Meet the 12-year-old fashion blogger who attended London Fashion Week and 'likes being noticed'… which is just as well as her website is getting 35,000 hits a month
11:19 GMT, 21 September 2012
Ophelia Horton has been to London Fashion Week, is 'fashion-obsessed' and gets thousands of hits a day on her blog from people keen to read her latest style advice. But by her own admission, Ophelia isn't an experienced writer and doesn't know any fashion designers. In fact, she's just 12-years-old.
The little fashionista said she writes her blog, called 'Who's That Girl', around doing her homework and extra curricular activities such as cello practice and swimming because she's 'desperately trying to channel her love of fashion'.
She told the Evening Standard: 'I’ve never really cared what people
think. I like it when I am walking down the street and people point and
whisper because I like being noticed. I don’t dress crazy just for the
sake of it, this is how I express myself.'
Style tween: Ophelia Horton is 'fashion obsessed' and shares her style tips via a blog
Ophelia, from Dulwich, started writing her fashion blog in April 2011 and has steadily built up a fan base resulting in 35,000 hits last month alone.
She writes on her website: 'I used to just post clothes I liked- talk about them and say if they’re in style (looking back at my old posts I grimace too much)…but it didn’t really turn out like that…I don’t even do that anymore! It’s just whatever I like and I don’t give a shizzam whether anyone except Tavi Gevinson has a problem with it.'
'I like being noticed': The schoolgirl was delighted to get a ticket to a London Fashion Week Show this year and dressed to impress for the occasion
Extra curricular activity: Ophelia took time out from doing her homework during the summer holidays to go a catwalk show accompanied by her mother
The schoolgirl says her style icons include the aforementioned Tavi Gevinson, a young American fashion blogger, closely followed by Style Bubble editor Susie Lau and photographer Petra Collins.
She adds that rapper Azealia Banks, actresses Elle Fanning and Chloe Moretz, and singer Eliza
'uber-awesome too' but she doesn't get why 'everyone digs Alexa (Chung)'.
While Ophelia, a pupil St
Dunstan’s College in Catford, can't stretch to designer labels with her
pocket money, she's happy to shop in High Street stores including
Topshop and Urban Outfitters or raid her family's wardrobe for
vintage-inspired looks by donning her parent's clothes or hone a kooky style
by borrowing her five-year-old sister's tiaras.
12-year-old describes her style as 'quirky' and 'unique' adding that
she doesn't like to follow trends because 'they are too hard to keep up
Who's that girl Ophelia's fashion blog has been receiving thousands of hits
As a result of her regular style updates – which this summer came from London Fashion Week when she managed to get into the Ashish show – the schoolgirl has been attracting media interest from around the world.
She's been talked about in a number of publications including the Sunday Times Style Magazine, Grazia, and LOOK and asked to do photo shoots and interviews.
Style icons: Ophelia admires, from left, Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Eliza Doolittle
But where internet fame goes, cruel trolls often follow, so how does she cope with any verbal abuse
'You have to accept that people are
always going to be hating on you. There are a lot of envious, angry
people and you just have to ignore the mean comments,' she told the Standard with admirable insight beyond her years.
Ophelia added that her parents are fully supportive of her blogging – as long as it doesn't lead to a fall in her current A grades at school.
Reporting from the catwalk: The schoolgirl attended the Ashish show at this month's London Fashion Week
Her father, Tom, explained to the Standard: 'Before she started the blog, we were worried about her spending so much time on fashion sites, so I thought it was a really good focus for her. She could turn her interest in fashion into something productive. She would do the computer time anyway — at least it’s not Facebook. She’s actually creating something.'
Ophelia writes that she plans to continue blogging as she grows up and she hopes one day to have a career in fashion – as a photographer, stylist or designer.
She said: 'I'll keep on with my blog and hopefully then it will be even more interesting than it is now…with many insights into my fashion rookie life and mind!'