MVBoy2Watch: Junior Choi

Want to learn how you can work with the biggest fashion brands whilst in your early 20's?

 #MVBoy Junior Choi is only 20 years old and has already built an impressive modelling portfolio, working with some of the best fashion designer brands such as Burberry, DSquared2, Givenchy to name a few and has walked in shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

Continue reading to find out Junior's top career advice for aspiring models, his catwalk top tips, Instagram inspiration and his favourite moments with Model Village so far...

A bit about Junior

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Age: 20

Hometown: London, United Kingdom

Mother agency: Select Models

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Q.1 When and where did you first get scouted?

I was first scouted in a Topman store about 2 and a half years ago and signed with my mother agency, Select Models.

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Q.2 Describe your sense of style in 4 words...

Cosy, cosy, cosy, cosy!

 

Q.3 What hobbies do you have outside of modelling?

I love listening to music and discovering the latest artists! I am also very into fitness and work out in the gym every day if I can, especially before Fashion Month.

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Q.4 How do you curate your content for your Instagram?

I actually don’t plan anything, I just find a spot I feel comfy in, set the frame for whoever’s with me and tell them to snap it real quick!

This is actually a great tip I suggest for quickly catching that perfect shot, sometimes if you overthink a situation you can also overcomplicate the image and it won't look natural.

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Q.5 Tell us about Arif Ferdous. What is the brand about and what is your connection to it?

Arif Ferdous is founded by my friend Arif and my role entails being the brand's creative director and handling the marketing side of the business!

The brand is about sending messages to the world, messages which may provoke thought and controversy and something that may change a person's entire way of thinking. Unlike a lot of other clothing brands, Arif Ferdous is not just a logo on the material!

There’s a pure and original concept behind it and that’s why I believe in it so much.

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Q.6 What was it like walking in the Moncler show in Milan during Fashion Week?

It was a very cool show for sure, I love what they did with the collaborations so it is always exciting to be a part of a show that is so creative and innovative within its design.

The casting was also a funny one, the casting director lined everyone up and just said yes/no and then when there is no 'no’s' left the room he said cool, so everyone’s got the job! haha  

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Q.7  What has been your favourite job to date?

The Givenchy show by Ricardo Tisci was my favourite show to date! It really felt like a show with all the features; the music was perfectly themed with the clothes' aesthetic and really helped you get into the mood of the brand.

The all-time favourite job that I have worked with is Pigalle. The brand was founded in 2008 by Stephane Ashpool and has a truly cool, Parisian ethos and was named after a former red-light district in Paris! The whole team have a real family feel that you don't find everywhere!

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Q.8 What advice would you give to male models who want to build their profile on Instagram?

Live your best life and document it like it’s your personal mood board!
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Q.9 Since you've walked in shows all over the world, which city do you think has the best designers and why?

I think every city has its own fair share of amazing designers as a whole...

London’s on its rise, but since the loss of a lot of big designers it has lost its worth but is forming a new culture of new designers to watch and up-and-coming collections.

I also think that the fashion industry as a whole has become so much more diverse, both in terms of designers and their collections, but also for the male model industry.

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Q.10 What has been your favourite experience so far with Model Village?

I loved helping shoot the new website for Model Village a couple of weeks ago! The location was amazing and was great because of the open plan access as there was so much light! It was also so nice as I could also use the opportunity for a new music video I'm creating! 

I also love using the app to discover new places I’ve never heard of before, it's a great app to have when your travelling also, as you get to try new food and get connected with new brands.

 

Q.11 Which other male models do you think are killing it on Instagram right now?

Off-the-top of my head I would have to say: Alton Mason, Don Lee, Abdulaye Nyang and Koen Fraser 

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Q.12 What is one personal and professional goal you wish to achieve in 2018?

  1. My personal goal is to remain focused this year just as much as I can and try and grow in all aspects.
  2. My professional goal is to execute everything I’ve set out to do to the best of its capability. 

 

Q.13 What is your dream designer/ brand to work with?

It was Represent Clothing and I’ve ticked it off the list. Represent is a British street-rooted label created in 2012 by brothers George & Mike Heaton.

They have an amazingly strong signature aesthetic and I had been wanting to work with them for a while!

 Junior for Represent Clothing.

Junior for Represent Clothing.

Watch Junior's casting video:


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Model Village X Cannes 2018. What to expect...

Want to know what happens at the Cannes Film Festival and gain exclusive insight to what goes on on the red carpet? The 71st edition of the Film Festival has only just kicked off, so find out everything you need to know about this year's cinematic event, including a retrospective of the best supermodel red carpet moments and what the MVBabes will be experiencing this year...

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The MVBabes at cannes 2018

This year, Model Village will be whisking the MVBabes away in style to the French Riviera, with exclusive access to Cannes 2018 including VIP invitations to events, red carpet moments, afterparties, and local French experiences.

Don't forget to stay tuned on our social media and Instagram as we provide you with an exclusive peek into one of the world's largest film festivals! 

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So what is the Cannes Film Festival?

The Cannes Film Festival is held in Cannes annually (usually in May) and previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival takes place at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Cannes offers a unique opportunity to determine a particular country's image of its cinema and generally foster the notion that European cinema is "art" cinema. The non-public festival is often a popular venue for film producers to launch their new films and to attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe.

Cannes 2018 marks the 71st edition of Cannes Film Festival and started on May 8th and ends on May 19th which is a day longer than past years.

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What has happened so far at Cannes 2018?

