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Kyla Love
LizBell's Kyla Love

Kyla Love

May 18, 2021

I found it!

It only took about a month, but I've finally found the London I always dreamed of.

In what other city could I attend an author's talk (by an Oxford scholar, no less) at Keats' house? Visit the Dickens' House Museum and the National Portrait Gallery (Irving Penn exhibition? Yes please) in the same day? Granted, I could walk to a vegan café after an amazing yoga class in many cities, but to be able to do so in a city which is also home to the National Gallery, British Museum, Tate Modern, London Eye, Buckingham Palace? It seems almost too good to be true.

From sightseeing to shooting, the last few weeks have been a blur. Having booked a few days off of work for the first time in two years, I set out to cram months' worth of weekends-off sightseeing into two weeks (and visited all of the above-listed sites) The highlight of it all? Four days spent exploring the city with my fellow Vancouverite Leah Christ, who was in town making the agency rounds before heading off to Milan. Oh, and that inflatable castle we jumped around in at the Tate Modern didn't exactly suck either.

In my last post I wrote about the flurry of hair castings I'd been inundated with thanks to the upcoming British Hair Awards. Apparently all those castings paid off, because I booked multiple hair shoots. The first was rather interesting; I experienced a flashback to the markets of Hong Kong whilst bartering with the head hairstylist as to how much of my hair I would allow him to 'trim.' And now, after eleven hours of being filmed having my hair cut and coloured yesterday (and sitting very, very still during the process), I find myself with brownish 'orchid purple' and 'indigo blue' streaks in my hair. So, with a little extra financial motivation I have finally fulfilled both my goals of having blue and purple hair—all before the age of twenty. How's that for achievement?

No need to get your panties (or simply 'pants,' as they're known here) in a knot—my hair should be back to its natural color after the shoot this Friday, and the haircut that came along with the color transformation did more to salvage my hair than to ravage it. In the meantime, I won't look even a wee bit out of place walking the streets of London à la Crayola Hair. Never before have I seen more people with blue hair—or orange hair, pink lipstick, and red leggings, for that matter.

It took me a few weeks to make enough friends here for a decent game of scrabble at the local hipster bar—now that I have, it will definitely be hard to leave. While I've probably learned more than I realize from my time spent travelling as a model, one lesson that has certainly not been lost on me; it's the people that make the place. There's no better place to be than in good company, and now that I've gotten a sense of that here in London—at a Vietnamese restaurant with my fellow yogis after class, on the London Eye with Leah and Vancouver photographer Ben Lee, sharing a chair at the agency with my lovely booker Julien, on set at shoots, playing scrabble at a bar—it will definitely be harder to leave.

The amazing thing is that I've been lucky enough to revisit a lot of the places I've been for modelling—and been able to reunite with a lot of the incredible people I've met along the way. So, with any luck, this won't be my last trip to London. For now, I'm enjoying my last few days in the city, and then (ash cloud permitting) it will be back to the place I feel the greatest sense of home: Vancouver.

With love,

LO
VE

Kyla Love is an Liz Bell model, currently with Models1 in London.

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