Tori Bowie: "Being Strong and Feminine Do Not Have To Be Two Different Things"
Two seasons ago, we tracked just how many steps Bella Hadid walked during fashion month. From New York to Paris, we estimated the supermodel clocked over 11,000 feet. That’s a lot.
You know who’s clocked more in her industry’s version of fashion month? Tori Bowie, the 27-year-old World track and field Olympian. At the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, Bowie took home gold for her 100-meter dash, winning in a time of 10.85 seconds.
But being the fastest woman alive isn’t stopping her from exploring other areas of interest, namely fashion. Here, we speak to the athlete about her recent Valentino campaign.
Tell us what it was like posing for a major fashion campaign.
Posing for the Valentino campaign was everything that I’ve ever dreamed of and more. I enjoyed meeting and working with all of the other models on set and the clothing was dope. I’m also a huge basketball fan so it was particularly awesome to be in this campaign with Carmelo Anthony. We all got to play 3-on-3 basketball together, which was a highlight for me.
You’ve posed for athletic shoots for brands like Adidas. What’s the biggest difference between posing for a sport brand and a fashion house?
One of the big differences I noticed is in the pose. For fitness shoots, the pose is often bold and strong. For fashion shoots, it tends to be more elegant and beautiful. That’s why this particular shoot was so fun. It was a mix of the two and it was a reminder that being strong and feminine do not have to be two different things.
Do you want to continue modeling?
Absolutely! I love fashion and can’t wait to do another campaign or show, whether it’s with Valentino, Adidas or any other designers or brands that I admire, like Prada. I’m really looking forward to continuing to model and build my portfolio.
What are some of your favorite trends right now?
I love hair scarves and black Adidas crew socks. I also change my hairstyle almost monthly. I just braided my hair, but in a few weeks will probably be trying something new.
You are the queen of headbands! Tell us about your obsession.
My sister and I have always believed that scarves symbolize a crown and they are creative and fun. I love to wear different ones every time I compete as they showcase my style, and make me feel powerful. Probably the most recognizable scarf in my collection is a pink silk one that I wore when I won the silver medal in the 100M during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Last question. You’re the world’s fastest woman. What does it mean to you?
Being the fastest woman in the world is quite humbling but it also made me realize that goals are attainable.
Ok, but one more: Is there anything you wish you were faster at?
Everything - from taking extremely long showers to taking forever to eat my dinner.