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SEBASTIAN SAUVE: the interview

Posted on: 2011/07/29


"Sebastian Sauve: Yeah baby - he's got it"
Dimitris Theocharis ph. / style: Ioannis Dimitrousis for Schon mag
Andreas Larsson for L'officiel Germany
PR: Hello Sebastian! We must say, this is one of those occasions when we have high expectations from the interview,  because we know what a great personality you have, and how entertaining you are! 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Very kind of you. High expectations?! No pressure then...

PR: Haha :) After a very successful debut in the fashion industry, you were also featured on the Channel4 show "The Model Agency"! How did you get involved in the making of the series?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Like a lot of what happens in this industry, I was lucky. I was in the right place with the right agency. I just happened to be in London as I was doing an internship. They saw me, liked me and asked me to take part. Good times! 

PR: Do you think you were selected to be prominently featured because of your personality?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: I like to think it's my personality because I actually have one as opposed to a lot of the other guys. I'm always willing to participate which will always get you far in life. 

PR: Did you think the show would be that successful? 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: I knew the show would be successful. Of course it would. Everyone wants to know how this industry works and want to see how fucked up it is. Also the production on it was first class.

PR: Were you shy at first, in front of the cameras?

premier models source
SEBASTIAN SAUVE: All this actually made me more nervous in front of the camera, as if it wasn't going to be successful- no one would have seen it but I knew everyone would see it… so I was shittin’ bricks!  

PR: LOL, Do people recognize you more now? Has it made a big difference with the clients?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: I thought it would, but as yet no member of the public has recognized me or if they have they can't work out why. A lot of people who knew who I was anyway, recognized me if that counts. It hasn't  made a whole lot of difference in the industry……who would have thought?

PR: Right now we're admiring your success on the runway, as we're in the middle of the show season. How would you describe the show season, from a model's perspective?                                

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: It's a trip. A lot of fun, surrounded by great characters, free food and drinks. You get the inside scoop on what really goes down behind the scenes. Everyone thinks you’re awesome and loves you. You’re completely exhausted from 3 weeks without sleep but still have a blast going out every night making hundreds of new friends... Oh boy is it a trip! 

source: Soul artist model mgmt
PR: Which shows would you point out as your highlights? 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Highlights this season: Calvin Klein, Versace, Givenchy, Galliano. Moschino, Roland Mouret

PR: What about the ones that most match your personal style?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Style… I'd say Calvin Klein. I'd like to wear Moschino or Frankie Morello…. One day. 

Ph. Ram Shergill  for 7TH Man Magazine

PR: Going back to the beginning of your career - tell us about how you were scouted! 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: I was scouted on holiday in LA but couldn't join the agency as I was about to start university in the UK 4 days later. They told me to go to London when I had the chance, which after a long while I finally did and here I am. 

PR: What were your first thoughts? Did it take a long time for you to warm up to modeling?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: My first thoughts were jeeze….What a mission. Because I had to travel so far from university to London and it cost so much just for one casting. I almost gave up actually when I was running out of money. I'm glad I didn't because it quickly turned around. 

PR: What would you say is the highlight of your career so far?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Attitude for my first editorial job, Calvin Klein for my first runway show, Stone Island for my first campaign and the cover of L'Officiel for my first big break. Zara was my first big money campaign. Going to NYC because it's so awesome. Coming home because my friends pat my back for my success. There's plenty of highlights! 

David Sims for ZARA
PR: You have quite a collection of editorials and covers in your portfolio! Would you say you're definitely primarily an editorial face? 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: I am currently the editorial boy at the minute for sure, but that's starting to change as I'm doing a lot more of the other things now. I'm an everything face. That’s how I roll! Lol

PR: How does editorial success relate to success on the runway? Which came first for you?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Run way is straight up, you walk, stop, turn and walk. Not a lot to it. Though it's still very nerve wrecking. Editorial is harder as you have to create the whole shoot and portray your personality but also can be enjoyable and more relaxing. I enjoy them both for different reasons and yes they both work well for each other. It's a case of getting seen by the right people so whether it's a magazine or runway you'll be sure to be seen by the people that count... Hopefully. ….

Saverio Cardia for CLIENT mag

PR: We can't help but notice the great editorial you shot with Saverio Cardia for Client Magazine. We've interviewed Saverio recently, and we are fascinated by his style. 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: He is very cool, I agree! 

