When top model Elettra Wiedemann isn’t posing for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz or Craig McDean, she’s promoting global solar power with her charity, One Frickin Day, or writing about food and sharing recipes on her food blog, Impatient Foodie
. If you like what you see (and taste), check out Wiedermann's cook book featuring 100 recipes for, as Wiedemann notes, "a hectic, time-starved world."
Image courtesy of Gonzalo Machado for Harper’s Bazaar Spain
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Don’t Chase the Mechanical Rabbit.” I’m somebody who is very curious and ambitious. I enjoy working on new projects and being involved in big ideas. One thing my mom would always say to me is “don’t chase the mechanical rabbit,” because you can be the fastest, most amazing dog on the racecourse, but the rabbit is always designed to go faster than you. I say it on almost a daily basis because life is not always about going bigger, better, more; it’s about being in the moment and enjoying it.
What can’t you live without and why?
Most definitely Lancôme Nutrix Crème, because you can wear it almost as a mask on your face. I have really dry skin and with all the planes I take it’s really helpful.
What is your favorite travel destination?
I like Paris for its sophistication and elegance and I feel really at home there, but I also love Cambodia. I did a photo shoot there around Angkor Wat. It was so different and intense and mystical.
If you could choose one person to show you ‘their’ New York City, who would it be?
I think I’d want to go back in time and actually hang out with my dad when he was a college kid in the late ‘70s. We’re really close. New York was a crazy city back then and I would love to hang with him as I am now to see what New York was like, and what he was like as well.
NO MALICE PALACE
It’s a tiny place on the Lower East Side and it doesn’t have a sign, just a green light post. It’s a really fun, very cool old school hip-hop club. They play everything from Tribe to Pharcyde and Q-Tip and people go there to get silly, have fun and dance.
It’s in my neighborhood on Greenwich Avenue and I like the range of what they have—everything from Chloe to Alexander Wang to J Brand jeans. They have really cool stuff and I spend way too much money there.
I also love No. 6, which is owned by my friends who are stylists. They go on annual trips around the world to Paris and London, bringing back the best vintage to mix in with cool Dutch designers most people haven't heard of!
I’m not a big museum person, I kind of get bored of them. But the one I enjoy the most often is the Brooklyn Museum. They have provocative exhibits and great photography exhibits.
MUST DO NYC RECOMMENDATION
SILK DAY SPA
It’s this amazing luxurious small spa near the New School, all underground and candlelit and quiet. They give the absolute best treatments and massages. If you’re more rough and tough and can deal with a little sweat, I recommend going to the Russian and Turkish Baths in the East Village. The hottest room is 240 degrees dry heat then they throw cold water on you, plunge you in the freezing pool and you feel born again.