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Model Behavior: Celina Ralph Was Once Covered in Mud in a McQueen Gown

Welcome to Model Behavior, where we spotlight the up-and-coming faces to watch on the runway, and have them share a little bit about their life, career and more. Next is Celina Ralph, a 2022 i-D cover star who got her start with British high-street brands and walked Altuzarra on Monday.

Name: Celina Ralph

Age: 23

Hometown: Originally from Hastings, a seaside town in the south of England, but live in London.

Zodiac Sign: I’m a Sagittarius, Cancer Moon and Leo rising 🙂

Agency: The Society, Elite

When did you start modeling? What was your first job? I got signed when I was 15 but went full time when I was 19 after I shaved my hair off. Some of my first jobs were doing e-comm for a few English high street brands and also I remember doing a YouTube makeup tutorial for Charlotte Tilbury quite early on.

What made you interested in modeling? I became interested in modeling after looking into the industry and realizing there were all different types of models and that you don’t have to fit into one box or category!

What’s your relationship to fashion/style? How has it evolved since you started working in the industry? To be honest, I’m still figuring out my fashion and style and I think it’s always going to evolve and change. My relationship with style is a curious one for sure. I just love people that dress for themselves and I try to do that as much as possible.

What have been your most memorable gigs so far? One of my most memorable jobs so far would have to be my first campaign for McQueen. It was shot in the River Thames in London at 5 a.m. and I was covered in mud in a McQueen gown! That was definitely something I’ll never forget, it was magical. And for sure my i-D covers. I used to love i-D growing up and that was something that was on the bucket list for sure, so to achieve that was a biggie for me.

Coolest place you’ve been to as a model? The coolest place I’ve been for work is probably Puerto Rico. When I went I was going through some personal stuff back home and the vibe there was just amazing. After the job, I swam, chilled out and ate some good food. I’m grateful for that.

Do you have any fashion week traditions? My fashion week tradition is definitely just taking me-time. My self-care becomes like a ritual, which I don’t do in my everyday life. I take my sweet time with showers, skin care, all that good stuff.

What do you make sure to always carry with you during fashion week? I always carry one of those stain remover pens, hair clips and lip gloss.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? What’s meant for you won’t pass you by. Trust the timing of your life.

Favorite backstage memory from fashion week? Best backstage moment was probably before I walked Burberry. Burberry was a big one for me, I’d wanted to walk for them ever since I started.

What’s on your fashion week pump-up playlist? “Get Up 10” by Cardi B and “Ooouuu” by Young M.A. lol.

What’s going through your mind when you’re on the runway/working a presentation? When I’m walking, I’m just thinking about walking to the beat and walk with strength.

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