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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Australian Model Kartia Crane

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Photographed by: Gary Kirk Brown

It’s so amazing to be able to interview models from all over the world! I’ve faced different challenges from big ones ( like the time difference between New York and Australia) to the smaller ones ( like how do you spell the word “favorite”? Like a New Yorker “favorite” or like an Australian “favourite“?) But no matter the challenge, what really matters is that I really love what I do.

Last weekend I went to a Father’s Day BBQ where I met my cousins’ relatives from Australia. They were telling me how beautiful it is there and all the cool places to go. I would really love to visit. Coincidentally, I just happened to be working on my interview with model Kartia Crane from Australia!

Meet Kartia:

Kartia walked the runway for New York Fashion Week in February 2017. She’s done fashion shows, bridal expos and runway shows for charity events in Australia. She was a contestant in Miss Country Girl Australia 2016 and was also a contestant in the World Supermodel South Pacific Pageant.
 

Jenny A. (Me): What are your hobbies? Please explain.
Kartia Crane: (1) Modelling (2) makeup (3) watching Netflix (4) going to the gym (5) listening to music and (6) hanging out with family and friends.

Me: Do you wear makeup? If so, what is your favorite brand?
Kartia: M.A.C (is there anything else!?). I love the eye-shadows from H&M. Sadly, we can’t them here in Australia but the pigments are beautiful!

Me: What is your style?
Kartia: I don’t really have a style. Maybe modern classy? I like to always look and feel nice in what I wear.

Me: What is your favorite TV show? Favorite movie?
Kartia:
My favourite TV show is 13 Reasons Why and my favourite movie is The Great Gatsby.

Me: Do you have a favorite animated character or superhero?
Kartia: I don’t really have a favourite.

Me: Are you athletic? If so, what sports do you play? 
Kartia: I am not athletic and I don’t play any sports but I do go to the gym 3 – 4 days a week to keep fit. When I was younger I did Ballet, Tap and Jazz.

Me: Are you adventurous? What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Kartia: I like the idea of being adventurous but as I am only 17 years old, the chances have not really presented themselves yet. I do enjoy roller coaster rides. Does that count?

Me: Where do you like to hang out?
Kartia:
In my bedroom and on the beach in the summer.

Me: Where do you love to go for vacation?
Kartia: To New York and the Gold Coast here in Australia.

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Photographed by: Gary Kirk Brown

Me: What are 3 words to describe you?
Kartia: (1) Bubbly (2) Ambitious and (3) Caring.

Me: If you could be a fruit or veggie, what fruit or veggie would you be? 
Kartia: A pineapple because it’s spiky and a little tough on the outside but sweet on the inside.

Me: What are your goals and dreams?
Kartia: I want to become an established model in Australia and overseas. If modelling doesn’t work out, I would like to be a beauty therapist and work behind the scenes. I am currently 100% focused on my modelling career and would love to be given more opportunities.

Me: Do you have anything interesting coming up?
Kartia: I am a contestant in Australian Supermodel of the year (ASOTY) in the Curve division. I hope I can make it all the way to the grand final!

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Photographed by: Dean Tuohill of Great Southern Image

You can follow her on Instagram: @kartia.k

Do you have any adventures coming up for the summer? Tell me about them in the comments below!

Switching It Up with Model Terence Ingram

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Photographed by: Que T.  @quentinetownsend_jr 

When I first saw Terence Ingram walk down the runway at PLITZS Fashion Marketing, I was really intrigued… I suddenly wanted to know more about him. I thought he had a very striking look and when I met him, he was very sweet. Fast forward. I interviewed him for my blog. Fast forward. I took an FIT blogging class. Fast forward. I decided to make this feature more like a conversation. Fast forward. Then I realized that I never asked him for any of his personal modeling stories …  whoops.  Fast forward.  I guess it’s time for round 2 for Terence’s interview. Fast forward. Now I’m sitting on the subway trying to edit this while stuck in the tunnel because there is “train traffic ahead of us.” Why is there always train traffic ahead of us?! Anyways, while I’m waiting for my subway to kindly move forward, I hope you enjoy my interview!

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Photographed by: Jarmaz Wright @jlwcollection

Meet Terence:

Jenny A: What do you love to do?

Terence Ingram: I love taking selfies and going shopping.

JA: Are you really into social media? What’s your favorite social media?

TI: Yes. I love Instagram. I look at it like an art. I think of which photos to post. I also love Twitter.

JA: I really thought you were going to say Snapchat since there are so many filters!

TI: Yeah, well I love Instasnap. My favorite is the dog filter.

JA: Where is the craziest place you’ve selfied?

TI: A haunted house! All these people were chasing us and I just thought this would be a great time to take a selfie!

