Ophelie Guillermand: 'Steven Meisel is a visionary'
Model Ophelie Guillermand loved being a part of Steven Meisel's "precise vision".
The French model was scouted in Paris aged 17 and just a year later landed the coveted cover of Vogue Italia, shot by photographer Steven. It may have been the beginning of her fashion career, but luckily Ophelie, 22, felt totally comfortable in the hands of the lens expert when posing for the publication.
"I did some (test) shoots in between show seasons, so when I got there with Steven, I felt kind of ready," she smiled to WWD. "It’s amazing working with him because he has a very precise vision for what he wants - he’s art directing and photographing at the same time. Once we get there, he’ll say, 'Do it exactly like that.' It was great for me to have that direction at the start. It’s nice when you work with people who have a vision... it’s like teamwork."
Ophelie walked 40 shows during her first New York Fashion Week season and has since starred in campaigns for big brands like Prada, Tommy Hilfiger and Emporio Armani. Tellingly, the brunette beauty will always favour the catwalk over a photoshoot, especially now she's made a name for herself in the industry.
"It’s so much easier to do the shows (when you’re more established), because everyone knows you... the casting directors know you," she explained. "It’s not like you have to go to five castings or five fittings. It’s way easier, so that’s super nice. It’s great to do a show because you can see what’s going on backstage... backstage is a totally different world."
The fashion star feels she's grown up a lot faster due to her quick rise to fame and spending time with older people in the business has also made her more mature. And with goals such as landing a beauty contract, it seems there's a lot more to come from Ophelie.