Mendes: I really am the first one to laugh at myself and point out what a horrible fashion choice I made or point out an unflattering photo. About six years ago I went to the 'Ghostrider' premiere in New York City and it was cold and snowing — I don't know why I'm sharing that, I think I'm trying to justify — and I had my dress on but I had to finish my hair and makeup in the back of an SUV. It was a beautiful dress, but the way I put everything together, it was a Princess Jasmine gone wrong. The strapless, purple dress with necklaces and a hair in a really high braid. It's not a good look.
AP: Are you someone who follows trends?
Mendes: No. In fact, the worst thing a sales person can tell me when I'm in a shop is, 'Oh, that's been a hot seller.' ... Most of what I wear is vintage ... I like little boutiques. I feel stressed in department stores. Or, oh my God, I can't go to Target. I'm just overwhelmed. It's like the Super Bowl of stores. I like thrift shops more than vintage stores because at vintage stores just calling it 'vintage' kind of ups the price (laughs).
AP: You're the face of an eyewear campaign. Do you wear glasses?
Mendes: I started to need reading glasses like two years ago, but the funny thing is I used to want glasses so bad when I was little that I actually used to stare into the sun to damage my eyesight. My mom would catch me and be like, 'What are you doing?' I was obsessed with looking smart. I also went through a stage in junior high where I would wear non-prescription reading glasses and then I got called out one day, so I stopped that because I felt like a phony. So, as of two years ago, I just started needing them. I love them. (Wearing glasses) adds an instant quirk and elegance.