The festival has been making headlines all year, with the organiser’s decision to ban red carpet selfies raising eyebrows earlier this year and Cate Blanchett revealing plans to take part in a #MeToo protest over the weekend's event.

Find out Vanity Fair's 18 films to watch for Cannes 2018 here which includes the domestic thriller Everybody Knows, from two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi which also stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

However, this year you won't be seeing any Netflix titles as they have been banned after a new rule change. The new rule was enforced by Thierry Fremaux, the festival’s artistic director who imposed a ban on movies competing for the main prizes without a theatrical release.

In an interview with Variety, Ted Sarandos, who is the chief content officer of Netflix, said how the company will not change its release strategy even after Cannes insisted that competing titles at the festival receive theatrical distribution in France.

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Retrospective: our favourite red carpet supermodel moments

  Cara Delevingne  wearing  Burberry  at Cannes 2013

Cara Delevingne wearing Burberry at Cannes 2013

  Kendall Jenner  wearing  Topshop  at Cannes 2015

Kendall Jenner wearing Topshop at Cannes 2015

  Kate Moss  wearing  Halston  at Cannes 2016

Kate Moss wearing Halston at Cannes 2016

  Bella Hadid  wearing lexandre  Vauthier Couture  at Cannes 2016

Bella Hadid wearing lexandre Vauthier Couture at Cannes 2016

  Irina Shayk  wearing  Versace  at Cannes 2017

Irina Shayk wearing Versace at Cannes 2017

  Cindy Crawford  wearing  Roberto Cavalli  at Cannes 2016

Cindy Crawford wearing Roberto Cavalli at Cannes 2016

  Georgia May Jagger  wearing  Roberto Cavalli  at Cannes 2017

Georgia May Jagger wearing Roberto Cavalli at Cannes 2017

Stay tuned, we can't wait to share with you the happenings at Cannes 2018!


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MVBabe2Watch: Athena Zelcovich

Want to use your voice to help make a difference in the world? Meet MVBabe Athena Zelcovich who is a fashion model and actress based in Paris and has a keen interest in helping humanity. 

Athena is best-known for her role as Jenny on the French TV show Plus Belle La Vie which reaches over 5.3 million viewers and has a 23.2% audience share each weekday evening when it is aired on France 3. The series follows the daily lives of the inhabitants of "Le Mistral", a fictional neighbourhood in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, where wealthy and less than wealthy families co-exist.

Find out why Athena wants to use her identity to help humanity, what advice she shares and her favourite places to hang out in Paris...

A bit about Athena:

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Age: 27

Hometown: Paris

Mother Agency: DMG Models

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Q.1 Describe yourself in 3 words:

Spontaneous, creative and curious!

Q.2 When and where did you first get into modelling?

Modelling has been a part of my life since I was a little child actually! I used to be represented by Frimousse Agency based in Paris and worked on campaigns such as with Disneyland Paris and Toysrus when I was very little.

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Q.3 When did you first get into acting?

As I said above, acting is a career I had always been dreaming about. I started by going to both acting and theatre classes but I also participated in many workshops so I could actually perform on stage, build my identity and talent.

I also remember this amazing coach called Jack Waltzer, who taught me so much and helped me to increase my self-confidence, which is so important in this job, especially regarding the competition you have to be facing every single day. Modelling and acting are very similar careers and so co-inside together seemingly. 

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Q.4 Who inspires you?

I am always inspired by creative people in general to be honest. I am very passionately inspired by people who commit their lives to causes such as women empowerment, fight for rights, humanitarian causes… people who I believe will truly make the world change. I always love surrounding myself with positive energy and people who provide this enlightened perspective of the world.

Someone who greatly inspires me is the American Actress Meryl Streep. She has such a wonderful and powerful character! We can see how she is a really focused person and makes decisions not just for herself but for the image she provides to people. The way she acts is amazing, sincere and inspiring.

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Q.5 What has been your favourite film you have been a part of so far?

I was part of a famous and well-known French daily TV Show called Plus Belle La Vie for almost 2 years and played the part of a woman called Jenny.

The show reaches millions of people in each episode and is broadcasted on the "France 3" channel on TV every evening!

My role was about a 'badass' woman who is totally free and does not care what people can think of her. Jenny's personality is also funny and super-appealing.

I really enjoyed the time spent with all the actors and staff during my time on the show. Even though the work pace itself was very intense, we also spent a lot of time together relaxing and bonding off-set. In the end, they were like my second family!

To date, I would say this is by far my best experience.

Q.6 What advice you would suggest to other models who are also aspiring actresses?

My advice to other models who want to get into acting would be:

  1. Be passionate, acting is all about emotion.
  2. To me, take into account that this job is totally different from being a model (not the same mentality, not always based on physical aspect but way more about your personality…)
  3. Be strong when you are facing the competition and never give up! 
  4. Do not let the fear of not succeeding overwhelm you - do it because you love it, work hard to perform.
  5. And, always stay humble!
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Q.7 Why do you think Instagram is important for creatives such as models and actresses?

In general, I think that social media and especially Instagram are crucial to helping promote anyone who is involved in the creative industry, including models, actresses, athletes etc.

It is also hugely important for artists, as your image is surrounded by your identity and Instagram provides the perfect platform to help you display your creative portfolio. 

However, the true art of Instagram or social media, in general, is how you use it! We all know that a bad buzz can happen just like that, so I use social media carefully and plan out every post I publish as it is a key link to not just your personal life but also your professional career.

When I publish pictures on Instagram, I try to stay as natural as possible, I like authentic and lifestyle posts, not only professional ones and I think this is a great way to gain engagement!

