Model Minute: Elyse Saunders

Photography by Miguel Jacob

Photography by Miguel Jacob. Originally published in the November 2008 issue of FASHION.

Welcome to Model Minute–a quick chat with an up-and-coming model we love.

Name: Elyse Saunders

Agency: Ford Models

Where you’ve seen her: She has appeared on the cover of L’Officiel and walked the runway for designers like Luca Luca, Ruffian, Jeremy Laing, Erin Fetherston and Trovata.

Who is your dream client/ what’s your dream modeling job?

My modeling dream job would probably be to shoot anything with Steven Meisel. I haven’t had the opportunity yet, but I’ll cross my fingers.

I can’t remember the hardest job I’ve been booked for, but I do remember the hardest day. It was when I had three shoots in one day (two for Harper’s Bazaar and one look book) and I was shooting from 4:30 a.m. until about 2:30 a.m. the next day. My eyelids hurt so badly by the end from all the makeup changes that the next day I had to keep my eyes half-closed because they were so sore and watery.

Photography by Peter Stigter

What books and magazines do you read?

Right now I’m reading The Shack, but I also like The Old Kingdom series. It’s a little dark, but a really good adventure story. My favourite magazine would probably have to be i-D.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I do have a hidden talent: I can do the wave with my tummy. I must have been a belly dancer in a previous life.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten from a shoot/designer?

You might think I would say clothes, but actually I’m going to say chocolate. I did a shoot in a chocolate restaurant in Yorkville, Toronto called Moroco Chocolat and they have some of the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted in my life! It took all my willpower not to clear the platter.

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