Faces of Fashion: Senait

Senait of Elmer Olsen Models
If 10,000 hours is what it takes to be a success at something, then Elmer Olsen Model’s young Senait has a long way to go. “I’ve been modeling eight months,” she explains. But this fresh face knows that practice and patience go hand in hand when trying to excel at something. It’s that kind of determination that has her confidently walking upright in high heels – her “biggest challenge” to date – while other new models struggle.  
And while modelling may be new to her, Senait is quite familiar with the misconceptions around the business. “To be a model you have to have a healthy balanced diet and on top of that you must be active so you have the energy to keep up with everything! Like playing on a sports team.”  
It can’t be hard to keep a model’s figure when your weaknesses are sushi and strawberries (as opposed to, say, steamed dumplings and scones). Hitting the runway at LG Fashion Week has been Senait’s biggest moment yet, and with her unique look she’ll likely graduate to international runways in no time.

Faces of Fashion: Sarah Barnes

This new recurring feature, Faces of Fashion, will highlight those working in fashion including designers, models, stylists and photographers. In this issue meet Elmer Olsen model Sarah Barnes.
Sarah Barnes knows what she wants in modelling and how to get it. This straight ‘A’ high school student from Milton, Ontario has an unusual drive and ambition. With Sarah, you get the sense she really wants this as a career, and is prepared to do what it takes to reach her goals. At 5 feet, 10-and-a-half inches tall, Sarah is aiming to be in American Vogue magazine and will stop at nothing short of that. “That’s my ultimate goal,” she says. “I hope to continue to travel internationally as well.”
She recently returned from Milan and London, where she met with people from Dsquared2 and Armani. “I enjoyed the experience of meeting these iconic fashion influences and look forward to hopefully working with them in the future,” she says.
Other goals are to walk for a major designer in a major city, something her representatives at Elmer Olsen Models say is very attainable. In terms of spring fashion trends, there are a few things that catch her eye. “I really like the various patterns and vibrant colours on dresses by Marc Jacobs, and the chic classic looks by Ralph Lauren, with the many western inspired pieces,” she says.
In Canada aspiring models don’t need to look far for inspiration, but Sarah’s source is Daria Werbowy. “Even though she is unbelievably successful, she has managed to remain grounded.” (Check out Sarah wearing Carlie Wong in our New Year’s Eve post.)

Article by Mark Keast. Photographs courtesy of Elmer Olsen Models.