Daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Keith Richards, Theodora Richards is ready to break away from her rock and roll childhood to embark on her own adventure as a model working with big names like Terry Richardson and Tommy Hilfiger. Growing up, Richards was naturally drawn to the glamorous world of photo shoots and catwalks, citing her mom Patti Hansen, who appeared on the covers of magazines like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire, as her main influence and inspiration for getting into the business. She loved what she saw and started modelling at 16, appearing as an extra on projects that her mom was working on. "I’ve been blessed with my family," Richards told Uinterview exclusively. "The fact that my father’s in a legendary rock band is just icing on the cake, I guess. It was pretty wild. I’ve gotten to do things that other kids haven’t. I’d like to continue to be able to travel the way they have, but maybe without the Stones. On my own, my own intentions, my own experience."
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Obviously, my mom [Patti Hansen] was one. I saw her doing it while I was growing up with my sister. It looked so glamorous. She allowed me and my sister to start modeling when we were 16. They would add us in like extras because we were on the sidelines. Eventually, I wanted to be a part of it.
Traveling is probably my favorite part – I went to Mustique for a Tommy Hilfiger shoot. It was a lot of fun – got to work with a lot of other models on that one. I’m usually by myself or with my sister, so it’s nice to be in a big group.
I definitely like comfortable chic. I like easy, breezy – clothes that can come off really easily. I also like hard, structured outfits as well. Comme des Garcons has this amazing jacket I love now. But I’m pretty easy with my clothes. I love colors – my closet is like a Crayola box!
It was a lot of fun. I got to work with Terry before when I was 17. Terry is always such a character. It was a lot of fun to be together again that day. The [French Connection] shoes are incredible and the jeans are great, too. He got us to stick our butts out – which is as far as we could go with this shoot – with this high arch in our backs. [laughs]
It was amazing. I’ve been blessed with my family. The fact that my father’s in a legendary rock band is just icing on the cake, I guess. It was pretty wild. I’ve gotten to do things that other kids haven’t. I’d like to continue to be able to travel the way they have, but maybe without the Stones. On my own, my own intentions, my own experience.
I had my 10th birthday in Tokyo which was pretty phenomenal and then I also had my 18th birthday there, so it was pretty dramatic in the difference of what we got to do there. I had a magician at one and drunken karaoke at the other. Other than that, I think experiences are too wild to write down in an interview!
He was a little apprehensive, like any parent. [My sister] Alexandra and I are very goody-goody and maybe a little naive, but we’ve always been surrounded by good people.
I’m really into Prodigy. I can’t explain it – I’m into head-banging music. I like everything from Chuck Berry to Mozart to the Cranberries. Even Broadway. My mixed CDs make people a little crazy – it makes them a seasick.
I’ve been doing some amazing traveling with my family. I went to the Glastonbury Festival [in Britain] which was phenomenal and saw all the bands there. I intend to do Burning Man in August. I also love to draw and read.
I hope to do a little of everything. I can be so ADD. Really, I want to do it all.