Now Casting: Solange Smith

Alyssa Kelly
Photo credit: Sasha Bar-Tur

From CR Fashion Book

Solange Smith began modeling as a way to afford her true love of art. Now, she is one of fashion's hottest faces on and off the runway. As a creative herself, she finds the behind-the-scenes work of modeling as fascinating as her own participation in the process. With a dad who is French-Dutch, a mom who is Malaysian-Chinese, and an upbringing in Mallorca, Spain, Smith has a broad view of the world, but prefers to stay true to her French roots when it comes to her personal style—very fresh-faced, effortless looks fill her Instagram. CR spoke to the young model about her life, style, and how she spends her days off.

How long have you been modeling?
"I started modeling two years ago full-time. I want to be a painter, but it doesn't pay the bills at the moment."

What's your favorite part of modeling?
"The creativity behind it. Meeting all of the creative people. Traveling, of course. Seeing the work that gets put into things, because I don't think many people realize how hard everyone works."

What is a day off like for you in Paris?
"I wake up, I would go get a coffee at a brasserie that's right next to me. Coffee and a cigarette. Sit there. I love to people watch. Then, I would go home. I would paint. Get some food. Read a book. Go for a walk in the park. It's really quite simple. I'm a bit of an introvert. I'm not shy, but I like my own space."

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What's your favorite neighborhood in Paris?
"I like the 9th [arrondissement]. I know a lot of people would say the 3rd. A lot of fashion people would say Le Marais. It is lovely. But I like also the fact that the 9th is also a lot of up-and-coming restaurants and bars. You have incredible views of the city and it's nice to have a place where it's quiet."

How would you describe your personal style?
"I love vintage. I don't like shopping, but I love vintage shopping because it's like trying to find a treasure. And because each piece is unique, it seems like you have found one. I like [my look] to be effortless. I think that's what I get from the French side–even if you want to dress up, to keep it a bit simple. You don't need much. I think attitude brings a lot to clothes, so even if you want to look sexy, just it's more about the way you carry yourself."

Photo credit: Sasha Bar-Tur

Do you have a favorite brand to wear?
"I work with the Chanel team in Paris quite a lot. I would say it's quite like a partnership. They are so lovely, and I didn't grow up with much at all. [As a child], what I do remember was my mom's perfume, which was Chanel and that's kind of the only brand that I knew much about growing up, so it's quite amazing to be close to them and work with them."

Where do you get most of your clothes?
"I love What Goes Around Comes Around. It's expensive, but they've got beautiful pieces. I also go to a lot of markets in Paris."

Do you have a style icon?
"Can I pick a few? Audrey Hepburn. Sophia Loren. Sharon Tate. Jane Birkin. I love how they carried themselves."



What was the last movie you went to see in theaters?
"Joker—incredible. The acting was incredible, best acting I've seen in my life. The cinematography—stunning."

Are you reading anything right now?
"Yes, I'm reading Sally Ronan. I just read Sally Ronan's Normal People and it's incredible."

What kind of music do you listen to?
"Jazz. I love jazz. It's my favorite."

What are your plans for the future?
"I would love to have an art exhibition at some point."