TOP MODEL SECRETS

Aymeline Valade

French model and actress Aymeline Valade is a designer favourite, and a trendsetter off camera. Today, she shares her secrets with H&M Life.

Aymeline Valade for Balenciaga Spring 2011, All Over Press.

Just a pretty face? Aymeline Valade is the very opposite of the tired cliché. She studied communications and advertising at university, is a classically trained dancer and was discovered on her skateboard, on her way to work. Her first prestige gig was walking in the Balenciaga spring 2011 show, and [then-designer] Nicolas Ghesquière is still a big fan of hers. So are Alexander Wang, and many others. 

She played Yves Saint Laurent’s muse Betty Catroux in the biopicSaint Laurent, and is a true style icon in herself. Aymeline Valade also stars in the editorial In Full View, in the latest issue of H&M Magazine.

Of course, we had to ask her to fill out the Top Model Secrets questionnaire.

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…
”Paolo Roversi.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER…
”The film Saint Laurent, where I play [the YSL muse] Betty Catroux.”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT WAS…
”After my first show for Balenciaga, I did the Nicolas Ghesquière story in W Magazine with Steven Meisel.”

THE MUSIC THAT ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS…
”I always listen to Nicolas Jaar – any mix from him just makes me feel great.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
”To draw furniture and gadgets. Later, I hope I will be able to create a product design brand.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
”To eat well and sleep when I can.”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY…
”Some kind of miracle, at least you’d think so if you saw what I eat.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX I…
”Turn my head upside down and mess the hair up even more.”

MY FAVOURITE PRODUCT IS…
”A face mask with sugar and strawberries from Fresh.”

ON SET, I PASS TIME WITH…
”Sending emails and planning the rest of the week. And listening to others gossiping!”

I SMELL LIKE…
”Myself. Men love it apparently… ”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS…
”L’Entrée des Artistes in Paris.”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS…
”L’Hôtel Particulier in Montmartre, Paris.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS…
Orange is the New Black and American Dad.

MY FAVOURITE OFF DUTY LOOK IS… 
”A white t-shirt and a pair of jeans.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… 
”Use highlighter everywhere around the eyes.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK…
”My tea, my biscuits and my best book.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
”Nothing. Obsessions are not a good thing, I think.”

WHEN I AM AWAY, I SHOP FOR…
”In Milan, Italy, I always find something special at 10 Corso Como.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME…
”I always go see my family and friends.” 

 RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…
Histoire d’une Femme Libre by Françoise Giroud.”


 

 

AYMELINE VALADE

AGE: 30

CITY: New York/Paris

DISCOVERED: In the street, skateboarding to her intern job in Paris. 

TWITTER: @aymelinevalade

AGENCY: DNA Model Management

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