PR: Is it easier for you to adapt to such clean images, or is it equally demanding as working on a more complex shoot?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: It's just as complex or it is for me anyway. Or at least I treat it that way. Not complex but professional, I try to learn the style, the story, what both the magazine and photographer  are like, what the team are like, what my portfolio needs, etc. And try to give them the right shot for it. 

PR: You are also the face of the Zara Young collection, for S/S2011! That's a really impressive job! Does Zara match your personal style?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Oh yeah, for sure. Awesome clothes, awesome team. Zara has everything going for it!

David Sims for ZARA
PR: What are your style choices for this season? We take it you're a jeans and t-shirt type of a person, like us... but do you dress up sometimes, for a special occasion? 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Hmm. I do like dressing up but always want one item of clothing that really sticks out. For example a suit with a hoody or trainers or a massive belt with a NES controller as a buckle 

PR: What about style choices for castings... Do male models have to change their style a bit for major clients, to look like they represent the brand already? 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: I can't say that I bother with all that crap.. I figure that if I turn up with no make up and no product the client can see what I really look like. They usually appreciate me for not trying so hard to impress. I think they're exhausted by it. 

PR: Time to take a little break from fashion, at least in this interview! Tell us about your life outside the fashion industry. Where can you be seen in your free time?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: In bed. In the park with friends, working in my buddies kitchen, playing hacky sack, watching movies and tv.  

Dimitris Theocharis ph. / style: Ioannis Dimitrousis for Schon mag
PR: Do you do a lot of sports? What's the workout routine that gives you the best results?

Source: Soul Artist NY

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Not a whole lot of sport regretfully. I want to get more into basketball. Maybe something fun too, like extreme frisbee. I love playing hacky sack though. I’ve been doing it for 10 years it's quite a work out too, the only workout I ever really get. 

PR: We almost forgot - should have asked that at the beginning: You have a very interesting last name... What are your origins?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: My last name is French and means the saviour. I'm half German, half American made up of Irish, Scottish, Canadian and French. And I’ve lived in England for the last 13 years after growing up I'm Michigan in the US.

PR: Any funny mispronunciation stories? :)

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Yeah at a casting in Italy I was trying to say very good in Italian but instead of saying “Molto buono” I said “morto benne” which means dead bucket.

PR: HAHA :D !  How would you describe yourself in three words?

Dimitris Theocharis ph.
SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Stretched 10 year-old

PR: And how would you describe yourself as a model, in three words? ;)

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Stretched 7 year-old

PR: ( LOL LOL )What's your favorite expression at the moment? 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: My expression; I pretend there's something in my eyes and I just lost my wallet

PR: Have you picked up any new "it" words from the fashion industry? 

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: It word; boom! 

PR: Any irritating fashion slang you can't stop laughing about?? :)

Versace S/S 2012
SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Funny words; all of them; chik, passé, modern, classic. (with the pronunciations of course) oh and the one that is driving me crazy. Major! Literally everyone keeps saying it every 2 seconds 

PR: And finally ...are you taking a well deserved holiday break? What are your plans for the summer?

SEBASTIAN SAUVE: Hell yeah I am. Though a lot of this job is a bit of a holiday though I never seem to quite fully be on a break. I'm going on a family trip to Brittany for a week maybe I'll turn my phone off and max relax! 


Posted on: 2011/07/27

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Photographer Igor Orlenko did a great job photographing Olga Mazur in day light. We guess you will have to google Igor to see more. It's worth it.

JANA KNAUEROVA: the interview

Posted on: 2011/07/21


"JANA KNAUEROVA: She's got it!"

PR: Jana, the mullet! Don't tell us you were not upset at least a bit when you got introduced to the idea of cutting your hair short. Let alone a mullet!

Why Not Polaroids
JANA KNAUEROVA: I wasn’t upset about it at all.
I was quite excited, knowing that Guido would make something really nice and cool. I couldn’t wait for the hair to fall on the floor.

PR: That's just crazy! So Guido Palau cut it? Well he definitely knows what he is doing. Were there any other looks in option?

JANA KNAUEROVA: There were a couple of options, I didn’t know about the mullet really, we had some pictures of ideas, and the general idea was short, bleached and punk hair. 
I wasn’t the only girl to undergo a big change, and every girl was a little different. I was to become the mullet girl.

