After weeks of hounding Lottie Moss’s agents to nail down an interview time, when I finally do get the elusive British teen on the telephone, she is refreshingly chatty and happy to talk about almost anything. Favorite subjects in school: history, English, and P.E. She likes the Tudor period, doesn’t like to read books, and goes to the gym nearly every day—20 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes of abs. Sport of choice: horseback riding. “I wear a Jack Wills polo and I have a whip,” she deadpans. Crush: Justin Bieber. “He’s amazing. Oh, my God, I can’t even choose a favorite song!” Accessory she can’t live without: scrunchies. Come again? “They’re really good! I get them at [U.K. fast-fashion store] River Island and vintage places,” she says. Designer shop she would raid if money were no object: Christian Louboutin. “My dream would be to have all his shoes, but I can’t afford any because I don’t have a job, and I can’t make my parents pay for that.” Shops she actually shops at: Selfridges, Peter Jones, Topshop. Most prized possession: “The bridesmaid dress I got for Kate’s wedding, which is Stella McCartney.” She hasn’t had occasion to wear it since, but she parades around her bedroom in it every now and then. Which brings us to the one topic that is categorically off the table: Kate.
“Write what you want, but she will not answer any Kate questions,” Lottie’s management tells me. (She is represented by Storm, the same model agency that famously scouted Kate at an airport when she was 14 and has guided her career ever since.) When your half sister is the most famous model on the planet and you are launching a career in the same field, such a request is a difficult one—and yet understandable. Lottie is, after all, her own person, right down to her closet, which is surprisingly lacking in handme– down spoils. She dresses like a typical teen, citing black Topshop jeans, a leather jacket, and Chelsea boots as her uniform of choice when she isn’t wearing her actual school uniform. She lives in the countryside and fantasizes about traveling to America, saying, “I hear L.A. is cool.” That said, the elephant in the room is somewhat unavoidable. For starters, there’s the face: heart-shaped, punctuated with wide-set feline eyes, pointy nose, gap-toothed pout, and mega cheekbones. Ring any bells? When I ask Lottie what inspired her to become a model, she responds with a resounding duh: “Well, it kind of runs in the family. Kate was a massive part of why I started.” She cites her favorite Kate image as an iconic photograph by Corinne Day, taken when the elder Moss was about Lottie’s age.
Since she was inadvertently discovered at Kate’s 2011 wedding when she was a doe-eyed 13, media interest in Lottie has swelled. Until this year, she denied all photo shoot and interview requests—parents’ orders. Perhaps having learned from previous experience, Lottie’s mom and dad (Lottie and Kate share the same father) insisted she focus on her studies. In fact, Lottie says, “Teen Vogue is my first proper job!” As for her own career path, Lottie thinks she’s too short for runway (she’s a pixie five foot five), but she would love to work with Mario Testino, one day land a Vogue cover, and eventually segue into fashion journalism.
“I’d really like to work at Teen Vogue,” she insists. “You are obsessed with The Hills,” her agent interjects. “I loveThe Hills!” Lottie affirms. “I find it so funny—Heidi and Spencer. I’m definitely a Lauren Conrad fan. Watching them all work and everything they did…” she says, trailing off. “It’s just really fun and interesting.” There you have it. Gorgeous younger sister of Kate Moss would like to apply for a job at Teen Vogue. Modeling just a fallback.