This confident and quirky sweetheart has our full attention
By Liz Petoniak
Photography: Michael Fornataro
Kylie Smith has caught our eye more than once. The last time we saw her, she was majorly working a red mohawk. And then, for this WHIRL photo shoot and interview at her place of work, Jeffrey Smith Studio, she was sporting a bleach blonde pixie cut. When we asked what prompted the change, she said, “This is summertime, or it’s going to be eventually because this is Pittsburgh [laughs], so I thought I should brighten it up.” Talk about adventurous. While she’s earning her wings at the Lawrenceville salon as a receptionist, giving clients blow-outs, and attending cosmetology school, she has already honed her fashion sense. Her style, much like her current ‘do, is easy. Smith is a self-proclaimed jeans and T-shirt girl and uses these basics, including killer shoes, as building blocks to create outfits each morning. With her tattoos and her sweet smile, her look is a combination of gritty and girly. And, she knows how to strike a pose. If you can believe it, her only prior experience involves modeling for Jeffrey Smith’s latest jewelry collection. Laughing in between takes on the salon’s rooftop, this girl’s confidence in front of the camera and in herself blew us away.