//Taylor Ashae, looking inside a beauty and tears.
Let me introduce you to Taylor LaShae: The Texas-born, L.A. bred French/Colombian It-girl our entire Byrdie Australia team is low-key obsessed with. At a glance, she's all leggy, rosy-coloured pout, French-girl hair perfection, but our hour-long chat showcased her fascinating (albeit quirky) personality that goes way deeper than anything uploaded onto her extremely cool IG. While she shies away from the word "model", LaShae is part-influencer, part-actress, part It-girl, and has brands basically lining down the street to work with her. And I'm not surprised.
It was a particularly wet Friday morning when I made my way to the incredible Darlinghurst apartment LaShae's calling home while here in Australia on a working holiday (and I'm talking torrential rain and unseasonably icy winds), but it certainly didn't dull the mood. Stunning and hospitable, the beauty had the fireplace roaring and herbal tea on tap (amazing, right?). There was no need for styling (her Réalisation Par dress looked top-notch) so we moved straight onto our shoot.
Literally 10 minutes and a stack of incredible Polaroids later, we relocated to the fireplace so I could make my way through a list of questions. I quizzed LaShae on everything from her stance on smoking, to astronomy, and her can't-live-without beauty tricks. Oh, and her hair-drying prop of choice (just wait 'til you hear it). I could have picked her brain all afternoon, but LaShae's got an afternoon full of meetings. I remembered I too have a job to do, so made my way back to Byrdie HQ to obsess over every photo in our shoot. As far as cool-girl beauty goes, LaShae is gold.