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meet the new faces of elite

The future of fashion is here and now, it's young, it's fun, it's dreamy, wow! With fashion week fast approaching we head down to Elite London to flick through the Polaroids of their newest recruits and get to know five of their freshest faces. Say...

by i-D Team
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04 February 2015, 9:55am

Olivia Rose David, 17, Essex

How were you discovered? 
At Latitude festival when I was 15 by Elite London.

What would you be doing if you weren't modelling?
Traveling around to many different hot places and beaches.

Who is your favourite model?
Gisele Bundchen, she is an icon.

If you could be photographed by anyone in the world past or present, who would you choose?
Mario Testino, his work is insane!

If you could walk any runway in the world, who's would it be?
I've already walked for Dior and Céline, which was a dream come true. Being a Brit of course I would say Burberry, but I also love Chanel!

What's the best thing about being young today?
The opportunities we have.

What's your social media of choice and why?
Instagram for sure - a photo can say a 1000 words.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
It was from my mum (of course) - always enjoy everything you do.

If you could find out the answer to any question in the world, what would you ask?
I would ask the world what on earth to answer for this question! There are too many questions that I have in my head unanswered!

What was the last text you sent?
"Thank u love u x," to my dad.

When do you feel most beautiful?
Wearing red lipstick ;)

What's your favourite…
…film? Wayne's World - party on!
…album? At the moment Pharrell Williams - Girls.
…place to go out? London.
…place in the world? Being by the sea.

@OliviaRDavid

Jessica Burley, 18, Hackney

How were you discovered?
I was scouted at Notting Hill carnival last year by Elite London.

What would you be doing if you weren't modelling?
I'm currently finishing school but I would have been travelling and volunteering around the world on a gap year from next year.

Who is your favourite model?
Rosie Huntington-Whitely, she's so beautiful!

If you could be photographed by anyone in the world past or present, who would you choose?
That's a tough one but I love Tim Walker, his mystical fairytale shoots always fascinate me.

If you could walk any runway in the world, who's would it be?
I've been lucky enough to have already walked for them - Burberry! To say Burberry was my first ever show and it was a London exclusive is just awesome.

What's the best thing about being young today?
Freedom!!

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
Never mind - worse things happen at sea.

If you could ask the world one question and get an answer, what would you ask?
Let's finalise this issue once and for all - peanut butter or jelly?

What's your idea of a perfect date?
Flying to Paris on Valentine's Day - it kills me that my friend is actually doing this!

What slang word/phrase do you use the most and what does it mean?
"That was an absolute shambles" = that probably didn't go so well.

What's your favourite…
…film? Pulp Fiction.
…album? Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
…place to go out? Dalston is super local and good fun.
…place in the world? My bed!

@jessicageorgiaburley

Maisie Gardner, 16, Colchester, Essex

How were you discovered?
I was scouted at a Vampire Weekend concert at the O2, just over a year ago.

What would you be doing if you weren't modelling?
I am currently still at school, so nothing would be that different, however I imagine I'd probably have a Saturday job, most likely working in a shop

Who is your favourite model?
Lily Cole, I think she's amazing as she's achieved so much and is talented in so many different ways.

If you could be photographed by anyone in the world past or present, who would you choose?
Steven Meisel, because he's such an iconic photographer.

What's the best thing about being young today?
I think that, compared to our grandparents, we have far less social issues that hold us back and therefore have more freedom to choose the futures we want.

What's your social media of choice and why?
I absolutely love Instagram because I think a photo gives such a detailed version of what people have been up to, from best friends to celebrities.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
You are not better than anyone, yet no one is better than you.

If you could ask the world one question and get an answer, what would you ask?
I think I'd like to do an official poll and find out whether more people love marmite or hate it.

What slang word/phrase do you use the most and what does it mean?
The one that stands out to me most, because I get annoyed whenever I say it, is "yeah no I know" instead of just "yeah I know" ever since someone pointed out to me that it doesn't make any sense.

What's your favourite…
…film? It's always been Monster's Inc, ever since I was four!
…album? Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys.
…place to go out? Anywhere with live music.
…place in the world? Marco Island, Florida

@maisiekategardner

Ellie Leith, 17, Suffolk

How were you discovered?
At Latitude Festival last summer.

What would you be doing if you weren't modelling?
Focusing more on my schoolwork! And going on to study anthropology.

Who is your favourite model?
Karlie Kloss - I find her healthy lifestyle and philanthropic work really inspiring!

If you could be photographed by anyone in the world past or present, who would you choose?
It has to be Peter Lindbergh. I love his minimalistic approach and how he captures emotion so beautifully.

If you could walk any runway in the world, who's would it be?
Chanel for its elegance and simplicity.

What's the best thing about being young today?
Definitely how easily you can connect with people anywhere in the world and learn about lives completely different to your own.

What's your social media of choice and why?
Instagram because I love taking photos and how there's no language barrier, everyone understands a photo instantly.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
Think happy - be happy.

If you could ask the world one question and get an answer, what would you ask?
Will time travel ever be possible? That would be crazy!

What slang word/phrase do you use the most and what does it mean?
Probably "lol" but we all know what that means!

What's your favourite…
…film? Hot Fuzz.
…album? The Reminder, Feist.
…place to go out? The Wild Food Cafe, Covent Garden. Everyone is so friendly and the atmosphere is great, plus the food is amazing.
…place in the world? I went on an Australian road trip with my family when I was younger. It's such a wonderful country, I'd love to go back.

@EllieJLeith

Scarlett Rose Gray, 17, Sussex

How were you discovered? 
I sent some photos off to my now mother agency Elite London and they asked me to come up and visit.

What would you be doing if you weren't modelling?
Stressing more about my A levels than I currently am.

Who is your favourite model?
Cara Delevingne for helping bring back big eyebrows!

If you could be photographed by anyone in the world past or present, who would you choose?
Mario Testino; he's worked with the greats!

If you could walk any runway in the world, who's would it be?

Being a Brit I'd have to say Burberry first. I would also love to do Alexander McQueen because of the theatrical elements in the shows. Hermès too because I own a vintage scarf of my grandmothers and think that their designs are timeless.

What's the best thing about being young today?
This might sound cliché but technology. I would literally be lost without my iPhone and Citymapper to get me around! I don't know how people managed pre-smartphones!

What's your social media of choice and why?
Tumblr because there's less pressure to be constantly active and it's filled with random funny posts.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

"Stop plucking your eyebrows NOW!" It was the first thing my Booker told me just before I was signed. I'm grateful to her for that advice and for saving me from the tweezer demon before it was too late!

What was the last text you sent?
"Mum can you help me with this i-D interview please!?"

What slang word/phrase do you use the most and what does it mean?
Kawaii! It means cute in Japanese and it's the only part of the language I picked up after spending 6 weeks in Tokyo. I use it all the time!

What's your favourite…
…film? Mean Girls; its a classic chick flick!
…album? I'm torn between AM and Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys.
…place to go out? There's not much around where I live so Nandos probably.
…place in the world? Venice! The buildings and canals are really pretty and there's so much to explore.

@elite_london

Credits


Photography Maxwell Clements