This story appears in the October 2016 issue of Playboy. Subscribe

“I love to wonder what makes people tick. Alongside my love of language, it’s something that fuels my excitement when reading and writing,” says Lily Bridger, who skyrocketed to worldwide recognition last year after she was scouted on a London street for an international Adidas campaign. Her recent travels pair well with her passion for literature, including Shakespeare’s Hamlet and John Fowles’s The Magus, which, she says, “has encouraged me to investigate early Greek philosophy and to consider some of the fundamental questions posed by thinkers.”

Photography by Nate Walton