Lady Kitty Spencer for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

Posted on March 20, 2019

Lady Kitty Spencer covers the Spring 2019 digital cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by Alex Bramall and styled by Cassie Anderson.




Princess Diana’s makeup artist Mary Greenwell on the similarity between Diana and Kitty: “Diana was so willing and open—as is Victoria, and as is Kitty. Just sort of free—there’s a sense of freedom with all of them. I think the sense of freedom is actually very important, that then they didn’t feel stifled by their upbringing and their circumstances.”

On the sudden influx of attention she received after the royal wedding: “It was definitely unexpected. [My Instagram followers] went from 17,000 to half a million in one night. I thought I had someone else’s phone when I woke up the next morning. I had to turn my notifications off because my phone was going to die…Can I still FaceTime my cat and put it on my Stories?”

On growing up in South Africa: “I’m really glad I had a childhood in South Africa. There are not many places in the world where you can actually have something that’s so free, just natural and relaxed. I was lucky to have a childhood there.”

On being star-struck at Dolce & Gabbana’s Milan Fashion Week show in September: “I got to walk with Monica Bellucci, Carla Bruni, Isabella Rossellini, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell—it was insane. We were all standing on the stage, and I was at the back. And when the curtains opened, they were going to shine the spotlight and everyone had to stand in their pose, but I was so busy being in awe of these goddesses, I just stood there staring at everyone. I completely forgot to stand in any way that was photogenic or photographable.”

On suffering from a degree of imposter syndrome: “I do feel like I sort of snuck through the back door and no one’s noticed yet. That’s the feeling I get, especially at shows. I keep thinking that this is potentially short term and a really exciting moment, so I’m trying to embrace it for what it is. And then when it does end, just being grateful because it was something I never imagined in the first place.”

On not trying to change her body to fit the typical model standards: “I guess I’m doing these things on my own terms. I don’t think it’s my job to starve to fit into an outfit. If I’ve agreed to do something for a brand or whatever, I look after myself but I’m not obsessive or unhealthy. If a brand wants to work with me, and think their designs look good on me, then they can give them to me in my size.”

On her taste in men: “I’ve been really lucky. I’ve always had really lovely, straightforward boyfriends. Whenever anything exciting happens in my life, or sad, the serious boyfriends I’ve had will be the first to get in touch and the first to be supportive. I don’t see the appeal of going for anyone who’s too complicated or not trustworthy…The men that I’ve been with have been kind and still are. And it’s lovely because it’s like a greater form of friendship in a way.”


Style Credits:
Cover: Simone Rocha Dress from the Spring 2019 Collection | Mary Katrantzou x Jimmy Choo Boots
First Image: Christopher Kane Dress from the Spring 2019 Collection | Tamara Mellon Boots
Second Image: Sid Neigum Dress from the Spring 2019 Collection

[Photo Credit: Alex Bramall/Harper’s Bazaar Magazine,]

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