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Q.8 What has been the best advice you have ever received? Who was it from and how has it motivated you?

The best advice I have honestly received comes from close friends of mine! It's often the people who know you the best who can provide you with honest truth and the best guidance in life. 

I was super afraid of not succeeding in this career of being an actress and had a big lack of self-confidence. In fact, when I was going to a casting, I always told myself: "I won’t get it". Then one day, a friend told me that in the worst case you will get a no, but at least you have tried! 

This was really meaningful advice for me because when you dedicate your life to any job, you know that you cannot make everything happen the way you want, as it is not always about you and you need to accept that. 

Now, when I get a no, I tell myself it was at least a good way to practise and learn!

In life, you always need to perform and challenge yourself! In acting, I've learnt that having a variety of skills helps multiply your chance of getting a part. For example, broaden your act to comedy, drama etc and then this will help show that you can play a variety of roles and don't just stick with what you think is best!

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Q.9 What is one personal and one professional goal you wish to achieve in 2018?

A personal goal is to get more involved in a women empowerment cause/rights.

I want to use my voice as an actress to help make a positive difference in the world! I often get tips and advice from my family, friends and even fans who encourage me to motivate my sense of identity in today's society. This is definately a strong personal goal I wish to achieve in my life.

My professional goal would be to take part in a US movie and expand my acting portfolio!

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Q.10 Where are your favourite places to hang-out in Paris?

There are so many amazing places that opened in the past 2 years in Paris especially which I love to hang-out in at the moment. So I have lots in mind! I love discovering new places to relax in-between castings and j'adore using the MV app to find them!

If I had to choose a couple of venues in particular however, they would have to include: Hotel & Restaurant Grand Amour, Bar & Restaurant of the Hotel National, La Palette and Le Montana Rooftop!

Q.11 What has been your best experience with Model Village?

I am so happy to be an MV member and would like to give you guys a massive thank you for helping me and other models in the industry everyday. 

I have always had a great experience with Model Village and have taken part in many campaigns/ events in Paris such as with Comptoir des Cotonniers. I also love the new perks available on the app and always look out for the latest privileges in Paris!

Love you <3

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What you need to know about the Met Gala 2018

From the date to the theme and everything else in between, here's all you need to know about the world-famous 2018 fashion event: the Met Gala.

Continue reading to find out which models stormed the red carpet, which British supermodel made a special appearance for this year's event, who wore what and what highlighted moments were captured on Instagram.

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What is the Met Gala?

Founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the benefit was first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New York's high society. Today, the most famous faces from film, fashion, music and art all come together to raise money for the Met's Costume Institute and celebrate the grand opening of its latest exhibition.

The night is also centred on the theme of the new exhibition, with previous themes encompassing everything from Manus x Machina and Punk: Chaos to Couture to China: Through the Looking Glass.

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When and where did the Met Gala 2018 take place?

The Met Gala takes place on the first Monday of May, which this year fell on May 7.

The Met Gala is always in the same location and placed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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What was the theme of the Met Gala 2018?

This year's theme was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.'

The "Heavenly Bodies" exhibition has, however, received the official stamp of approval from the Vatican. In fact, along with over 150 designer pieces, the Costume Institute's next big exhibit will also include 50 garments and accessories loaned from the Vatican. Other brands featured include Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, both of which have a history of using religious undertones in their designs, and more unexpected inclusions like Chanel and Valentino.

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Who performed at the event this year?

Madonna rose again for the Met Gala 2018, surprising the guests with a 'divine' performance that captivated her audience throughout the event during numerous acts. 

Appearing in a monastic cloak, she descended the stairs of the Great Hall and made her grand entrance on stage to the tolls of church bells. Fittingly, she opened her set with her “Like a Prayer” and segued into a bone-chilling version of “Hallelujah.”

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Which models attended the event?

Fashion's biggest night out of the year is a red-carpet calendar staple and every supermodel makes sure to secure the fashion extravaganza each year. The red-carpet is transformed into a runway as designers battle to dress the best circulating each year's unique theme.

So which models dazzled at the Met Gala 2018? Continue reading to find out...

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British supermodel Kate Moss attended her first Met Gala this year since 2009 when she co-hosted the event alongside Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, and Justin Timberlake. Moss wore a draped Saint Laurent black mini dress with feather detailing and is ready to:

Make America Kate Again.
— Kate Moss
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2017's Model of the Year Winnie Harlow also attended her first Met Gala this year and shared her journey experience exclusively with E! news. She told the outlet her thoughts of the fashion-forward event, saying:

I think the most exciting part of the Met Gala are the looks. The Met is the place where you can really dress so extravagantly and have as much fun as you want with fashion
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Supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid were also spotted at the event. Gigi wore a Versace dress with stain glass window-inspired detail in accordance with the night. The model even sat next to Donatella Versace during the event's dinner as she captured the moment on her Instagram stories.

Her sister, Bella wore an all-black ensemble, created custom for her by Chrome Hearts, with whom she has a collection, that paired a latex top with a long black skirt and a structured black bolero that beautifully framed her amazing figure.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also wore an actual halo to the event, capturing the true essence of the 2018 Met Gala theme!

The model, actress, and former Victoria’s Secret Angel showed up in an ethereal caped Ralph Lauren gown that resembled stained glass windows, framing her face which dazzled with her crystal-clear complexion enhanced through the halo and instantly took everyone's breath away!

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Kendall Jenner and the Kardashian family were also amongst the fashion invitees and made a statement in Vogue Magazine's Met Gala 2018 video highlights.

