SAUCE SHOOTS HAYDEN GRAYE ♥
The Sauce office this month is ruled by the cool, calm and collected aesthetic of minimalism: presented to us by our November muse, Hayden Graye. Born in Tennessee, based in in LA, jet-setting Taurus and model is bringing emo-esque beauty back.
The latest in our Sauce Shoots series combines vintage fashion, (Ooh to the Jean Paul Gaultier shirt!) clean silhouettes and stunning imagery to bring back the classics of simplicity. Get to know our muse further down below.
Photographer: Joseph Balestra
Stylist: Cherry Kim
Makeup: Natalia López de Quintana
Model: Hayden Graye at State Management
Tell us a little something about you.
Hi. Well I’m Hayden Graye, I’m non binary, a Taurus (hard headed af) and I was born in Tennessee... But I currently live in LA. I can never stay in one place so who knows where I’ll be even a month from now. Lately I’m really into spending time and finally feeling comfortable being by myself.
HAYDEN WEARS: A Rick Owens shirt and full body tights paired with vintage heels
Hard to do in a nutshell – but can you tell us about your career so far, how did you get into what you do?
Well I started modelling where I grew up- in North Carolina-and I would always post my photos on instagram and tumblr. I just worked with local photographers and friends who had nice-ish cameras. I started to get recognised online for my look and my mother agency reached out via instagram and I signed with them after months of discouragement from my peers. No one really fully believed in me but after a while of putting off my modeling career I finally said “fuck it- what can I lose?”
I was 18 when I signed with my mother agency; still living with my parents and now, at age 20, I’m traveling every other week- I’m signed globally and I’ve worked with some of the biggest designers. I never thought I’d get this far but I’m so happy to be here and I can’t wait for what my future holds. I have so much more I want to accomplish.
HAYDEN WEARS: Hardeman trench coat
What did you want to do while growing up?
I never really knew what I wanted to do growing up, I always liked modeling, always liked fashion and having my own personal style...but nothing really enticed me. At one point when I was little I thought I wanted to be a forensic scientist because I always watched crime shows with my mom and Gabby from NCIS was a badass.
HAYDEN WEARS: Hardeman moto jacket and pants
How do you cope with the stressful parts of the industry?
The industry has taken a huge toll on my mental health and self-esteem. I try to be open and transparent with my friends and even use my platform to speak out on the dark parts of this industry. It always helps me to talk about it and continue to strive for a healthy lifestyle. Exercising regularly and eating healthier have really helped me get through my struggles with self-esteem and overall health.
Is there something specific that has influenced your personal style?
I guess I take inspiration from lil things I see on Instagram and my weird phases I had went through when I was in school. I love the Y2k and goth looks that were really popular. My personal style is super genuine and true to myself. I feel I have two completely different egos; sometimes I just wanna wear sportswear/grimy street style clothing and other days I wanna do a full glam look with heels and contour. I do everything in extremes.
HAYDEN WEARS: Jean Paul Gaultier top and skirt set from James Veloria
Recommend us a film and a song?
My favourite movies are Kill Bill and The Shining. My dad’s a big movie buff and I would always watch his favourite cult classics growing up.
My favourite song right now is probably my friend’s Spicy. She just released it not so long ago; called You Did This. It’s her only song but her voice is so mesmerising I could listen to it on repeat all day. It’s on SoundCloud.
HAYDEN WEARS: Tank (stylist’s own) and Jean Paul Gaultier skirt from James Veloria