BEAUTY

Model Mia Rae Joins the Buzz Cut Cult

The new face agreed to have her hair shaved off for the August issue.


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: Chapstick.

Exercise regime: 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.

Skincare routine: 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.

Pharmacy find: 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.

Beauty icons: 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.

Cult Classics for the World’s Top Models

DIVINE WHITE MISSION

Models Lara Stone at IMG, Bella Hadid at IMG, Anna Ewers at Women, Frederikke Sofie at DNA, Jamilla Hoogenboom at Women, Maartje Verhoef at Women, Ondria Hardin at DNA, Jing Wen at Supreme, Julia Hafstrom at IMG wear, from left: Simone Rocha dress. Kenzo dress. Erdem gown. Céline blouse and pants. Céline shirt and pants. Simone Rocha dress and cape. Céline dress and pants. Boss dress, top, and sweater; Anne Fontaine neck piece; Mokuba ribbon. Salvatore Ferragamo dress; Anne Fontaine neck piece; Caroline Constas ruffle collar; Mokuba ribbon. Cornelia James gloves; Falke tights; Dansko shoes (on all).

HEDI’S GATE

Models Ava McAvoy and Grace Bol at Elite. All clothing and accessories Saint Laurent; Wolford tights Beauty note: No need to hide, thanks to Sephora Collection Revitalizing Booster.

HEDI’S GATE

Models Kris Gottschalk at Elite, Tamy Glauser at Marilyn, Mia Rae at Trump. All clothing and accessories Saint Laurent; Wolford tights (on all). Beauty note: No need to hide, thanks to Sephora Collection Revitalizing Booster.

THE ORDER OF ROSE-CRUCIANS

Models Jamie Bochert at The Lions, Katie Moore at Trump, Irina Kravchenko at Women, Lexi Boling at IMG. All dresses, bracelets, and tights Balenciaga. Beauty note: Your complexion will garner a following with AmorePacific Age Correcting Foundation Cushion.

THE ORDER OF ROSE-CRUCIANS

Models Jamie Bochert at The Lions, Katie Moore at Trump, Irina Kravchenko at Women, Lexi Boling at IMG. All dresses, tights, and shoes Balenciaga.

BLACK ROSE MINISTRY

Models Issa Lish at Muse, Julia Nobis at DNA, Bella Hadid at IMG, Jamie Bochert at The Lions, Lexi Boling at IMG, Irina Shayk at The Lions wear, from left: Calvin Klein Collection dress; Bijou Van Ness headpiece; Cornelia James gloves. Marc Jacobs sweater and skirt. Fendi blouse and dress; Worth & Worth by Orlando Palacios hat; Cornelia James gloves. Marc Jacobs dress. Marc Jacobs sweatshirt, blouse, and skirt; Bijou Van Ness headpiece. Sacai blouson and skirts; Bijou Van Ness headpiece; Oscar de la Renta belt. Wolford tights; Marc Jacobs boots (on all).

BLACK ROSE MINISTRY

Model Karen Elson at The Lions wears Molly Goddard dresses; Bijou Van Ness headpiece; Cornelia James gloves; Marc Jacobs boots. Beauty note: Bring cheeks back to life with Burberry Limited Edition London With Love Palette.

THE WAY INTERNATIONAL

Models Irina Shayk at The Lions, Anna Ewers at Women, Bella Hadid at IMG, Lexi Boling at IMG, Jamie Bochert at The Lions, Avery Blanchard at IMG, Joan Smalls at IMG, Marland Backus at New York Models, Julia Nobis at DNA. Clockwise, from front, center: Michael Kors Collection blouse and skirt. Dior coat and turtleneck. Stella McCartney blouse and skirt. DKNY jacket, shirt, and pants. Proenza Schouler coat, top, and pants. Loewe dress. Jil Sander jacket, top, and skirt. Boss jacket, top, and pants. Giorgio Armani cape, shirt, and pants. Falconiere bonnets; Falke tights; Birkenstock sandals (on all). Beauty note: For a heavenly complexion, try L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Brightening Peel Pads.

