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ARTICLE DEREK BLASBERG

PHOTOGRAPHY SEBASTIAN FAENA

STYLIST CARINE ROITFELD

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MAKEUP YADIM FOR DIOR BEAUTY (TIM HOWARD MANAGEMENT)  HAIR JIMMY PAUL FOR BUMBLE AND BUMBLE MODELS KATI NESCHER (DNA), AVA SMITH (WILHELMINA)  MANICURE HONEY (EXPOSURE, NY) SET DESIGN STEFAN BECKMAN (EXPOSURE, NY)  TAILOR ALBERTA ROC LIGHT DESIGN CHRIS BISAGNI  DIGITAL TECHNICIAN ANDREW KENNEY  PHOTO ASSISTANTS CHRIS GRUNDER AND JOHN CIAMILLO  STYLIST ASSISTANTS MICHAELA DOSAMANTES, VINCENT CIARLARIELLO, BRIELLE BAUMBACH, EMILIA BOERJESSON  MAKEUP ASSISTANTS KANAKO TAKASE, RAUL OTERO, TOMOMI KAWAGUCHI  HAIR ASSISTANTS ROZ MURRAY AND EDWARD LAMPLEY COLORIST MAI FOR BUMBLE AND BUMBLE  SET DESIGN ASSISTANTS COLIN RODDICK, WILL PIERCE, TAHA CLAYTON, JOSH TONSFELDT, NICK KOZMIN  PRODUCTION HELENA MARTEL  PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS SPENCER MORGAN TAYLOR, BIANCA AMBROSIO, SHAINA TRAVIS, ALBERTO MARIA COLOMBO  VIDEO ALEXA KAROLINSKI  LOCATION INDUSTRIA SUPERSTUDIO  RETOUCHING PICTURE HOUSE  SPECIAL THANKS DAVID HAZAN

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PHOTOGRAPHY SEBASTIAN FAENA
FASHION CARINE ROITFELD
TEXT DEREK BLASBERG
MODEL DANIELA BRAGA / THAIRINE GARCIA / STEF VAN DER LAAN / AVA SMITH / KATI NESCHER

FROM A PAIR OF BRAZILIAN STUNNERS TO A RUNWAY THOROUGHBRED, THESE ARE THE FASHION INDUSTRY’S CURRENT CROP OF IN-DEMAND MODELS. GET BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH AVA, THAIRINE, KATI, STEF, AND DANIELA. YOU’LL BE SEEING A LOT MORE OF THEM

AVA SMITH

ORIGIN Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago CHILDHOOD HOBBIES I’m the second oldest of four girls. We were a crew growing up. I come from a very artistic back- ground, and my mom always encouraged us to draw, paint, or sculpt. I distinctly remember her taking all of her old lipsticks and using them on a canvas. DISCOVERY My family has a summer house on a lake in Michigan and I was an impatient teenager who really wanted to have my own money, so I got a summer job up there cleaning the cottages at a resort. It was hard work, but I liked the freedom that came with having money. One day on the beach a lady came up to me and offered to help me meet with an agent she knew at Elite in Chicago. It sounded legitimate and I went for it. HOME AWAY FROM HOME I haven’t noticed a crazy amount of differences between New York and Chicago. New York is certainly more expensive, dirtier, bigger, just a larger city. I think people get into each other’s business here a lot more. Midwesterners are more concerned with being friendly and polite. New Yorkers don’t have time for that, which sometimes I find refreshing. SPEAK EASY I get impatient with small talk, so if I have the opportunity to engage someone in a conversation I’m happy. I think a lot of times we’re all in such a rush to get out details we want people to know about us we miss the chance to actually learn something. You can make someone else’s bad day so much better by just making an effort to empathize. KEEPING YOUR BALANCE I think you become better in all areas of your life if you try to keep yourself well rounded. Your career will only benefit from keeping your mind sharp and your body healthy, because in the end you’re happier and feel better about the person you are. THE BIG CHILL When I’m not working, I turn my phone off, have a glass of wine, and take a bath. THE BUSINESS OF FASHION I’ve always taken this job seriously. I see how much passion the people who are really good at what they do have, and I respect that. The good photographers, stylists, art directors, and editors didn’t get to where they got by fooling around. Models shouldn’t be any different. It’s not just about luck and being beautiful.

THAIRINE GARCIA

ORIGIN Born in Taquarituba and raised in Barão de Antonina, a small city outside São Paulo HOOP DREAMS I always loved playing basketball, and since we lived in a small town I can remember playing in the streets with all my brothers and cousins. DISCOVERY My family brought me to a model casting in a smaller city near ours, and then a convention in São Paolo where I met all these agencies. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BODIES FROM BRAZIL? Brazilian girls are happy, loving, and very beau- tiful. It’s as simple as this! SUPERMODEL SUPERHERO I look up to Caroline Trentini. I just love her story and all she has done in her career. FAVORITE FEATURES I love my hands, and I’m always looking at how they look in pictures. But I also like that I am a happy person, and I’m always smiling. PROJECT RUNWAY I haven ́t done many shows yet. But I just love to be in front of a camera!

