Emily Didonato

About an hour into drinks with Emily DiDonato, I realise I saw her just the other day. Not quite like this — I mean, it’s not so often that I find myself casually sitting in a restaurant with a beyond-gorgeous supermodel who regularly poses on exotic beaches for world-class fashion photographers. No, I spotted her in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood early one morning. There was a phalanx of young women with headsets and clipboards, guys holding giant lights, craft service tables with limp salad. They were shooting a commercial.
An assistant stopped me at a barricade as filming was about to start. Silence, and then…“Action!” In front of two giant whirring fans, the camera encircled a girl in heels who glided with magnificent speed across the cobblestones of Greene Street, her mesmerising gait never wavering, hair ruffling up so immaculately it looked like CGI. The skirt was gold and silky and swayed with her strut, swooshing back and forth like a pendulum — I mean, this girl… the way her skirt swayed could stop time itself. And then she turned around without warning, staring at the camera and toward me, her striking eyes both classic and strangely feline. “Yeah, that was us,” she said, sitting in front of me in a T-shirt, no makeup, sipping a glass of sauvignon blanc, kind of just shooting the shit.

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