GIVENCHY IDENTITY SOCIETY

Model Joan Smalls at IMG wears Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci jackets, turtleneck, and shorts; Tuleste rings; Altuzarra boots; stylist’s own earrings. Beauty note: Look like you worship the sun, with Estée Lauder Limited Edition Gelée Bronzer.

GIVENCHY IDENTITY SOCIETY

Models Lineisy Montero at Next, Amilna Estevao at The Society wear, from left: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci jackets, turtleneck, shorts, and boots. Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci jackets, turtleneck, shorts, and belt; Tuleste rings; Altuzarra boots. Stylist’s own earrings (on both).

DENIM REALIZATION MOVEMENT

Models Anna Ewers at Women, Lara Stone at IMG, Ondria Hardin at DNA, Frederikke Sofie at DNA, Jamilla Hoogenboom at Women wear, from left: Miu Miu coat, shirt, and skirt. Miu Miu jacket, cardigan, and skirt. Sonia Rykiel dress and belt. Roberto Cavalli coat. Miu Miu jacket and skirt. RetroSuperFuture glasses; Reebok sneakers (on all).

GOLDEN DAWN

Models Kris Gottschalk at Elite, Marland Backus at New York Models, Ruth Bell at The Society, Frederikke Sofie at DNA, Ondria Hardin at DNA, Harleth Kuusik at The Society, Julia Nobis at DNA, Jamilla Hoogenboom at Women, Lexi Boling at IMG. Front: Lanvin dress. Middle row, from left: Valentino dress and turtleneck. Valentino dress. Hermès dress; LaCrasia Gloves gloves. Bottega Veneta dress and top. Back row, from left: The Row dress. Valentino dress. Proenza Schouler dress. Beauty note: Brighten up with Jane Iredale BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer.

CHILDREN OF MIUCCIA

Models Lara Stone at IMG, Irina Shayk at The Lions, Karen Elson at The Lions, Anna Ewers at Women, Bella Hadid at IMG. All clothing, accessories, tights, and shoes Prada. Beauty note: Let L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation lock in your look.

ONENESS PANTECOSTAL

Models Irina Kravchenko at Women, Lexi Boling at IMG, Jamilla Hoogenboom at Women. All clothing and shoes Jacquemus. Beauty note: Free your hair with Shu Uemura Essence Absolue.

TRANSPARENT MEDITATION

Models Mia Rae at Trump, Tamy Glauser at Marilyn, Ava McAvoy at Elite, Ruth Bell at The Society, Grace Bol at Elite. Clockwise, from front, right: Missoni dresses. Gucci gown. Chloé dress; Hue socks; Valentino Garavani shoes. Carolina Herrera gown. Chloé top and skirt.

FOUNDATION OF FASHION UNDERSTANDING

Models Irina Shayk at The Lions, Li Xiaoxing at Women, Bella Hadid at IMG, Greta Varlese at The Society, Grace Bol at Elite, Lexi Boling at IMG, Joan Smalls at IMG, Mia Rae at Trump, Kris Gottschalk at Elite, Tamy Glauser at Marilyn, Leila Goldkuhl at Next, Julia Hafstrom at IMG, Ruth Bell at The Society. Front row, from left: Fenty Puma by Rihanna top, hat, and briefs; Hood by Air boots. Hood by Air jacket and skirt; Vetements boots. Fenty Puma by Rihanna dress and hoodie; Vetements hat; DKNY boots. Second row, from left: Vetements hoodie, sweatpants, and boots. Fenty Puma by Rihanna hoodie; American Apparel beanie; Alexander Wang choker; Diesel Black Gold boots. Vetements jacket, hoodie, and boots. Yeezy Season 3 jacket and pants; Hood by Air boots. Third row, from left: Fenty Puma by Rihanna hoodie and pants; Hood by Air boots. Hood by Air jacket and boots; Fenty Puma by Rihanna hoodie. Hood by Air jacket and boots.

GHESQUIERE’S WITNESSES

Models Issa Lish at Muse, Fei Fei Sun at Women, Jing Wen at Supreme. All clothing and earrings Louis Vuitton. Beauty note: Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry will make your hair obey.

