Every day on Instagram, 23‑year-old London model and socialite Suki Waterhouse hosts the ultimate cool girls’ club. Some 533,000 followers gawk at goofy pictures of her lifelong BFFs, like Georgia May Jagger in pompom-adorned “Happy Birthday” glasses or Cara Delevingne mugging in Princess Leia buns. There are lit recommendations for the bookworms, such as Jeanette Winterson’s feminist tome Written on the Body; artsy behind-the-scenes shots from her many editorials for the fashion junkies; life-affirming inspo, like a photo of 17‑year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, for the politically minded; and idiosyncratic snaps that capture plenty of freewheeling late nights with her girl posse. (Notably absent: (ex-?)boyfriend, Oscar nominee and one-time Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper. Waterhouse, it seems, is too classy to kiss and ’gram.)
The feed offers a portrait of a millennial Renaissance woman—intelligent, multi-talented, socially conscious, yet unapologetically hedonistic, deep into style and just a little bit messy (her honey-hued mane is perpetually mussed). That “voice of her generation” quality has made her the perfect rep for new-era Burberry under chief creative officer and CEO Christopher Bailey, who has tapped the party girl for everything from beauty and eyewear campaigns to the brand’s vaunted Prorsum shows. “Working with Burberry,” she writes in an email, “is like hanging out with a friend who knows themselves really well.”
This month, her heart-shaped face will appear in sultry ads for the latest Brit Rhythm fragrance, a lilac-tinged floral that Waterhouse describes as “fresh and fruity, full of energy and warmth.” She’ll also grace big screens in a string of sure-to-be-huge movies. First up is Love, Rosie, based on the bestselling coming-of-age novel Where Rainbows End. She plays an uppity model who comes between Lily Collins’ heroine and her true love. “I based Bethany on a girl I knew at school who stole my boyfriend!” she writes. “It was cleansing playing her out on-screen.” That’s followed by Insurgent, the second instalment of the Divergent mega-franchise, in which she plays Marlene, a minor but ass-kicking character in a cast that includes Oscar winner Kate Winslet and nominee Naomi Watts. “Being in a film with women like that was insane!” she exclaims. Later this year comes Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, for which she went brunette to play Kitty Bennet. “It was fun changing,” she says of colouring her locks, “but also mildly traumatizing … It’s already gone.” Luckily for us, after this breakout year, Waterhouse is here to stay.
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