Selah Marley Is the Next Marley to Watch

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The November 2017 issue of Vanity Fair features Selah Marley, the 18-year-old model and daughter of musician Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley (son of Bob Marley) stressing that this young woman is poised to take over the fashion world. Derek Blasberg writes:

If this face looks familiar, it’s because Selah is the spitting image of her mother. In 1999, she was less than a year old when Hill took home five Grammys, including for best R&B album and album of the year, for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. As a young teen, Selah wanted to model and did some test shoots, but Hill kept her in school. Then, last year, the floodgates opened and she took a leave of absence from N.Y.U. in March. “I got handed all of these amazing opportunities, especially travel opportunities. College takes serious dedication—you can’t just half-ass it. Honestly, I don’t think I was ready for that.”

What she was ready for were Kanye West and Karl Lagerfeld, having appeared in the last two Yeezy shows and on Chanel’s catwalk at the Hôtel Ritz in Paris. (She’s also been in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Rag & Bone, and Ivy Park, Beyoncé’s activewear brand.)

Growing up next to her mother’s spotlight didn’t seem to prep her for meeting her fashion idols. “There’s only a few people, like Karl and Kanye, that will leave me legitimately star-struck,” she says. “I’m sure [Kanye] and my mom have met, but I’d never met him. The last show, my heart felt like it was about to fall out of my chest, but I just had to tell him, ‘Yo, honestly, you’re one of my biggest inspirations!’ ”

Hill’s her “best friend,” and her mother’s career advice has been simple: “Remain tactful.” But her greatest gift to a career in fashion? Genetics. “People have told me my whole life I look just like her. That’s great news because she still looks good. Not a wrinkle in sight!”

[Photograph above: Selah Marley by Jennifer Livingston.]

For original article, see https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/10/selah-marley-it-girl

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