by Vicky Herrera (Published February 2009 in Status Magazine)
Model. Stylist. Designer. It doesn’t matter what ERIN WASSON decides to do. Because we know that when she puts her mind to do something, she kills it everytime. STATUS talks to the IT girl of cool about doing what she loves- and loving every minute of it.
Erin Wasson is not your average model. Hailing from Texas, she moved to New York and has been milking the modeling industry with her ads for Maybelline, Elie Tahari, William Rast (the brand new fashion line of Justin TImberlake), and most recently, Gap. From photo shoots to runways, Erin has conquered it all. And even then, there’s something about Erin that makes us think she sees past all of that: “There’s no real equation to keeping it real- you just do you.”
Case in point would be her effortless sense of style that has been copied by bloggers all over the web. Her outfits have been studied by a tribe of hardcore fans and dissected piece by piece. Her style is called “Modge Podge Chic,” as she describes it. If you find yourself thinking what on earth that could mean, we suggest you think of her key items, “an oversized t-shirt and jeans.” Sounds too simple right? But when you catch Erin rocking it, you’ll find yourself swiping some of your boyfriend’s tees to match with your denim the next day.
And although Erin’s called herself a tomboy before, we just had to ask what her trick is to turn on the sexy. “Throw on a pair of high heels and show a little skin,” says the supermodel. It’s just a matter of small changes done right.
Erin’s creative mind has her working on other projects linked to the fashion industry, She’s styled for the Council of Fashion Design of America (CFDA) winner/neighbor/buddy Alex Wang for two seasons. Last year marked the debut of her jewelry line, Lowluv, which consists of body jewelry made up of luxe metallic chains. “I’ve always been into jewelry,” she says. “I’ve collected it for years.”
When skate line RVCA hit her up for a design stint, she found herself creating her first capsule collection to be launched in the spring of ‘09. Erin Wasson x RVCA was inspired by “kids walking the streets.” When it came to designing for RVCA, she says “it was instinct and divine intervention.”
Now, Forbes may have called her one of the “most entrepreneurial models,” but we know that the title doesn’t come easy. Erin says, “take every day for what it is, and work through obstacles to accomplish your goals.”