What she might lack in height, she more than makes up for in length of limb and an unrattled, stoic gaze into the camera's lens. When I was in 10 grade I got bullied a lot because I was going through the whole punk thing and had a mohawk, and when you’re going to some private school in the valley with a bunch of kids who all look the same, they just looked at me like, 'Who you? Kids would write things on my locker and I’d tear it down and rip it up, and the kid would be like, 'Oh, I have 20 of those,' and would put another up. I just wanted to go out and do my own thing." Prior to that, Hanna says she doesn't so much have many memories from childhood.Finally I sit down with Hanna Beth amidst several racks of style options in the only private space we can find, and I let her know that whatever treatment for the shoot I wrote prior to today, we can throw it out the window and just wing it. I want to get to know you a little bit," I tell her. so I think it’s definitely a good message to put out there." I ask Hanna Beth what she did growing up, when she was the age of some of her youngest followers. In thinking about that, what was your favorite year when you were a kid? I’d get yelled at in the hallways, 'You’re a fucking poser! "You know, my memory isn’t that good anymore," she laughs, and then sighs.I met these kids when I was in East Hampton for the summer, these local kids that were really punk and had mohawks and I was like, I became really close with them and I just got really into the whole… Through that I became obsessed with fashion and the history of the fashion, and that’s where my love for Vivienne Westwood was born. What you see on the blog, is that what you’ll read in the book or is it all new content? 'Oh, this is how her life is so this must be her.' But for every person there’s a whole other side to them.
I'm a little in awe, being a life-long camera-phobe myself. "I never fit in, I didn’t really have any friends... Kids just didn’t know if I was wearing a bullet proof vest or what was going on.There's that term you might have heard, "owning it," and whatever that means, Hanna Beth is doing it in today's shoot ― one of a dozen or so she'll model for this week alone. Nobody else had a back brace in school, they didn’t understand what was going on. He'd push me into lockers, and be terrible and bully me because of how I was."It sounds like without even realizing it, you were attracted to fashion at a really young age, just trying to find a more interesting thing to wear, even at school, like you sewing your pants to make them skinny jeans." "At 15 I was dealing with a lot of bullying and not fitting in the most.I was going through some personal struggles, and I just needed an outlet and I didn’t know what that was.Her energy's balanced and mellow, so I figure this should be an easy-ish day.
We agree to begin the interview in between wardrobe changes, which gives me some time to observe her transformation in front of the camera.A black lacquer skeleton is riding a Victorian-era chandelier hanging from the middle of the living room ceiling.The walls are papered with ornate illustrations of richly colored exotic birds, spanned by a gorgeous tufted, peacock blue velvet sofa.There's texture and glitter and visual stimulation in every direction, and it's almost too much at once.A nymph-like young woman greets me and points the way to where my subject for the day is waiting.Incredibly petite in stature, precise and delicate in features.