In an industry driven by normalised beauty conventions, Kayla Scott stands out. And it’s not just because of her signature box cut and striking androgyny.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New Yorker Kayla soared to fame after a chance email to Ford Models got her noticed. Within weeks she was on set with British it-models Cara Delevigne, Jourdan Dunn and Binx Walton. With her pioneering look she’s since booked campaigns and walked for Balmain, Tom Ford and featured on the cover of Italian Vogue. Now, she features as the face of the Woolworths Summer 2017 beauty campaign.
A strong advocate for black models in the industry, Kayla is outspoken and optimistic about the recent increase in faces of colour on covers and catwalks. For perspective, of 3875 models booked for the Spring 2016 season, only 797 were models of colour.
Kayla credits her city upbringing with her determined attitude – in New York, she says, you make your own opportunities. In an industry where the norm is so narrowly defined, it’s refreshing to see a model challenging the mean across the board.