PR: Your new crop had a debut at Balenciaga. How long before the show was the mullet created?

JANA KNAUEROVA: It happened only two days before the show, right after I got confirmed for walking the show as an exclusive.

Balenciaga S/S 11 Show source:

PR: Do you feel completely different now?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I still feel the same, but looking at me in the mirror and at my pictures, I cannot believe it is really me. I look completely different to what I looked like my whole life.

PR: Who had more difficult time adjusting - your family, boyfriend or you?

French Revue des Modes

JANA KNAUEROVA: I was expecting my family to be absolutely shocked (I didn't tell them in advance that I am about to be completely different next time they’ll see me), but surprisingly, they loved my look right away and also said that now I look more like I used to when I was a very little girl (I had shorter and very blonde hair, which darkened a bit with time). 
So, all in all, I feel like no one really needed to “adjust” to the idea of my new image. I also inspired my sister to cut her short as well.

PR: How do you maintain your hair now?

JANA KNAUEROVA: It’s really good and really bad at the same time. I love short hair. It is so easy to take care of (you just need occasional hair trim to make it look neat and nicely shaped) it dries after a shower really quickly, I don’t get any hair extensions at photo shoots, and there is usually no difficult styling.

On the other hand, bleached hair is no good for your hair. My hair is naturally dry and thin, but bleach takes it to a whole different level. I am constantly searching for moisturizing and repairing hair care.

So far, I found out that the products that work the best for me are Wella SP, and Redken Extreme.

Ph. Hedi Slimane
PR: You seem like a person who takes matters into her own hands. That is an outstanding virtue. You even sent out your pictures to the agency before you started modeling.  Were you signed by your mother agency immediately?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I was trying to find an agency in Prague. I searched online for the ones that had an online application form (there weren’t that many at that time yet). 
And after a couple of days, I got a phone call from my current mother agency and was asked if I could come in for a meeting. I went and got a contract right away.

PR: How did you decide which pictures you would send?

JANA KNAUEROVA: The pictures I sent them were not too good actually. I took them with my friend’s digital camera myself.

PR: Do you still have those pictures?

JANA KNAUEROVA: Unfortunately, I don't have those photos any more.

PR: What is your typical day, as a model?

JANA KNAUEROVA: My modeling life consists of couple of castings throughout the day, working out and meeting with my friends in between the castings.

Ph. Benny Horne for Vogue Russia
PR: How do you organize your casting schedule in the busiest days?

JANA KNAUEROVA: It’s a mix. If it’s a really crazy schedule, I talk to my agent and he says which castings are possible to do on different days. Then I look where all the castings are and try to do them the shortest way possible. 
Mario Testino for VERSACE
But sometimes there are time conflicts between my scheduled castings (and there is no way to do two castings at the same time–even if they are at the same address or in the same building). When that happens I just have to prioritize and do the best I can.

PR: Tell us a bit about what's going on in the „backstage“ of a big campaign like VERSACE.

JANA KNAUEROVA: You can find a backstage video online (HERE). It took two shooting days to finish. It was quite a big production and we had lot of fun and I learned a lot.

PR: Was Donatella there?

JANA KNAUEROVA: Donatella was there, as well as her daughter Allegra.

PR: How did you like the dress you were wearing?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I really liked all the dresses that we had, and the make up was very natural, not too crazy, I felt very good in it.

PR:  And you should be, you take amazing pictures! Ah, btw that TOPSHOP ad of yours is amazing. Do you usually shop there?

JANA KNAUEROVA: Thank you so much! Topshop was a great job and I loved the clothes too. I often go to American Apparel for my basic clothing needs.
Matthew Brookes for VOGUE Turkey

PR: How was working with model Andrej Pejic. He is very beautiful. But his work is often do you feel about his look?

JANA KNAUEROVA: Andrej is a great guy, fun to work with. He is indeed very beautiful. I can imagine he must confuse a lot of men :) 

I worked with him for Vogue Turkey right after I underwent my hair change. I was called androgynous even before with my long hair, but with this short hair style, it wasn’t surprising that a photo-shoot like this came together.

PR: Are androgynous looks easier for female models, or male models?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I feel like it is more acceptable for women to be androgynous. It seems more natural. Even when looking at the clothes - women wear pants, which were previously only menswear. But men wearing skirts? Yes, it happens, but it is not yet a standard and the general public might even think it’s weird (unless you live in NY). These new trends, in my opinion, seem to be ways to get attention.

