal. Every episode is just so...scandalous!”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING...
“All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s really good.”

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS...
“To have a really good time!”

 

KATY SYME

LOCATION: New York

DISCOVERED: Katy won a competition with a plus-size brand in 2012, and was signed after that

AGENCY: Muse Management

INSTAGRAM: @symeski

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