Rhiannon McConnell: 'I'm as country as it gets'
Rhiannon McConnell has walked the runways for some of fashion's top names but when it comes to her personal style she remains a country girl at heart.
The Tennessee-bred model was picked by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele to walk his runways for the past year, recently landing a place in the label’s subtle and romantic Cruise 2016 campaign. But the freckle-faced, pout-lipped beauty, who now splits her time between her home town and New York City, admits she opts for casual pieces when it comes to her off-duty style.
"Sundresses, cowgirl shoes, monogrammed everything—that’s as country as it gets," she told Vogue.com.
Rhiannon has always been interested in style, and as a young girl practically "lived" in the fashion stores in her local mall. She was eventually discovered by an agent in a shopping centre in Johnson City. But it wasn't until she was selected to star in Gucci's campaigns that her career really took off.
"Being able to work with the Gucci team has been the most wonderful and rewarding experience of my entire life and career. They helped kick-start my career," she shared.
Apart from modelling, Rhiannon is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and took up vegetarianism two years ago with the help of her fiance.
"I had always wanted to stop eating meat but never really knew how until he began to help. I do it solely for the animals, and I believe that if I love animals, I shouldn’t eat them," she explained.
With regard to her own style icons, Rhiannon thinks curvy model Barbie Ferreira sends a great message about body positivity to all women. Barbie, hit headlines earlier in the year (Jan16), when she landed a gig fronting a campaign for American Eagle's loungewear brand, becoming the first size U.S. size 12/UK size 16 model to do so.
"I love everything Barbie Ferreira stands for—she is truly an inspiration for girls everywhere," smiled Rhiannon.