Kendall stepped out into the red carpet wearing a white, Off-White, jumpsuit made by her friend and designer Virgil Abloh. Complete with flared hems, an off-the-shoulder neckline and sheer sleeves the model finished the look with a sleek ponytail and a smokey eye with a pair of sparkling diamond drop earrings—the perfect addition to the fresh outfit!

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Other noted model attendees of the Met Gala also included Lily Aldrige, Ming XI, Liu Wen, Hailey Baldwin, Irina Shayk, Elsa Hosk, Sara Sampaio, Gisele, Cindy Crawford and more. Swipe through to see some of our dress highlights captured from Met Gala 2018.

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MVBabe2Watch: Eline Van Haasteren

Ever thought about creating your own Youtube channel? Eline Van Haasteren is a fashion model, photographer and videographer and even a model scout, who shares her stories through beautifully curated content, which she shares daily on her Youtube channel and Instagram which together have over 13,000 followers. 

Eline has also created her own photography Instagram page called @seenbylien, where she creates engaging story-telling pieces that tell her life's discoveries and top travel highlights. Inspired by her Dutch heritage, Eline follows various fashion photographers on Instagram who inspire her work and is constantly searching for the latest unique pieces to update her off-duty style. Continue reading to find out more about Eline and enhance your Instagram feed with her industry insight today... 

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A bit about Eline:

Age: 22

Hometown: Leiden, Amerstdam. 

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MV Asks: When and where did you get scouted?

Eline:

The first time I got scouted I was sitting in the tube with some friends and a woman came up to me  and asked if I would like to be a model.

A few years later I got scouted a lot in Amsterdam where I was studying, but I was already signed with an agency.

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MV Asks: Which designers currently inspire your off-duty look?

Eline:

I am always inspired by multiple designers actually, I like to look at all of them and pick the pieces I feel most comfy with and match them with my look and my identity, this helps me re-create a classic look and define the style with my own off-duty twist.

Curently I keep an eye on some Dutch designers like:

Le Café Noir Studio,  Alix the label and I also love the jewellery from AnnaNina.

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MV Asks: How has Instagram influenced your career as a model?

Eline:

I never used social media much before my career, but since I started modelling I noticed it’s so important to upload on social media. Instagram has become any models modern portfolio and helps you get discovered so easily by potential clients.

People don’t google your name as much anymore but instead search on Instagram, it’s your online portfolio that can instantly boost your career and so I think it's really important to have an engaging feed.

I try and post about 5 pictures a week, sometimes even more if I feel like it, it depends where I am, what shoots I've done and the mood I'm in... 😜

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MV Asks: Why did you decide to build a Youtube channel and how do you find content for your videos?

Eline:

I decided to post videos on my Youtube channel since it was only really ever my friends and family who only heard my stories about castings, shoots and travel stories from all the different countries I've travelled to with work. So I decided to use the platform to tell others about my journey, providing other models with industry insight and helpful fashion tips which I also really enjoy producing and editing!

Youtube means that now I can show both my family and friends and others how I spend my days even when I’m on the other side of the world!

MV Asks: Which photographers do you follow for inspiration?

Eline:

I love the work from Cameron HammondBrydie Mack and the brands they work with, such a beautiful style!

Recently I've worked with a Dutch photographer: Vivian Hoorn, who is stunning in front of the lens and also really talented behind it!

I also love following Peter Lindbergh and Migjen Rama for Inspiration and content ideas.

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MV Asks: Where has been your favourite travel location for work?

Eline:

Definitely, Sydney, Palm Springs but also Marrakech as it has something so special as well!

So I actually can't choose just one favourite location 🙈 I love travelling around the world and constantly exploring different cultures and thanks to modelling I've had this amazing chance to work abroad and discover such places as these.

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MV Asks: What are your favourite photo-editing apps that you use on Instagram?

Eline:

I always use different apps to edit my pictures, and I also really like to try out new ones but most of the time its; VSCO, Afterlight or Snapspeed! 

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MV Asks: What would be your 3 main tips to suggest to other models who are wanting to build on their social media presence?

Eline:

1. BE YOU! You can get inspired by others but it’s important to post/ edit things that YOU really like! You will be always one step behind if you copy others.. so create your own style.

2. A good mix of work, friends, family and your passions always works!

3. Be careful with the things you post, it can also be used against you..

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MV Asks: What has been your favourite project you have worked on so far for your own social media?

Eline:

The pictures I share on my second Instagram account @seenbylien!

I started the page as I am currently learning to work as a photographer and the projects I share on that account are my faves as I think they capture such a unique angel and perspective of the world around me.

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MV Asks: Tell us how you got involved in scouting?

Eline:

I recently started scouting, since I travel a lot and work in the industry as a model myself I am always walking past gorgeous fresh faces which I think should be signed and so I wanted to help give them advice. The first girl I've scouted so far actually even got signed with an agency straight away and started working a lot, so it was cool to see how she's grown from a little girl into a woman in this industry.

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MV Asks: What other passions/ hobbies do you have in life?

Eline:

I have a big passion for dancing and singing!

Since I was little I always loved to perform and entertain people, later I finished my study on a dance academy and I started working as a fulltime model, because of all the travelling I stopped taking classes. But now, I’m ready to get back on track and work on my career as an artist! So lots of practice, auditions, training and more..!!

But hey, its worth it if you want to make your dreams reality!

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MV Asks: What do you love most about Model Village?