Glen Luchford for COSTUME NATIONAL
PR: Do you think that androgyny in fashion has some kind of an influence on the visibility of the gay community in the world?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I can imagine that if people see androgyny as something normal, something that is a part of life, their tolerance in general broadens, so I feel positive about it. 
Heterosexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality are about people’s preferences toward either different or their own gender. 
Considering that androgyny is about ambiguous genders and that the fashion industry in large part dictates trends (serving as a catalyst for things that later on become social norms), androgyny in the fashion world could predictably lead to a visible increase of the gay community’s presence. 
However, I think it could just as easily have a neutral affect (only time will tell) :) !

PR: What is your view on gay rights? Have you become more accepting of the LGTB community because you work in the fashion industry?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I don’t think I became more accepting, because I never had any problems with the LGTB community ever. They are normal people as anyone else and to be honest, I don’t understand why anyone would have a problem with them.

Sharif Hamza for Fallon Jewelry
PR: How do you stay in shape?

JANA KNAUEROVA : I try to work out every day. I do something different each time, be it running, pilates, yoga or different other activities. I enjoy rock climbing as well! Only indoors so far, but I want to expand my routine to nature’s outdoors too.

PR: How often do you run?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I run about three times a week. 

Ph. Hedi Slimane
PR: Oh, OK and what is the brand of your sports shoes?
JANA KNAUEROVA: My favorite shoes are Brooks.

PR: Haven Spa in Soho (HERE) - how often do you go there, and what did you try, from a list of their services?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I go there for mani and pedicures, and waxing, I’m there usually twice a month.

PR: You seem to love nail polishes! Which one is the best one you tried?

JANA KNAUEROVA: My all time favorite is O.P.I. (HERE), but I quite like Essie nail polishes too (HERE).

PR: Do you think there is a difference between really expensive skincare and the products you can get at a more affordable price?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I think it depends product to product. Sometimes, you can find things that are obviously unnecessarily overpriced, but you can have products that have to be expensive because of the expensive ingredients they contain.  
Ph. Harry Peccinotti
And some products work great and are really cheap. Like my recent big surprise - Dove moisturizing shampoo and conditioner are both cheap and excellent for my hair. From the more expensive lines, I love Giorgio Armani’s Skin Fabric.

PR: How do you maintain your skin?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I change my products quite often. I use  
  • Shiseido, 
  • Biotherm, 
  • Weleda and 
  • Dr. Hauschka
  • now I am using also my friend’s skincare line, Hakansson (HERE), which works really well for me.

Daniel Jackson for VOGUE Japan
PR: Can you unwind a bit after the fashion shows are over, and indulge in some unhealthy food?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I don’t really want to let myself go crazy, but I like to have a bit of ice-cream or some chocolate. 

PR: What's your favorite healthy snack?
JANA KNAUEROVA: For healthy foods I am mad about fruits, especially papaya and berries, or even veggies with hummus or guacamole. I love healthy snacking!

PR: What do you usually have for breakfast?

JANA KNAUEROVA: Cereal with yoghurt and fruits.

PR: What is your favorite traditional Czech meal?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I love Beef with Tomato Sauce and Dumplings.

PR: And on the scale from 1 to 10 – how much are you addicted to frapuccino?

JANA KNAUEROVA: I discovered Frappuccinos a few months ago and they quickly became my vice. 
I was never “addicted”, but I love them a whole lot–let’s say at one point I was a 10. Recently I have had to cut myself off so I’m a 2 or 3 ;))


Posted on: 2011/07/19

PATRICIA SCHMID: fresh images

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: the interview

Posted on: 2011/07/16


          "Rosanna (Ros) Georgiou : The Aphrodite"

Ph. George Katsanakis
@ VN Model Management (M/A Athens) @ Marilyn NY @Nathalie (Paris)  @ Traffic (Spain)

PR: Ros how do you like Paris?
ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I like the streets of Paris. I love the atmosphere that this country has. It's a beautiful country"

PR: What was your favorite Haute Couture show?
ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "Stephane Rolland" 

PR: Did you try any good pastries shop in Paris and famous macaroons?

 ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I don't know why but I have never tasted any of these. I really don't trust French food"
facebook/John Tsikoudakis
PR: Ros, we understand you are not 100% Greek? Tell us more... There must be an amazing romantic story!

