Spin City: Chelsea Leyland

Monday, October 3, 2011

from the pages of AVENUE’s September issue

Along with Alexandra Richards,

these six girls get the party started—

                        and make it last all night

by Carson Griffith. photographed by Juan Algarin. styled by Cricket Burns

Chelsea Leyland has catapulted into the spotlight by getting people to dance under it. The lithe British beauty admits her journey to becoming a DJ was fast and furious: “It just sort of happened,” she says. Leyland’s career started with a gig for Fashion’s Night Out for Valentino last September and has culminated most recently with a summer residency at Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk (the latter hotel is co-owned by her boyfriend, Ben Pundole), and a spot this fall in a Dove-sponsored MTV documentary. The doc will feature three female DJs in total, with the leggy Leyland as “the fashionable DJ,” where cameras will be trailing her throughout Fashion Week. Despite being relatively new to the game, her already-impressive resume warrants these wise words for the next fleet of female fixtures on the turn-tables: “A lot of times it’s easy to just play what people want you to play,” the reggae and English-punk-spinning Leyland advises, “but it’s very important to develop your own style.”


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