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part 3: the a-z of beauty models tell us their secrets

Woohoo it's part 3 of our A-Z of Beauty Q+A's! From Xiao Wen Ju chirping "pigment!" whilst covered in tons of the purple glittery stuff to Natalie Westling smouldering with barefaced freckles and starry earrings, this next lot are some of the cutest and the coolest of the bunch. While Isamaya Ffrench gave them each an arty make-over, we snuck behind the scenes to discover Caroline de Maigret's French fancies, Ola Rudnicka's love of BIG eyes and Malaika Firth's inspirational messages.

Make-up Isamaya Ffrench

Fashion Director Sarah Richardson
Casting Director Angus Munro
Hair Vi Sapyyapy
Nail Technician Lorandy Mua
Casting Coordinator Margareta von Oswald
Styling Assistant Alice Lefons
Hair Assistants Celine Decruz, Amelie Gallon, Luciano Corcovado, Thiphaine Hattenville
Make-up Assistants Alisonn Fetouaki, Joshua Wilks

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  • caroline de maigret

    Who is the most beautiful person in the world?
    Ava Gardner. She was really someone who I felt empowered femininity.

    Who is your favourite make-up artist?
    Pat McGrath. First of all she makes you feel beautiful, which surprisingly is rather rare in this business, and her inspirations are endless. She has such a vast knowledge of fashion, art and history that she has so much to draw from and always creates something truly original.

    What’s your definition of beauty?
    Confidence. Someone who believes in themselves and can make you fall for it.

    Which photographer have you had the best experiences with and the most respect for throughout your career?
    Steven Meisel. He understands fashion more than anyone else. His ability to reference, to draw from his knowledge is unbeatable. Culturally he has the talent to mix all that with fashion.

    What is the future of fashion?
    Anthony Vacarello. He is very interested in women and being half-Italian and half-Belgian, he has an interesting mix of rigour and sexiness. I think he is the perfect example of a mixing of cultures, which to me, is the future of everything, not just fashion.

    What was your nickname at school? 
    Eiffel tower.

    Caroline wears top Christopher Kane.



  • xiao wen ju

    What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
    I wake up and think about Chinese hot pot! If I am away I am always craving the taste of China. It must be my Chinese stomach.

    Who is the most beautiful person in the world?
    My mum. I love looking at her old pictures when she was young. She was very beautiful, actually we look quite similar. She could have modelled but unfortunately her head is on my father's shoulder.

    What's your favourite i-D moment?
    My cover with Sølve Sundsbø - they shut down a fair in Blackpool. It was quiet and amazing. Also the selfie shoot when I got to take the picture, style it and do my own hair and make-up.

    What’s your favourite part of your face?
    Nose, because the end is flat. It's fun to touch it.

    What’s next for Xiao?
    I am off to Disneyland! I think it is a real world, sometimes I cry when I see the castle in the distance.

    Xiao Wen wears earring her own.


    Xiao Wen wears earrings her own.

  • natalie westling

    What do you think is your best facial feature?
    My philtrum for sure! I have booked jobs on that alone!

    What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
    S**t , shower and shave.

    Who is the most beautiful person in the world?

    Lip or eye?
    Neither, but if I am supposed to say one, definitely eye.

    What is your favourite i-D memory?
    Well I have only done one but my shoot with Sarah Richardson and Richard Bush. I looked like a BMXing manga character.

    Your Beauty A-Z was Freckles. Did you like it?
    Well, I have always loved my freckles.

    Natalie wears t-shirt and jeans Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Earrings Saskia Diez.



  • ola rudnicka

    What’s your best facial feature?
    Probably my left eye... because the right eye is smaller and I like BIG eyes.

    What is your beauty regime?
    I usually put on whatever I find in my mum’s cupboard. I listen to her because she has good advice. When it comes to things like that, Mums know best!

    Lip or eye?
    Eye. It’s i-D, it has to be eye!

    Who is the most beautiful person in the world?
    My Grandma.

    If you could look like anyone else who would you choose?
    Probably my Mum or Jem, the cartoon. Julianne Moore is also amazing.

    What do you think you would do if you weren’t a model?
    I would like to write, or be someone who was in film and connected to images.

    Ola wears top Ralph Lauren Collection. Earrings Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci and Maria Francesca Pepe.



  • malaika firth

    What’s your beauty regime?
    I love Kiehl’s products for face and body, and Burberry makeup is my go to brand.

    Who is the most beautiful person in the world?
    Someone with a beautiful mind and a clear heart.

    What makes someone beautiful?
    I don’t want to sound cliché, but I have always believed that a lot of a person’s beauty comes from within.

    Have you ever wanted to look like someone else?
    I really haven’t thought about it but I’m quite comfortable in my own skin so I guess I would pick myself!

    What’s your favourite i-D cover?
    I am a big Rihanna fan so her 2010 cover is top of my list!

    Malaika wears make-up Burberry.