Modelling, music & style.
Stylist: Joshua Meredith // @joshuameredith
Photographer: Omar Khaleel // omarkhaleel.co.uk
Producer: Coree Jayvon // @coreejayvon
MUA: Shiv Ashman // @shiv.ashman.makeup
Hair: Oliver Kelly // @odkhair
Stylist Assistant: Joe Hunter // @joeldn_
Interview by: Lynn Moyo // @meliimoet
Special thanks to: Sage Flowers
“It’s so important not to isolate yourself because you’re just constantly working, go be with your mates and your family!”
From an early start at modelling at the meagre age of three months old, Emerald Lewis has never strayed far from the camera since. Eventually taking a turn into the world of radio DJ’ing and presenting, she’s since gone on to play with the likes of Katy B & MIA as well as host her own radio show. PAUSE sat down with Emerald to see what’s next.
Let’s start from the beginning. You started off as a model. How did you get started in that?
I did my first shoot when I was about three months old and carried on until I was a teenager along with my two big sisters. A very long time ago!
What inspired start in DJ’ing?
My dad was a DJ in his twenties, he did a bit of radio too. I grew up around music lovers and I played the piano from quite young. I always wanted to entertain but I didn’t know what form that would take. I was obsessed with music and I loved radio so it seemed like a natural choice to pursue when I finally decided to give it a proper go.
You’re about to play at ‘Afronation,’ one of the hottest festival – what’s the feeling before a big gig like that? Do you ever get nervous?
Yeah, I do get nervous, every time actually. But a shot of tequila, and dance it out a bit and the nerves soon disappear.
You’re a DJ, presenter, and more. How do you balance all these creative outlets?
One element normally takes over for a time just naturally but it is overwhelming sometimes. I struggled with stress a lot before I had the great team I have now. I think it’s important to choose life over work sometimes. Which can mean turning down a big gig to go to a wedding or something. It’s so important not to isolate yourself because you’re just constantly working, go be with your mates and your family!
Besides DJ’ing & presenting, is there anything else you like to do to express yourself?
I play the piano and sing a bit but that’s private just for me! For now anyway.
Describe your style in one word.
Where do you find fashion inspiration?
Out and about mainly. In real life.
Who would you say is your style icon?
Hillary banks mixed with Ashley Banks
What’s the loudest outfit you have ever worn?
I can’t remember but I did in an astronaut costume at Glastonbury this year.
What’s the most worn item in your wardrobe?
My white air force ones. My boyfriend wants me to throw them away, I’ve had new pairs but I can’t bring myself to throw away this battered pair.
What’s one current trend that you love and one that you don’t like?
Long live the crop top! I hate too much makeup.
One swipe through your Instagram and it’s clear you’re genuine. How important do you think it is to be yourself when you get into your career?
It is really important but it’s equally important to keep your personal life to yourself. I understand if for some people they project something different because Instagram can be a business tool. I just feel super weird and uncomfortable when I feel like I’m doing something that doesn’t make me feel good or like myself.
With already a big list of incredible achievements, what can we look forward to next?
I want to put my own tracks out soon, and I’ve got new radio shows coming, bigger and better, more interactive and a lot of fun!