Model Crush Monday: Akira Reid

by Nejilka
Model Crush Monday: Akira Reid

Full Name: Akira Reid
Where from/background: Born in London with Jamaican heritage
Ethnicity: Black-Caribbean, British
Social Media: @Akira_reid
Agencies: The Hive, Brave Models, Karin Models
Mother Agency: The Hive
City Based In: Landaaaaaannn !


SC: What was your first memory of fashion?
Akira: Naomi Campbell! I remember seeing her in runways and magazines as a child. I was mesmerised!
I actually wanted to be a designer when I was younger. I used to draw sketches of looks and put them up on my bedroom wall.

SC: How were you discovered?
Akira: First time it was outside of Topshop in Oxford Street. I was way too scared to start then, I was 16.


SC: What has been your favourite modelling career moment so far?
Akira: Working with the Alexander McQueen team. It was insane. Mcqueen has always been one of my favourite brands.  I’ve watched all the documentaries about him, read his books, and went to his exhibition at the V&A 3 times. So being able to work with them and meet Sarah Burton was nuts.

SC: What is your signature feature?
Akira: Errrrmmmmmm I think my smile, I’ve got a Grinch smile ha ! It goes from ear to ear lol


Akira for Hunger Magazine wearing Versace

SC: Do you have any hidden talents?
Akira: I can rollerblade. I also did martial arts for 3 years.

SC: Which city would you explore next?
Akira: The big apple!

SC: Do you watch the current season shows? If so, what do you think so far?
Akira: I do and I love seeing the changes and development in how more models of colour are OWNING runway seasons!


Akira for Alexa Chung AW19

SC: Do you believe in Aliens?
Akira: Yes! I am one 😌

SC: Who is your dream designer to walk for?
Akira: Mcqueen, Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood

SC: What is your must have on the road beauty product?
Akira: Omg Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil…. thank me later 😂


Akira for Schon! Magazine
Shot by Max Lliebenstein

SC: Who do you look up too?
Akira: My mama bear 💞 She’s so loving and hardworking. I would do anything for her  💞 A single parent household isn’t easy, she’d always provided for us before herself.

SC: Opinions about diversity?
Akira: More, more, more! Keep it coming !! I’m heeerrrrreeee for it !!

SC: Where do you see yourself in few years?
Akira: Going back into acting, I have a degree in theatre and would love to return to it at some point.


SC: What was your childhood like?
Akira: I had a great childhood, I was a tomboy and was always playing football and play fighting with the boys. I grew up with 2 sisters and majority boy cousins so best of both worlds 🙂

SC: Runway or Commercial?
Akira: Bring it to the runwaaaaaaayyyyy !

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