Thursday, 5 June 2014

BEAUTY OF THE WEEK: Shena Moulton on the glamorous life, her Waterhouse roots, and living single

WALK THIS WAY: The model rules the catwalk at Kenzo's Spring 2010 show.

For Shena Moulton, it seems as if it were only yesterday that she was strolling, barefoot, at her family home in Waterhouse, Kingston, enjoying the easy pace of island life. But while she has absolutely no intention of neglecting her Jamaican heritage, a quick reality check bears the stark reminder that the budding supermodel’s life du jour is one that name-checks the fashion capitals of the world (Milan, London, New York, Paris) with increasing regularity.

“My kind of life now is very high-energy, everything is about being on the go,” shares the leggy 20-year-old Saint International star, who oozes a striking mix of Jessica White’s “fierceness” and Jaunel McKenzie’s girl-next-door cool. “I’m back in New York now doing castings, and I think I’m supposed to be going to Barcelona soon.”

Thanks to their jobs and fast-paced lifestyles, Shena Moulton and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have morphed into global citizens but, even so, Waterhouse will always be their home sweet home. “I always look forward to spending time with my mommy and all of my siblings,” Shena says. “It brings me so much joy in my heart when I see my mommy smiling.”

As we speak, Shena has only moments ago stepped off the catwalk at Style Week Jamaica’s Fashionblock in New Kingston, perched on staggeringly high heels that make her a towering presence to behold.

By her own admission, she lives for the glam, the adrenaline rush, and the sheer thrill that come with walking in shows like Fashionblock each season. “It always feels good to come back home to the excitement of Style Week,” she reports enthusiastically. “Walking down that long catwalk? Amazing.”

As the other models make a beeline for the white changing-room tents, we dish about maintaining her A-class appearance (“Lots of water. I always use aloe vera with sugar and honey on my face.”); making time for culture (“I’ve started reading a lot more because it helps you to open up.”) and how come a gorgeous lass like her is without a Prince Charming (“It gets too complicated. Not for me.”) 

Alluding to her list of short-term career goals, Shena says she has set her sights on landing a Maybelline campaign and booking her first Victoria’s Secret appearance, alongside other aspirations. But when it comes to planning for a life post-fashion? “I hope to build a couple houses here, maybe a hotel,” she tells TALLAWAH, “and make some smart investments in Jamaica and other places.”

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