The Model Scouts

The Model Scouts

Episode 3

RTÉ's The Model Scouts, RTÉ Two, November 23, 9pm - 12 girls, 8 weeks, 1 winner

IN WEEK 3, the 10 girls still in competition travel to London where the focus is on Castings. They will have 2 photo shoots to build up their portfolios - one urban shoot with photographer Khalid El-Awad and a second studio shoot with ex-model Elina Ketchicheva. They go shopping and learn what to wear to a Casting and the girls attend a Casting with Grazia Magazine's Style Director, Paula Reed. At the end of the week, 2 more girls will be eliminated.

Khalid El-Awad
Urban Street shoot with girls

caitriona baKhalid El-Awad lives and works as a photographer in London and Paris. Originally from West Germany, Khalid studied Ballet in The Netherlands, after which he worked as a dancer in Sweden, Belgium and Denmark.

Already during his studies he built up relationships to international model agencies by scouting and photographing talent. "The dancer's skills are a strong advantage when being on shoots and speaking to models. This is how I get them to move certain ways and make different expressions".

Before working exclusively as a photographer in 2005 Khalid accepted a position at IMG Models in London. There he worked as a photographer and scout until 2009. With IMG in 2006 he was a judge at the IMTA NY and in 2007 he scouted for Germany's Next Top Model.

In 2009 based on these various skills and his level of business experience, Khalid has moved on to photography exclusively and has been fast gaining a reputation in the fashion world.

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David on Khalid - "Khalid worked with us at IMG models in London. He is someone who has an amazing eye. He is a great scout and a great photographer. He was a ballet dancer, and he knows exactly how to move the body in order to get the great angles."

Khalid on models & photography - "I am very inspired by the actual model, to me it's very important that my pictures, the photo shoot is all about the individual and to bring out, not only the genetic beauty, something from the inside coming out. To me it's not so much about the clothing and styling, hair and make-up- it's really about the individual."

Elina Kechicheva
Studio Shoot with Girls

Elina Kechicheva is a fashion photographer from Bulgaria and she lives in Paris. She was a model during the 1990's and now works closely with IMG, doing many of the new IMG models test shoots. Elina has also shot many covers and editorials for Marie Claire, Jalouse and L'Officiel fashion magazines.

David on Elina - "Elina Kechicheva is an amazing photographer, she has shot basically every new girl that we have signed in the past few years. She always gets the best of the girls- always. She was a model herself and she has become a very successful photographer. Elina loves working with the new girls- so it's lucky for us because she does the most beautiful pictures of the girls that they do."

Paula Reed
Style Director at Grazia Magazine
Casting Challenge

Paula Reed works as Style Director for Grazia, international award-winning UK Fashion Magazine, which sells over 1 million copies every month. She was born and raised in Northern Ireland. Paula moved to London and she began working as a fashion editor- beginning as a deputy on the Independent's fashion pages, followed by the Fashion Editor of The Sunday Times. She continued to work as a Fashion Editor on UK Harpers & Queen, Condé Nast Traveller and In Style UK. Her television work includes 'Project Catwalk' and regular slots on '10 Years Younger'. In 2009, Harper Collins published her first book, 'Style Clinic'.

Paula Reed on international models in Ireland - "I have always been very convinced that Ireland is a largely untapped market. It will be interesting to see the level of talent there is at home, because I don't get to go back and have a look for it myself. This is going to be fun."

Adina Forizs
IMG model

Adina is from Budapest, Hungary and works as an IMG model. She made her mark in the fashion world at the age of twenty, when she walked on the Spring/Summer runway exclusively for Prada and Miu Miu in 2008. Her editorial work includes Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, i-D, Numero, Nylon. She has since walked the runway for many major designers including Chanel, Burberry Prorsum, Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Zac Posen, Moschino, Vivienne Westwood, Monique Lhullier, Matthew Williamson, Sass & Bide and many more.

Adina on her career - "I was 19 when I started- so I was a little bit older than these girls. But still even when you are 19, it is a difficult life and not the school life. After a while I started to really enjoy it. I think it was a great decision and I never regretted it."

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