Whether she is gracing the pages of Italian Vogue, Another Magazine or Numero as a Nordic blonde, goth or red-head, Sarah Abney’s ethereal beauty is reminiscent of a bygone era. Her gaze is equal parts aloof and come-hither that challenges the viewer not to fuck with her. Ranked on Models.com’s Hot List, Sarah is definitely one to watch.
Tell us your childhood growing up in Northern California.
I grew up in San Francisco in a small household with my parents and older sister. We lived behind a mountain and the weather was always foggy. My parents came to San Francisco in the 1970s and fell in love with the city and made it their home. I think my favorite part about growing up in San Francisco was how accessible nature was, driving around in my car, all the city freaks, and at the time there was a great community of music and art.
How were you discovered?
I was scouted when I was 15 at a shopping mall in San Francisco by Wilhelmina Models but, I decided to pass and finish high school. When I was 18, I got scouted again by a San Francisco modeling agency and worked with them for two years. I decided to not re-sign after my contract was over and explore other things. At the age of 21, I moved to New York City and was scouted at a music festival upstate at the age of 22.
What role has social media played in your career?
It’s played a big role. I feel like I have been able to use my social media as a platform to show people I am not only a model. I dabble in many different art forms. I’ve landed other jobs besides modeling through my Instagram like DJ’ing and performance art. It’s interesting and fun to remove yourself from what people may think of you but, I feel like my role in social media is true to who I am. It’s also a great way to connect to people.
What misconceptions did you have about the industry before entering it?
I didn’t realize how intense Fashion Week was. When I was younger, it looked so glamorous traveling the world and walking in shows but, it is exhausting! I’ve learned after a couple of seasons how to prepare. Once I got the hang of it it became less treacherous.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I feel so lucky and grateful for all the experiences. Working with Steven Meisel and his team for an editorial for Italian Vogue was incredible and career changing. I loved working with John Galliano and his team at Maison Margiela for his couture shows. Those memories I will cherish in my heart forever.
If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing?
I think I would be either in school studying naturopathic medicine or special education.
What’s currently on your radar?
I’m currently directing a short film with my friend that will come out in the fall.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have psychic abilities.
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