Picture the scene. We are part way through our road trip to Coachella 2019 and whilst I am mid-interview with Victoria’s Secret’s new angel, Leomie Anderson, and an influencer has propelled themselves on top of a large orange box which forms part of the . She’s working her angles, too. But when a VS Angel is equally shocked over the lengths this influencer has gone to get the shot, you know we have reached peak Instagram.
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Looking around the desert location of Palm Springs, which houses Coachella festival, you can’t move for lengthy personal photo shoots. But for all the Instagram thirst, the festival is like nothing else on this earth. The pool parties are popping with more Kendall Jenner kontent than Keeping Up with The Kardashians, the hair looks have everything in them except the kitchen sink and aside from some risqué fashion choices, Coachella serves the looks we will be following this UK festival season.
So, what better way to get ready for our festival season than with Leomie Anderson, Slick Woods and festival headliner, H.E.R, who join our Josh Smith on the road to Coachella with for the ALT festival guide… strap your UGG sliders IN…
Leomie Anderson: “Two minutes in a tent to get ready? I would do my quick drag!”
Leomie Anderson has just hit the big time by becoming the latest Victoria Secret Angel but as we take a break on our road trip to Coachella, it’s clear she’s still the same gal from London.
As a British gal, when asked about what the biggest differences between a UK festival and Coachella are, Leomie doesn’t hold back. “UK festivals are really, as we would say, scatty,” she says. “Coachella is so clean, it’s got that really cool Ferris wheel, it’s very Instagram ready. That’s the biggest difference to me, swimming in poo or not swimming in poo.”
Glastonbury serves her greatest festival footwear fail, too. “It was the first and last time I went to Glastonbury I was going for a walk, trying to find a new area, turned over my shoulder and stepped into a stream of diarrhoea. I looked at my foot and realised I had to go home,” she says.
However, luckily for Leomie, she’s discovered the , just in time for Coachella. “One thing I love about UGG is how comfortable they are but still really cute,” she says. “There’s a little pop of colour, keeping it feminine, keeping it chic, keeping it furry.”
But if she had two minutes in a tent to get ready, what would she do? “I would get into my quick drag, as Ru Paul would say. The first thing I would do is brows, highlighter, lip gloss. Obviously, I am going to complete the look with a Victoria’s Secret push up bra – it just gives me a new found confidence.”
Slick Woods: “I’ve never been in a tent – we couldn’t afford that growing up!”
Sitting down with Slick Woods is always an experience. This is, after all, the model who walked the Fenty Show at New York Fashion Week whilst she was in labour.
Clearly this is no diva model of old, her getting ready routines for festivals is remarkably low key. “I just roll out of bed dirt bag sh*t. Throw some glitter on. Wash my pits really quick, I might even need to shave them,” she says.
Slick certainly isn’t lacking on personality, too, especially when asked about her tips for styling out the Tent Walk of Shame. “What you do is you just poke a hole at the bottom of the tent, you throw that sh*t on your head like a hat,” she says. “You are just walking, all Lady Gaga on this sh*t.” Legendary.
You won’t catch this girl camping, though. “I’ve never been in a tent,” she says. “Hell no, we couldn’t afford that when we were growing up. We had a pillow fort with some sheets!”
H.E.R: “You have got to pace yourself!”
H.E.R and her soothing R’n’B voice burst onto the music scene with her hit, Could’ve Been, and followed up her meteoric rise by winning the Best R’n’B album at the Grammy’s. It’s remarkable to think just one year ago, she was simply guest appearing at Coachella and now she’s headlining the festival. What would the H.E.R of last year say to the H.E.R of today? “You have got to pace yourself, otherwise you get to tired and miss your favourite acts. And, you don’t want to do that!”
H.E.R’s relaxed energy seeps into her dance routines too, even when living her best life at a festival. “It’s all about the shoulders, a little rock, a one two step – stay in the pocket,” she tells me.
But when you have to wait until the third day of the festival to perform H.E.R has a word of warning which works for all of us who might use all our energy on night one, “You have got to pace yourself, otherwise you get to tired and miss your favourite acts. And, you don’t want to do that!” What a wise woman.