CRIMSON FAMILY FELLOWSHIP

Models Issa Lish at Muse, Daan van der Deen at Soul, Ava McAvoy at Elite, Katie Moore at Trump, Kris Gottschalk at Elite, Tamy Glauser at Marilyn, Mia Rae at Trump, Greta Varlese at The Society, Grace Bol at Elite, Lexi Boling at IMG, Joan Smalls at IMG, Bella Hadid at IMG, Jamie Bochert at The Lions, Cameron Kelley at Red, Karen Elson at The Lions, Fei Fei Sun at Women. On female models, clockwise, from front, left: Marni tunic. American Apparel hoodie; Hood by Air trousers. Stella McCartney dress. Dress from Alias Costume Rental, New York. Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh coat. Dress from Alias Costume Rental, New York. Madame Grès gown from Southpaw, New York. Dress from Alias Costume Rental, New York. Chanel dress. Hood by Air top. Simone Rocha dress. Chanel jacket and skirt. Rosamosario robe. Gucci gown. Chanel pullover, skirt, and scarf. Chanel coat. Chanel dress and scarf. Simone Rocha dress and gloves. Chanel jacket and dress. Burberry dress. Chanel dress and hat. G.H. Bass & Co. shoes (on all).

Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Models Grace Bol at Elite, Tamy Glauser at Marilyn, Ava McAvoy at Elite, Ruth Bell at The Society, Mia Rae at Trump wear, from left: Chloé top and skirt. Chloé dress. Carolina Herrera gown. Missoni dresses. Gucci gown.

Hair by Shay Ashual at Art Partner; makeup by Isamaya Ffrench for Yves Saint Laurent Beauty at Streeters; manicures by Naomi Yasuda for Dior at Streeters. Set design by Andrea Stanley at Streeters. Models: Frederikke Sofie, Julia Nobis, and Ondria Hardin at DNA Model Management; Ava McAvoy, Grace Bol, and Kris Gottschalk at Elite; Avery Blanchard, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, Julia Hafstrom, Lara Stone, and Lexi Boling at IMG Models; Irina Shayk, Jamie Bochert, and Karen Elson at the Lions NY; Tamy Glauser at Marilyn Agency; Issa Lish at Muse Management; Leila Goldkuhl, Lineisy Montero, and Odette Pavlova at Next Management; Marland Backus and Sarah Brannon at New York Model Management; Cameron Kelley at Red; Yuri Pleskun at Request Model Management; Amilna Estevao, Greta Varlese, Harleth Kuusik, and Ruth Bell at the Society Management; Daan Van Der Deen and Kit Butler at Soul Artist Management; Jing Wen at Supreme Management; Katie Moore and Mia Rae at Trump Models; Anna Ewers, Fei Fei Sun, Irina Kravchenko, Jamilla Hoogenboom, Li Xiaoxing, and Maartje Verhoef at Women Management.

Produced by Red Hook Labs; Executive Producer: Simon Malivindi; Line Producer: Sara Mouzayanni; Production Coordinators: Peter Schwab, Dion Olivier. Digital Technicians: Niccolo Pacilli, Jeronimo de Moraes; Photography Assistants: Sinclair Jaspard Mandy, Pawel Woznicki, Kevin Jude, Michael Didyoung; Fashion Assistants: Ryann Foulke, Dena Giannini, Sam Walker, Anita Lau, Nataleigh LaLonde, Lauren Bensky, Ava Ravich, Alyssa Pena, Paige Viti; Hair Assistants: Taichi Saito, Sean Mikael, Shu Yamaga, Rebekah Calo, Adlena Dignam, Taylor Bond, Levi Monarch; Makeup Assistants: Laura Stiassni, Kate Romanoff, Kumi Hosoda, Andrew Colvin, Miriam Robstad, Marie Schumacher, Ryo Kuramoto, Satsuki Soma; Manicure Assistants: Tracy Kawaii, Naoko Saita; Production Assistants: Ted Gusek, Kevin Doherty, Miles Soboleski, Kevin Warner, Greg De Seve, Michael Follen, Kyle Brown, Jacob Lavin, Phoebe Chung.

1/19

Model: Mia Rae at Trump Models.