Within a few minutes of meeting the first season Metropolitan Opera soprano it becomes clear that Leah Hawkins is the real deal: this is a woman who owns her power. A power she first became aware of after hearing herself sing when she was just 4-years-old. Although Hawkins spends hours in front of the camera while performing, she made her modeling debut for our first collection campaign. Not only did she bring our clothes to life on set, we also had the privilege of hearing sing. Here, she offers insight on the mighty power of jewelry, feeling all the feelings and what it’s like to get a shoutout from the Notorious R.B.G.
Leah gets comfortable on set.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Current home: New York, NY (Harlem!)
Current profession: Opera singer
Hidden talent: I am a very good speller.
Proudest moment: As I walked into an after party for an opera, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg walked quickly over to me and said, “Celestial Voice!” and then flung her arms up to give me a hug. I also appear briefly at the beginning of her documentary! Blink and you’ll miss me.
As I walked into an after party for an opera, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg walked quickly over to me and said, “Celestial Voice!” and then flung her arms up to give me a hug. I also appear briefly at the beginning of her documentary! Blink and you’ll miss me.
On your mind: Exciting career developments, and my man friend.
On your desk: German lieder (songs)
On your nightstand: Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi, and my laptop.
On the horizon: A few more performances at the Met, concerts with an orchestra in Maryland and DC, my first NYC recital and a language study trip to Europe for the summer.
Outfit in top rotation: A black satin wrap dress. It’s comfortable, versatile, flattering, and I get compliments every time I wear it.
On wearing black: Always appropriate.
Leah Is wearing the Poet bias top. Shop this Look
On dealing with life curveballs: Breathe. Process. Sleep. Cry. I give myself permission to feel all the things and then move on. Forward always!
Advice you’d give to your younger self: Listen to your instincts, they will NEVER lead you astray-and don’t forget to have fun.
Style secret: Oh, the mighty power of jewelry and accessories! Unique rings, necklaces/neck pieces, earrings, scarves, head wraps, on and on. Handcrafted? Even better. They’re a staple for me. They elevate otherwise plain outfits.
Follow Leah on Instagram or visit her site at www.leahhawkinssoprano.com.