JA: That’s really funny! Speaking of funny…What’s the funniest thing that happened to you while modeling?

TI: hmmm I think it was in either 2011 or 2012…  before I went onto the runway I had my clothes on backwards! They actually stopped me right before I went out and turned my shirt around so that I could walk.

JA: I’m looking at one of your modeling photos where you’re holding a rose in your mouth. What was it like? What were you thinking about during this photo-shoot?

TI: I was actually laying in a tub of water. It was nerve-racking. I was thinking “Okay this is a cool idea” but I was nervous at the same time.

JA: Do you like doing adventurous modeling gigs?

TI: I love doing something out of the box that I’ve never done before. One time I did a fashion show in New York for designer Harold Wright and I had to wear very dramatic eyeliner …. I even had to wear a choker. It was a very out there look. I loved and hated it.

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Photographed by: Jarmaz Wright @jlwcollection

JA: Is there something you live by?

TI: “Dreams don’t work unless you do”[by John C. Maxwell].  I am always busy. I am constantly reaching out to different modeling agencies and designers just to get my face out there.

JA: So, what are your goals and dreams for modeling?

TI: I really want to be signed to a modeling agency. I want to be a runway model and be different in a model feel.

JA: What do you mean by that?

TI: I have Vitiligo and it’s not the “ideal” model look. But I want to offer a different side to modeling.

JA: Do you think your skin will help you in the fashion world?

TI: Yes and no. It might not be what they’re looking for. On the other hand, my skin might bring something new and different to the table.

JA: Do you have a model that you look up to?

TI: Winnie Harlow. She is confident and comfortable in her own skin. She doesn’t stop herself because of her skin. I think of myself the same way… nothing can stop me.

JA: With your crazy schedule what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

TI: I hang out with my friends and family. We love going to Dorney Park! One time my whole family took like 5 cars and we just went! We love the water park and the roller coasters.

JA: That’s awesome.

TI: Yeah! I go on all the craziest roller coasters. I’m the one who sits all the way in the font of the roller coaster.

JA: Great! Earlier you mentioned that you love shopping. Where do you like to shop? What’s your style?

TI: I shop at ZARA, H+M and Urban Outfitters. My style is natural, simple and urban. I’ll wear a white shirt, stretch jeans and a pair of Chelsea boots with my Gold God necklace chain.

JA: What is your secret to keeping in shape?

TI: I go to the gym. I love running, climbing and swimming. Actually I used to be more of a gym rat but now I casually go to the gym. When I was younger, I used to run track. Now when I go to the gym, I run on the treadmill.

JA: If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?

TI: An apple. Everyone loves them and you can’t go wrong with an apple!

You can follow Terence on Instagram: @modeltji

-Jenny A.

Model Yuliya Aranovska

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Meet Yuliya:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 Yuliya Aranovska is a Ukrainian born model who has both a big heart and a dazzling smile. She dreams of channeling her modeling career into making a positive change in the world. Her ultimate goal is to encourage kindness and help charities. She also hopes to one day have her own fashion line and store.

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Like a true New Yorker, her style is a mix between edgy and classy. She usually wears all black for castings, but loves to show color in her usual wardrobe. Makeup? She always uses a little bit of eye liner and mascara and BB Cream moisturizer with a high SPF. On a nice day you can find her taking in the gorgeous backdrop of the city. One of her favorite go to spots is the 230 5th Ave rooftop lounge.

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She loves the arts! She draws with all types of materials, such as chalk pastels, markers, sharpies, and paint. She revealed that has a deep appreciation for street style graffiti and photography. She loves expressing herself through dancing and writing. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she should be an onion, since it has a lot of layers (for all you Shrek fans!).

Yuliya is a travel bug! You can find her traveling and just exploring. When she travels she likes to experience the world like a local. She’s been parasailing, surfing, and paragliding! One of her favorite adventures was ATVing in Costa Rica!

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During our interview she realized that her favorite animated characters are always the mischievous female leads like Angelica from the Rugrats and Helga from Hey Arnold! (go figure!). Maybe she was inspired by them to break the rules a bit. 

At 5’7, an inch below the typical 5’8 height for female models, Yuliya has still managed to walk NY Fashion Week for Dan Liu & FTL Moda, Fashion Gallery New York, Philly Fashion Week, DC Fashion Week, and participated in presentations by Hellen Castillo from Project Runway, & many others. I think it’s very impressive because while it may seem like she is “just an inch below the standard”; an inch below the industry standard is a lot in fashion. Yuliya said that each of her experiences have been dreams come true & that is why she encourages all to never give up on their dreams.

You can follow her on Instagram: @Yuliyasofficial

-Jenny A.

