Sarah Ann Macklin is not just the UK’s fastest rising model, she’s also our entertainment director’s baby sister. So stop looking at her like that. Seriously - she’s family.
Sarah Ann Macklin is almost certainly Portsmouth’s most glamorous export. “I got spotted in a queue at a festival when I was 17,” she says. “And suddenly I was in London, meeting all these agencies.”
This seems inevitable. An impossibly svelte 5ft 9in, with smouldering brown eyes and dramatic cheekbones, Macklin was surely destined for more than her part-time job folding T-shirts at Burton (Commercial Road branch).
“I signed with Select [the modelling agency], and I got my first job that same afternoon — it was amazing!” Now 23, Macklin’s career is skyrocketing — she has been shot by Bruce Weber for Abercrombie & Fitch, modelled for Burberry, and recently appeared in the pages of Japanese Vogue alongside her boyfriend, David Gandy.
Together, they make an implausibly attractive couple — but where did the country’s hottest young model and the world’s highest paid male supermodel get together?
Thanks to her older brother’s role as Esquire’s entertainment director, it was, of course, at one of this magazine’s events. “We’d known each other for a few years,” she says, “but at your Bafta party, we just clicked…”
Their first date was the glamorous, Jenga-fuelled evening you’d expect. Wait, what? “Yep, we ended up playing six rounds of Jenga!” Macklin dissolves into laughter. “It actually got quite competitive.” Their working lives seem incredibly fast-paced — they both juggle international careers, while Macklin has recently signed with an acting agent — but she swears their home lives are “completely normal”, generally revolving around “walks in the country, and dogs”.
And then, inevitably, Macklin’s phone rings and she’s off — into Soho, for her next appointment, her next job, and her next party. Portsmouth seems such a long way away.
(Black swimsuit, by Mara Hoffman at Matches Fashion)
(Black/nude lace bra; black lace and silk teddy, both by La Perla)
(Black/nude lace bra, by La Perla)
(Leopard print corset, by Dolce & Gabbana. Black spiked stilettos, by Christian Louboutin)
Photography by Lee Broomfield
Fashion by Catherine Hayward
Words by Max Olesker