Join Date: October 2010
Re: Interview with Kelsey Olson
I have read countless marvellous interviews and essays on the forum over this past year, but without question, hands down, my favourite item was this three-part Kelsey Olson profile. Kelsey is my favourite model, so that helps, but I also adore Disney, so to read about this storybook princess being interviewed right underneath the battlements of a fairy-tale castle was utterly perfect. I could picture the whole afternoon in my mind.
The profile explored many rich themes, but I also enjoyed the moments of humour. This was a cute exchange where the interviewer played off Kelsey's remarkable humility:
“What about your all-time favourite picture?” I asked. “If you had to choose one photograph to take with you to the grave…”
“I don’t know. It just depends,” she decided—and then added something that made my ears prick up: “They’re all really pretty. That’s what I think I like so much about modelling—because I love photography, so it’s a nice…”
What was this? Had I just heard Kelsey give her work a compliment, saying that all of her images were “really pretty”?
“I loved hearing that,” I told her. “Hearing you say that all of your picture are really pretty.”
“No, no, no, no!” she jumped in. “I meant…! That’s not what I… That’s not what I meant! I mean, like, the picture…”
“You do know that I’m going to single out that quote when I format the interview, don’t you?”
“No, don’t do that! Don’t do that!” She had to make sure that not even a trace of conceit could be deduced from her words.
“All of my pictures are really pretty…” I spelled out slowly, as if transcribing her statement.
“No, that’s not what I—”
“All of them,” I repeated.
“No, I… Oh, my gosh. That’s really horrible. I didn’t mean it like that.”
“But you should,” I exhorted her.
“No, I just like the teamwork of it,” she insisted.
“Yes, it’s all coming together,” I uttered in a mock-Machiavellian voice.
Kelsey chuckled. “Oh, man.” But I could tell that she knew that I was just kidding with her.
I hope 2011 brings with it many, many new campaigns and test from Kelsey (just like that gorgeous
swimwear image, for example).