PEYTON KNIGHT & LUCAS SATHERLEY

PEYTON KNIGHT & LUCAS SATHERLEY

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EXT. ASTOR PLACE, EAST VILLAGE, NEW YORK CITY – LATE AFTERNOON

Astor Place, in downtown Manhattan, is swarmed with pedestrians and tourists as they make their way to their destinations. It’s a stifling, humid summer day. PEYTON KNIGHT, in a miniskirt and ankle boots, walks hand-in-hand with her boyfriend LUCAS SATHERLEY.

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PEYTON and LUCAS select a bench and take a seat. LUCAS lights a cigarette, as a light breeze rolls through the air.

LUCAS
We met by chance, two or three months into my modeling career.

PEYTON
On the train in London, when I was there for six weeks shooting editorials. I was definitely interested in dating you, but you had a girlfriend back home in Australia at the time. Then a couple months later, in January 2015, we were booked for the cover of Antidote magazine and totally hit it off. We chatted for a while, messaging back and forth, and then met up again sometime around April or March. You were worth the wait.

LUCAS
It’s definitely better dating someone in the industry. If I have to fly to Europe tomorrow for three days — or four weeks — you understand.

PEYTON
The distance sucks, but we know that’s part of the job. It’s really cool being on set together, now that we’re a couple. We’re so comfortable with each other, and it creates a very casual vibe. And, I love seeing you in the zone. Doing the Forever 21 Fall/Winter campaign in Los Angeles together was a lot of fun.

LUCAS
I had never been to LA before, but we didn’t really get to explore the city. We flew in, got in the car, went to sleep, woke up, went to set, then back in the car, and to the airport. [It was a quick trip.]

PEYTON
Photoshoots can be very laid back, but the travel and running around can burn me out. I love the adrenaline that goes with shows.

LUCAS
I like doing runway shows because I get to see all my friends. Fashion week is so chaotic, though. I don’t really sleep for a month, and get two hours a night, maximum.

PEYTON
Five hours, if you’re really lucky.

LUCAS
Fittings can go an entire day, and some European designers will have full-on rehearsals, which can last for hours.

PEYTON
But I’ve never had such a dreadful experience that made me want to say, “I never want to see those people again.”

LUCAS
Me neither. A model scout discovered me on Instagram, and would message me all the time. I’d always ignore them, but she eventually sent me her contact information, and was like, If you ever read this, come by the office. I ended up going, did a test shoot, and then signed with IMG Models.

PEYTON
I was discovered at the movie theater in St. Louis [Missouri] when I was 11 years old. I dragged my mom to see ‘New Moon,’ and this woman came up to us and was like, Would you be interested in modeling? My mom thought nothing of it, but she had heard of the agency the woman was with and knew I was interested in fashion. The next thing I know, I’m in New York and signing a contract. Two years later, I switched to IMG.

LUCAS
We’ve missed out on a lot of stuff that people our age typically do. But then I realize that they’re also missing out on the thing we’re doing, like traveling the world and getting experiences. Our friends who aren’t in the industry don’t really understand what we do. They think that every studio is right by our apartment, and that we shoot with the same photographers and magazines all the time. They’re confused by it. Like, when I even say the word ‘casting,’ I have to explain that it’s a tryout for a job. A lot of other relationships have been lost because our lives are so different.

PEYTON
Yeah, you don’t have things to bond over anymore. Like, I’m flying to Portugal for work, and they’re going to a frat party.

LUCAS
My friends don’t understand why I have to pose in my underwear in public. They laugh at me, but I would, too.

PEYTON
My friends in the industry are very supportive of each other. Whenever I flip through a magazine, I’m always like, I know her, that’s my friend! And they’ll always congratulate me on whatever I’ve done.

LUCAS
But some people are really competitive.

PEYTON
They’ll get a little full of themselves, and will just focus on their own career. What would you be doing if you weren’t a model?

LUCAS
I’d be at University by now. I wanted to study psychology, but I was going to study law, because it pays better. You?

PEYTON
I probably would have gone to school for something like cooking, but I also love journalism and writing. Maybe I would’ve been a food critic.

LUCAS
I didn’t know that I could model. The only male models I’d seen were muscular, not skinny like me — look at my arms!

PEYTON
Social media has been essential to our careers.

LUCAS
I was disappointed when I had to delete a lot of unprofessional photos [on Instagram], but I got over that once I realized how important work is.

PEYTON
A lot of people get lost in social media. They’re obsessed with their aesthetic and only post for attention. It’s important to not be consumed by it, but it’s a great tool.

LUCAS
It allows me to voice my opinions to my followers.

PEYTON
Which is so cool. You can also show them part of your personal life, a side people normally don’t see. I post a lot of Polaroids that I take of you, photos of my friends, and quotes I like. Mixing it up keeps people interested.

LUCAS
It’s hard to post consistent content.

PEYTON
My agents want me to post one to three times a day. When I was in school, posting more than once a week was obscene. It’s shocking. Sometimes people will recognize from social media, like when I’m shopping at the mall back home. One time, this guy was like, Oh my god, you’re Peyton! It was so uncomfortable. I was like, Ok, I’m going to go now. It’s weird to think that people are interested in my life.

LUCAS
The fashion scene in Australia isn’t big, but that’s not to say Australians aren’t fashion-forward. I’m from a very small town.

PEYTON
My hometown outside of St. Louis is very small, too. Everyone knows each other. Then, I came here where I was one person amongst so many, but I still felt entirely alone. It was a weird feeling, but a good feeling. I lived in a model apartment when I first moved here. Those can get so messy. There’s girls, clothes, and dirty dishes everywhere. Some of them can get a little crazy.

LUCAS
Sounds like a trap house. I never lived in a model apartment, but I did live in Brooklyn with a model friend.

PEYTON
Our new apartment — our first one together — in the Lower East Side is super quaint.

LUCAS
We’re not living out of suitcases…

PEYTON
All of our stuff is in one place. We don’t have to wear clothes all the time! It’s so casual and comfortable. I love being able to cook in our own kitchen.

LUCAS
I barely leave the house now!

CREDITS

Photography byMAX DWORKIN

Conversation moderated byANTHONY ROTUNNO

Peyton Knight is a model based in New York City.
Lucas Satherley is a model based in New York City.

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