Each week, we take the time to highlight one of our favorite emerging models. Last week, we profiled Polish beauty Eliza Ryszewska and this week we're turning our attention to Baylee Soles.
First discovered in Hopkins, South Carolina, where she grew up, Baylee is one half of a true pair of model twins taking the fashion world by storm. Together with her sister Kelsey, the sibling duo (collectively known as The Soles Sisters) have scored runway shows with Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, and Vivienne Westwood as well as campaigns with Lanvin and Calvin Klein. In recent times a wave of sister duos are dominating fashion but the Soles sisters wear their biology with great eclat. Aside from striking symmetry is their real sense of sisterhood. Inseparable both professionally and personally the fraternal twins are fashion's fastest rising duo and are loved by the likes of all.
We caught up with Baylee to talk about her career so far, her mystical twin connection and plans for the future.
Have you always wanted to be a model? If not, what did you want to be growing up?
No, growing up that didn't seem like an option. I was very short and didn't get a growth spurt until I was 16. I probably wanted to be a chef.
How were you scouted?
Sheilah Dixon scouted my sister and I at one of her teen makeup classes.
How would you describe yourself as a model in three words?
Creative, Fun, Outspoken
Your first modeling job?
A Saks Fifth Avenue Marc Jacobs Editorial
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model?
Being able to travel and meet new people
What is your dream shoot/campaign?
I've been lucky to shoot with a lot of brands that were on my bucket list as a model. At this point in my career, I'd love to shoot with Guess or Victoria's Secret.
What's the best life advice you've ever received?
How do you define success?
Happiness and paying your bills on time.
How do you stay in shape?
I run 7 miles a day while mixing in pilates and yoga.
What does fashion mean to you?
Wearing what you feel and expressing yourself through clothes.
In recent times a wave of sister duos are dominating fashion. You and your sister Kelsey wear your biology with great eclat. Aside from striking symmetry is your real sense of sisterhood. How would you describe your relationship with each other?
We are best friends. We are business partners. We are roommates. We fight all the time but always makeup. We are each other's number one fans and greatest support systems.
What were you like together as kids?
The same as we are now- same-same but different.
With an intense career, how much do you get to spend with Kelsey these days? When did you last see each other?
We see each other on a daily basis.
Model success can sometimes feel quite lonely, right? Do you have any sister goals of working together?
Working together is the most fun and gets the most creative energy.
Your favorite memory of each other?
Our incredible fights.
What do you love most about Kelsey? And your biggest pet peeve about her? Do you have a nickname for Kelsey?
She has an outstanding ability to make friendships and connections. I think she gives the benefit of the doubt to everyone- even when they don't deserve it.
Imagine swapping lives with each other for a day. What will living in each other's shoes be like?
Pretty similar to my own life but with different taste in men.
How would you describe your style?
Easy, beachy, casual
What is your guilty pleasure?
Vegan ice cream and bacon
"Authenticity" is a word that's often tossed about when talking about social media. How do you define the term?
Be yourself. Don't do things just because others want you to. Find your purpose and go for it
What keeps you grounded?
My friends and family
If you had to be head to toe in one designer brand for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Denim or leather?
Heels or flats?
Vintage or contemporary fashion?
If you were an emoji, which would you be and why?
Probably the devil emoji because I'm always getting into trouble
What are some feminine qualities you admire?
Ambition, Confidence, Strength
What's on your playlist right now?
Bulow, Oliva Obrian
Describe a scenario that makes you feel absolute bliss...
Lounging on the beach with a margarita
When you're not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
DJing, working on my beauty startup with Kelsey, being on a rooftop
Check out Baylee's profile here
and check back next week to find out who our next 'Model of the Week' is.
Thank you, Baylee, for this amazing interview!
Interview by: Clinton Gonsalvez
Special Thanks to Negeva Norval-Dogra @ Model Management (Hamburg, Germany).
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