Last year alone, she landed a role as the titular Alice in Tim Walker’s landmark all-black Alice in Wonderland shoot for the 2018 Pirelli Calendar, in which her costars included Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, RuPaul, and Whoopi Goldberg; she starred in campaigns for everyone from Opening Ceremony to the streetwear brand Misbhv and Moschino; and she walked the runway for such coveted shows as Helmut Lang seen by Shayne Oliver, Fenty x Puma by Rihanna, and Yeezy.
I found it difficult—I’m really, really dark. ” So it makes sense that Rihanna tapped Thot, along with Paloma Elsesser, Halima Aden, Slick Woods, and others, to represent her nascent beauty brand last year—considering Fenty Beauty was immediately lauded for its impressively wide spectrum of tones. (Thot is also possessed of preternaturally radiant skin, which is, perhaps, what also caught the eye of one Pat McGrath.
She’s also been outspoken about the strides the fashion and beauty industry still need to make towards racial and ethnic diversity; earlier this year, she told the Evening Standard that she still brings her own makeup to shoots to ensure she has the right products for her skin. “No one knows my face better than me,” she said. “Growing up, makeup was ordered online from America or London.
But it’s not hard to see why Thot has quickly transcended model-to-watch status to become a star in her own right: On camera, she’s a capable performer, and in person, she’s vibrant and buoyant, discussing her native Australia and her star sign (Scorpio, though she doesn’t much follow astrology) with the rest of the crew on W’s spring horoscope shoot on a recent March evening.