The model shares some recent photography work
Jaclyn Bethany: Hi, India! Where did you grow up, and where are you currently based?
India Tuersley: I’m from a small town called Tisbury in Wiltshire, but I’m currently living in London.
JB: What was your childhood like?
IT: My childhood was very outdoor focused, having grown up in the countryside. My first home was a castle—New Wardour Castle, which my father bought and converted to apartments. We later moved into the walled garden in the estate grounds. I have happy memories of both.
JB: How did you get into modeling?
IT: I was scouted when I was about 13, but I wasn’t signed until I had finished my GCSE’s at 16.
JB: How long have you been taking photographs? Have you learned anything about photography through modeling?
IT: I’ve been studying photography for four years at school, but I’ve always been interested in both art and photography. Modeling has definitely helped my photography—not just technically, but with makeup and styling, too. It’s amazing to be able to work with such a wide range of talented photographers, an opportunity which I wouldn’t have had without modeling.
JB: Tell me about the shoot you did, “A Theatrical World,” by Miles Aldridge for Vogue Italia’s September issue. What was that experience like?
IT: I’m so grateful to have been photographed by Miles for Vogue Italia. The editorial was based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We shot the story in a London studio with an amazing set design, which definitely helped me get into character as Juliet.
JB: You were also a part of the Gucci resort collection at Westminster Abbey. Was walking in that show as magical (and British!) as it seems? IT: It was an honor to walk for Gucci’s resort collection, especially as it was the first fashion show at Westminster Abbey—such a beautiful building. I wore an intricately detailed, semi-sheer blue dress with a red bow and broach at the collar. My shoes were buckled brogues, which I wore with frilly white socks. I also had a small flower arrangement in my hair and statement rings on every finger. It’s impossible to pick my favorite piece from the collection—but I do love the black leather platform sneakers. ★
India is represented by Tess Model Management.