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Model Call: Imogen Whist

The Trump-repped model sat down with WWD to talk celebrity workout buddies, growing up with cerebral artists as parents and modeling.

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Imogen Whist

Photo By Courtesy of Trump Model Management

Model Call Trump Model Management Imogen Whist

Imogen Whist

Photo By Courtesy of Trump Model Management

Having just graduated from the University of Toronto, where she majored in political science with a minor in anthropology and cinema studies, Imogen Whist is now focused full-time on modeling. “I still can’t believe it,” Trump-repped Whist said. “I came here thinking I was just going to be doing random stuff for a month or two but I had no idea I was going to be here for shows. I’m really excited.” Whist — who still hasn’t ruled out working at the U.N. or going to graduate school one day — sat down with WWD to talk celebrity workout buddies, growing up with cerebral artists as parents and modeling, which she’s done on and off since age 14.


WWD: Tell me a little bit about your family. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Imogen Whist: No, [I am an] only child. My parents are very creative. My mom’s a photographer and my dad’s a painter.

WWD: What was it like being brought up in that creative environment?
I.W.: Well, I was really anti-[creative]. I wanted to be a lawyer or a businessperson, but over time, I realized I was creative and I had to accept that. It was just a very weird upbringing. There weren’t strict guidelines and our house was very quirky, filled with weird art stuff. I was always embarrassed with the weirdness of my mother and her antics. She’s a crazy artist, basically. But she’s great.

WWD: How have your first two months modeling here been?

I.W.: I’ve only gone on, like, seven castings. I was doing test shoots for the first week and a half. [My agency] is waiting till the shows to debut me. I did book my third casting, for Mary Katrantzou. She’s phenomenal and so great to work with. We did a 12-hour day. It was a fashion video. It was all improvisation. It was all me doing these vignettes. Some of them are very weird and abstract.
   
WWD: Did your background in cinema studies help?
I.W.: It really hadn’t prepared me. I’ve never done anything like it. I thought I’d be nervous in front of the cameras but it felt so natural. I liked the performing aspect of it. My agency now has me going to improv classes just to open up. It’s fun. I think it will be good for interactions with people in general, and when there’s a casting with so many girls. To help stand out, basically.

WWD: Are you enjoying your time in New York?
I.W.: Oh, yeah. I’ve seen tons of celebrities. Being in New York changed my idea of “celebrity.” They’re just normal people. Like, I see Karlie Kloss almost every day. It’s just this weird coincidence. And then that red-haired guy from Modern Family.

WWD: Jesse Tyler Ferguson?

I.W.: Yeah! I always work out next to him. And then Julianna Margulies from “The Good Wife.” And I’ve done yoga next to Parker Posey, which is funny. I love New York.

 

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