Glamour Magazine’s Lauren Chan Made Her Dream Come True

You’ll never guess who came to my blogging class! Lauren Chan, the Fashion Features Editor for GLAMOUR MAGAZINE! Not only does she work for Glamour Magazine, she is also a former plus-size model! I was so excited to meet her! I love how lively and down to earth she is. She just tells it as it is. When she mentioned to the class that magazines can look at different blogs for content, it really opened my eyes to how important blogging is.

Back in March, I decided to take a blogging class at FIT so that I could work on my blogging skills and meet other bloggers. I figured that it would be a great experience and I just wanted to surround myself with people also starting their own blogs. I never thought that we’d have a guest speaker from Glamour Magazine, let alone a former model.

I love that.

A lot of the models that I interview for New Style Modé have so many different interests. I’m so glad that Lauren is able to use her experience as a plus-size model and follow her dreams to write for fashion. Believe it or not Lauren actually writes about trendy plus-size fashion, models and body diversity! You go girl!

I decided to do a little bit of homework and read some of Lauren’s articles. Personally, I loved her article about the interview she had with supermodel & plus-size model Ashley Graham. It was a great interview where they talked about Ashley’s experience as a plus-size model and some of the challenges she faced. What spoke to me the most was that even though Ashley faced a lot of obstacles, she didn’t give up…she still pushed forward and followed her dreams. I won’t go into too much detail about the interview but if you’re interested, you should definitely read it. Please note that some of the content in the article is a bit mature. [Click here for the link to the article.]

It might be cliché to say but keep follow your dreams. Just look at Lauren. She started off as a plus-size model for Ford Models, she kept working on her dreams and now she is an editor at Glamour Magazine.

What are your dreams? Are you still following them? Tell me about them in the comments below! I’d love to hear them. 🙂

-Jenny A.

 

Model Andi Augustin

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Photograph: PLITZ Fashion Marketing, Wayne Shields

Meet Andi:

Andi Augustin is a New York model who dreams of opening up his own fitness center. Whether he is a model workin’ it on the runway or a personal trainer workin’ it in the gym, he is always givin’ it 110%. As a personal trainer  he inspires gym members to reach their full potential and get into shape. In his spare time, he loves playing football and running track & field.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

If there is one thing Andi can’t live without, it’s a fresh cup of orange juice (which is the secret behind his perfect health). He also has a few hidden talents… (1) he’s a great mini golf player and (2) he’s a graceful swimmer. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be a grape since everyone likes them.

You can find him hanging out in Brooklyn and enjoying a slice of red velvet cake. He likes shopping at Zara and Topman since his style is more towards “chilling” + urban street wear. If you go on vacation, make sure to bring him back a pair of funky socks for his collection!

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Andi won the 2017 PLITZ Fashion Marketing’s male model Emerging Model of the Year. “I was speechless when I won. Honestly, it was so much fun. PLITZ’s fashion show was a great environment and I learned so much from meeting other models.” Click here to learn more about PLITZ Fashion Marketing.

You can follow Andi on Instagram: and_irun

-Jenny A.

Model Jessica Shea Zeletes

Meet Jessica:

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

“As a model, my major focus is (1) being a role model and (2) being fearless. I am a brand, a boss and a business.”

Jessica Shea Zeletes is a model who is all about trying new things! You can find her hanging out on an airplane or reading in Barnes & Nobles. Whether she is traveling to different cities or tasting different foods, Jessica enjoys living life. She loves playing volleyball, flipping through fashion magazines and taking professional photos.

She dreams of becoming an international petite supermodel. Even though she is a petite model, her ultimate goal is to be a Victoria’s Secret model.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

“Modeling is my life.”

She hopes to one day walk for designer Philipp Plein. Jessica’s top role models are Hillary Duff, Tyra Banks and Ava Capra from America’s Next Top Model. If she could be a fruit or vegetable, she would be a pineapple because it is tasty, juicy, tarty, and interesting looking with a hardcore in the middle.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

Jessica’s style is a mix between chic and eclectic. When she is in Florida, her go to outfit is shorts, a tank top and a pair of Converse shoes. When she visits New York, you can find her wearing a turtleneck, pants and snow boots. She is obsessed with fashion, purses and shoes.  Her favorite perfume is Hillary Duff’s With Love.

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Photographed by: Jenny A.

“Nothing stops me.”

Jessica doesn’t let fear stop her from achieving her goals. Back in January 2017, she was in the airport waiting for her flight to New York when the Fort Lauderdale shooting happened. Instead of panicking and going home, she boarded her flight so that she would be able to compete in the 2017 PLITZS Fashion Marketing’s Emerging Model of the Year. Even with all the stress of the traumatic shooting, her determination pulled her though allowing her to win the petite model of the year.

You can follow her on Instagram: Jessicasheamodel

-Jenny A.