Your new fave Internet It Girl: Elizabeth Jane Bishop
What do you get when you combine Snow White looks, photo ready outfits, and the savviness of being in the right place at the right time? The answer is Elizabeth Jane Bishop, "a 19 year old London based model and creative," who took the Internet world by storm with her Tumblr, which shared a combination of really well curated visual interests, to photos of her and her friends in outfits that are part print-happy part bondage punk minimalist. Her fame, like that of many other it-girls, is something that you can’t predict or can’t quite understand how it happened, but even so it makes complete sense. With a new lifestyle website on the way, Milk Made’s Ana Velasco got the low down from Bishop on her fave designers, summer go to plans, and what the recipe is for Internet success.
How did you come to blow up on the Internet?
In 2010 I stumbled across Tumblr whilst surfing the web and discovered how visual the platform was and how different it was to a lot of other social media sites. I naturally just started treating it as an on going piece of art, I liked experimenting with the placement of different images. It started off as a sort of collection of my favourite designers, models and photographers but now I explore colour pallets and creative pieces as that’s the area in which my interests have grown. In the beginning, I was also uploading pictures of my outfits to my blog (I’ve now moved to Instagram for this) and I answered people’s questions so I would say it has organically grown from a mixture of both of those elements.
Your style is super unique and something you’re lauded for. What inspires your fashion and what are your favorite brands/designers?
I’m not inspired by one particular person style wise. There’s no one I can name off the top off my head that I look up to. Style wise, I’m inspired by the way I see people wearing things when I walked past them on the street or a picture online. I take different elements from various strangers and experiment with different styles until I’m happy with an outfit. My favourite brands at the moment are; Ashley Williams, Ashish, Versace, Diesel and Clio Peppiatt.
Your Tumblr is super meticulously curated, fading from one color scheme to another. It seems that color is very important to you. What is your favorite color?
I’m a very meticulous person in general. A perfectionist. I can’t help it. I think the placement of things next to each other is very important to me – I’m forever rearranging things. It’s hard to say what my favourite colour is. I love the colour blue because of the ocean and sky, green because of plants and pink because it’s super frickin cute. I can’t pin point one colour.
If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I would probably choose a look from the new Versus Versace collection. Everything is so on point.
Your artwork is very minimalistic, romantic, and playful, and I think it’s very evident that your aesthetic personality shines through. What was the motivation to start sharing your artwork on your website?
With the launch of my new platform coming soon, I wanted to give people an insight into my creativity. Like most creatives and artists, it took me a while to find my own style. I’ve always been quite simplistic but playful from the way I dress to the way I model, style and illustrate. You have to try so many techniques and experiments before you start to find yourself and it can take a lot of time. I guess that starting to share my artwork was a way of me showing that I’m starting to find myself.
You’re about to launch a personal lifestyle and artwork site, where you’ll even be selling some of your products. Does that mean this is the end of your Tumblr days?
This is definitely not the end of tumblr for me! My tumblr will still be a big part of who I am as an individual – I see my tumblr as a sort of continual interactive moodboard where I share my inspiration. My website will be a new platform which will allow me to share my personal projects and collaborative projects online and tie everything together. I haven’t shown much of my creative work online yet so I’m excited for this platform to launch!
You attended the Versace party in London with Donatella and have been traveling across Europe. What would you say is the most incredible thing that’s happened to you recently?
The Versace Party was incredible, the vibe was super cool with Versus injecting a young underground spirit into the brand, that was a cool event. However, I’ve recently got back from Milan from a project I’ve been working on with another cool brand which was equally as incredible – I can’t say too much!
We’re starting the fourth wave of feminism now and I think that the influence of powerful women on social media has been an incredible force to educate and promote empowerment amongst young women. With the amount of Internet popularity that you have, do you find a responsibility to be conscious of how you present or share yourself?
To an extent I guess sometimes I am conscious about what I post but that’s only because of instagram guidelines however I’m very much like what I am in person to what I am online. It’s very important to me to make people feel accepted and good about themselves and I try and communicate this online and engage with my followers as much as I can. I want to motivate and inspire people.
What’s been your favorite place that you’ve visited? What’s the place you most want to visit that you still haven’t been to?
New York is still the best place I’ve visited although I really want to go to Tokyo, I think I would love it there.
What song are you playing on repeat now?
Snoop Dogg’s new album Bush – it’s been on repeat for at least 3 weeks now.
What’s your favorite thing to do during the summer?
FESTIVALS!!!!! I can’t wait to finally dance outside with thousands other people until 5am in the morning without getting cold or having any worries! Summer is for traveling and having fun, especially when you’re young.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Playful, Honest and Experimental.
What do you envision your ideal future to look like?
For my future, I hope to work my butt off and become a respected Creative and Editor within the Fashion Industry.
What is your biggest goal as a model? As an artist?
As a model, I’d like to be the face of a campaign or be on the cover of a magazine, that would be cool. As an artist, I’d like to hold an exhibition in a respected gallery – that’s a dream.
What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m actually a drummer and violinist, although I gave up music a long time ago. I miss it often!
Photos courtesy of Elite Models London/Elite London Special Bookings and Elizabeth Jane Bishop’s Instagram