The past March, model Mia Rae walked into the W magazine offices with a smile on her face, excited to have her hair shaved off by stylist Owen Gould. Relatively new to the scene, she agreed to get a makeover in the name of fashion — specifically for the "Cult Classics" photoshoot styled by Edward Enninful, in which she poses alongside Ruth Bell and Grace Bol, who also have shaved heads. Originally from a small town in Arizona, Rae had experimented with short hair in the past, and had always wanted a buzz cut. So, when W suggested the look, she didn't need much convincing. “I just go with the flow,” she said. She even bleached her eyebrows a few weeks prior for an editorial job and decided to keep them. Although she had a much edgier look after her "liberating" haircut, she was still smiling when she left.
Describe your look in three words:
Simple, edgy, and unapologetic.
Something you never leave the house without:
Since I moved to New York, I started working with a trainer from my agency and he gave me a workout to do; a lot of elliptical and aerobic exercises. I also do yoga on my own time.
My little trick is the Trader Joe’s tea tree oil face wash.
Where did you get your hair done before the buzz cut?
I got my color done at Cutler and the cut was done at Spoke and Wheel in Los Angeles.
This is kind of a secret, but I really like using kid’s toothpaste that’s like, bubblegum flavored.
Fragrance of choice:
I like to put a little eucalyptus and lavender in a spray bottle and use that.
Best beauty advice from mom:
Always wash your face twice a day and never sleep with makeup on.
Best beauty advice from the professionals:
Know your face.
Kate Moss and Twiggy; the classics.
Are you reading anything right now?
I’ve been doing a lot of reading, mostly in the subway. I just finished “The Alchemist,” and I’ve started all the H.P. Lovecraft horror stories. Also, I’m reading the original Grimm Fairy Tales.
How do you feel with your new haircut?
I mean, my head’s a little chilly, but it feels freeing. It’s liberating. I’ve always wanted to go full-on and shave it, but I’d never had an opportunity to.
Model: Mia Rae at Trump Models.