KATI NESCHER

ORIGIN I was born in Kostroma, Russia, on the Volga River, and lived there until my 18th birthday, when I moved alone to Germany to start a new life. EARLY ARTISTIC PURSUITS My mother never let me get bored! As a kid I took ballet, music, and art classes. In high school I was in the amateur dramatic society, which was so much fun. I laugh just thinking about it. DISCOVERY I was reading a magazine and I saw a piece about an agency, so I picked up the phone and called. OF A CERTAIN AGE When I was 14 I didn’t have a sense of my own identity, so it was better for me to start when I started. Being older and hav- ing life experience gives me perspective. I think people in the business appreciate that. HOT MOMMA I have a son, Theo, who is two-and-a-half. SHARP TONGUE I speak Russian, German, English, and un poco de español. I studied to be a translator, as I am fascinated by communication. But now I have found my dream job, so let’s just see what the future holds. RUNWAY READY I opened Chanel and closed Marc Jacobs during the Fall/Winter 2012 shows. FINAL TALLY I walked in 63 shows during the season. SURREALISM Sometimes I still ask myself, ‘Did that really happen to me?’ 

STEF VAN DER LAAN

ORIGIN A small town in the east of Holland called Wageningen SHORT ATTENTION SPAN I’ve never been a big sports fan, but I tried a couple when I was younger. My mother would buy all the uniforms and equipment, then I’d be bored with it and quit. Eventually I wasn’t allowed to try anything new anymore! DISCOVERY I was 13 when a scout from Amsterdam approached me at a music festival. I’ve always been really tall and my sister who is four years older than me had mentioned modeling before, but I was more interested in music and clothing. HAIR STORY I once had blue hair. My mom was not so pleased with that! I also had green, red, and purple hair. I was very into punk music, and before that I was a skater girl. (I didn’t know how to skate at all, I just pretended.) After that I had to calm down a bit because I started modeling more. IN THE GENES My grandmother used to have her own clothing store where she sold her own designs and made a lot of things herself, so I think I got my affection for personal style from her. ROLE MODELS I have to admit I’m a big fan of the top models from the ’80s and ’90s. It was much more glam and rock ’n’ roll. I love Stephanie Seymour in the Guns N’ Roses videos and George Michael’s video for “Freedom.” SELF STYLED I like to wear things that are a bit different, but for work I’m trying to tone it down. I wear a lot of black now. But at home I go all out! I have like three closets full of clothing: give me any theme and I can come up with an outfit! HANDIWORK I like to knit and crochet things.

DANIELA BRAGA

ORIGIN Cotia, a countryside town outside São Paulo, Brazil DISCOVERY I used to work as a cashier in a pharmacy. A few people had given me cards and told me to call some agencies, but I didn’t. One day a scout came in and made me go to an agency in São Paulo. So I did, and everything started. I left my job at the pharmacy that week, started working in Brazil, and a few months later I was in New York for Fashion Week. FASHIONABLE FEELING I never thought about being a model, but I always felt a connection with fashion. I can’t explain why, but the fact is that I always knew something really great was going to happen to me. I’ve been traveling for three months straight, and all I can say is, I’m so happy. FREQUENT FLYER The first time I was on a plane was to come to New York for shows. Then I was in London, Milan, and Paris. And then back and forth. It’s crazy! NOW AND THEN My life has changed drastically for the better. A year ago, I was a pretty normal girl, I was single, very skinny, and lots of people would make fun of me. Then everything happened. Now it feels feel like a dream. I loved working with Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy and Carine Roitfeld. DREAM JOB I have shot with amazing people so far, but I must confess that I would love to walk for Victoria’s Secret! LASTING POWER Since I’ve started modeling I don’t see myself doing anything else. I am so blessed to be doing what I am doing now.

EXTRA CREDITS

MAKEUP YADIM FOR DIOR BEAUTY (TIM HOWARD MANAGEMENT)  HAIR JIMMY PAUL FOR BUMBLE AND BUMBLE MODELS KATI NESCHER (DNA), AVA SMITH (WILHELMINA)  MANICURE HONEY (EXPOSURE, NY) SET DESIGN STEFAN BECKMAN (EXPOSURE, NY)  TAILOR ALBERTA ROC LIGHT DESIGN CHRIS BISAGNI  DIGITAL TECHNICIAN ANDREW KENNEY  PHOTO ASSISTANTS CHRIS GRUNDER AND JOHN CIAMILLO  STYLIST ASSISTANTS MICHAELA DOSAMANTES, VINCENT CIARLARIELLO, BRIELLE BAUMBACH, EMILIA BOERJESSON  MAKEUP ASSISTANTS KANAKO TAKASE, RAUL OTERO, TOMOMI KAWAGUCHI  HAIR ASSISTANTS ROZ MURRAY AND EDWARD LAMPLEY COLORIST MAI FOR BUMBLE AND BUMBLE  SET DESIGN ASSISTANTS COLIN RODDICK, WILL PIERCE, TAHA CLAYTON, JOSH TONSFELDT, NICK KOZMIN  PRODUCTION HELENA MARTEL  PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS SPENCER MORGAN TAYLOR, BIANCA AMBROSIO, SHAINA TRAVIS, ALBERTO MARIA COLOMBO  VIDEO ALEXA KAROLINSKI  LOCATION INDUSTRIA SUPERSTUDIO  RETOUCHING PICTURE HOUSE  SPECIAL THANKS DAVID HAZAN

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