In life, there is modeling and there is fishing. For Grace Elizabeth, fishing came first. “I didn’t think it was possible to be a model,” the 21-year-old says, speaking from her family home in Lake City, Florida. “I thought you had to be famous or live in New York City.” Also, she wasn’t really interested: “I wanted to play volleyball when I was a kid, and I wanted to be a boy, to mess around in the dirt.” Time passed. She landed a career, to put it mildly. But teach a fisherwoman to model and she will still fish. “The Suwannee River is near here,” Grace Elizabeth says on a rare day off, “and my aunt and uncle live on a lake. Once—I was about nine—we went out all day long and ended up getting 80 fish, little bream and catfish. Eighty fish! Also, my dad has a captain friend, and we go out on an airboat,” she adds, describing hauls of redfish and drums that she and her brother, Luke, who turns ten this month, pull in. “We fish in the brackish water where the river starts to meet the sea.”

Not only was modeling a possibility for this teenager from a pine-forested part of North Florida, it now seems almost an inevitability. Grace Elizabeth has become a sensation—a favorite, for instance, of Karl Lagerfeld’s (she opened Chanel’s fall 2018 show and was looking very aquatic, come to think of it, in this spring’s campaign video) and beloved by others, too. “She’s a wonderful person, outgoing and down-to-earth,” says Inez van Lamsweerde, one half of the Dutch photography team Inez & Vinoodh. “She has this innate sense of how to project a certain kind of woman in a photograph.”

You understand what van Lamsweerde’s referring to when you see

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