Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nat's Bare Lady; FASHIONThe Hottest Body in Modelling -- Who Is Also Dating a Rothschild -- Has Stripped for LOVE Magazine. Jasmine Gardner Charts the Rise of Eliza Cummings

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nat's Bare Lady; FASHIONThe Hottest Body in Modelling -- Who Is Also Dating a Rothschild -- Has Stripped for LOVE Magazine. Jasmine Gardner Charts the Rise of Eliza Cummings

Article excerpt

Byline: Jasmine Gardner

IT MUST require huge confidence in your looks to strip for a fashion magazine and pose knickerless. Yet Eliza Cummings, the 22-year-old London model photographed thus alongside Cara Delevingne and Liberty Ross for this season's Love magazine, grew up believing she was ugly.

"I got really badly bullied, really badly. I was the ugly kid, apparently. I was always a bit of a weird kid. You know those kids you see that have got nothing going for them? I was one of them," says Cummings, who grew up in Battersea.

Not so now. "I love Eliza, she's a brilliant, fun girl and has one of the hottest bodies in the world," says LOVE editor Katie Grand. The picture of her flexed, 5ft 9in physique is proof. She is also dating a member of one of Europe's most famous banking dynasties, the financier Nat Rothschild.

Still, it took two separate, unsuccessful scoutings before Eliza stepped inside a model agency. The first, when she was 14, she never followed up because her schoolmates convinced her she was too unattractive for modelling.

The second was while she was working as a junior at Toni & Guy, a job she didn't enjoy.

It was Cummings's mother, then a student at London College of Fashion, who persuaded 15-year-old Eliza through the door of Select Model Management, which has David Gandy and Pixie Geldof on its books. Defying the doubters, Cummings's first job was for the cover of Italian Vogue.

Part of Eliza's appeal is her personality.

"When the clock had barely reached midday, Eliza was already cracking open a bottle of vintage pink champagne, declaring to the studio at large that it was nearly five o'clock somewhere in the world," writes Grand in her LOVE Editor's Letter, describing Cummings's photoshoots as a fun social occasion. Vivienne Westwood is said to adore her. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.