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!

Model RAM

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Meet RAM:

RAM is a model from India who is very proud of his culture. He loves cooking popular Indian dishes, dancing Indian style dances and watching Indian movies such as Baashha. If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be red chili since he is from the land of spice.

He loves playing sports like soccer and volleyball. Back in India he had a very athletic lifestyle playing on a soccer team.

RAM speaks 5 languages! – He believes in the value of excellence and honing his skills. You can find him hanging out on Wall Street since he is currently studying to be in the financial industry.

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Photographed by: Isamu Maeda

His desire is to become a top model for ZARA.

His go to outfit is a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, sneakers and a signature pair of sunglasses. His favorite tv series is Sherlock Holmes. When walking down the runway, he thinks “I am the king.”

His biggest piece of advice is to never give up. “I failed many times when coming to the USA.” With the help of his dad he was able to accomplish his goal and come to America. RAM speaks with the utmost respect and love for his dad saying that his dad is his role model.

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Photographed by: Isamu Maeda

RAM walked in New York Fashion Week & PLITZS Fashion Marketing’s 2017 Model of the Year in the heart of New York City.

You can follow him on Instagram: shatakarnivanimireddy

-Jenny A.

 

Model Lilly Norris

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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 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.

Runway Model Jennifer Liu

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Photographer: Marcus Isaac ; Designer: Rose Berger; Published in Elegant Magazine

Meet Jennifer:

From skydiving to bungee jumping, Jennifer Liu is a model who loves extreme sports! She wants to fly – but actually, she loves the feeling of flying. In fact, if she could have any superpower, it would be flying. She hopes that her next adventure will be paragliding this summer.

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Photographer: Austin Donohue

Jennifer came to New York for 2 things: modeling and finance. She works in the fiance world by day and models on the runway by night. On her free time she loves tasting food and wine. One of the top things on her bucket list is seeing every single country in the world!


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Photographer: Susana Rico; Designer: Shaazia Adam

Modeling on the runway, being in front of the camera and doing extreme sports give Jennifer a rush of adrenaline. gives Jennifer the same feeling as when she is doing extreme sports. Jennifer has modeled in a number of fashion shows and for a number of designers in their print and media campaigns. Her editorial work with designers has also been published in various magazines.

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Photographer: Michael Fromholtz

Jennifer has modeled on the runway for the Lord and Taylor in store fashion shows & the 2016 Plitz Fashion Show.

View Jennifer’s modeling profile here.

-Jenny A.