Cailin Hill is a 22-year old Ford model and Ontario native who won us over with her witty, fun, and oh-so-snarky tumblr blog, Model Burnbook.
We declared our love of Cailin’s clever musings last year…but in March POOF! The blog vanished and we were left wondering why. Fast forward two months and we’re serendipitously standing on a SoHo street corner with Miss Hill herself. And she is every bit the cool and candid model that her blog alluded to (not to mention stunning without a stitch of makeup). We just had to find out more….
Let’s start from the beginning, where did you grow up and how did you get started modeling? London, Ontario, born and raised. Recently a photographer told me that all people from Ontario feel the need to vocalize their precise distance from Toronto upon introduction--that would be 1 1/2 hours, 2 with traffic.... And after modeling for three years, how has your perception of the industry changed? You know, I think my perception of the industry is continually evolving. It took me a very long time to realize that you can lead a completely normal life while simultaneously living the life of a fashion model. The glamor and the drama is there for you if you want it to be. But I tend to “keep it Brooklyn...” it's easier to stay grounded out here. Your blog Model Burnbook seemed to garner quite a following, so why did you ultimately decide to stop? Well, when I started the blog I had no intention of anyone reading it except the people who knew me personally. So I put no filters on myself, naturally. Halfway through the course of the blog I had someone call me and force me to realize that I wasn't just shooting the shit with my homies anymore--I was shooting the shit with the entire industry. I didn't want to give people some watered down version of my opinion either, so I ultimately nixed the whole thing on a whim. (I stand behind my erratic Sagittarian tendencies....) You seem to have a lot to say, can you see yourself picking up blogging or writing again in the near future? Yeah, my booker at Ford really digs my blog--so I got the 100% blessing to bring it back! Had to stick a "the" in there because someone was screwing around with my old domain name a while back, so it's now officially themodelburnbook.tumblr.com here we go again, and all that.... What are you up to these days? I'm with Ford now and based out of NYC. It feels good to have an answer to the question "so...where are you based?" that isn't "...my Heys luggage, actually."
As a model who's constantly traveling, you must be a pretty amazing packer…. What’s one thing that’s always in your suitcase? I'm a packing wizard now. I try to pack nothing. I float through customs. But I'm known to hoard loose packets of tea and single sachets of bath salts from Japan in my carry-on (I hope that's allowed...) and I always carry Burt's Bee's insect repellent with me in the summer months.
So, you’ve lived in Canada, Paris, Tokyo and now New York…which stamp is next on your passport? I really want to go to Norway and see the Northern lights! A Norwegian friend of mine explained to me that from now until 2013 is supposed to be the peak time to see them. I'd like to get some friends together and film a little video diary of our adventures. Based on your blog, you seem to be quite the movie/ music buff. What would you say are your top three movies and songs? Movies: Scarface, Stand By Me, and The Darjeeling Limited. Songs: “Moonlight Mile” by The Rolling Stones, “Planets Of The Universe” by Fleetwood Mac, and “Journey Through The Past” by Neil Young (I'm trying to teach myself how to play it on the piano). What is your biggest vice? Fage Greek yogurt (the one with the reservoir of honey).... I'm pretty sure I know of every grocery store and bodega in the five boroughs where you can find it for $2 or less. Me and my roommates are on a Fage yogurt sale alert. I will literally get texts from them like "Yo, Fage sale at C-Town--what u want!?!!!" No word of a lie. Admittedly, this is probably the healthiest vice that ever was.
If someone were to dress up as Cailin Hill for Halloween, what would their costume include? They would for sure need this vintage German black & velvet alpine hat that I wear every single day. It's absolutely falling apart, in fact it has no lining. But I love it and am very protective of it. That aside--a white button-down shirt, black blazer and some Tsumori Chisato trousers. With Doc Martens. I think I wear this everyday. I actually can't believe you spotted me wearing a different outfit, baffling. As a Canadian, would you ever rock a Canadian Tuxedo? Heck yeah I would! It would probably be a white-on-cream denim one, too. Really grubby and dirty. I was actually daydreaming of Canadian Tuxedos on the train to the city the other day. Wondering if there was a Tumblr out there dedicated to them yet. I would love to start one and call it Canadian Tuxedos, Abroad. A travel non-style journal of sorts. It probably already exists though. I haven't checked. When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do? I love to walk around New York alone listening to my music, taking pictures and writing little notes to myself on my iPhone. I'm a big fan of alone time, clearly, and live music. I'm always searching for these life-changing concert moments...if all the models are at a club in the Meatpacking District, I'm gonna be on the uptown train to Harlem to check out a jazz show or hopefully at some make-shift live venue in Brooklyn getting moshed upon.
What is your dream modeling job? I wish someone would be like "Hey, we're shooting this post-apocalyptic themed editorial in the winter in Norway with all of your friends and we're gonna camp out in tepees and have bonfires and oh yeah it's gonna pay like some e-commerce commercial work....” That would be the dream. What's your motto? “...And I swear to everything, when I leave this Earth/it's gon' be on two feet, never knees in the dirt” --Lil Wayne **All photos by Ashley Jahncke.