A YEAR AFTER SIGNING WITH KEVLAR ROSE, WE SPEAK WITH ONE OF ATLANTA’S RISING FRESH FACES—INDIA MITCHELL
COCAINE PRETTI : Who is Indi? You’re a model and an artist?
INDI : I’ve been drawing. A girl taught me how to draw a person, she gave me the basic setup. I would be in my dad’s office and he would tell me I need to do something other than sitting around. So I started to draw, but I wasn’t taking it serious. After senoir year, I started working on my technique and went from there.
CP : What about modeling, how did that start?
INDI : My mom has been trying to get me to model since I was young. We went to a casting call where the director asked me if I really wanted to be a model, I said no. [laughs] After a while, my mom started pitching me to agencies and my dad would do practice shoots with me. I’ve always modeled, but not as serious until now.
CP : Now you like modeling and you’re taking it serious enough to feel this is what you’d like to do. How did you begin with Kevlar Rose?
INDI : I was selling merch at a pop up shop and Victorya bought some of it. She pitched the idea of working together and a few days later, we did a shoot. From there, our working relationship grew.
CP : How do you feel about your development as a model? People think modeling is so easy, but it’s so much more work than they realize. I see what models are doing on set and how that translates into a still image, into a full editorial story. A lot of people don’t understand that. Like how we were on set for this feature editorial and I told you to give me Missy Elliot I Can’t Stand the Rain and you said “Wait, Whaaatt?” [laughs] Do you think that’s a hard part of modeling, being able to translate direction into movement?
INDI : For me, yes. I’m not sure how the bigger models started out, but I’m more to myself. After a while though, I get used it.
VICTORYA, Founder of Kevlar Rose Agency : I will say the way we get that movement out at the agency is taking a dance class. Right after the dance class, I’ll give them a pose session. This is the way we were moving our bodies in the dance class, this is the way you should move it on set. Those things help with getting into the groove of things.
CP : How do you like working with an agency that’s so hands on?
INDI : I like that shes with me at shoots and things like that. I feel like if I wasn’t working with her then I wouldn’t be pushed to reach my full potential.
CP : Have you worked with other people on set?
INDI : Not yet.
VICTORYA, Founder of Kevlar Rose : I really want to focus on development. I want to make sure she understands her body movements and vibes on set so when they ask for Missy Elliot I can’t stand the rain, she understands that means to give different high levels and really go crazy.
CP : I know you do editorial, but could you see yourself doing runway as well?
INDI : Yeah. My worst fear is falling and not knowing what to do afterwards, just feeling embarrassed.
CP : Where do you want to see yourself one to two years from now as a model?
INDI : I’m just playing it by ear. I hope it’s somewhere big, but I don’t know.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CARMEN DANESHMANDI
WARDROBE STYLIST: KRISTINA ASKEROVA
CREATIVE DIRECTION: PRETTI MEDIA
MUA: FRANCESCA BENIQUEZ
AGENCY: KEVLAR ROSE