“I’m an Aquarius. It 110 per cent sums me up. I’m pretty stubborn and have a good sense of humour, but can be very sarcastic.” Golden hair frames the indigo eyes of our newest digital cover girl. London-born, Australian-raised – she relocated to NSW’s Southern Highlands at a young age and spent her formative years in our wide open spaces. “I rode horses and grew up working with sheep and cattle. But I was also frequently at the beach soaking up the sun and salt water.” Her friends call her outgoing, “a bit mental, loving, strong and fun,” and she was happy to get lost with us down Tokyo laneways earlier this year when we captured her in Louis Vuitton. On an uncharacteristically sunny day in London, we took her back to her roots and got to know our Face of March 2018: Atty Mitchell.
“There’s loads of models who I feel close to now in the industry. Spending three seasons as a world-wide exclusive for Louis Vuitton definitely strengthened my friendship with the girls in the same position, although I’m often drawn to the Aussie models too. We somehow usually find each other!”
A true Ghesquière girl, after being scouted at age 14 at a local country towns fair, she was tapped by Louis Vuitton – and has since been captured by the likes of Bruce Weber and Henrik Purienne. When she’s not in front of the lens you might find her rocking out to her current obsessions, “Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac … the classics”, cooking for her loved ones, “I do it when I’m stressed, I do it when I’m sad, I do it when I’m happy!”, or reading: “I’m hardly without a book in my hand”. The one she’d always recommend? “Sapiens: A brief history of humankind.”
“Not many people know but my nickname is actually Atty; it comes from Atalanta. But my closest friends and family call me ‘Ats’.”
Not content with sitting still, Mitchell was once a competitive downhill skier and her future plans include continuing to model alongside “completing a degree of some sort – I’m currently interested in criminal psychology”. Her style? Whatever mood strikes her first. “I generally lean towards tomboy but I also love to dress girly … In the warmer months I go for a mini dress and sneakers, and the colder months leather pants, boots and a cool top.” For a beauty headed nowhere but the top, she keeps her life decidedly down to earth. “[My idol is] my grandma, she’s in her eighties and still runs a farm on her own. She’s the strongest woman I know.” Her personal mantra is succinct: everything happens for a reason, and while she confessed to us she’s “not a morning person”, we think she’s pretty wonderful at any time of the day. Ocean eyes, fixed on her next destination. The best is yet to come.
PHOTOGRAPHY Sam Hendel
FASHION Anna Foster
MODEL Atty Mitchell @ Viva Model Management and Priscillas
MAKEUP Mel Arter @ CLM using Givenchy Beauty
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Alexandra Vilcov