Ellia Sophia @ the hive
What's your background / nationality?
I don’ t know too much about my background, what I do know is that I’ m pretty Scandinavian. I just sent in my spit to 23andMe, so I’ ll hopefully be finding out more soon!
You have been spotted on the Gucci catwalk for a couple of seasons now, how was that experience for you?
The experience, already, has changed my life forever. I found out a few days before my prom that I was going to be missing it to fly to Freakin Italy for this casting that I was positive that I wouldn’t get. And then I did, and then I did again!
I was so so so SO nervous before my first show, mostly because I was, and still am, incapable of walking well in heels. My second show was much less stressful, I was wearing flat shoes so I could chill! I’ve had so much fun working with Gucci, Alessandro is a genuinely good hearted person who has changed the world of fashion forever and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world getting to work with him
Tell us something not many know about Ellia?
I tend to be quite an open person, so there is not a lot that I keep hidden from others, but something that not many people know is that I’ve had an undying love of giraffes since I was little. My dad convinced me that I was half giraffe, because it was obviously the only logical explanation for why I was so freakin' tall, and I somehow got myself thinking I could communicate with them. I couldn’t have been more wrong, but I never did stop loving those cuties
If you could fix one global issue, what would it be and why?
I want to leave the earth better than I found it, this, obviously, is close to impossible, but there’s ways that I can help. The damage done by humans to the environment is starting to catch up with us, and we need to clean up our act before it’s too late. I want to end my constant cycle of consuming and producing waste, by cutting out plastic and recycling clothing, etc. Even one person’s efforts help in conserving the planet we love and cherish
Where is home?
Home is Washington State. It has that type of beauty that you know exists no where else. It will remain special to me for the entirety of my life, even when home is somewhere else. I can’ t really describe it well enough to do it justice, you’ ll just have to come visit someday
photography tré + elmaz
styling carlos mangubat
art direction / props ash k halliburton
makeup gabriella floyd
hair niki black