You know what I love about the coming of fashion week, it’s not just the fabulous display of collections that inspire trends to come, but the faces and bodies that play a canvas for each look. Yes, I’m talking about the models. Only true purveyors of fashion, arbiters of style, can remember what was happening on the fashion scene when a particular “It’ girl of the fashion week season sparked. Whether it was Kate Moss during the “heroin chic” stage; Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell during the age of the “supermodel”; or Gemma Ward and Lily Cole when the innocence of childlike faces where the moneymakers for the covers of the top magazines. Models have always made fashion week just as exciting as the A-list celeb-filled crowd it brings or the collections it applauds…or not.
However, not all models are born over night. Numerous rejections and excuses do fall upon the ears of many models trying to successfully get into the industry. Well, I had the chance to meet and interview an up-and-coming beauty that exudes the aura and ambition of what it takes to survive in this industry. Krischelle is a face to watch and how lucky is Papierdoll to discover that before she really hits it big…very lucky!
Papierdoll: Aside from your talent in connecting with the camera and great genes, what lead you to modeling? Besides modeling do you have any other occupations that take up your time?
Krischelle: When I was a little girl I loved to be around pretty people. I was mesmerized by pictures of models like Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, and Liya Kebede. As I matured I learned from models like Tyra that inner beauty is just as important as physical beauty. I am currently a psychology student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I spent my first two years of college in beautiful France at the American University of Paris studying international communications and French.
Papierdoll: Who are your inspiration(s)?
Krischelle: Hands down my mother is the biggest inspiration in my life. The success she as attained because of her intelligence, hard work, and determination has encouraged me that I too can accomplish any goals I desire and always have appreciation for my family.
Papierdoll: Are there any current projects you are working on as of now and in the future?
Krischelle: I have been working runway division at Elite Chicago and I am returning this summer to Paris, France to work with an agency there. I hope this experience will prepare me to return to NYC in the fall and get picked up by one of the top agencies there.
Papierdoll: I know you are leaving for Europe after Memorial Day for a few months, what will you be doing over there. Do you have an agent over there and do you get much work?
Krischelle: This is the first time I will be working in the European market. Yes, I will be doing runway and print work with VIP models in Paris.
Papierdoll: Are you doing fashion week in Paris this fall season or have you done and fashion shows lately since you have been over in Paris? How has the response to you been in Paris?
Krischelle: Castings for the shows in the fall (Paris Fashion Week) starts in September. Everyone is on Holiday in Europe until the end of August. So far this summer has been an amazing learning experience and time of progress for me. I have been working with top Paris photographer Ernest Collins and others to develop my book. I was picked up by another agency called Urban models (a department of Metropolitan). My agencies have been slowing introducing me to clients as I go on castings for designers such as Zenzo, Givenchy, Elie Saab, and Leonard just to name a few. I even got to meet industry insider Jay Alexander, known as “Mr. Jay” from America’s Next Top Model. He gave me loads of advice and runway tips on “the walk”. Besides modeling I have really taken time to enjoy the Parisian culture and practice speaking the language. Things are going really well so I may take a semester out of school to pursue modeling fulltime in NYC.
Papierdoll: Is modeling more of a side “hustle” for you or your main bread and butter maker?
Krischelle: Modeling for me is a passion because I love the excitement of fashion shows, photo shoots, and meeting new people from all over the world. I hope to be able to make lots of money at something I love to do.
Papierdoll: What do you think are your best feature(s)?
Krischelle: My key physical attributes are my eyes, legs, and waist but I believe it’s important to have intelligence and good self-esteem.
Papierdoll: What can we expect from Krischelle in the future (5 years from now)?
Krischelle: That I will recognized as both a supermodel in fashion and super role model that women can admire for my professional accomplishments and contributions in the area of literacy programs.