Eline:

I have been apart of the MV family for a while now, and as both mine and their journeys have grown, I have always noted their kindness and support of not just my career but also the other models they work with! ❤️

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The best London rooftop bars for Summer 2018

Already planning ahead for your summer 2018 celebration locations? Rooftop bars provide the ultimate source of content creation that will be sure to boost your Insta engagement and are the ideal locations for you to relax in the ultimate summer hotspots!

London offers a great selection of rooftop bars, with dazzling views of the iconic cityscape, with comfy lounges, great food and delicious cocktails, so you will be sure to find beautiful Instagram-friendly hotspots to relax after a long day of castings.

Continue reading to find out Londons best rooftop bars for Summer 2018 we think you need to discover now...

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Blending the hip and the wholesome – The Prince of Wales Feather is a vibrant British pub offering the warmest of welcomes!
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Located in central London, The Prince of Wales Feathers is a classic English pub and as described above combines the best sense of character with a quirky charm that will be sure to invite you in throughout the summer. With a bohemian edge, the Prince of Wales Feathers is the perfect place for you to relax and enjoy a classic English roast for Sunday lunch with your friends and family.

Plus it gets even better, the best-kept secret about this vibrant pub is not just the jaw-dropping food but also the secret rooftop terrace which is "a rare treat for London pub-goers and an ideal spot to relax with a glass of something refreshing during those warmer months."

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Location:

8 Warren St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5LD

Open times:

  • Monday - Saturday 12pm - 11pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 10pm
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For after-work drinks or a night out with friends, the Golden Bee makes the perfect choice of venue if you are looking for an atmospheric
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Golden Bee is a cocktail bar in Shoreditch and has a stunning rooftop terrace and lounge bar which is located only a few minutes walk from Old Street Station. They even have a fire pit to keep you warm in the evenings and so you can chill amongst their comfy sofas with a delicious cocktail of your choice. On the weekend their lounge is transformed into a nightclub, so you can party all night long in the bar's fantastic fun atmosphere.

Why not go and visit them during their happy hour which is from 5-7pm on Tuesday-Thursday's with 2 for 1 cocktail offers and discounts on various other bespoke yummy concoctions.    

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Open times:

  • Tue - Wed: 5PM - 12AM
  • Thur: 5PM – 2AM
  • Fri - Sat: 5PM – 3AM
  • Sun - Mon: Closed

Location:

Singer Street, EC1V 9DD, Shoreditch

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3. Aqua 

Prepare for an evening of top-class rooftop revelry at Aqua
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As recommended by Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, The Londist, Red Magazine and multiple other publications, Aqua is one of the best roof-top bars you need to discover this summer. Situated above the chaos of Oxford Street, Aqua is a tranquil island of booze-laced bliss in the chaos of Central London. In the skies above the romantic roof-top bar is surrounded by the beautiful landscape of London's cityscape so you can enjoy the sunshine during the day and then by night venture down to their Japanese restaurant. What better way to relax after a long day of castings than by sitting back with a beautifully delicious cocktail and succumb to a sashimi coma!?

Remeber that no reservations are taken, so arrive early and enjoy you summer celebrations in style.

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Location:

240 Regent Street, 5th Floor (Entrance 30 Argyll Street) London, UK W1B 3BR

Open times:

  • Monday - Saturday 12.00pm - 1.00am
  • Sunday 12.00pm- 8.00pm 
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4. Bar Elba

Bar Elba is arguably one of the most instagramable roof top bars in London.

Based less than a minutes walk away from Waterloo you'll find the rooftop bar, Bar Elba. Known for its great views, street food and drinks, especially the froze!Bar Elba first became known for serving Froze (frozen rose) which is delicious and definitely Instagramable (as seen below).

They also offer the best discounts, for example, you can even get a free cocktail by signing up for their newsletter! Plus get happy – two for one on all cocktails, Monday – Friday 4pm-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 5pm-7pm.

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Location:

Rooftop, Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UL, (opposite Waterloo station)

Open times:

  • Mon- Thurs5-12
  • Fri-Sat 4-12
  • Sun 5-12

MVBabe @georgiamaysalamat enjoying the summer sunshine at Bar Elba ☀️

5. Magic Roundabout

The Magic Roundabout is London’s most unique and newest party space, offering award-winning street food, artisan coffee, beautiful cocktails and craft beers!
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Take a secret staircase from Old Street station and you'll find the bar, right in the middle of Old Street roundabout. Street food vendors, artisan coffee, cocktails and craft beers are all to be expected, heightened by the acoustic mastery of their well-known in-house DJs playing house and disco music. They even offer vegan-friendly food serving US-style food and salads.

It's the perfect Insta-friendly secret-location that was even voted the 'Best All-in-one in Shoreditch 2016/17 and 'Best Outdoor Space in Shoreditch' in the 2015/16. The venue also offers a totally new look in the winter month so you can visit the bar all-year-round and impress your Instagram followers with your secret London hotspot knowledge!

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Location: 

16 16 St Agnes Well, London EC1Y 1BE (right in the middle of Old Street's roundabout)

Open Times:

  • Mon & Tues closed except for special events
  • Weds 4pm-11pm
  • Thurs-Sat 12pm-11pm
  • Sun 1pm- 10pm
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MVBabe2Watch: Lulu Stone

Do you want to build your modelling network worldwide? #MVModelMember Lulu Stone is currently signed with over 6 international agencies and has worked abroad in numerous exotic locations thanks to he career success! She's even just come back from her most recent trip to Sri Lanka with FatFace.

