This Week's Model: Heidi Mount
When it comes to fashion fairy godmothers, a girl couldn’t ask for anyone better than Karl Lagerfeld. Just ask Heidi Mount. The long and lanky chameleon began modeling in 2003, but it wasn’t until the designer came calling that Mount really hit the big time. Since opening and closing the spring 2009 Chanel show, the Utah native (seen here in Chanel’s 2008 resort campaign) replaced the fabulous Claudia Schiffer as the face of the house and went on to land a slew of other campaigns including spring 2009 Alexander McQueen and fall 2009 Dolce & Gabbana. Little known fact: The 22-year-old Mount, a young wife and mother, is also quite prolific on Twitter. (Right before this interview she posted, “sitting in bed doing an interview over the phone. If I could always be this comfortable at work.”)
Chanel’s spring 2009 ad campaign.
What’s it like working with Karl Lagerfeld?
I would consider him a friend. He definitely gives me advice—like, if I suggest something about work, he’ll tell me whether he agrees with it or not. As for life, he’s done a lot and been through a lot, so he gives me tidbits on friends, what kind of people should be in your life and what to do with yourself. My favorite is when he has told me about people he trusted and whether that it turned out good or bad.
You live in the East Village—what are your neighborhood hangouts?
Right now, I like this Mexican restaurant called San Loco that’s a little hole in the wall. There’s a couple of them in the city, but I go to the one right by Thompson Square Park. I also go to Café Pick Me Up a lot. They have a really good vegetable pizza.
You have a bike, right?
I was really anti-bike for a long time but my husband talked me into getting him a bike. Then when he got one, I wanted to ride too. I don’t like to ride through the city because that makes me nervous, but I go to East End Park and other places.
Dolce & Gabbana’s fall/winter 2009 ad campaign.
You’ve got almost 2,000 followers on Twitter. How did you get hooked?
I started in August because I had a Facebook account that I opened so my family and friends back home could see pictures of my son, but then I started getting all these requests from people I didn’t know, and I just couldn’t reject anyone. So I messaged all those people and told them that I didn’t want to be rude and that I was getting on Twitter. This way I pick and choose what I want people to know.
Tell us how you spend your free time.
I have such a TV problem. I really like Desperate Housewives and Dexter right now. I’m also trying to get everyone to watch Cash Cab on the Discovery Channel. It reminds me a bit of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in a cab. I love when he picks up drunk people in the middle of the night. It’s hysterical. I love to watch some Maury and to dance to Britney Spears while I’m cleaning.
From left, Bally’s fall/ winter 2008 ad campaign; Armani’s fall/ winter 2008 ad campaign.
Any other hobbies?
I’ve also started knitting recently. I’m a very fidgety person, so I always have to have do something with my hands. I just taught myself from a book, and I feel like I’ve picked up pretty quickly. During the shows, I was handing scarves out to everyone because I had too many! I’m working on a dress right now that I’m enjoying.
Could this be the beginning of your own fashion line?
Oh no, no, no!
What are you other career plans then?
I try not to think about it too much, but one thing I’d really like to try to be an aesthetician. I’m a zit popper and I enjoy it, so I’ve looked into it.
I do it on my husband all the time.
Chanel’s spring 2009 ad campaign.
Photos: WWD staff
Check back next Tuesday for the next installment of “The Skinny.” Read our previous model Q&As