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Behind the scenes on our shoot with transgendered model Jenna Talackova

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JennaTalackova1 1024x576 Behind the scenes on our shoot with transgendered model Jenna TalackovaBehind-the-scenes shots of Jenna Talackova.

When I was being interviewed by Leah Chernikoff earlier this week, I told my ELLE US sis that we were really thrilled to have Jenna Talackova in the pages of our book for two reasons: 1. We really admired how she’s handled everything she’s been through. 2. It’s a delight to spent time with someone on set who’s beyond thrilled to be there. Models and celebs can get a little jaded by the experience, so when you spend the day with someone who is living out her fantasy—that’s pretty lovely to watch. When I interviewed her for the little video I did, she told me that she had pinned photos from ELLE Canada magazine on her vision board three years ago. Her dream was to be shot by us and now that dream had come true. This January 19, her new show, Brave New Girls, premieres on E!. Episode 3 is all about her day with ELLE Canada. It airs February 2nd at 10pm EST / 7pm PST, following the Kardashians.

Check out some more of my behind-the-scenes shots from our shoot. JennaTalackova5 1024x576 Behind the scenes on our shoot with transgendered model Jenna TalackovaSusan Hong puts the finishing touches on her look, while a reality TV camera man captures all the action.

 Behind the scenes on our shoot with transgendered model Jenna Talackova

I was testing out my new Samsung Galaxy that day because I wanted to shoot and edit my first video. (There are a few glitches—like when I turned my camera vertical, instead of horizontal—but it was an entertaining new creative challenge.) For the soundtrack, I used a track from a song that my niece, Caitie Flanagan, co-wrote with her friend, #proudaunt

JennaTalackova3 1024x576 Behind the scenes on our shoot with transgendered model Jenna TalackovaPhotographer John Van Der Schilden checks the focus on his gorgeous shots.jennaonbox e1387488347583 576x1024 Behind the scenes on our shoot with transgendered model Jenna Talackova

We had to catch our shot before the rain started! The shoot was done on location at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto.

JennaTalackova4 e1387488552404 576x1024 Behind the scenes on our shoot with transgendered model Jenna TalackovaWe moved indoors and Jenna tried on my favourite (and hers) look for the day. The buttery soft 3.1 Phillip Lim moto jacket and the dress and shoes from Louis Vuitton.

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Here’s how a fashion and beauty fantasy day for me might unfold. First, I’d meet Alber Elbaz for an espresso and a croissant. Then Stella McCartney and I would go for a run to work off my bakery sins with Alber. At home, Guido Palau would be waiting to do my hair and then the charming Peter Philips would perform a makeup miracle. I’d then slip into a shift dress from Céline (it’s Look 10 from the fall collection, if you’re curious.) Because I’d be lunching with Haider Ackermann, I’d likely wear one of his long woven jackets. I’m thinking Look 14 would be perfect. Later that night, I’d have cocktails with Raf Simons wearing Look 5—or perhaps Look 3. And then—if I have the stamina—I’d join Karl at one of his swish afterparties. Yes, that’s pretty much my fantasy day.