Portia Ferrari 23 London

When MIA X Versus dropped we clapped like baby seals. Sure the clothes were really fancy and pretty- but we wanted to know WHO the fancy-face wearing it all was. So, apparently, did everyone else. The woman in question was Portia Ferrari, Antiagency’s foxy frontman. Antiagency is London’s most unique model agency; based upon the provison of scouting characters- and doing away with the well-chiselled, tabula rasa-types and injecting a much needed swagger and punk idiosyncrasy into the model-world (think a lot of candy-coloured hair, gap teeth, tattoos and piercings). In their words ‘people too cool to model’- hence poster-girl Portia. Last year Portia walked for Nasir Mazhar (a show that was more baby-hair than clothes), gave Kimye a run for their money in column inch space, was featured on the cover of ES magazine and became Assistant Creative Director of Noctis Magazine.

Initially a career as an artist didn’t seem so attractive. Portia decided she wanted to be a lawyer after watching Liar Liar as a youth (we feel that) but soon her love of creative disciplines at school propelled her to take a place at London College of Fashion, doing hair and make up, and it was there that her career as a model initially took off.

Portia is currently finishing her degree, and has been keeping herself pretty busy after-school hours too. Most recently Portia has been working on her latest scheme: LDN FAM which is a platform that exhibits Portia and her ‘family’s’ utterly astounding plethora of activities and expertise. In fact she’s also been in the studio. Yeah, she can also sing. The words ‘gene-pool’ and ‘unfair’ spring to mind. Portia’s first foray as a vocalist has been in collaboration with with Super Electric Party Machine. SEPM is the creation of Larry Tee, legend of the NYC party scene and one of the original Club Kids led by Michael Alig. Originally a club night, Larry Tee has translated the party vibes into an album of the same name. It was on set at a Princess Superstar video, that Portia was heard singing ‘Lion Babe’ that the main man himself felt compelled to get her in the studio. The result? Her appearance on his track BodyTalk.

We'd put our whole overdraft on this girl being the face of 2014.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:I'm a creative that works in the music and fashion industry. Majority of my work includes freelance work as a makeup artist and hairstylist, modelling under Anti-Agency and being a vocalist. I also work for Noctis Magazine as Assistant Creative Director!HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?Mad, Wise, Fun and Tough but more than anything Loving.WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?When I'm surrounded by the people I love. I've never been that blessed to get them all together at one point because there are so many and unfortunately I don't get to see them as much as I'd like because we all have busy lives but that would be my ultimate dream. To have everyone I had love for all together for one day. WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Learn to accept the inner you, embrace it and live with a positive mind. If you think positively, your life will be positive and the only person that has the power over your life is you, so exercise your ability and realise the sky is your limit only if you allow it to be.WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?I have so many haha, most of them I come out with on my twitter! But the first thing that came to my mind was to do everything with good intention because karma is a bitch you do not want to mess with so BE POSITIVE and CHALLENGE YOURSELF. There's nothing like achieving a goal FOR YOURSELF instead of everyone else. WHAT WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?'INIT' 'Dya know what I mean' 'LOL' 'OHMYGOSH'WHATS NEXT?More music! I've just released a song and the music video is due to come out in late May so I'm proper excited about that, the amount of interviews I've been doing for it is crazy! I've told myself the focus for 2014 is finishing my degree and then concentrating on collaborating with the many talented people around me so I have many projects debuting soon! AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Lauren Groves
Why: She came to London at the same time as me she's my best friend and she's an amazing stylist!!
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