Grace Hartzel is obsessed with oysters and anime

Meet the fashion star who dresses like she's a manga character every day.
November 1, 2017

Grace Hartzel grew up in the American Midwest, was discovered at a Cheesecake Factory at 15, and has since risen to become one of the most in-demand models in the industry. She's a Saint Laurent muse, an editorial star and one of H&M's favorite faces. Although modeling was never Grace's dream job, it has allowed her to express herself through acting, and has definitely made her dreams of making films, performing at festivals and creating art a little easier to reach.

On October 25, Baz Luhrmann's short film celebrating the ERDEM x H&M collection is released worldwide. In it, the fresh-faced 22-year-old feasts and dances to Years and Years' newest single, together with fellow models Imaan Hammam, Saskia De Brauw, Neels Visser and Fernando Cabral.

Thrilled to have her on set in the English countryside, we asked her to fill out our Top Model Secrets questionnaire.

MY FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE…
“Serge Lutens and Sarah Moon.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OF…
“I couldn't tell you.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
“Making music.”

I try to dress everyday like I could be a character from a film or manga series.
Grace Hartzel

MY MODEL ICON IS…
“Nico.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
“Exfoliating.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
“Singing!”

A FICTIONAL CHARACTER I RELATE TO IS…
“Sofie from Howl's Moving Caste, an anime by Studio Ghibli.”

THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A MODEL IS…
“Having patience and keeping your mouth shut, which I don't do well.”

MY GO-TO SONG AT KARAOKE IS…
“Call Me by Blondie or At Last by Etta James.”

THE QUALITY I LIKE MOST IN OTHER PEOPLE IS…
“Humor and respect for others.”

I SMELL LIKE…
“The ocean or the smell of fall.”

MY FAVORITE OFF-DUTY LOOK IS…
“I try to dress everyday like I could be a character from a film or manga series.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
“Oysters.”

ONE THING ON MY BUCKET LIST IS…
“To swim with whales and play at Glastonbury.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“Don't care too much about what you look like and focus on more important things.”

ONE MYTH ABOUT MODELS I WOULD LIKE TO BUST IS…
“Is that we don't eat. We eat a lot!”

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IS…
“Lucien in New York.”

SOMEONE I STALK ON INSTAGRAM IS…
“I don't really stalk anyone on Instagram.”

THE BEST LIFE ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“Don't take anything too seriously.”

Don't care too much about what you look like and focus on more important things.
Grace Hartzel

POST-MODELING, I WOULD LIKE TO…
“Write music and make films.”

MY CHILDHOOD NICKNAME WAS…
“Grey.”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNED…
“Always be yourself.”

MY FAVORITE TV SHOW IS…
“At the moment Rick and Morty or Tim and Eric Awesome Show.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…
“The Erotic Ocean by Jack Rudloe.”

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS…
“To create art in as many ways as possible.”

GRACE HARTZEL

AGE: 22

LIVES IN: New York

AGENCY: Next

DISCOVERED: At 15, when she was out eating at a Cheesecake Factory.

INSTAGRAM: @graciehartzell

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