Debra Shaw’s illustrious career in the fashion industry is punctuated by a series of remarkable highlights that underscore her status as a true luminary in the modeling world. At the age of 58, Shaw proves unstoppable as she subtly stuns in a series of all red looks for the The Sunday Times Style.
Shot by Fabien Montique and styled by Jack Collins, Shaw wears bold pieces by Stella McCartney, Prada, Gucci, Proenza Schouler, Dolce & Gabbana, and much more. Hair by Jacob Kajrup at Management Artists and make-up by Tiziana Raimondo at Home Agency complete the looks.
“I like wearing red — it’s a powerful colour,” says Shaw in a candid accompanying interview.
Shaw, who kicked off her career in 1992 after head to Paris from her native New Jersey, also reflected on the current state of the fashion:
She agrees that the fashion industry has “100 per cent become more diverse” since she started modelling 30 years ago. “It’s so beautiful to see. Today [as a black model] I’m not alone. I see more people who look like me. I see all nationalities. So, yes, it’s diverse. Yet when it’s behind the scenes, in the ateliers, is it more diverse there? No. So maybe that’s how we can stop walking on eggshells — by having more diversity as part of the creative process and the decision-making.”
Shaw also reflecting on her own career longevity and offered some wisdom about aging.
The secret to ageing happily is to “hang out with people the same age [as you]”, although living in Europe helps. “I like how the women embrace their age here. They’re not fighting it — they’re claiming it. That is the most beautiful thing to witness. I’ve learnt how to embrace being natural in Europe. Beauty is learning to love yourself through every stage.”