How This 16-Year-Old Model Is Already Working With Katy Perry & Juicy Couture

Track is back, and we couldn’t be happier.

And if you look through Juicy Couture’s latest campaign you may notice a familiar face donning their killer leisure luxe looks.

Perhaps you recognize Larsen Thompson from Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” music video, or maybe from Who What Wear’s fashion show this past NYFW. And if you don’t recognize her, just wait, because this 16 year old hustler is working on big things.

We talked to Larsen Thompson about how Chris Hemsworth accidentally crashed her Sweet 16, why Juicy is back and better than ever, and how she balances her career with regular teen life.

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How did you get into dancing and modeling?

I started dancing at the age of nine within the industry, doing commercial and television projects. While I was on set doing a commercial, the brand asked if I would shoot their print campaign as well. From there I started modeling full time and signed with Next Models Management globally two years ago. 

Do you see modeling as a long term career path or do you have your eyes set on another job after finishing school?

Modeling is something I see doing through my twenties or even longer, while I continue to pursue my acting career as well. Dance will always be a part of me and I will continue to pursue opportunities in the industry.

You were one of four models in Juicy’s “Track is Back” campaign, why do you think Juicy tracksuits are on the rise right now?

I love the look and how comfortable they are and that is what makes this brand unique. They’re more stylish then ever and they make a fashion statement when you wear them.

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What was your favorite OG Juicy item that you’ve had?

I love my black velvet track suit because I can dress it down with my pumas or dress it up with my boots.

You were in Katy Perry’s video for “Chained to the Rhythm,” what was that like?

The music video was a blast, working with Capital Records and Katy. It allowed me to act and dance, which I love being able to express. It turned out amazing and I feel blessed to be a part of it.

Did you get to work directly with Katy?

I was fortunate to be in a few different scenes where I was walking, dancing, and sitting with her during the shoot. She was so real and friendly which made the experience even more memorable.

Your hair is amazing! How long did it take to grow it out? What are some products you use to keep it looking great?

I have had long hair since early childhood as I never wanted to cut it.  Now, I cringe when I have to even trim it.  I really don’t use any special products — just a leave in conditioner after a shower.

Did you have a sweet 16? What did you do for it?

I hosted a dinner for a small group of friends at an amazing Greek restaurant. It was with friends that I spend time with at school and work that I have genuine relationships with. Then some of my closest friends stayed the weekend in Malibu for fun in the sun and relaxation. Meeting Chris Hemsworth at the hotel was a nice surprise and taking a b-day pic with my friends!

What’s the toughest thing about being 16?

I stay focused on the positive and feel very fortunate to be working at 16. I try to balance being a high schooler with the fast paced work/travel schedule. I try to bring a friend with me when I’m working on a project, so we can have fun after the shoot to make it feel like being on vacation. I don’t take anything too seriously and have learned to appreciate what I have.

What’s next for you?

I’m heading to Hawaii tomorrow for a few days — shooting with Hollister then off to NYC for client meetings and doing a shoot with Superga. 

Talent | Larsen Thompson

Producer | Louie Diaz

Photographer | Ian McKinnie

Location | Special Thanks to The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn

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