Meet Valuable Lee, the Mannequin Altering the Vogue Business One Versace Runway at a Time – E! On-line


E! Information: In October 2011, you shared one in every of your first posts on Instagram—a throwback picture of Donatella Versace with Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. How does it really feel now a decade later to not solely have walked the Versace runway, but additionally to be a face of the spring-summer 2021 marketing campaign?

Valuable Lee: Oh my god! Y’all noticed that?! That was actually in week one in every of having Instagram! UH-mazing! Nicely, I’ve at all times adored these ladies! What’s humorous is I used to be the primary curve mannequin Queen Beyoncé used for her Ivy Park x Adidas collection in November. I additionally wrote a tune for Mariah Carey once I was in highschool I needed her to sing—sure and I nonetheless have it—and I’ve at all times beloved how fab Donatella is and the Home of Versace glamour. So, truthfully simply ready on Mariah to name me any second now. I really feel so extremely blessed and filled with gratitude. To shoot with Mert and Marcus for the Versace marketing campaign after doing the present was a full-blown dream. I’ve to return and stare on the shot and runway typically and actually scream like as soon as every week. I actually dreamt it. Manifestation on a trillion!

E!: What’s one thing in regards to the vogue business you would like somebody had instructed you once you first began?

PL: Bear in mind that you’re your enterprise and technically no person might run it higher than you.

E!: What are a few of your favourite manufacturers to buy? 

PL: I put on all kinds of manufacturers. I am additionally an enormous advocate for purchase what you want merely since you prefer it. I could make a magnificence provide retailer scarf cool—it is about the way you put on it.  

E!: In any case these years modeling garments and being on set, what are your go-to suggestions and tips for placing collectively an outfit and ensuring garments work finest to your physique?  

PL: Discover what you want probably the most about your physique in garments and begin shopping for extra issues which have that very same silhouette, however strive totally different colours, textures, and so on. You do not have to comply with each development and, truthfully, when you aren’t snug, tweak the look! However do your finest to step out of your consolation zone. Chances are you’ll like one thing new higher than the tried and true. 

E!: With vogue month upon us as soon as once more, what are important components of your routine that it’s essential to make it by means of in a single piece? 

PL: Water, sleep, prayer, meditation, laughter, train.  

E!: What’s subsequent in your profession bucket record?

PL: Doing extra firsts in vogue and films and tv. 

E!: Wanting again at your profession up to now, what’s the second or achievement that you simply’re most pleased with as we speak? Which milestone do you assume 18-year-old Valuable can be most excited to listen to about? 

PL: Versace and a mega-moment I will be capable to focus on coming quickly. 

E!: Identify a model you assume folks ought to pay extra consideration to. Why?

PL: Black-owned—as a result of. 

E!: What’s one merchandise you assume folks ought to have of their closet for 2021?

PL: A masks! And coloration! 2020 was intense. Extra pleasure. Extra love.

(This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.)