5 faces to follow this paris fashion week

Tamy Glauser, Marion Roussignol, Lily Standefer, Bianca O'Brien and Gwenola Guichard discuss fashion, diversity and their role in the industry

by i-D Staff and i-D France
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07 March 2016, 10:40pm

Lily Standefer, 29

Where are you from?
Houston, Texas.

How/ why did you start modelling?
I have always been interested in fashion since I was very young, so modelling was a way to get involved quickly and start traveling at time when I had never been outside of the U.S.

What do you think of the fashion industry today?
It's great to see brands taking a stand to change a dated system to something which is more relevant and effective.

What changes would you like to see?
There needs to be a lot more concern for people who actually make the garments, and the insane deadlines they have to face every season.

Can a model have a political role?
Why not.

What's the best thing about being a model in 2016?
People are a little bit more open minded about what a model needs to look like.

What advice would you give the next generation?
Don't do what you don't believe in.

Tamy Glauser, 31

Where are you from?
Switzerland, quarter Nigerian.

Why (and how) did you start modelling?
I was about to move to Berlin, so my friend who is an agent there, signed me to his agency. I thought great, maybe I can make some extra cash, while continuing my studies in sociology. They sent my pictures to Paris and i never actually moved to Berlin.

What do you think of the fashion industry today?
It became much more open to beauty. To be more concrete, a girl doesn't have to have hair anymore to be considered beautiful. Thank you Louis Vuitton!

Are changes still needed?
Change is essential, especially in fashion.

Can a model have a political role?
Of course! I feel strongly about climate change and believe that we should all stop eating meat, at least on a daily basis. Not only is it cruel, but it actually destroys our planet. there is more emission from the meat industry then all cars and airplanes combined. A kilogram of meat uses approximately 15,000 litres of water! I feel as though everyone needs to be aware of that.

What's the best thing about being a model in 2016?
Ha! The year just started.. excited to see what comes my way.

What advice would you give the next generation?
Don't do anything you don't feel comfortable with. Your soul is more precious than what any photographer or agent wants from you. @tamyinthecity

Bianca O'Brien, 33

Where are you from?
Britain

What do you do?
I work on a variety of art projects - I write for some publications and I was an editor for a magazine for 6 years. I am currently directing a documentary, next I am working on a music video. I also directed a live performance piece last year. I am acting in a film this year in which I play the lead male role. I curate art exhibitions which the art specialist at Christies then auctions to raise money for a charity that helps orphans and under-privileged children.

Why (and how) did you start modelling?
I was scouted a few times and hoped it would pay for film school so I could finish my studies, but then I embraced the traveling and independence it gave me and went forward from there.

What do you think of the fashion industry today?
It is what it is. There are some great characters and talent to be found for sure.

Does it need to change?
I would love to see everyone being paid correctly for their talent and work. The majority of people are expected to work for free for a long time before they can afford to pay their bills let alone anything else. People get tired of hearing those dreaded words 'we have no budget'.

Can a model have a political role?
I believe so. Most people are now in a position to educate themselves on a daily basis and develop their own opinions. It does take a long time before that can be put to good use though.

What's the best thing about being a model in 2016?
I am working every week, so for me personally, that I can pick and choose my jobs is a relief. It that means 99% of the time I get to work with talented lovely people. Life is too short to work with arseholes.

What advice would you give the next generation?
When things are going well, vampires start to gather, so take care of yourself. It is also essential that you enjoy yourself, write down where you go, who you see and what you do and at the end of each year review that. Its amazing what you can do with that information. @iambiancaobrien

Gwenola GUICHARD, 27

Where are you from ?
Lille

What do you do ?
I am a model. I live in and work in Paris. I also write articles, work in communication and press relations for fashion brands.

When and how did you start modelling ?
I started quite late when I was 23 while studying (I finished a master in political communication last year). I modelled a bit in Lille also. I wasn't really attracted to it as a teenager but then I started enjoying it a lot more and found freedom it. It also fulfils my constant need of change.

What do you think of the fashion industry today?
There is so much to be said. I actually wrote a few articles about it on my blog. In general, I think over-consumption is killing fashion right now as much as it is killing society and humankind in general.

Does it need to change?
We need a total paradigmatic change actually. Fashion is part of a system. But it can stop favouring ultra thinness. I see too many super skinny girls, covered with fuzz with legs full of spots (sign of deficiencies). But can we really make designers responsible for it ? And I am pretty sure the law law that has passed in France about it won't change anything.

Can a model have a political role?
I am not sure a model can be engaged during her career. Otherwise, she can have a political engagement outside of the sphere of fashion for international and environment causes for example. Even if we are payed decently we are still at the bottom of the decision making ladder and competition is so tense that we have no space of manoeuvre for this kind of engagement.

What's the best thing about being a model in 2016?
The best thing about it is that we have enough free time to develop other projects and think. I had the chance to settle in the country side and start a new way of living. I didn't have to sell my soul. So far so good.

What advice would you give the next generation?
Do what you want to do. Follow your instinct. Listen to yourself only. And find a way to be happy. @gwenolaguichard

Marion Roussignol, 25

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Normandy.

What do you do?
I am a model and entrepreneur.

When and how did you start modelling?
I was scouted by my main agency while looking for a flat with my mum just before I started studying in 2009. I started modelling during the holidays but when I got to travel more and more, I started enjoyed it even more and so I quit studying. Since then, I've travelled the whole world.

What do you think of the fashion industry today?
Fashion is going through an enormous mutation as for some, it has reached a point of non-return. Social media have changed the rules. We consume everything and we consume it quickly, as we go from one thing to the other in an instant. We need to slow down. On a model perspective, street casting is more and more important because it allows more diversity.

Can a model have a political role?
Of course models can influence politics. In France, we need a syndicate a bit like Model Alliance in the USA that fight and intervene in the implementation of fashion related laws.

What's the best thing about being a model in 2016?
Travel!! I also really like the fact that in Paris, models have a part in the process of making clothes in some big houses. It is a chance and I learnt a lot about creative processes, from sketch to commercialisation.

What advice would you give the next generation?
Fight for diversity in fashion, keep faith in who you are and make your personality into your best asset. @marioncuicui

Credits


Photographie : Tom de Peyret
Stylisme : Xenia May Settel 
Hair : Yuji Okuda
Make-up : Satoko Watanabe

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