Lucan Gillespie on Vogue Magazine “Gucci’s Real-Life Rapunzel was scouted at her local supermarket)

Photo: Sofia Malamute

When it comes to casting, Gucci is known for its unorthodox beauties. Designer Alessandro Michele and casting directors Barbara Nicoli and Leila Ananna seek out faces with charm and unexpected backstories. From dancer turned model Alton Mason to actress-models like Hari Nef and Sedona Legge, the brand values personality—something its latest star has in spades. Breezing down the runway at today’s C’était un Rendez-vous–inspired show was English newcomer Lucan Gillespie. With her heart-shaped sunglasses and waist-length blonde waves, Gillespie was impossible to miss, but that cutesy exterior belies her artistic temperament.

Lucan at Gucci
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A budding photographer, Gillespie’s time in front of the camera helped introduce her to her true passion. “After my first shoot, I was so inspired I picked up a camera for the first time and discovered a huge part of me,” shared Gillespie pre–Fashion Week. “I love all the new experiences—not just the opportunity to travel but also to see all the amazing jobs that people in this industry do!” That first shoot was an auspicious introduction. After being scouted at her local supermarket in Fulham, London, she headed straight into the pages of Vogue’s December 2013 issue: a Tim Walker–lensed photoshoot alongside British superstar Edie Campbell. Being on set with Walker, whose fairy-tale shoots have the production values of a movie, was quite the experience. “I’m always surprised by the crazy characters you get to create and sometimes [pose] with, like the 5-foot-tall bee for Tim Walker on my first-ever shoot,” she said. It also brought her into a world she had long admired. “When I was younger I wanted to be a fashion designer,” Gillespie recalled. In fact, she channeled her early aspirations into making miniature pieces at home. “My mum would help me make clothes for my dolls!”

Photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue, December 2013

Since then, Gillespie has balanced living a normal teenage life with occasionally working for some of the biggest brands in existence. She captured the attention of Louis Vuitton, who booked her for a worldwide exclusive for Fall 2015. With Spring 2018 serving as her first full season, Gillespie has unsurprisingly emerged as an in-demand beauty, walking for Anna Sui, Simone Rocha, Burberry, and now Gucci. While going from New York to London and Milan sounds hectic, Gillespie isn’t complaining. “I don’t really have any crazy stories—yet!” she said.

With Gucci under her belt, Gillespie is clearly headed for a moment, but in the meantime she’s having fun just acting her age. Currently teaching herself guitar, volunteering in her local charity shop after school, and honing her photography skills, she’s eager to work with personal heroes like editorial legend Steven Meisel. Until that moment comes, Gillespie is content to take things one day at a time. “[It’s challenging] how resilient you have to be, but my dad is always giving me great advice,” said Gillespie. “One of my favorites is, ‘What’s for you will not go by you!’”

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