Catching Up With Chanel Favorite Elizabeth Davison Backstage at Public School

We chatted with the model about working with her sister, and how fashion week feels different this time around.
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Elizabeth Davison in hair and makeup at Public School. Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images

Elizabeth Davison in hair and makeup at Public School. Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images

A year after making her New York Fashion Week debut at Alexander Wang, Elizabeth Davison has made strides in her modeling career, booking editorials for Interview and Teen Vogue, and picking up runway work for Balenciaga, Prada and, repeatedly, Chanel. I caught up with Davison backstage at Public School on Sunday, the coldest day in the history of New York City. That's probably not the case, but it sure as hell felt like it, trucking westward past 10th Avenue to the show's venue.

First of all, how cold is it outside?

Oh my god. It is so freezing. I had to walk like 25 minutes to get here. It felt like death.

Where you were walking from?

My apartment's by Tompkins Square Park, but I'm 19 minutes from the closest subway, and so even going in the subway, I had to walk. It was so sad. I was devastated.

Is this your first show this week?

Yeah, this is my first one.

And how are things going otherwise? You've been killing it recently.

Yeah, it's been going really well. It's funny, because I keep on surprising myself. I just finished with couture week, and I didn't expect to do anything there, so it's been really, really cool. [Ed note: Davison walked, among others, Chanel and Giambattista Valli couture.] I have two other fittings today and another show — I'm doing Prabal Gurung, so I'm so excited. This season's gone so differently already from my past two. 

In what ways does it feel different?

There's a whole different vibe. I feel like I'm getting so much more of a positive response from everybody. I'm getting shows that I haven't done before. Casting directors are using me that haven't cast me before. It's different in every single way.

Your sister, Tyg, is a model, too, right?

Yeah!

From your Instagram, it's sort of like, are they sisters? Are they dating?

No! Everyone thinks that I'm dating her! [Laughing] She's my sister!

When did she start modeling?

She started modeling six months after I did, but we started doing fashion weeks around the same time. 

That's got to be fun, being in the same boat.

I'm so lucky to have her. I couldn't imagine doing it without her. She's been my entire experience. I've grown with her, I've worked with her. And now she's doing so well. I'm so proud of her.

She just did Marc Jacobs's campaign, right?

Yeah, she did the campaign, the lookbook and the show. 

Are you able to give each other advice about the industry at this point?

Not really, actually, just because we've had the same experience. We don't have anything to share. If she's nervous about something, I'll try to talk her out of it, but we're kind of just on the same level. 

You live in New York now?

Half in New York, half in Vancouver.

What do you get up to in your spare time when you're in New York?

I like just walking around. I'm not much of a partier, so I kind of just hang out with my sister, and I have some friends here. We'll go to Starbucks, I like going to the movies. I'm really simple.