From opening the show for Alexander Wang’s SS11 collection to debuting a sharp and short pixie crop courtesy of Guido, Britt Maren is a well-travelled model with an enviable lifestyle to match, constantly catching our attention with her nonchalant and cool outlook on life. This month we speak to the model of the moment about her lifestyle essentials.
Where would you like to go visit in 2014?
My wedding and honeymoon will be in 2014, and I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand. We are starting the honeymoon planning process now, and there are so many great places to visit!
Which book changed your life and why?
I can’t think of a book that really changed my life, but I am currently enjoying books by or about Ernest Hemingway. I’ve read The Garden of Eden, A Moveable Feast, A Farewell to Arms, and The Paris Wife, about his first wife, Hadley. It’s really interesting to read about Paris during that time as well.
You’re originally from Houston, Texas. What is the best thing about Houston?
The best thing about Houston, Texas for me is my family and friends. I love getting to come home and see them from time to time. Southern hospitality is great, and so is the food and drink!
What’s your most memorable party from 2013 and why?
My most memorable party from 2013 would probably be either one of my engagement parties! I got engaged to my (now) fiancé in November, and we had the opportunity to celebrate both here in NYC with friends, and also in Texas.
What’s your idea of the perfect night in?
My idea of a perfect night in would include candles, a nice bottle of wine, a delicious home-cooked meal (by my fiancé, who is a chef) and a totally indulgent dessert to finish!
Which song or artist is on repeat on your iPod right now?
I always love Justin Timberlake’s music, but I also enjoy listening to old classic Soul from Otis Redding & Al Green.
When are you at your happiest?
I’m at my happiest when I’m surrounded by people who I truly care about and who care about me equally as much.
You’ve travelled all over the world. Which cultures have you been inspired by and why?
I’ve always been inspired by Spanish culture. I spent a few months in Barcelona, and I would love to go back. I studied Spanish at school, so I was able to understand and pick up a lot. I think if I spent more time there, the language would come back quite easily. I also love Spanish cuisine, how meals are such an important part of the day, not just something rushed and on-the-go. The architecture and beaches are also gorgeous!
Which three items do you always keep in your handbag?
Three items that are always in my handbag are my iPhone, lip moisturiser of some sort (Rosebud Salve or Aquaphor), and my Rag & Bone sunglasses.
How were you discovered?
I originally started modeling at a local agency in my hometown of Houston, Texas. I really got my breakthrough when I signed with Women and got the opportunity to work alongside Alexander Wang the week leading up to his SS11 show. I found out shortly before the show that I would be wearing the opening look, which was such an honour! Soon after, Guido cut my hair into the pixie cut, and I went platinum blonde for the Balenciaga show. Since then, things have been very busy and I’m very grateful.
What is your most memorable modeling moment?
My most memorable modeling moment would have to be when I got the opportunity to open Alexander Wang’s SS11 show. It totally jumpstarted my career, and it was such an honour to be a part of such a wonderful show.
Who are your favourite designers?
My favorite designers are Acne, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, and Isabel Marant.
Which trend will you be wearing from SS14?
Trends from SS14 that I will be wearing are sheers, chiffons and pleats.