IN CONVERSATION|LEIGH KIMMINS
How did you get discovered?
I got scouted on the way to a gallery, I thought the guy wanted directions so I was surprised to hear him say I look like a model!
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I was studying in university and do cleaning on the weekend as a side job.
People would be surprised to know that I...
got a twin sister who has always been known as the good looking one! I also have three other sisters, two of which are also twins, so two sets of twins!
What's your latest obsession?
Instagram, I like to cook, also my girlfriend is an amazing cook so I am trying to get to her level.
Your most prize possession?
I have a stuff toy that I've had since the day I was born. My dog also means the world to me, he got nothing but love to give!
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, footballers from Manchester United. I met David Beckham already (through modeling) so that was an amazing moment. Also, I think every young boy looks up to their dad, he was so tall, so fast, so wise. So, I looked up to him!
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
Probably five minutes ago to my girlfriend!
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Talkative, Considerate and Upbeat
Describe your personal style:
Always changing. I like slim fit sort of slick looks but I also like kind of baggy and long stuff. I see something that I like and I buy it. My wardrobe is a mixed bag!
Your favorite place you have travel to:
China. It's a magical country. This time last year I was in a place called Tianducheng, a replica of Paris and now I am sitting here (doing this blog interview) in Paris. The real deal is also as beautiful as the one in China!
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Django Unchained—Scene: When Jamie Foxx said, "I like the way you die boy." It's so slick. Or the scene in Into The Wild when Alexander Supertramp dies is pretty poignant!
Your favorite sport:
Team: Manchester United
Player: Anthony Martial
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Irealand—If you visited my hometown in Ireland, I would show you the country side, it has such a serenity and calmness about it that I find in myself whenever I am truly relaxed or at ease. I would also show you my street, it's really working class but it represents me, I am the product of my environment.
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
A show about interaction with the public, trying to surprise random passers by to get interesting reactions. Theme song: This Must be The Place by Talking Heads
Craziest thing you ever did:
There are too many, I can't remember them. I fought a shark though or the time I jumped into a chinese fountain fully clothed in a huge city, I needed to cool down. China is very hot!
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
Happiness for my family, it sounds cheesy but I think deep down that's what everybody wants!
Wilhelmina Models (London)
MODEL|Leigh Kimmins|Wilhelmina Models (London)
Special thanks to the men's board at Wilhelmina Models (London); Leigh for coming by to visit JTC in Paris during Paris Men's Fashion Week!
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