Making her first official and exclusive debut at Burberry’s SS19 show, Nottingham-based model of Ghanaian, Jamaican and Irish descent, Klarice Hall is a name on the rise. As she took to the runway in recent months, fresh, freckle-faced and head-to-toe in Burberry’s latest collection, she also brought with her a relentless level of drive and a work ethic to be reckoned with.
Beyond castings and her recent whirlwind debut at Burberry, Klarice is, first and foremost, a student. She spends a lot of her time away from her hometown studying at De Montfort University in Leicester – her head nestled between university books as she studies towards a Criminology degree – another love of hers that she tells Miss Vogue she wouldn’t dream of giving up. And if university studies, the stage and three cities doesn’t sound hectic enough, a part-time job in Nando’s ensures that the model is thoroughly kept on her toes with an end-goal in sight.
Despite her busy schedule, Miss Vogue spent a few moments with the student-come-model to talk about careers, future goals, and what she has planned next:
Congratulations on your first show at Burberry. How did it feel to be a part of such a big show as your first runway opportunity?
It was SO overwhelming. I was so happy about it. Being my first time ever walking on a catwalk, it was nerve-wracking, but everyone that I worked with along the way made me feel at ease – such as the guys back at Models1, Adam Hindle, the casting director, and those who work internally at Burberry.
What were your initial feelings at the show?
I was so excited and it inspired me. I knew straight from that moment that I wanted to do more modelling.
Your mother was a model. Can you tell us a little about her modelling career? Did this inspire your own choices when entering the modelling industry?
My mum did modelling from the age of 17. I thought it was cool she did it but I wasn’t really interested in it for myself. As I got older she encouraged me to do it and would always travel to London with me. If it wasn’t for her and the team at Models1, I wouldn’t have gotten these opportunities.
Did your mother give you any advice on how to handle obstacles in the modelling and fashion industry?
She would always say don’t be disheartened if you don’t get picked; never take it personally.
Castings can be quite tough, have you ever had any experiences that you’ve had to overcome?
Burberry was my first ever casting that I did. I was quite nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. The heels that I brought to the casting were too big so I had to borrow a pair from Burberry. The Burberry shoes also didn’t fit and I struggled to walk in them. I feel that’s something that I had to overcome as, in the future, there may be similar situations like that and I’ll have to get on with it and try my best.
In recent years, there have been necessary and proactive talks on the need for more diversity in the industry – would you say these conversations have had a positive impact?
Previously, when hearing the word ‘model’ people would instantly think of someone who was a certain size. Now, more curvier girls are starting to enter the industry, which I think is great. The thought of just being yourself and not having to conform or lose a lot of weight to ‘fit in’ with the modelling industry is positive. This can make people feel comfortable with who they are.
Pushing your modelling career whilst studying at university and working part-time is commendable – how do you find the balance between your work commitments and your studies?
It is very hard to balance my interests. I wanted to study criminology and law so badly, and I’ve worked so hard to get into uni. I’m getting jobs more frequently and I enjoy doing both, so I make time to do both. I love keeping busy.
Criminology and modelling are worlds apart – do you enjoy having two focuses that are so different?
I love the contrast between them. I really enjoy travelling and meeting new people, but then I also love studying and have a real interest in the legal system.
What are your goals for the future?
To travel the world with my modelling career, take on any opportunity that I get given to me and to work my hardest.