Chelsea Leyland

by flaunt

The host—part of our 10 act musical dramedy

“An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856)

Throughout the ages the host has served as the catalyst. By virtue of the host introductions are made, deals are brokered, and relationships cemented. They are selfless, opting to give their time and other resources to ensure that those in their immediate proximity are inspired, and have a great time. If, somehow, they also have a good time...well that’s purely serendipitous.

Chelsea Leyland, the London- born Brooklyn-residing DJ/model/ actress is as comfortable surrounded by friends as she is manning the music at a fabulous gala. Leyland told The New York Observer last year, “I don’t really have big parties. When I have friends over, it’s my best group of friends.” Leyland is happy to bask in the warmth of close friends, but also adept at bathing guests of fashionable bashes in elevated beats—having done so for brands such as Valentino, Chanel, and Fendi, amongst others. Leyland even casually fills in for Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio from time to time—she’s a prodigious host indeed.

Tell us about a memory you associate with good times?

Having half grown up in Spain, my sister and I were often taken care of by Spanish nannies when my parents weren’t around, and before we would leave the house, wake up or go to bed, I remember these beautiful Spanish ladies covering our hair with Spanish cologne. This is traditionally a very Spanish way with young kids, and that particular smell will always trigger magical childhood memories for me when I smell it now.

What is the difference between comedy and tragedy?

When I think of the two, although one triggers more happy feelings than the other, I really don’t feel that they are all that different. We will all experience moments of tragedy and moments of comedy within our lives. Personally I cannot survive tragedy without comedy. Tragedy and hardship allow us to appreciate comedy and the joys of life. In some respect, they need each other to co-exist.

What are some words to live by?

Remember to be grateful. Gratitude is one of the fundamental keys to happiness

What is a fundamental truth?

I find that you often don’t realize how good something is until that time has ended.

What kind of music inspires a good mood in you and why?

Reggae, specifically dancehall; because it makes me want to dance, it makes me feel like sunshine, it reminds me not to take life too seriously. And finally, it reminds me of holidays and carnival, which are never a bad time.

Would you recognize a good time if you’d never had a bad time?

I think I would, yes, but I believe the bad time makes us appreciate the good even more.

Photographer: Jessie Craig for Patricia McMahon.

Stylist: Francesca Turner.

Hair: Alex Price for Frank Agency.

Makeup: Nicola Moores-Brittin for Coffin Inc.