The talents of Californian model Sky Ferreira aren’t confined to just one area, we’ve found. Having taken opera lessons in her teens to develop her singing voice, we can also recommend her as a singer-songwriter. And we mustn’t forget the acting!
Los Angeles-born in 1992, of Brazilian, Native American and Portuguese descent, Ferreira spent some of her early life with her grandmother, who was Michael Jackson’s personal stylist. Jackson encouraged Sky’s interest in singing, and paid for her opera lessons. Later, she uploaded tracks to MySpace, eventually attracting interest from Swedish duo Bloodshy & Avant, who have collaborated with Madonna, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. In 2009, she signed a contract with Parlaphone Records.
She has also attracted a following in the world of fashion, after connecting with Hedi Slimane, who shot her for the Saint Laurent pre-fall 2013 lookbook. Early backing from designers like Riccardo Tisci and Jeremy Scott did her no harm, either. She has worked with Coachella for Forever 21, with Benetton, and on ads for Eleven Paris, while in 2011, she was one of the faces of Calvin Klein’s revival of CK One fragrance. She has appeared in the magazines Dazed and Confused, and Interview, and was photographed for the cover of Vs. by Ellen von Unwerth.
Sky Ferreira stars in the spring 2014 lookbook for French record and clothing label, Maison Kitsune, and is a fixture on Terry Richardson’s website. Films include the independents Putty Hill and Green Inferno, and the short, RL.
After a period of delays and record company battles, her debut album Night Time, My Time, came out to decent reviews in 2013. She says that she paid for its completion herself, with earnings from modelling. She relies on the income from this second job while biding her time as a musician, telling Bullett magazine: “A lot of people in bands work in restaurants and bars when they’re not touring. I model instead”.
However, her troubles weren’t over with her album’s eventual release. In September, Sky joined Cara Delevingne and Georgia May Jagger on the runway, for Marc Jacob’s spring/summer 2014 at New York Fashion Week. Hours later, she and her Saint Laurent model boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith, also frontman with indie rock band DIIV, were pulled over by police for “vehicle and traffic infractions”. Cole was charged over these, and with heroin possession. In Ferriera’s case, it was ecstasy and resisting arrest.
The incident may not impact so much on her musical aspirations, especially as she is due to open for her friend Miley Cyrus on the latter’s Bangerz tour. But it remains to be seen how it will affect her modelling career. Our hunch is that, even if there’s a cooling off period, Sky Ferreira will be back!
Photographed For Dazed & Confused Korea
Sky Ferreira Models For Fashion Brand Maison Kitsune