With summer temperatures rising, SAINT International star Barbra-Lee Grant makes a blazing impression in the August issue of Tatler Asia in the editorial, ‘Reboot The Rules’ photographed by Lara Jade and styled by Connie Berg.
The photo story, in which Grant co-stars alongside peers Adot Gak and Natasha Luwedde, forecasts the upcoming fall season’s hottest womenswear looks, described as “a focus on silhouettes and textures, plus a heavy dose of attitude”. The crop-coiffed model triad, clothed in designer threads from Dior, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Salvatore Ferragamo, and rocking Burberry and Sergio Rossi boots were lensed in June in Manhattan.
On vacation to The Rock to celebrate her native island’s 60th year of Independence, the Big Apple-based Grant is loving her new 14-page spread in Tatler. Excited to have collaborated with a photog whose work she has long admired, the Jamaican model told Our Today: “It was the first time working with Lara and I’m humbled I got the opportunity to shoot with her. Her work is exquisite and she’s a bubbly and funny woman. The end results of the shoot are nothing short of amazing.”
Scouted as a teenager in 2014 by SAINT chief executive officer Deiwght Peters while attending Cumberland High School and making her big break with an exclusive runway debut for Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2016 show at London Fashion Week, Grant has become a fixture in-between the pages of fashion glossies. Vogue Italia, In Style, Harper’s Bazaar, Numero Homme and Paper dot the list of Grant’s expansive portfolio.
“I love doing editorials,” she raves. “The storylines and mood boards are always different, and I get to tap into different sides of my personality to deliver what the clients want.”
And, as August gives way to Fashion Week runway presentations in New York, Milan, and Paris come next month, the former Central Village, St Catherine resident is raring to go.
“It’s definitely in the plan,” the high-cheekboned statuesque catwalker said.
“When I return to New York, it’s straight to Fashion Week castings, which are now far more chill since COVID as there are no longer as much restrictive protocols.”
Her favourite fashion designer in the City that never sleeps is acclaimed Vietnamese couturier Peter Do whose Spring/Summer 2022 show she strutted last September in a crisp white ensemble.
BASKING IN JOY
“He’s a young designer with a bright future and I am most definitely a fan of his clean tailoring,” she volunteered.
For the moment, Grant is basking in the joy of being on home soil after a three-year absence after the pandemic impacted her international travel.
“I love coming back home because it reminds of the reason I go so hard, and why I remain focused,” the model star said.
“I am also enjoying seeing my family again as I was missing them so much, and I am relishing the familiar taste of foods I love. Mi haffi get my patties and curry chicken.”