Earlier this month, the KAC Team coordinated an epic photo shoot filled with vibrant colors, metallic textures and so many fabulous fashion moments, we still debate over which look is our favorite.
We've put on plenty of photo shoots in the past, but this one felt extra special. We owe that to our ray-of-sunlight model, Jill Caldwell. The KAC Fall/Winter 2017 photo shoot was her first time modeling, and you would NEVER guess by her natural poses, her easy-going spirit and never-fading smile. She's gorgeous, sweet, sharp as a tack and could be a comedian in her spare time. We'll let Jill take it from here...
Get to know Jill Caldwell:
"My name’s Jillian Caldwell, I’m 20 years old, I don’t take myself seriously, I’m kind of a goof in a sarcastic way, I love music, politics and law, history and I’m a fashion and makeup obsessed shopaholic. I honestly have no idea where I got it from. Nobody in my family was crazily engrossed in fashion. But here I am. I remember when I was little I collected these dolls they were called Bratz Dolls I had almost every single one. They had the best clothes. Ironically, I have a major phobia of dolls but I would get over it long enough to dress those things and then put them away. I think I was so into them because they had the wardrobe I wanted when I grew up. In fact, I’m almost positive that’s why I like a lot of the things I like. Clueless, Crybaby, Austin Powers, Friends, That 70’s show, Grunge, rock, metal, disco, and indie music. It’s pretty much a little taste of all my style choices. I’m a mess, I’m all over the board. My friends call me the wild card because they literally still don’t know how to describe me. It’s like a fish out of water, just opening and closing their mouths. Maybe that’s a shout out to my sign Pisces. I’m changeable in my style like I am with everything else."
Q&A with Jill Caldwell:
1. Hi Jill! It was an incredible experience working with you on the KAC photo shoot. What was the experience like for you?
"Hi! I had so much fun. It was a little nerve-wracking at first since it was my first time ever doing a shoot but it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the experience! I really love fashion and I’ve always wanted to do something like this and hope I’ll have more opportunities in the future."
2. It’s obvious that we share a passion for fashion! What are some of your favorite things happening in the fashion world right now?
"I’m really excited about the new coming and long overdue age of inclusion in fashion. I really like that they’re starting to bring in new perspectives. We’re seeing people with vitiligo and albinism which we’ve never really seen normalized up until recently as well as different needs people. I follow this one girl on Insta named Madeline Stuart and she’s starting to break barriers for people with down syndrome in the industry so I’m LOVING that. Trend wise, I really love that they flashed a light on the grunge style and indie lifestyle those are always a favorite."
3. Gone are the days that celebrities and supermodels are the only trendsetters! How do you feel about real people taking the fashion world by storm?
"I feel like it’s the right time for it to happen. For me the best inspiration is just picking and choosing from random people I cross and giving it my own twist. So, I love that such a major thing like fashion is the peoples call. It’s so much more freeing."
4. You’re extremely driven in both your work and college career. Where do you look for empowerment and inspiration? Do you have any role models?
"I’m really lucky to have such an encouraging and loving family. So aside from my parents, I just stay focused on the vision I’ve had for my future self and just keep working til I’ve reached what goals I’ve set for myself."
5. You KILLED IT at the KAC photo shoot! If you could walk in any designer’s runway show, which designer would you choose?
"Ever since I was little I’ve been obsessed with Betsey Johnson and her wild style so her for sure. And Dolce and Gabbana, I adore them so much. I love boho and world patterns so much."
6. Final question! Of all the KAC bags you rocked last week, which was your favorite? Hint: you don’t actually just have to choose one!
"My three faves were the green messenger, the leopard and this beautiful blood orange one."
We know, we know. Jill flat out ROCKS! We feel incredibly lucky to know her, and we're beyond excited to watch her flourish in her career--no matter where it takes her.
At KAC, our idols are real people. We love feeling a true connection with someone, and we feel so fortunate to know genuine, kind people who are doing great things in this world, Jill included. Stay tuned for more KAC Spotlights, and make sure you flip through more photos from Jill's KAC shoot HERE!