Winners 2016: How Were You Discovered?
Jana, Czech Republic
One day my friend persuaded me to join the Elite Model Look casting. We went there just for fun. One month later a letter came that I was chosen to take a part in the semi-final. At the beginning I thought it is a joke, but it was not and I am really happy that my friend persuaded me to try it.
It was about this time last year I was scouted on Instagram by my mother agency to shoot for a campaign for a designer - that was my first ever shoot! I was a new face and then they told me to apply for the EML 2016 competition. I went on to win in Nigeria and then won the overall winner in the world finals!
I contacted Elite Lisbon online because I always wanted to do modelling. They then suggested that I enter the 2016 contest. I’m so glad I did because after that I won the national final and then I went through to the world final!
Because of a war in my home city, my family and I have moved to Czech Republic. I saw an advert for the Elite Model Look casting online. Thanks to Czechoslovak Director, Sasha Jany and all of the Elite team, I got the opportunity to represent my own country, Ukraine, in Elite Model Look World Final. It was really a big surprise for me!
My brother was already a part of Elite, so I went with him to the agency one day and the agents at Elite Copenhagen asked if they could take some pictures of me. A couple of weeks later I got a call and was asked if I would like to participate in the Elite Model Look 2016 competition - and I got through!
Lucca K, Denmark
I was scouted by Elite Copenhagen when I was 13. When I turned 15, Elite Copenhagen called me and told me about the competition and urged me to sign up. The Danish final was really informal; we were 5 girls and 5 boys. We had to walk a catwalk and we were interviewed by a woman from Elite London. I didn’t expect to win at all, because everyone deserved to win. When I won I was very happy and fortunately all the other contestants also won a contract with Elite Copenhagen.
I was scouted on the streets when I was with my girlfriend at a concert! Some people from Elite Stockholm asked if they could take a picture of me and gave me their contact cards and I called - and after that I was in!
I was shopping with my friends in Stockholm when there were two modelling agencies who scouted me on the same day. One of them were Elite Stockholm so I booked a meeting with them and one thing led to the other and I signed with them and represented Sweden at the world final in Lisbon. At first I was unsure of what it was but it sounded great and when I looked it up I couldn't believe it! I felt so thankful, I didn't really get what was happening and the next thing I knew I was stood there in Lisbon.
Lizzie, United States
It's a bit different for the USA winner; there isn't a competition in the same way the other countries have. Kwok Chan at The Society met with me, took pictures, told me about the competition and then I was chosen to be the USA representative. When he was describing the EML contest to me I felt very fortunate and so happy! The first thing I thought about was the new friends I would make and the amazing experience it would be!
In April 2016 I was in Amsterdam with two friends shopping and we were standing on the street, searching on our phones for a store where we wanted to go when suddenly someone touched my shoulder - it was the agency, Elite Amsterdam. They asked me if I wanted to join the Elite Model Look contest of 2016, so I did and I think one month after I was scouted I won for the Netherlands! It basically changed my life - a completely different world!
After being scouted several times, my father asked a friend who knows the fashion world, for information about modelling. She suggested to send some pictures to a friend at Elite Paris. After seeing the pictures they wanted to send me right a way to Lisbon to represent Belgium in the contest.