Phlegmatic and Flemish Or: My conversation with one of the world’s top models
I knew it was going to be a different kind of interview when I asked Hanne Gaby Odiele if I could ask her some questions backstage at the
Giambattista Valli show in Paris today.
“Me? For what?” answered the Belgian catwalker as she was getting a pre-makeup massage for her next runway outing. It turned out to be one of her more loquacious responses. To wit:
How many shows have you been in this season? “I don’t know. I don’t count.”
What has been the highlight so far here at Paris Fashion Week? “My facial massage backstage.”
What has been the low point? “Waking up at 5 in the morning.”
Then she kindly offered… “I’m the worst person for interviews. I really don’t know.”
Where are you going after Paris? “I really don’t know.”
Where is home base? “I don’t know.” Thankfully, the makeup artist who was preparing her for the show stepped in: “She lives in New York, and she is from Belgium.” Odiele: “Oh, stop it!” Makeup artist: “And she’s very cool. She wears very cool outfits. She wears this Jil Sander hat a lot.” Odiele: “I wore it once.”
What are you wearing today? “Some clothes. A jacket. A bag. I am wearing a bag. I found it. And that’s about it. Thank you.” (Let’s just say she doesn’t live up to her middle name.) Here’s how she looked on the runway!