Flaxen haired and wide eyed Floridian Willow Hand bears more than a passing resemblance to Gemma Ward. From humble beginnings it wasn’t long before Willow was scouted and soon found herself opening the Prada show followed by the Steven Meisel lensed campaign. When she’s not in front of the camera, Willow spends her time honing her musical craft and relaxing at the beach when she gets the chance.
Tell us about your childhood in Florida.
I had a very fun childhood. We had horses and lots of other pets. I was outdoors a lot; swimming in the springs or at the beach. My grandparents live on an island so we went boating a lot. I did community theater also.
How were you discovered?
I was discovered by my mother agent, Marianne Tamposi, when I was twelve-years old. I was in my parents store helping out.
How have your family responded to your career?
They are very supportive. They are always excited to see my new work when it comes out. My mom was thrilled recently to get to attend one of the shows that I walked in.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Obviously it was a huge thrill to open Prada for my first show and then to do the Prada campaign shot by Steven Meisel. It was also very exciting to get the cover of Vogue Russia. Mariano Vivanco was wonderful to work with.
Tell us about your short-term and long-term goals.
My short-term goal is always just to show up and do my best for every job. There are still some really fantastic photographers that I haven’t worked with yet. So that’s a goal that I have. Long-term I’d like to be one of the models lucky enough to have an extended career and I’d love to do some acting either in film, Broadway or both.
Tell us about how you decompress in your spare time.
I love to sing and play my piano or guitar. When I’m in Florida, I really enjoy a beach day to relax.
How would you describe your personal style?
Classic, maybe? I like elegant, well made items. I wear some designer clothing and some vintage. We live in such a disposable society but I prefer things that can stand the test of time.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
They might be surprised to learn how much I love all animals, including reptiles. My eighteenth birthday present to myself was a ball python.
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