What do you do when you're not at school?
On a Saturday I work in a bakery from 9am till 2pm. Then I go home and do some studying, but I get easily distracted and I look online for shoes cause I love shoes! I’m always on Net-a-porter. Literally. Sundays my dad puts the fire on in the winter and we sit and watch movies all day with popcorn and my dog.
You need downtime as well.
Usually I wake up on Saturday and I can’t move. I’m so stiff. I’m like a brick on a Saturday, cause of all the dance I’ve been doing. I try to make my life easy at the weekends and I try to study and get my homework done, but otherwise I’m doing photoshoots.
What are you enjoying about modelling?
What is nice is when you get a nice picture, because I didn't think I was very photogenic. I’m like ‘wow that’s lovely!’ Also it’s nice working with loads of different people. I get to meet new people all the time. When you're doing shoots, it makes you really independent.
What have you learnt about yourself from modelling?
I’ve learnt that I’m no good at directions, because I get lost all the time when I’m on my way to places. But I have learnt just to be yourself really, and modelling is not what everybody thinks it is either. Everybody expects the modelling industry to be glam, and everybody expects you to have to be really skinny and that you can’t eat. Everyone asks if I can eat and I’m like ‘yeah I eat a lot!’ I just love it. It’s really good fun. It’s nice to do as well as the performing arts because it kinda helps.
How do you feel it helps?
Well I do drama; and for example, I did a magazine once where the photographer wanted me to look like I was lost, so my drama helped with that really. She was like, this is really good! It’s just helpful really, and movement so my dance helps with that too.
We did your "Girls by Boys" shoot for this issue as we wanted to surprise our readers a little bit. By flip it around and shoot a girl at home and see what that turned out like.
It was so exciting to do! And I really liked the clothes, no, I loved the clothes!
Is that cause it was all Topshop?
Exactly. Yeah, I love Topshop.
Is that one of your favourites?
I shop so much in Topshop!
So you’re saying it was your dream shoot?
Yeah it was! I’ll finish at school and head straight to Topshop and be home really late at like 8 o’clock, and my mum would be asking me where I’d been. I’d have so many bags of Topshop clothes.
So you got to shoot at home dressed in Topshop with Nik and then Way was there styling you.
Yeah it was amazing. They are all so nice! We had a family meal with everybody, and my mum made mac and cheese for everyone.
What was the rest of the day like and the shoot?
It was so much fun. I had my hair done, and Adam did my make up. I got into the outfits and they were all so nice. It was just really nice; like do you know what was weird?
It was that my house felt like a different place for the day. My mum had spent the whole day cleaning, so it was spotless and it felt like I was on location, but really I was at home. It went really fast as well actually.
What is it like growing up in England as a 16 year old girl?
I like England, it's not my favourite place, but I like it cause its home.
What is your favourite place?
Barbados, I went on holiday there with my family and it’s my most favourite place I’ve ever been too. I would happily live there for the rest of my life. But I like England. I like the fact that I am in Brighton and I’m in London. I just love London. Like this morning my bus terminated at Park Lane, so I had to walk to Hyde Park and I was just like, I’m so lucky to be in London every single day! I never realised how much I take for granted. It really is a beautiful city and it has amazing shops and I love the independence it gives me.
What are the good things about being 16 and what are the bad things?
Well the good things; my parents pay for everything at the moment, I don’t have to pay any bills, and I can get away with a lot of things really, because I’m 16 I’m a child still. Bad things about being 16, is that no one understands me. No one in my family understands me at all. They are all like ‘oh you're just a teenager’, and I tell them ‘no I’m a human, ok! Teenagers are humans too!’
What part of you do you feel that they don’t understand?
When I am upset about something they'll tell me its just being a teenager, and I’m like no I'm actually upset about this. They think I get upset over stupid things. It’s important to me, so it’s not stupid. It matters. I think age is just a number actually, because when I first meet people they often think I’m a lot older. Like when we were shooting on Sunday, everyone thought I was doing my A Levels, but when I told them I was doing my GCSE’s they we all so shocked.
Madison, it was so lovely to speak to you and I can't wait to see more of you on the big stage and in lots of magazine and good things.
Interview by Cecilie Harris.
Words by Cat Wilding.
Special thanks to Impossible.