Lulu has also been featured in major campaigns such as with Coach, Champion, Jack Wills and Adidas. She has also appeared in various fashion editorials including Vogue and Cosmopolitan and as a result, has gained huge industry insight from her modelling experience so far.

Continue reading to find out what advice Lulu suggests you follow if you want to work abroad, the best advice she has ever received herself and other interesting facts about her which can inspire your own modelling endeavours. 

A bit about Lulu

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Age:

23

HomeTown:

London, Uk

Mother Agency:

J'adore Models

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MV Asks: When and Where did you first get scouted?

Lulu:

I only really got into modelling whilst I was at university. Someone at my uni studying fashion asked me to shoot her collection and, after enjoying the experience, I started doing more shoots until I felt confident enough to join my mother agency, J'adore in Manchester!

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MV Asks: What's a fun fact about yourself?

Lulu:

I have very dexterous toes! So I can pick things up, draw, and open bottles all with my toes which I think is pretty unique!

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MV Asks: Which is your dream fashion brand to work with?

Lulu:

I've worked with some amazing brands that I'm super proud to have been involved with but I'd love to get a really cool beauty campaign like Fenty, Milk or Glossier!

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MV Asks: Where do you find your fashion wardrobe inspiration?

Lulu:

A lot of my favourite clothes have actually been vintage steals from my mum's old wardrobe.

I love rummaging through every now and then and discovering old classic pieces that work with my own style today!

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MV Asks: What has been the best modelling advice you have received?

Lulu:

The best piece of advice I have ever been told is just to be confident in yourself!

I know it's a LOT easier said than done but people will always connect with the most genuine version of you. And if they don't, that's fine. They're just not the people that you're meant to be connecting with at that time and you were meant to do something else which is probably for the better anyway! What is meant to be will be!

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MV Asks: Since you're signed with a few different agencies around the world, what advice would you give to other models who also want to work abroad?

Lulu:

Try and build a network as large as possible! It's always great if people know you in the market you want to work in and you never know who is watching your Insta so always check your messages and watch out for potential scouts!

I also strongly recommend having a banging set of fresh polaroids, by encouraging your agency to keep updating your book, even if it is just simple polaroids, it looks instantly refreshing and can get the attention of both old and new clients.

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MV Asks: Where has been your favourite exotic location to work?

Lulu:

I've just been to Sri Lanka to work with FatFace for their next campaign and it was incredible! Our first shoot happened as soon as we landed and involved releasing rescued baby turtles into the ocean.

It was amazing to work with such beautiful animals in such an exotic location, the team was also the best ever and so was a pretty unforgettable trip.

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MV Asks: For models who suffer from homesickness what tips would you suggest?

Lulu:

I text my mum every day regardless of where I am so she knows I'm safe and we can hear about each other's day. We're super close so it's great to keep in touch via WhatsApp.

Even a quick Skype call home can help if you're feeling super homesick! I also get mum to send me pics of my cat. It's great and really helps me feel connected to home :)

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MV Asks: How important is social media for your career?

Lulu:

It's suuuuper important! I've bagged some of my biggest campaigns through social media. Even if a client doesn't cast directly on Instagram, they will 9/10 times have a little look at your profile after a casting if they're interested in you.

I've even turned up at jobs before where they'd printed out selfies instead of my actual book for references so deffo keep your Instagram updated- it has the potential to lead to amazing opportunities!

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MV Asks: What has been your favourite experience with Model Village to date?

Lulu:

I loooveee the Get Fired Up fitness sessions for #LFW. It was great because you get to see a bunch of friendly faces and everyone was feeling the same pain from the previous sessions so you all just get on with it together! 

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International fashion photographer Grant Thomas shares his industry insight

London based photographer Grant Thomas has been working in fashion since the age of 14, has shot for an array of magazines including Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, Jalouse & Numéro and is currently represented by LMC Worldwide

Grant has worked with major fashion models across the world including British supermodel Cara Delevingne when she was first discovered by Storm Model Management back in the early 2000s.

Continue reading to find out what top tips Grant suggests for both old and new faces, who inspires his work and where he finds his content creation inspiration... 

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MV Asks: When did you first get into photography?

Grant:

I've been interested in photography since I was about 14, I started by setting up a camera on a tripod to photograph myself horse riding! 

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MV Asks: How would you describe your work?

Grant:

I'm not sure exactly, but I aiming for it to be quite cinematic, location-based and serene. 

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MV Asks: What what your first major photo-shoot?

Grant:

My first major photo-shoot was probably when I was 17 and shooting for The Evening Standard in Vietnam. It was one of the first exotic locations I had travelled to so far, so it was amazing to learn more about their culture and way of life, it's such a beautiful place.

I was also friends with everyone on the shoot already and made new connections across the trip so the team overall was amazing and we all had a really incredible time! This energy reflects really well within the imagery also, as the friendly atmosphere created an effortless vibe that helped produce great content for the magazine and overall stunning results.

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MV Asks: What has been your most exciting shoot to date?

Grant:

I shot a story in Kenya last summer for Conde Nast Traveller which was great because we shot both sunrise and sunset and then also did safari during the daytime which was super fun and amazing to see all the animals! 

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MV Asks: How do you discover models to work with?

Grant:

I work with a casting director called George Raymond, he is a good friend of mine and helps me to find interesting faces to shoot!

I also try to maintain relationships with agencies and keep an eye out on Instagram for models to discover new profiles I want to work with. I may even contact the model directly on DM if I want to work with them, otherwise I'll communicate with their agent.

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MV Asks: What advice would you give to a model who is about to do her first ever photoshoot?

