Equestrian

01.06.14

Edie Campbell Rides Eventing for Nowness

Supermodel Edie Campbell offers an intimate look into her off-the-runway life as an equestrian.

London-native Edie Campbell has major fashion experience under her belt; she's fronted campaigns for Burberry, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen and has graced the runways of Chanel, Saint Laurent, and Hermès. Yet when she was named Britain's "Model of the Year" at the British Fashion Awards in December, most people wondered why — and how — lesser-known Campbell could have beaten household names, including Cara Delevingne and Sam Rollinson, for the coveted title.

Yet Campbell has a different style of fame than the aforementioned models. She's perfected the casual-cool "model off-duty look" of all black and leather, holds a BA in Art History from the University of London, and is — surprisingly — an accomplished equestrian. 

A new video from Nowness presents Campbell in a light that many have not seen before — highlighting the model in her world of dressage. Shot by photographer and filmmaker Linda Brownlee over a week, the film showcases Campbell in the English countryside among her horses. "It makes you able to deal with failure," Campbell says, "and with the fact that no matter how much work you put into something, there isn't a formula for success."

Campbell told Interview magazine in September, "It's very good for you, riding. You know how every model is like, 'I do yoga.' Well, I find horses to have the same effect, in that you have to put your ego aside and concentrate on making the horse do the things you want it to do, and move in the way you want it to move -- particularly if you're doing dressage. And then the whole nature aspect of it is very calming. It's great. No one in the horse world gives a flying fuck what they look like."