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Sisters from Simon Langton Grammar school in Canterbury turn heads in the fashion world, after Vogue calls them 'Britain's answer to the Hadids'

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When acclaimed fashion magazine British Vogue published an article hailing the Clover sisters as "Britain's answer to the Hadids," they couldn't quite believe it.

Grace, 18, and Cassady, 17, who live with their parents in Hastingleigh, were deep in A-level coursework at Simon Langton Grammar School, in Canterbury, when their friends excitedly messaged them about the story.

Grace (left) and Cassady Clover. Picture: IMG Models
Grace (left) and Cassady Clover. Picture: IMG Models

The comparison to the famous Hadid sisters, Gigi and Bella, had been a shock, not least because only one of them had so far even stepped out onto a catwalk.

Grace had recently appeared at London Fashion Week when the article was published, modelling in the JW Anderson autumn/winter 2020 show.

She said: "It was quite a big statement and I hadn't even told a lot of my friends at that point, so they were sending me the link and I had to go 'yeah, so that happened.'

"I was just a bit shocked really, because I wasn't really sure what I was expecting.

"That was just after my very first show, so I wasn't sure if I was going to get much more work or even if I was going to do more than that one show."

Grace (left) and Cassady enjoying a picnic
Grace (left) and Cassady enjoying a picnic

Her sister Cassady, still embroiled in the first half of her sixth-form life, was more than a little bit bemused.

She said: "I just thought it was quite funny - I was like 'really? If you say so.'

"At that point I had done literally no work whatsoever, all I was doing was just working on my art coursework.

"So it's been weird for me - less weird for Grace though who's actually been going out and working hard."

Cassady was actually signed by IMG Models before her older sister.

Grace took part in a Dior runway production in southern Italy last month. Picture: IMG Models
Grace took part in a Dior runway production in southern Italy last month. Picture: IMG Models

The global talent agency, with head offices in New York, signed Grace a couple of months later and decided to get her working first, as she was closer to finishing her studies.

Last month she found herself jet-setting to the ancient city of Lecce in southern Italy for a part in a show by Dior.

The event was the first runway production to be staged in a far-flung location by a major label since the coronavirus pandemic began, and was streamed to retailers around the world.

Grace couldn't quite believe the world she had found herself in.

She said: "It was incredible - the experience of being flown out there, being on this set which had been created around the cathedral.

Cassady has yet to appear on the runway. Picture: IMG Models
Cassady has yet to appear on the runway. Picture: IMG Models

"It was an honour and also an amazing experience just to be there."

Grace is hoping to secure her place at Oxford University in September, and will attempt to juggle academic life with her burgeoning modelling career.

She has already had some experience with it, travelling up to the capital for photo shoots whilst continuing the final year of her A-levels.

She said: "Sometimes I was - probably more than I should have been - going in free periods up to London and coming back for a lesson in the afternoon."

Levi Asher, who manages the sisters, said the balance is more manageable than many might think.

The sisters are both focusing on their education for now
The sisters are both focusing on their education for now

With talent scouts on the look out for would-be models from the age of 13 onwards, the industry tries to be mindful of the girl's education.

He said: "School has always taken priority for any of the girls that we have who are under 18 or going into university.

"Most girls choose that as their priority and we work around that - it's very possible to do it for a very long time, and they just reap the benefits when they can."

The pair were recently photographed outside their family home for the Wall Street Journal magazine, an opportunity that came up during lockdown.

Seeing her older sister visit glamorous places like southern Italy for work has got Cassady itching for her turn in the spotlight.

The sisters pictured when they were children
The sisters pictured when they were children

She said: "I've always just wanted to travel - that's all I've ever wanted to do - so hopefully I'll be able to soon."

With modelling siblings like Cara and Poppy Delevingne taking the fashion world by storm, the Clover sisters could well be set to follow in their footsteps as famous sisters of the fashion world.

Levi added: "There's definitely been siblings in the modelling industry who have done very well.

"I don't see it ever playing against them because they have a really great bond.

"There's some jobs they've shot together that will be coming out soon, and people love the kind of energy they bring as a pairing because they're sisters."

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