Grant:

Try not to think too much about what you're doing and just follow the guidance and direction of the team.

It's always great to remember that any questions you have, try and ask to one of the team members and they will hopefully be able to instantly assist with direction on set. This constructive direction can really help you on location and can be helpful guidlines for any future work you may have down the line.

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MV Asks: How do you find new locations to shoot?

Grant:

I walk a lot, maybe between 7-12 miles a day! I've found this one of the best ways to discover new locations, I also search online for interesting more exotic locations! 

My most recent London location was actually an office space which I saw through a window near Willesden Junction. So I decided to get in contact with the space manager and decided to do a shoot with model Polina Oganicheva who recently walked for Gucci for the tenth time during Milan Fashion Week in February!

I also search online for fashion inspiration and search for quite generic topics such as "weirdest, most beautiful places on earth" and "places on earth that look like other planets." It helps me find unique locations where others may not have yet discovered or considered beautiful.  

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MV Asks: What was it like to work with Cara Delevingne?

Grant:

She was really sweet! We worked together once when we were 16 and again when we were 17 in London. I really love when I work with models who are the same age as me, it helps you connect on a professional and personal level since your both in the same position.

The pictures we took turned out great and she was a natural in front of the camera! She was very funny and enthusiastic on both occasions!

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MV Asks: How do you think Instagram has helped benefit fashion photographers? 

Grant:

I think it has been a great way for anyone in fashion to get recognised since clients are constantly wanting to work with the best photographers to produce the best work, Instagram is a powerful way for photographers to rise to the top and get noticed like never before.

Though I also think it has a negative influence on some modern fashion photographers who tend to have the same references as they discover the same inspiration on Instagram and so fashion photography is quite samey right now. 

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MV Asks: Which photographers inspire your work?

Grant:

I love the cinematic quality of photographers like Gregory Crewsdon and Peter Lindbergh, and I also really appreciate the more experimental quality of people like David Sims and Serge Lutens.

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MV Asks: What is one professional goal and one personal goal you want to achieve in 2018?

Grant:

Hmmm, that's a great question! Professionally I'd really like to continue shooting a lot of editorials and hopefully, get a couple more nice trips in this year, I'd really like to shoot in South America!

Personally, I'm really hoping to develop myself further and to continue to learn and read lots of new things! 

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WATCH:

Check out Grant's shoot for Conde Nast Traveller behind the scenes which was filmed in the Utah desert...


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Why are brands using influencer marketing at Coachella 2018?

Each year, thousands visit California to attend the world-famous festival Coachella, which is held over two consecutive weekends every year in spring. The festival has been around since 1999 and features thousands of headline acts such as Beyonce, The Weekend, Eminem, Kygo and more. Coachella is one of the biggest US-based festivals and draws nearly 100,000 attendees from all over the world each day and has a prime millennial audience that is hugely active on social media and of key interests for brands.

Over the years Coachella has steadily evolved into a celebrated cultural festival of both music and fashion and has become a prime hotspot for brand activations, with over 137k posts featuring #Coachella2018 on Instagram from the festival's first weekend alone.

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Fashion brands are seizing the chance to be a part of the festival conversation as Coachella provides Instagram-friendly opportunities for both small and large brands who want to physically connect with customers and boost sales.

This year Coachella 2018 is from 13-15th and 20-22th of April. Continue reading to find out why brands are flocking to Coachella, and how they are successfully marketing themselves by using the power of influencers.

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1. To boost online sales and enhance SEO ratings 

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The online clothing retailer Revolve has heavily invested in experience marketing since it was first founded in the early 2000s and has collaborated with Coachella on multiple occasions to create a mixture of Instagram-friendly moments for its brand ambassadors year-after-year. 

In 2017 the privately-owned company reported $1 Billion growth in sales and attributes this success in large part to the power of Instagram Influencers and their highly engaged network of models who attend their pop-ups events.

The results of the #RevolveFestival event at Coachella 2017 alone generated over 4.4 billion social impressions and was five times higher than the festival's underwriter H&M.

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For 2018 the e-commerce retailer created its own mini-festival complete with musical guests A$AP Rocky and Snoop Dog during Coachella's first weekend in April.

The #RevolveFestival guest list featured high-profile models such as Emily Ratajkowski, Elsa Hosk, Winnie Harlow and other influential fashion models who all shared moments from the event across social media. Revolve also partnered with various brands throughout the festival to maximise exposure, including Circoc Vodka, LoveWave suncream, Heineken, Bai drinks, Amaze Bowls and more.

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In an interview with Forbes post-Coachella 2018, Revolve's founder Micheal Mente explains why their brand is increasingly event-focused when it comes to marketing at events such as Coachella. Mente says that for modern fashion companies, events like Coachella have become the new fashion week for millennials.

"It's authentic, experiential; an environment where everyone is expected to have fun and push the envelope with their fashion choices."

So for millennial-focused brands such as Revolve and its partners, experience marketing such as the #RevolveFestival activation at Coachella 2018 prompts the continiumn growth of the company both online and during the event itself, allowing the consumer to personally connect with the brand and vice versa.

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2. To promote a fashion label away from fashion week at the largest fashion-focused festival

Fenty X Puma Pool Party

Rihanna made a splash at this year's Coachella as she showcased her latest line away from the runway at the festival during her own pool party event.

