The best new faces in Belgian fashion

Following our previous feature for spring, we hand pick three male and three female models we believe in for the upcoming season. Their looks are strong, their styles are different and we reckon they have what it takes to make it. We asked them a few questions about modelling and what their hopes were for the future.

Morgane – Dominique Models

When and where were you scouted?

I was scouted at Les Ardentes in Liège at the beginning of July 2011. I couldn’t believe they had scouted me there on that day! I wasn’t wearing anything special, my hair was dirty and let’s just say that my face wasn’t so fresh after having spent the whole night camping in a tent…

Was fashion already part of your life before embarking on a modelling journey?

Fashion was already in my life, but not in the same way. I always decorated my room with posters of perfume and clothing ads. Still, I was mainly interested in the photographic aspect of the images. The atmosphere and aesthetics coming out of certain fashion shoots have always fascinated me. And, of course, like many girls, I also read fashion magazines.

What do you enjoy the most in modelling?

What I love the most about modelling is probably the social aspect: getting to know new people, meeting artistic talents and mostly travelling. It’s a great opportunity to travel the world and see many new and exciting places.

Do you have any rituals before you step onto the catwalk/walk into the studio?

I don’t really have a ritual, but I always wear my Pandora bracelet, which I never take off. It goes everywhere with me. It’s just because it has a pearl that my father gave me when I was signed to Dominique Models. The pearl contains a stone, which is supposed to bring good luck, fortune and success. I guess he chose well!

Where do you see yourself in three years?

I have no idea where I’ll be in 3 years. I take everything day by day, we will see. Carpe diem! I just hope to be able to keep doing what I’m doing now.

What’s your career highlight been so far?

A 2-day shoot in Italy. It was really great! The weather was warm, there were beautiful surroundings and it was my first time there. We were in a small village that was super cute and very traditional, the atmosphere and the team were also great. It was an Italian-style shoot, with children running around and taking pictures of me. Italians are really warm and affectionate people. Most of all, it was the first time I flew somewhere on my own. That was a pretty impressive moment for me.

Maxime – Dominique Models

When and where were you scouted?

When I was 16, I secretly sent some pictures to Dominique Models just for fun, but a few days later I got a call from the agency. It was my lucky day.

Was fashion already part of your life before embarking on a modelling journey?

Yes, certainly, I’ve always been very interested in fashion. When I was a child, I was really girly. I loved playing with Barbie dolls, creating my own clothing line with paper. I always played dress-up games on the computer. And this love for fashion is still in me, because fashion is something you can use to express yourself and something that is part of your life, so it’s nice to try new things and wear what you like.

What do you enjoy the most in modelling?

It’s hard to choose one single thing that I enjoy the most, because all of it is special. I love the clothes and playing in front of the camera, the makeup artists and hairstylists who create wonderful things. Until now, I’ve not been travelling for modelling, but I think it’s also one of the coolest aspects of this job.

Do you have any rituals before you step onto the catwalk/walk into the studio?

Yep. I need my beauty sleep, so I always try to go to bed early the day before a shoot. I’ll have a lot of energy the next day and can give my best to satisfy the client. I also think that it’s important to have a healthy lifestyle, because when you eat healthy, drink enough water and do sports it shows on your skin, hair and body.

Where do you see yourself in three years?

I hope to have more rewarding experiences in modelling and to travel around the world. I’m looking forward to doing nice editorials and campaigns.

What’s your career highlight been so far?

A shoot for Together magazine, which was my first real shoot and being on the catwalk for Sint Niklaas Academy‘s fashion show. I’m excited, because in October I will go to Tokyo and work there for two months.

Ludivine – IMM Brussels

When and where were you scouted?

It happened when I was 17. Someone scouted me on the street in Lille. Then I sent pictures to Carine at IMM and she believed in me.

Was fashion already part of your life before embarking on a modelling journey? 

I was always interested in fashion and sensitive to it. I started studying fashion design and hope I can keep evolving within the industry.

What do you enjoy the most in modelling?

Meeting new people, photographers and stylists. It’s also nice when you can share your experiences with other models.

Do you have any rituals before you step onto the catwalk/walk into the studio?

Before a show, I try to empty my head completely. For an editorial, it’s a different process and varies, depending on what the photographer wants. You have to be able to convey different feelings and expressions in a convincing manner.

Where do you see yourself in three years?

