An Inside Scoop of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

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Becca Avill (left), Lucy Bale (center)  & Sophie Levine (right)

Meet Models Becca Avill, Lucy Bale & Sophie Levine:

Lucy, Becca and Sophie gave me an inside look into what it was like to model for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Here’s the inside scoop!

1) What was it like to model at the Cannes Film Festival? What was the atmosphere like?

Lucy Bale: It was one of the best experiences. Everyone was excited to be there! Before every change, it was chaotic and mad. Everyone was yelling. But it all came together and was absolutely AMAZING when we got onto the catwalk. Before a show, I can be shy. But when I get onto the runway, I am a different person. Shout out to Jera, my modeling agency. Thank you!

 Becca Avill: It was chaotic, super busy and fun! We were booked every day that we were in Cannes. During the mornings we had castings and during the days we had rehearsals. I love doing catwalks because they are a lot more social and I get to meet other models.

Sophie Levine: It wasn’t the most organized but it was a lot of fun. When we were getting ready for a show, people were joking around and just having fun. The makeup artists and hair stylists were really nice. My hair was short for the shows so when I heard the words “slicked back” while they were talking about my hair, I was so nervous. It actually came out amazing!

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Lucy Bale modeling for DiDomenico Design. Photographed by  Lionel Madiou

2) Have you ever modeled for other international fashion shows? How was it different from your runway experience here?

Lucy: Yes, I have also modeled in the UK. Cannes is more structured. They pick their models beforehand. They know what they want. If you’re not what they’re looking for, you’re out. In the UK, it’s less structured. When you show up to a fitting you can change their mind and show them why you’re there. Also there were a lot more people working at the Cannes Film Festival.

 Becca: I started modeling internationally across France and London.  When I was in Cannes I was asked to stay and model for a few more days. I would say a major difference between my experience in France and in the U.K. would be the food. In the UK, it’s unheard of not to provide food and refreshments during a modeling event. In London, it’s important to watch over the models and give them food.

Sophie: Cannes was my first professional show… Though I have done student shows. In the student shows they’re always indecisive about what you’re wearing. They’ll have all the models try everything on before deciding who wears what. In the Cannes Film Festival, they were more decisive on what the models were wearing. They would give us something to wear and say wear this. I prefer Cannes. It was more relaxed.

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Becca Avill modeling Luciana Adulari. Photographed by: Lionel Madiou

3) What’s the coolest thing that happened behind the scenes? What was your most exciting moment?

Lucy: Being given the opportunity to do more shows. Designers would come in after a show and ask if we wanted to model for them. Yay! It was very self-uplifting… it was awesome!

 Becca: I met Leonardo DiCaprio! Oh and I met Fat Joe and Tiger at one of the places I went to. Cannes is a very good place for networking for international modeling agencies.

Sophie: Meeting everyone and especially the other models. Everyone was very friendly. The models took each other’s pictures backstage. It was cool how people recognized me after the show. They would say “you were on the catwalk!” It was also really nice to meet the designers. Some of the dresses were absolutely stunning.

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Sophie Levine modeling for Tjaša Škapin. Photographed by: Lionel Madiou

4) What was the funniest thing that happened?

Lucy: All of the models were hungry and were trying to sneak out and buy croissants to feed everyone. I learned that next time I have to pack a lunch!

Becca: Going out at night directly after a catwalk – I made some fairly bold fashion choices on a few occasions.

Sophie: Walking around with my hair and makeup. The hair stylists were dancing behind the scenes while they were doing my hair! With no music!

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Lucy Bale (left) & Becca Avill (right) modeling Luciana Adulari. Photographed by: Lionel Madiou

5) What was it like to be backstage?

Lucy: Models would be half naked and the people working backstage would come up to us and help us change into our outfits.

Becca: I’ve done a lot of fashion shows and they’re always very fast paced and exciting. The only downside is that people do seem to forget you’re human and everyone and their mum wanders in while you’re changing.

Sophie: Everyone kept an eye out when the models were changing. The media would come behind the stage and just start filming even if models were changing in the background. I liked how all the models would stand in front of the camera so that the other models that were changing could have some privacy.

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Designer Andres Aquino. Photographed by: Lionel Madiou
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Designer Tjaša Škapin. Photographed by: Lionel Madiou
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Designer Tjaša Škapin. Photographed by: Lionel Madiou
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Designer DiDomenico Design. Photographed by  Lionel Madiou
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Designer Hany El Behairy. Photographed by  Lionel Madiou
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Designer DUONVLANG. Photographed by: Lionel Madiou
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Designer Luciana Adulari. Photographed by: Lionel Madiou

I’d like to thank Becca Avill, Lucy Bale  & Sophie Levine for giving me their time to interviewing them. I’d also like to thank  Lionel Madiou for his beautiful pictures. Thank you!

-Jenny A.

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Model Lilly Norris

P1060521Meet Lilly:

Model Lilly Norris absolutely adores the outdoors! You can find her camping, hiking, rock climbing or even just enjoying nature. If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be a strawberry, because they’re (a) delicious, (b) very cute, and (c) they grow wild…just like her!

