Mickey Sumner: Generation W

This Brit is making waves.


“I was once the world’s worst model,” jokes the actress Mickey Sumner. The 29-year-old Brit moved to New York in 2004 armed with a spot at Parsons the New School for Design and the intent to model but—like the wayward young women in Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, the 2012 coming-of-age comedy that turned Sumner into a rising star—no long-term plan. “I realized pretty quickly I had another calling,” says Sumner, who was taking acting lessons on the side. This summer she appeared in the gritty AMC crime series Low Winter Sun, and she will play the ultimate misfit who found her way in New York—the artist Patti Smith—in the upcoming film CBGB. “I definitely identify with her as someone who came here to pursue an artistic life—whatever that might mean.”

Generation W

Chloe Grace Moretz

“A good magician never reveals her secrets.”

Calvin Klein Collection pants; (from top) David Yurman necklace, Tiffany & Co. necklace; (from left) David Yurman necklace (worn as a bracelet), Prada bracelet. Beauty note: Brunettes get texture with Sachajuan Dark Volume Powder.

Lea Seydoux

“I like the difficulty of nudity sometimes.”

Léa Seydoux wears a AG Adriano Goldschmied jacket; Valentino pullover; Tiffany & Co. necklace (throughout).

Olivia Bee

“My awkward phase is well documented on an old Flickr page,” Bee confesses. “I don’t show it to anyone.”

Olivia Bee wears a Marc Jacobs sweater; her own nose ring.

Imogen Poots

“I’m not really in a rush to grow up.”

Imogen Poots wears an Isabel Marant tank top; J Brand jeans; her own bracelets.

Kacey Musgraves

“My favorite music is blunt and honest,” Musgraves says.

Kacey Musgraves wears a Chloé blouse; her own nose ring.

Amy Seimetz in 2013. Photo by Craig McDean. Styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera.

Danai Gurira

“Certain women turn into warriors when things are dire.”

Danai Gurira wears a Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons jacket and pants.

Mickey Sumner

“I was once the world’s worst model,” jokes the actress Mickey Sumner.

Mickey Sumner wears a Calvin Klein Underwear T-shirt; Eres bra; Rag & Bone shorts; (from top) Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. necklace, David Yurman necklace.


Hair by Anthony Turner at Art Partner; makeup by Jeanine Lobell for Chanel Beauté; manicures by Megumi Yamamoto for Chanel Beauté. Set design by Piers Hanmer.