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "18 years ago my mother came to Greece with her best friend for vacations and there she met my father in a bar and the next day they went on vacations together! After 10 days they got engaged.Crazy but they are still together"

PR: Crazy Romantic!!! And do you also speak Dutch?

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "Yes, I speak Dutch"

PR: And ancient Greek... Do you learn it in schools? 
ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I did learn ancient Greek in school and it is very interesting and really different from modern Greek. I love my language because it has a history."

Stephane Rolland HC F/W 11.12 Paris
PR: Would you say that the fashion market in Greece is different for an editorial face like you, and a more commercial model?

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I wouldn't say that. In fact, because of that I work a lot in Greece."

PR: What was your first international experience?

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "My first international experience was in February in Paris for the fashion week. 
I wasn't expecting to be so tired everyday but it's something you get used to it."

PR: Were you excited or scared the first time you were  all on your own? 

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I was very excited to travel to another city. I am never scared. I love traveling and I have never felt that I am 16 and I should be scared. I am very strong as a personality and that's what really helped me to get through all this craziness of the industry."

PR: Did you have to modify your style for the fashion market? Do you see a big difference between your style now, and when you first started out?
Marie Claire April 2011 by George Katsanakis
ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I don't see any change of my style. For sure, as much as you get older your style becomes more you, you have a progress, but I have never changed my style for the industry"
PR: Do you remember your first job in Greece? 

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "Of course and I remember it since it was 7 months ago. 

PR: What about your first international job?  

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I was very excited for my international job as well.Then, I didn't even know what direct booking was so it was a great experience for me."

PR: Where did you get that amazing CELINE bag?  

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "From the show, they gave it to us as a present! I love it as well. 

PR: Is it suitable for castings?
ROSANNA GEORGIOU: Of course - it is suitable for castings."

PR: Where do you usually shop Ros?

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "H&M and vintage shops(my favorite)"

PR: Back on modeling now. What was your first major casting?

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "For Russell Marsh, a huge casting director"

PR: Yes, we know. Well, we rarely ask about models meeting international agencies before they're actually signed. How did you get signed to your agencies in Paris, Milan, New York?Did you meet any of them in Athens, or was it all done by your agency, via e-mail?

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "It was all done by my agency via-email. They all saw me in when I was in Daily Duo"
Dirk Seiden Schwan for AMICA
PR: Do you go out a lot when you're working internationally? Milan seems to be the biggest party city, with all the PR's surrounding the models. 

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "When I am in Greece I go out a lot. But when I go to another country I never go out. I really don't like the model parties and the PR'S. I love going out but not in that way.

PR: What do you like the most about your looks, and what do you like the most about your personality? 

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I really like the way I dress sometimes. It's simple but at the same time special. In my personality I like the fact that I am very spontaneous and strong and I think that the clients like that too.

Dress by Celia Kritharioti
PR: Let's guess what do you have for breakfast! Greek yogurt? :) It's delicious!

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "Hahaha.No, I eat a really common breakfast. Sorry :P Cereals!

PR: Greece is well known for it's cuisine, olive oil, cheese… so here's a question: what is your favorite classic Greek dish?

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I LOVE Greek food. All the dishes but my favorite are pastitsio and souvlaki giro"

PR: How do you like your salad? 

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I like the Greek salad which is called "horiatiki", tomatoes, onions, oil, feta(Greek cheese), cucumber"
PR: How do you stay in shape? 

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I eat well, and I train a lot. I used to play volleyball professionally but now I don't have time for that so I just go running"


PR: How do you maintain your skin?  

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "Whenever I remember it (not good) I use in night a moisturizing cream from BODY SHOP.

PR: We love your hair! What is the shampoo you use at the moment?  

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "I always change shampoos. I don't have something standard. I think that now I am using  PANTENE.

PR: Did you ever put a hair mask on it?

ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "Only when I go to have my hair cut"

PR: How aware are you of the Greek culture?

Dirk Seiden Schwan for Amica
ROSANNA GEORGIOU: "In Greece we have a great culture and we have to keep it. 
We all should be aware of our history and culture and that's what I really like about Greece and I am happy that I am a part of it. 

PR: What is your favorite character from the Greek mythology?  
ROSANNA GEORGIOU: My favorite character from Greek mythology is Aphrodite.

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