When your mom is supermodel Kristen McMenamy, it could be hard growing up in such a tall and legendary shadow. Not so for McMenamy’s 18-year-old daughter, Lily McMenamy, who moved to Paris and landed Saint Laurent (as we told you she would) and Chanel as her first ever runway shows. Not too shabby.
Into the Gloss caught up with the newly minted catwalker in Paris. While we recommend you read the whole thing, here are some tidbits about how she became a model, her issues with sebum, and how mom Kristen taught her to runway walk the day before she debuted at Saint Laurent.
• On jobs she considered before modeling:
I literally just started modeling… it’s been a possibility for a while I guess, but I wanted to finish high school first. I grew up in London, and actually my plan was always to move to Paris once I finished school, and I came here [to Paris] not knowing what I was going to do—I was going to waitress or do an internship at a gallery… but then I figured I would try modeling. I literally signed with Next like one week ago, went to meet Hedi [Slimane], and just walked in his first show for Saint Laurent.
• On learning how to ‘walk’:
My mom [model Kristen McMenamy] was here for fashion week, and I went to visit her in her hotel room one night before Saint Laurent and she gave me a catwalking lesson, which was super fun. For the first time ever, in my entire life. It’s always been kind of a secret fantasy for me. Just in her lovely room at the Park Hyatt, walking back and forth…I put on some of her Prada stilettos.
• On owning the Eurostar:
I’m originally from Pennsylvania. My mom is American and lives in London, and my dad is from Tunisia and lives in Paris, so I’ve always been kind of going on the Eurostar, back and forth. The Eurostar was actually made the year I was born, so I kind of feel like it’s… mine.
• On having a split cultural identity:
Obviously we always like being the foreigner, but there’s some elements of me that feel very Parisian—like, I wear complete black and I smoke cigarettes and drink coffee and am quite reserved, but also there’s something in me that’s very London.
• On lip care:
Because I have a lot of lip going on, I use [Lush's] scrub—also because it tastes so good. It’s just sugar and honey and stuff, so you scrub it on and you can lick it off and it’s really delicious. [Laughs] It’s like putting candy in your mouth, but it makes them soft and luscious. I certainly do have a lot of lip. It’s like, amplified. My mom does have copious lips, so I got that from her.
• On being a ‘greasy teen’:
I’ve never been a greasy teen until now. It’s so annoying—I thought, ‘I’m 18 now, it’s done, the awkward teen phase is done.’ But now, with all the stress and everything happening so fast, I’m getting a bit of sebum. [Laughs] And with what all the makeup people put on you…
We’ll end on that note. Congrats to Lily on her success in Paris–when do you suspect we’ll see her in her first campaign?