It’s Friday afternoon at the Starbucks on Spring Street in Soho and ten year old Cassidy giggles beside me, tall hot chocolate in hand, as I wrangle her awesomely-tangled hair into two trendy “inside out” french braids. Her positive and endearing personality warm up the room and she’s bursting with energy; you’d never know she’s been working around the clock all week on a SS15 campaign uptown. Although she’s only been signed for thirteen months, by the end of the shoot, it’s obvious why Cassidy has booked a dozen top campaigns (Ralph Lauren, Calvin Clein, H&M… to name a few). It takes a special kid to model Summer clothing in the snow; Cassidy does it with a smile.
So one day did you just say, “Mom I want to model!” and the rest is history?
Well, we sent in pictures and in ten minutes an agent called back. This has been my dream since I was like four! (Mom, Jess, harps in, “There was an infomercial on the radio and I thought ‘We’re not doing that’. She kept going back to it, talking about it, so we went to Nashville and they told us to go to New York. I thought, ‘WHAT THE HECK. Why not!’. It was crazy. Like she said, an agent called me within 10 minutes.)
What was your favorite job of 2014?
The most fun project I did in 2014 was H&M because the photographer, Frank Malthiery, was very funny. He’s French! He said “Bonjour mademoiselle!”
Aside from modeling, what are some of your other interests?
Sing, act. I acted in an android commercial. My dream job is to be on Disney Channel. I played football and I was the fastest girl on the team… well, I was the only girl on the team. I love animals! I think I like Bryant Park best in NYC because it’s so peaceful; the taxis here honk for no reason!
What’s the hardest part of being a model?
Waking up so early to get on the plane! (Cassidy is from a small town outside of Memphis, Tennessee. For most flights, her normal wakeup call is around 3am!)
Styled and photographed by Elizabeth Pettey | Assisted by Caroline Pettey | Glasses by Beacon’s Closet NYC | Faux fur by H&M| Dress by Suoak|Socks by Wovenplay | Shoes by NIKE from Barneys