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A MINUTE WITH A MODEL

BINX WALTON

There are few models with as much cool-factor as Binx Walton, which mostly just comes down to the fact that the 22-year-old Tennessee native isn’t trying to be anyone but herself. In an age where her peers are using social media to grow and monetize their influence, she rarely logs on at all. And in interviews, there’s an authenticity that makes her equal parts insouciant and endearing. Suffice to say, Binx is not your average model—so for a season inspired by individuality, who better to front the campaign? We caught up with our Fall 2018 star to talk diversity, social media, and the highs and lows of modeling.

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You’ve walked in quite a few of Michael’s shows, and have now shot a campaign with him—do you have any favorite memories together?
Michael always gives all the girls a pep talk right before the show starts, which loosens up the energy and always makes me laugh.
There’s a growing focus on diversity and individuality in fashion today. How does this compare to when you first started modeling?
It’s definitely more diverse. Everywhere I look, I see new ideas being propelled into action by young minds eager to stray away from the “norm,” which is really what the industry needs if it is to continue diversifying. When I started there were many fads and every season it would change. So even though sometimes it looked like things were changing or diversity was “in,” the next season it would be out. I would say the main difference now is that it seems to be sticking.

Who do you look up to in the industry?
I wouldn’t say I look up to anyone in the industry, but I have always had a lot of love and admiration for Liya Kebede.
What’s your favorite thing about being a model?
Getting to travel, and the people.
And what’s the least favorite?
Traveling too much, and the people.
You’re not very active on social media, which you’ve said is a conscious choice. Why is that?
Lots of different reasons. It’s just the way I feel and want to be for the moment. Maybe one day I’ll get really into it, or maybe I never will. There are a lot of amazing aspects and a lot of not so amazing aspects, but I feel too much technology is toxic. I have a phone, a computer, a T.V., and with social media like Instagram and Twitter and Facebook—it’s just too much. I need to be present. Aware of the reality in front of me. I can barely keep up with texts, let alone Instagram.

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If you weren’t a model, what would you be doing?
I probably would have gone to TSU [Texas Southern University] or MTSU [Middle Tennessee State University] with my friends...maybe played soccer, then worked to pay off college for the next ten years.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received from someone in the industry?
Don’t take it personally.
You’re involved in philanthropy. What causes are the closest to your heart?
I am always very shy when it comes to questions like this, and in a way, like to be a silent helper. I can say that I am extremely close to the company Penh Lenh and Rachel [the company’s founder] is like family to me. If you have some time and need a good present, look them up.

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