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04.19.2014
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Model Call: Charlotte Carey

"When I got kicked out of school for ditching so much, I turned 16 and tried to get a job and thought, 'Maybe I should try this modeling thing out,'" she said.

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Charlotte Carey

Charlotte Carey

Photo By Courtesy of Wilhelmina Models

Charlotte Carey

Photo By Courtesy of Wilhelmina Models

Charlotte Carey

Photo By Courtesy of Wilhelmina Models

Arriving at the WWD office on Monday afternoon, Charlotte Carey was still recovering from a traumatic experience earlier in the day. In search of the perfect beach spot, Carey had inadvertently stumbled upon something a bit less tranquil: the rare New York nude beach in Rockaway.

“This guy walked past [my boyfriend and me], and he looked at us like we were crazy,” the 21-year-old says. “And I was looking at him like, ‘Oh my god, he’s naked.’”

Carey, who is repped by Wilhelmina Models, was fully clothed in an expertly torn Bjork T-shirt and ready to talk about her experience in the industry.

WWD: Where are you from?
Charlotte Carey:
I was born in California, and then my mom took me back to Indonesia. We lived there for five or six years, and then she got a job back in California. Indonesia is very different. The last time I was there was a few months ago for work, and I discovered that I was allergic to mosquitoes. I woke up and my face was swollen. I called my mom, and she said, “Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that you’re allergic to mosquitoes.”

WWD: How did you start modeling?
C.C.:
Well, I was kind of a troublemaker in school, and I didn’t believe in school at the time, so I would ditch. I ran into an agent who worked at Elite and he gave me his card. I was like, “This is stupid.” But when I got kicked out of school for ditching so much, I turned 16 and tried to get a job and thought, “Maybe I should try this modeling thing out.”

WWD: When did you move to New York?
C.C.:
I came towards the end of last year, when I signed with Wilhelmina, and I’ve been working nonstop since.

WWD: What have been some of your favorite jobs?
C.C.:
I just shot with Daniel Jackson for this beauty campaign. I just shot Teen Vogue with Josh Olins and Guido [Palau]. He took my hair and made me platinum.

WWD: So this is a new look for you?
C.C.:
I just went blonde last week. Before, I was a strawberry, f--ked-up orange color. When I confirmed with Teen Vogue, they said, “Guido wants to completely change your look.” I flew in from Europe and went straight to the salon.

WWD: And you recently shot CR Fashion Book?
C.C.:
That was really fun. Carine [Roitfeld] did the styling. She’s really sweet. I was like, “This is awesome.” The best thing about working in this industry is working with creative people and collaborating with them.

WWD: Will you be doing fashion week this season?
C.C.:
Yeah, I actually have to go to my agency after this to learn how to walk. I have to do that for the next few days because I’m going to Tulum, Mexico for a month. I’m going with my boyfriend, and [his friends] will be down there and my agents will also be there. I guess New York will be in Mexico for August.

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