Bonjour Felicity, tell us about Paris, what was your first reaction when you found out you were going on stay with Mademoiselle?
I was beyond excited! One of my goals for 2023 was to be placed internationally. To be offered a contract with Mademoiselle in Paris, the fashion capital of the world, was a real buzz. I was so happy and satisfied to know that the hard work the Savalas team and I had put in had paid off.
What were the essentials you packed?
Of course my passport, phone and portfolio. Also top of my list was my casting essentials, this includes nude seamless underwear and full black outfit which is tight fitting and flattering. I always opt for black skinny jeans and a black vest with a pair of black high heels that I feel comfortable walking in. I couldn’t forget hair ties too.
How did you prepare for your trip?
To prepare I had a fresh haircut, with having a bob hairstyle I wanted it to look sharp for arriving in Paris and I didn’t have my return flight so I didn’t know when I was going to be seeing my trusty hairdresser again! I also did some research and made a list of a few things I wanted to see and do in my free time. I wanted to make the most of my time there.
What was your accommodation like?
The model apartment was a very traditional Parisian style building with a very modern and minimal inside. We had a large balcony which had amazing views. The security of the building was very good and I felt really safe which gave me peace of mind for my first solo trip abroad.
What was it like living with other models?
Initially I was worried that the other models may be highly competitive and unfriendly but it was the exact opposite. I lived with four girls of all different nationalities ; Ukrainian, Russian and Brazilian. I was the youngest of the group so I learnt a lot of tips and tricks from the girls who had done major campaigns, shows and worked for Vogue. We became really good friends and we are still in contact. I hope to see them again in September.
How did you stay positive during a busy season?
I kept in touch with family and friends. I called my boyfriend every day to catch up which really helped. Eating healthy, exercising regularly and plenty of sleep also kept me in high spirits.
What did you do during your down time when you didn’t have casting?
I walked for miles around the city soaking up the atmosphere and visited places on my wish list. The weather was perfect when I was there. I also created content for social media which I enjoy doing. A great thing about being on stay with Mademoiselle is that they organise a free event for their models every week to attend, my personal favourite was ‘Drink and Paint’. We all enjoyed a glass of wine whilst socialising and painting. It was a great opportunity to make new friends in the industry.
What was your favourite thing about Paris?
It would be impossible to pick one thing. Everything is so beautiful from the architecture to the gardens, the street cafes and of course the Parisian shops and style. I fell in love with the famous ‘French girl chic’ style.
Did you learn any French?
Oui, un petit peu.
What was your most memorable experience?
Doing the Alexander McQueen trunk show, to work for such a prestigious British brand was a dream come true. The looks I had were unbelievable. All the details and fabrics were amazing.
My most memorable experience unrelated to work would be spending my birthday in Paris. My birthday fell on the first week I arrived and my flat mates took me under their wings and we all went out for a cocktail. I felt so welcomed and at home already.
What are your 3 top tips for modelling in Paris?
Number one would be buy a navigo card. It is the cheapest and most efficient way to get around Paris. I used mine every day. Second would be learn some useful French phrases, even a little bit will show you are making the effort and will be greatly appreciated. Thirdly, on set be the energy you want to attract. Always be bubbly and upbeat. Clients love when you bring good vibes to work it creates a great working atmosphere.
Where would you recommend someone visit on their first trip to Paris?
Montmartre and Sacre-coeur. It has everything ; amazing views of Paris, history and culture, live singers to enjoy, delicious food spots and cute vintage shops. I spent a day there with my flat mates and none of us wanted to go home.