After securing his first modelling job with Yves Saint Laurent at the age of 12, Lucky Blue Smith has continued to dominate the fashion scene well into his teens.
With over 2.6 million Instagram followers, the now 18-year-old model has appeared in numerous editorials for Vogue magazine, fronted major fashion campaigns, and walked for top fashion houses, including Fendi, Moschino, and Balmain. Appearing on the cover of this week’s issue of Evening Standard magazine, out today, the Utah native talks the frenzy of fame.
“I don’t feel famous,” he admits to the magazine. “I feel I’m well known, but I don’t feel famous-famous.”
Addressing the less glamorous aspects of fame, he recalls, “People waiting outside your hotel when you come home from a fitting when you’re so tired and you did five shows that day. That was kind of hard to get used to. Not hard, but interesting, I guess.”
Speaking of his different fandoms around the world, Smith reminisces about a fan who underwent an anxiety attack while he was visiting Paris. “Usually they’re all cool and calm,” he says, “but there were a lot of people and it was super hectic and super hot outside. And then I kind of went over to see if she was okay and I gave her a hug and she passed out.”
He adds, “When I go to China, there are thousands [of fans]. They’re really enthusiastic. When I had bleached blonde hair, they were always trying to touch it. It’s an indescribable feeling when you have 1,000 girls coming to meet you. It’s like, ‘What?'”
While he may not feel like a role model per se, he is always looking to inspire. “I don’t feel a responsibility,” he says. “I’m just excited! If I can do anything to inspire some of these girls, or make them feel good about themselves, I’m so stoked for that. I try to always have a really positive attitude about it.”