Suki Waterhouse turned up to be photographed for Vanity Fair On Jewellery looking as if she’d just hopped off a motorcycle in the rain: wet hair, cropped jacket, backpack, piercings. She said a warm hello to the first person she bumped into—who turned out to be one of the dozen security guards accompanying the incredible jewels we were about to photograph her wearing—and settled down to have her hair and make-up done with all the ease of someone flopping on to a beanbag. Waterhouse is girl-next-door friendly off-duty, but turn the camera on her and she’s the ultimate professional: beautiful, as poised as a prima ballerina, completely focused, and more than capable of pointing out to the entire crew (including but not limited to photographer, stylist, creative director, digital operator, make-up artist and, oh, a dozen security guards) that maybe, just maybe, the coat we had put her in for one particular shot wasn’t really working… And she was right. Her confidence and attitude suffuse every shot. We put it to her that she was more of a piercing girl than a big-diamond-necklace girl, and asked her how it felt being draped in millions of pounds’ worth of gems. She laughed: “As Richard Burton said, ‘This diamond has so many carats it’s almost a turnip.’”
Charming, beautiful, whip-smart and funny, the eldest of a trio of Waterhouse sisters took control of the sound during the shoot while she posed up a storm, looking like an angel but listening to some pretty R-rated rap. It was clear she loved music and was pretty knowledgeable about the industry. “Nineties R&B is where it’s at!” she enthused. “Especially when I’m shooting.”
She doesn’t seem to have needed much help getting into her screen roles. The actress is appearing in a host of films coming out this year, including Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (and if you’re not in that, you’re nobody) and Billionaire Boys Club, a remake of the 1980s crime flick. But of all her upcoming releases, she says, the one she’s really keyed up about is Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch: “I’m really excited about it. I’ve loved working with Jim Carrey and Snoop Dogg… No explanation needed.” The film is officially described as a “post-apocalyptic cannibal love story set in a Texas wasteland”. Just like Suki says— no explanation needed.
See the full story in Vanity Fair On Jewellery, on newsstands from 8th July with the August 2016 issue of Vanity Fair
Yellow-gold earrings with cushion-cut diamonds set in oxidised silver, by Jessica McCormack. White-gold and diamond Plume de Paon cuff, by Boucheron. Grey mohair and wool strapless dress, by Rick Owens.
Photographs by Marcin Tyszka. Styling by Sunita Kumar Nair. Hair by Raphael Salley at Streeters using Color Wow. Make-up by Sharon Dowsett at CLM Hair & Make-up using L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Day Cream and Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. Nails by Sophy Robson at Streeters