Sixties-inspired model and makeup artist Vanessa Frankenstein is a distinctive face in the retro modelling world. Having successfully made the jump to commercial modelling, Vanessa has also appeared in shoots for Vogue and several TV commercials. We grab five minutes to chat about the secrets behind her ethereal Sixties inspiration. . . 

Name: Vanessa Frankenstein
Occupation: Model & Make Up Artist

Five Minutes With | Retro Sixties Model Vanessa Frankenstein

Describe your style in five words:
Feminine, vintage, hippie, gypsy and sometimes witchy.

What is your favourite piece in your wardrobe, why do you love it and where did you get it?
My vintage black label Gunne Sax dress because it looks like it's out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting. I found it on Etsy. 

Who or what is your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. In Films, music, culture, art. . . It's mostly a mix of 60s, 70s, Stevie Nicks and Pre-Raphaelite girls.

Five Minutes With | Retro Sixties Model Vanessa Frankenstein

If you could borrow anyone’s wardrobe (living or dead) who’s would it be?
Jimi Hendrix for sure! The. Best.

What’s the one thing you wouldn’t leave the house without doing?
Applying moisturizer! I don't wear makeup on a daily basis but my skin is beyond dry so I really need a good moisturizer.

What’s your top tip for feeling confident?
Be yourself! Embrace yourself!

What’s the last book you read?
Anna Karenina. I love the classics. 

What’s your favourite song, band or piece of music?
There are too many songs I love but if I had to pick just one, it's Fleetwood Mac's Rhiannon.

Five Minutes With | Retro Sixties Model Vanessa Frankenstein

What three things could you not live without?
Chocolate, music and my better half.

What's your biggest achievement to date?
Helping women feel confident and beautiful just by using make up. Makes me happy every time.

What do you still want to achieve before the end of the year?
I want to travel across Central America. Don't know if that's an achievement but I'm really into it right now.

Five Minutes With | Retro Sixties Model Vanessa Frankenstein

Wild night out or cosy night in?
I love the cosy nights.

Naughty French martini or green tea goodness?
Let's just say I drink more tea than Martinis.

Dressed up or dressed down?
Life is short, dress up!

Skirts or trousers?
Always skirts!

Introvert or extrovert?
I'm a weirdo, so introvert.

Comedy or thriller?

Call or text?
Call, makes communication so much easier.

Truth or dare?

True vintage or brand spanking new?
True vintage.

Five Minutes With | Retro Sixties Model Vanessa Frankenstein

If I could change the world in one way I would. . .
Spread love. I really believe love can change the world.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?
Relax. You got this.

I am happiest when. . .
I'm with the people I love.

What’s your favourite What Katie Did piece?
My purple Bardot set. Wish I had it in every color.

Five Minutes With | Retro Sixties Model Vanessa Frankenstein

Follow Vanessa Frankenstein:
Insta: @vanessafrankenstein
hotographs with thanks to Mia Scarcello
Insta: @miascarcellophotography

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