Beautiful, fashionable and talented – The Princess of the electric violin
Linzi Stoppard talks about her incredible journey into the world of music and her unmistakably chic fashion style.
You learned how to play the violin at 4 years old & signed a modelling contract at 18. What inspired you to make these choices?
My parents were very musical, especially my mum, so she pushed me to take violin lessons at quite a young age. I learnt to play with the Suzuki method which is actually very rewarding & socially fun for children as you learn in a large group. The modelling thing happened by chance, I was scouted whilst busking, so it was just a lucky break really but music was my passion!
Tell us about your most adventurous Fashion shoots?
I think my most adventurous fashion shoot was launching 'Fashion For The Brave' in a Jasper Conran Union flag gown at The Household Cavalry in London posing on Horseback. The horses were enormous, a bit daunting at first but given how well trained they are I needn’t have worried. It was all for a great cause though - Help For Heroes charity.
You’re now part of a rock violin band called Fuse. You and Ben Lee make an unstoppable team - what's planned for 2014?
More FUSE Tours are being planned, also shows in Asia, America & UK, also a film soundtrack is planned for the near future! We also have a new pair of diamond and ruby encrusted 24-carat gold plated Bridge Electric Violins. To make them even more special we were lucky enough to collaborate with British jeweller designer Theo Fennell on the final touches.
You have a very fashion forward image. Who are your favourite designers?
Dianne Von Furstenberg, Chanel, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen. I also love the high street, Reiss, Karen Millen and Zara.
Beauty and talent are hard to come by. What advice would you give to achieve ones goals?
You hear most successful people say it but it is true - don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. It sounds easy but it takes alot of courage to pick yourself up and believe it is worth carrying on, particular after a few knock backs. You must believe. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can anyone else. You have to lead. Of course talent is important but in today’s world it is not enough on its own, or rarely it is.
I have a saying I keep reminding myself to make sure my ambition is still alive - "If you think you're doing okay, then you are comparing yourself to the wrong people”.