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Model DNA: Dree Hemingway

We play 20 questions with the blonde beauty while she chats fashion, style and why no place is better than home.

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Model DNA: Dree Hemingway

You would think Dree Hemmingway would be exactly the kind of girl us women would love to hate. Strike one: Her impressive lineage. Dree’s great-great grandfather is the literary world’s most beloved writer; plus, her mother Mariel is a famous Hollywood regular. She could ride those laurels for all they’re worth and pull a Paris; but wait, there’s more. Strike two: Her exacting beauty. Picture glossy blonde hair that resembles spun gold, alabaster skin that would make a porcelain doll cringe with envy and, lest us not forget, the perfect model frame: Tall, lithe and unspeakably flawless. These attributes have given her serious play on some of the fashion world’s most notorious runways (Valentino and Givenchy, to name a few) plus coveted ad campaigns with Abercrombie & Fitch and Mango; but the truth is, beyond the pedigree and the aesthetics of this aspiring model lies a deeply sincere girl-next-door who doesn’t take the business of beauty too seriously. What’s not to like about that?

While in Madrid, ELLECanada.com played tagalong with Dree at the Mango spring 2010 runway show. Hear what she has to say about mass-market style, her new It-girl status and why modeling was never in her fashion forecast.

Why pursue a career in fashion
It was just a feeling I had, a mood I wanted to explore. I love how your sense of style can portray who you are, how it can define you in some ways.

Who or what inspires you People inspire me. I grew up watching a lot of old movies and always loved Catherine and Audrey Hepburn. Their sense of fashion was so classic, and still timeless today.

Favourite fashion designer
Franciso Costa at Calvin Klein.

Next runway you would like to walk
Oscar de la Renta.

First modeling gig
It was an ad campaign with DKNY. I was so shocked to be there and know that this was my new job. It was so major. Going into the wardrobe room and seeing all of the clothes: I just wanted everything!

Describe your personal style
Eclectic, but not extreme. I’m not into grunge, but I like to play around with classic pieces and mix with something more “street.”

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