‘You don’t have to be an adult to be a role model.’
Stranger Things star Sadie Sink turns 16.
By Laia Garcia
Photographs by Juergen Teller
Styling by Angelo DeSanto
While we were distracted about what all the millennials were doing or not doing, buying or not buying, and all the ways in which they were purportedly signaling the end of civilization as we know it, Generation Z was born and are now the teenagers leading us into the 21st century: the ones who are making the news and, just like the fashion industry post-#MeToo, finding their way in this world.
Talking to Sadie Sink, the just-turned 16-year-old actress who shot to fame in the second season of the Netflix TV show Stranger Things, you get a sense of what makes this new generation tick. To fashion folks late to the show, perhaps the first time they took note of Sadie Sink was in Miu Miu’s Whispers campaign in December 2017, or when she opened Undercover’s runway show, We Are Infinite, in March this year. With her cultural relevance now cemented, it’s easy to forget that Sink has only been so prominent, and making serious waves alongside her peers, for less than a year.
With all this in mind, Juergen Teller hopped on a plane to spend a day with Sadie Sink. We then asked New York writer Laia Garcia to speak with Sadie about this moment in time: from navigating the reality of becoming one of the most recognizable faces in popular culture right now, to the personal milestone of having turned 16 two days before.
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