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Mercy Sang - This Australian Model Has Got Serious Executive Realness Style







It’s surprising to learn that Melbourne-based model Mercy Sang is a relative newbie to the fashion scene. The stunning 21-year-old, who just signed with an agency less than a year ago, has already distinguished herself from a gaggle of beautiful faces with her executive realness style. As her Instagram page displays, Sang has a quirky penchant for streamlined, menswear-inspired suiting that feels perfectly counter to the model off-duty uniform we’ve come to know (read: high-waisted jeans, bodysuit, ankle booties). In her mostly thrifted ensembles—sleek all-black tailored blazers and classic red lip—she shows up at castings resembling something of a baby Grace Jones. And while her polished look is a far cry from the distressed and streetwear vibe that Melbourne is known for, it’s still helped Sang land editorials and gigs walking Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and MADE Sydney.
Here, Sang dishes on why she loves the gender-bending appeal of suiting and how her looks come together.
Masculin Feminin

I was subconsciously always interested in fashion. My mum dressed me up ever since I was little and instilled the importance of having your own personal sense of style from an extremely young age. I was playing around with "masculine" pieces ever since—mainly because they're comfortable as hell, but I love pairing very masculine pieces and making them very feminine and sexy. I've always loved structured pieces. They just look powerful and badass, and I guess that’s what I am for! I get most of my suits from thrift stores and pair most of my high-end pieces with them. I don't have many favorite local designers—they cater to a very different girl—however, I do like pieces from Verner. I also love Jacquemus, Céline, and Balenciaga's previous collection. My style is very minimal and clean, so I try to keep the pieces and the makeup I wear very simple and let the key piece speak for itself.
Standing Out in the Modeling World

I think the suiting helps me stand out among other models. It’s hard to get noticed in a room full of beautiful girls without having personal style or a personality. I can be very oblivious about it though, because I honestly just throw things on most of the time. I am always running late, so I don't think much of it. Having people compliment me on my style was not necessarily shocking, but somewhat unexpected because it’s just me.
Putting a Minimal Spin on Aussie Style

I am influenced by a lot of things. My mother is a huge influence—I basically dress like her in the ’90s with a tiny bit of a modern and a “me” flair. I am also obsessed with the ’70s—always have been, always will. I think most people are shocked when they find out I grew up in Australia. There is a very huge skate culture here, so most people are usually more casual, or [occasionally] pair streetwear with high fashion pieces.

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