Rihanna didn't show during February's fashion month after she debuted her line at New York Fashion Week in Spring but kept with her racing theme for Coachella 2018. The pool party extravaganza even featured stunt drivers roaring through the venue as she showcased her swimwear focused line and rocked out the latest pieces. The collection resonated highly with the brand's strong millennial target demographic and created a memorable brand content occasion for consumers at the event and non-festival attendees as they discovered more online.

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Rihanna's vibrant ensemble included a neon pink one-piece swimsuit with baggy trousers to define her effortlessly cool vibes and went viral on Instagram with minutes. There was even a mini-stall on location that sold the collection as enhanced by the high-profile guest list of industry influencers and model attendees.

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky and French Montana to name a few were all at the event and promoted the line at the pool party across social media using bespoke Instagram Story GIF stickers which were curated for the event.

The Fenty X Puma event has already been featured in W Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, The Wrap, Vogue and other major fashion publications showing that fashion brands are now also able to gain as much exposure from experience marketing through events such as festivals than at fashion month.

Events such as Coachella present a prime marketing opportunity for brands such as Fenty X Puma with over 76% of festival attendees feeling favourably toward brands who sponsor musical events. So with Rihanna's musical and fashion-focused background, the influencer and beauty entrepreneur represents a huge desirable value amongst her millennial-focused consumers. Not only that, the price point of a general admission for a Coachella ticket ($429+) indicated that attendees were both guaranteed to be the ideal target audience for the line's demographic and targeted consumers who had the disposable income to spend during the event.

3. To promote major fashion collaborations & engage with a millennial-focused demographic

Moschino X H&M Collaboration Announced Via Gigi Hadid on Instagram Live

During Coachella 2018 Jeremy Scott enlisted Gigi Hadid to announce the latest fashion collaboration with Moschino X H&M via Instagram Live to share the news with her 39.3M followers, higher than the festival's attendees each day. 

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The new partnership was revealed during Jeremy Scott's 11th annual Coachella party and received huge social media coverage with positive anticipation for the line across the fashion industry and was further enhanced due to the fact that H&M is the only official fashion brand partnered with Coachella.

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As a result, Jeremy Scott successfully capitalized on the media circus during the festival by utilising the models' highly engaged profile to create brand interest before the collection was even available in stores. 

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The popularity of the collection was further amplified from a millennial perspective because the announcement confirmed that Scott's playful designs will be available to consumers at an affordable price thanks to H&M's high-street prices with Moschino's high-fashion pieces. The collection will range from £25 to £300 due out in stores and online Nov. 8 and will feature streetwear-inspired designs, one of which will be a silver sequinned parka dress, reports British Vogue


Plan your next influencer activation with fashion models with Model Village and grow your brand through experiential marketing too.

MVBabe2Watch: Shannon Lawson

With Summer 2018 fast approaching, it is time to think about getting bikini ready and impressing clients with your beautiful body.

#MVBabe Shannon Lawson, a Cape Town-relocated model has a body to die for and was even announced as GQ's Instagram favourite, with her motivational feed inspiring over 92.4K followers every day!

Continue reading to find out what is Shannon's workout routine, her social media secrets and what advice she recommends to help motivate your next workout session!

A bit about Shannon

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Age:

26

HomeTown:

Bondi, Sydney, Australia 

Motheragency: 

Leni's

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MV Asks: When and where did you first get scouted?

Shannon:

I thought I was going to be a dancer when I was 18 and found a Facebook event nearby scouting girls for runway. I never did runway before but loved being on stage and had a background with choreography so I went for it. I booked the show and got scouted that day.

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MV Asks: What has been your favourite modelling job so far?

Shannon:

Travelling to Valencia in Spain for an ASICS sports job was definately one of my favourite modelling jobs so far!

The campaign was an intense 4 days of running for 12-14 hours each day! However, the hard work definitely paid off and it was a big laugh and I had the chance to met the most incredible models and work with the best team members.

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MV Asks: What are your top 3 workout tips for fashion models?

Shannon:

1. Buy seriously fun/sexy workout gear. I find a new set of leggings always have me running to the gym. Who doesn’t love feeling sexy in new workout gear!?

2. Find a buddy or a Insta inspiration. Whenever I see another model training I always message them asking if I can join them. Try a new class and go for coffee after. I find this really helps me stay motivated.

3. Don’t stick to the same workout. Your body and mind will plateau and you won’t get results. Mix your classes and gym workouts up.

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MV Asks: What is your every-day workout routine?

Shannon:

1. Boxing is incredibly liberating. This has great cardio and will build strength. Your tummy will get seriously toned and you soon find yourself doing those long-awaited press ups and chin ups you’ve always wanted to do.

2. Barre is fantastic for lengthening those model legs and limbs. It’s great for your runway posture and your legs and abs will get great toning.

3. HIIT is great to lose a little weight. The high-intensity cardio will make you sweat and running will help you drop down to a nice weight.

4. Yoga is a nice way to stretch out those muscles now that you’ve gone hard in the above. I don’t usually have the patience for this but I give it a go. I tend to lean into Pilates more but take your pick.

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MV Asks: What is your ideal meal before a workout?

Shannon:

You’ll find me having huge bowls of granola in the mornings before a session. If it’s in the afternoon a light snack like a muesli bar and banana get me going!

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MV Asks: What experience with MV have you loved the most so far?

Shannon:

I love being a part of the Model Village “Get Fired Up” fitness sessions they hold before fashion week.

I love this as it's super social and you get to pull in a model friend for a complimentary workout. Model Village is amazing because they dress me in the best workout gear like Gymshark and who doesn’t love a cute goodie bag!? I always sign up for every class! It’s a great way to try a new gym and a new workout method!

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