“My dream is to model for Vogue and to be able to make a positive change in the lives of women who are suffering from trauma.”

Her main goal is to be able to use modeling to travel internationally and raise enough funds to open her own Women’s Trauma Centers in underprivileged areas. She is currently studying business so that she can help provide the necessary resources to trauma victims.

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Fun fact: She’s competed in nationwide engineering competitions where her team electronically wired 120lb. robots!

Her favorite tv show to binge watch is Game of Thrones because the women in it are so kick ass. “Daenerys could have my heart any day of the week.”

Lilly is fascinated with super villains. Speaking of which … Poison Ivy is her favorite. She likes to cosplay and go to different conventions.

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Fun fact: Lilly creates her own cosplay outfits.

Her style is a mash up between (1) a sexy Gothic club goer (2) a hippie straight of out Woodstock and (3) a CEO of a major company.

Lilly has modeled for Charleston Fashion Week 2015, 2016 TIBI NYC 2016, Atlanta International Fashion Week.

You can follow her on Instagram: lillyofficially

-Jenny A.

Model Christina Coleman

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Photo by: Jenny A.

Meet Christina:

Christina Coleman is a Philadelphia born model based in DC who is bold, beautiful and inspiring. She is obsessed with turning her dreams into a reality because she wants to help young women improve their self-image by using entrepreneurship as a vehicle for freedom, independence, and creative expression.

She dreams of traveling the world as a supermodel/actress, becoming a best-selling author and a motivational speaker. Last year Christina spoke to a group of aspiring models on how to be confident.

If she could be a fruit or vegetable she would be an avocado because when you first look at the outside of an avocado, you would never think it’s delicious …but once you get to know Christina, you’ll love her!

Christina describes her style as couture street wear– a blend between luxury and simplicity. You can catch her wearing a luxurious watch, a thrift store bought coat paired with sweatpants and sneaker wedges.

Christina has modeled for Kanye West, Couture Fashion Week, and has traveled the country as a promotional model for Google and Under Armour. She was also featured on Vogue.com, Hype Hair Magazine and Billie Blunt Magazine. Christina is currently a spokeswoman for Magie Bleue Luxury Virgin Hair Extensions.

Follow superstar Christina’s adventure on Instagram: @christinacoleman

-Jenny A.

Model COURTNEY QUINN

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Meet Courtney

Courtney Quinn is livin’ her dream as a professional model! She is all about the lipstick! She always carries anywhere between 2-4  nude, pink, brown and purple shades of matte lipstick at all times because she never just wears one! She combines them to get the perfect shade of lipstick. Sometimes she changes the color during the day depending on her mood! Right now her favorite lipstick combo is MAC Velvet Teddy and NYX Lace Detail.

Courtney is an artist and loves to express herself through painting with acrylics. Her typical Sunday would be spending time at Church, painting and sharing a delicious brunch with friends. You can find her hanging out in West Palm Beach, near a local hot spot or on a boat.

Courtney’s horoscope is a Leo! She loves to travel and explore the world. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a sweet yummy strawberry which matches her red hair!

Courtney walked the runway at New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week 2017 Spring collection. If you add her on Snapchat, you can see behind the scenes footage and sneak peeks!

You can add her on Snapchat : courtneyquinnmk

You can follow her on Instagram : courtneyquinn

-Jenny A.

Fashion Model SHINICE KELLY

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Meet Shinice

Shinice Kelly is a model from South Carolina who has a passion for worship and being spiritual. She believes in focusing on God, meditation and the power of positivity. She says “Whenever you say the word ‘I‘, be careful of what you say behind it!” For example, if you say “I am going to fail,” you might fail because you said it. Instead, you should say “I am going to succeed!” and you will find yourself reaching for success.

Shinice loves to hang out in bowling alleys and in movie theaters. She enjoys roller skating and eating pizza, her favorite food. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a tangerine.

Shinice says, “no matter what it looks like, no matter how you feel about yourself, continue to pursue the very thing your heart desires.”

Shinice walked down the runway in New York Fashion Week’s Couture Fashion Week for the 2017 Spring Collection. Shinice has also modeled for the Miami International Fashion Week in May 2016.

-Jenny A.

NYC Fashion Week Model PAULINE BYNUM

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Meet Pauline

Pauline Bynum is an American model and an award winning nationally competitive figure skater. She has been skating ever since she was 18 months old (can you imagine how cute she must have been as a baby ice skater?!). Over the past summer, she won 3rd place in the Parade of Champions National Showcase Senior Interpretive. Pauline also competed as an ice dancer in the Olympic Qualifier in 2014 where she gracefully danced on the ice.

When she is not hanging out on the ice rink, Pauline spends her time creating single pieces of ceramics. Her favorite ceramics piece is the starfish she made out of clay. While she used to swim competitively, Pauline now loves to swim just for fun! She always gives back by donating her hair every 2 years. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a eggplant because she is an vegan.

Pauline modeled in New York Fashion Weeks’ Couture Fashion Week, showcasing the upcoming Spring 2017 collections.

You can follow her on Instagram : justmepaulineb

 

-Jenny A.