NEW YORK — “It was literally a two-minute shoot,” explains Selena Forrest when asked about her i-D cover session with Daniel Jackson. “I went on set and wiped my eye and bang, that was the shot.” Improbable as it sounds, Selena’s shoot more or less unfolded in the manner in which a player comes off the bench cold to score a cup final winning goal, which speaks to the heart of her success as a model. Modeling is something that comes naturally to Selena and is an ability that very early on groomed her to open the Proenza Schouler runway show during the Spring 2016 ready-to-wear season. That much vaunted debut of hers, however was no one-off as Selena has proven time and again since then over the past year with back-to-back advertising for Proenza Schouler as well as a role in the DKNY Fall 2016 campaign. In addition to the aforementioned cover for i-D, Selena has also featured on the cover of T Magazine and in the pages of Vogue Italia photographed by Steven Meisel.

“I don’t know what to make of my success,” says Selena. “Everything just happened so fast and I see other girls who have been doing it for so long and haven’t done half the things I have been doing…I’m just so grateful and blessed.” This feeling of gratitude that Selena expresses is also a side of her that she feels seldom comes across through pictures that comprise her portfolio or newly minted Models.com Hot List profile. “I have a hard outside, but inside I am really the softest, kindest person you will ever meet.” So long as Selena stays true to herself, then every possible success will be hers.

Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Selena Forrest”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Selena Forrest.