I don’t know actually. I’d like to say I take each day as it comes and don’t think about the future, but it’s not the truth either. Everything depends on what fashion has in store for me. If everything stopped tomorrow, I could be an editor at a magazine, an actress or even a cosmonaut!

What’s your career highlight been so far?

Even though I started early, my studies were always a priority. Now, I’m modelling full-time, I’m a New Face, but I hope to be on the cover of an important magazine one day or even the face of a prestigious brand.

Cyrus – IMM

When and where were you scouted?

Some of my friends told me it was something I should try. So I decided to send some Facebook pictures to IMM. Then they asked me to come by at the office to take some pictures of me and that’s how it kind of started.

Was fashion already part of your life before embarking on a modelling journey?

Apart from the clothes that I wear, I couldn’t say it really meant a big deal to me.

What do you enjoy the most in modelling?

I think it’s the people I get to meet as a model. Over and over again everybody is so friendly and open. People are always happy and cheerful. There is no tension between models and people really enjoy the work they are doing. Some people say that fashion is a cruel world, but so far I haven’t noticed anything about that yet and so I keep enjoying the adventure.

Do you have any rituals before you step onto the catwalk/walk into the studio?

I just try to be on time and as relaxed as possible. There is one thing… It’s not really a ritual, but I try to eat properly before I have to go somewhere, because sometimes you have to work for long hours without eating and I hate being hungry.

Where do you see yourself in three years?

I would love to be able to travel a lot with the modelling that I do. As I am an Architecture student, I really like big cities and buildings, so it would be wonderful to be able to combine the two.

What’s your career highlight been so far?

I haven’t been around for so long, but I guess it was my shoot with Michaël Smits.

Matheus – IMM

When and where were you scouted?

I wanted to model when I was 15, sending pictures to agencies and hoping that one day I would be a part of the fashion world. I started in Liège with a small agency, but now I’m with IMM and am motivated to progress.

Was fashion already part of your life before embarking on a modelling journey?

I believe in destiny and -as long as I can remember- I think I can say that I was born to be part of the industry. I want to be a fashion designer, so I’m studying fashion at school at the moment and modeling the rest of the time, but I’m also interested in photography. The more you know, the more you grow as a person.

What do you enjoy the most in modelling?

The pride. Not only mine, because I serve a creative purpose as a model, but also the pride around me, from the photographer and designer to all the staff, my parents and my friends.

Do you have any rituals before you step onto the catwalk/walk into the studio?

I think a lot. Some people say: “If we want to be calm, we have to think about nothing” but I can’t do it, so I make sure my mind is full. An empty mind is free to be disturbed by fear and stress and I tell myself how proud my friends and family are. When I’m working, the fear comes back, but it turns into strength, because I know that somebody is proud of me somewhere.

Where do you see yourself in three years?

There’s “Little Manhattan” in Brussels and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Brussels is a city full of hope for anybody who wants to have a place in the industry. As I said before, I believe in destiny, so maybe it will France or America or another country where I can learn about fashion and evolve in the industry. Or maybe I will be working in an airline. Who knows? We will see.

What’s your career highlight been so far?

Every job for me is a highlight. I work with artists and learn a little bit more every time about the fashion world. I have foolish dreams, of course, like working for Karl Lagerfeld, Nicola Formichetti, Annie Leibovitz, Nick Knight and the biggest: Vogue. To be in Vogue has to mean something, right?

Quentin – IMM

When and where were you scouted?           

I wasn’t scouted. A friend of mine told me I had to try and that I had nothing to lose, so I went to IMM with some snapshots, and….they signed me. It happened 5 months ago.

Was fashion already part of your life before embarking on a modelling journey?

Nowadays, it is something so important that ignoring it would be not living with one’s time. Personally, I like to be dressed well, but it’s not an obsession and I still don’t follow fashion.

What do you enjoy the most in modelling?

Well you meet a lot of nice people and I love the atmosphere. I’ve always wanted to be an actor. When I am in front of the camera and they tell me to try and be someone else, it’s pretty much the same.

Do you have any rituals before you step onto the catwalk/walk into the studio?

I always listen to music and smoke a cigarette to relax before a shoot.

Where do you see yourself in three years?

I’m actually studying journalism, so I hope I will graduate within 3 years. I am not really sure about what I want to do next. The future will tell.

What’s your career highlight been so far?

I haven’t had any so far, but everyone wants to reach the top. Only a few make it though…