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ELLE Canada readers across the country Insta’d their finest snaps for #ECModelSearch17, presented by Smashbox Canada, with the hope of becoming the next big beauty face.
Your votes narrowed it down to our top three contestants, who came to Toronto for a photo shoot with the ELLE Canada team.
Post-shoot, the ELLE Canada team deliberated, and one woman rendered them speechless. The winner of the #ECModealSearch17 is...
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AGE 24 HOMETOWN Montreal INSTA HANDLE @theblackcophy
Judges noted Phyllis’ natural ease in front of the camera; she required minimal direction and offered up endless angles and poses. The bilingual blogger will soon have another opportunity to sparkle under the flash of the camera: As part of the prize, she’ll head to Los Angeles for an exclusive photo shoot with Smashbox.
It's officially the one month count down to Selena Gomez's big debut as an executive producer...and we've got the first trailer, exclusively for you here!
The show, 13 Reasons Why, is a teen drama that looks at what happens after a young woman commits suicide, and her crush is left with 13 cassette tapes on which she has recorded her "reasons why". It's based on a YA book by Jay Asher, and at one point, Selena was apparently rumoured to be starring in a screen version of it herself.
Fast forward to the now, however, she's part of the behind-the-scenes team on the series, premiering March 31. Gomez has previously spoken about why this project—and its admittedly heavy subject matter—mean so much to her:
"“I was going through a really difficult time when they started production. I went away for 90 days and talked with a lot of kids. It definitely hit home...I want [kids] to understand I definitely relate to everything. I was a mess."
Check out the trailer (featuring series stars Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette) below:
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Your summer-prep jump-start.
Looking to see results a few weeks before you’re beachside? Start now, as there is no joy in the 24-hour cleanse or Kourt/Khloé K-esque training sessions. (The Snapchatting alone would be exhausting.) Make compound exercises (those that involve two muscle groups at once) your go-to. “These burn extra calories while sculpting your legs, booty, shoulders, core, arms and back,” says Katrina Scott, one half (with partner Karena Dawn) of the extremely fit duo behind the fitness website and program Tone It Up. Do three to four circuits three times a week and you’ll see major results in a few months. Use a five-pound weight and shift up to eight once you’re feeling strong.
Tones butt, hamstrings and upper back.
Begin by holding a dumbbell in each hand and maintaining a slight bend at the knees and elbows. Hinge forward from the hip as you lift your right leg back and open your arms out to the sides. Engage your core to help maintain your balance and keep your spine neutral. Slowly return to start. Complete three sets of 15 reps on each side, alternating with each rep.
Tones core, shoulders, biceps and upper back.
Begin in a plank position with hands directly below your shoulders. Grab a dumbbell with one hand and pull it up by your chest, keeping your elbow tucked by your side. Slowly lower your arm. Complete three sets of 15 reps and then switch sides.
Tones lower abs with a cardio boost.
Begin in a standing position with your knees bent. Jump high into the air, bringing your knees up to meet your elbows. Land softly on your feet. Complete three sets of 15 reps.
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And more things we learned about the charming star of Before I Fall.
Zoey Deutch is surprisingly perky for someone who is in the middle of a gruelling Toronto press day for her new movie, Before I Fall, (in theatres March 3) But, as I quickly learn during our phone convo, that’s her default setting.
She’s kind and complimentary (she loves Toronto, loves the warm weather streak we've been having, loves ELLE Canada, etc.) and hilarious (we’re on speaker phone and there's a bunch of people in the room with her whom I can hear stifling their giggles.)
In fact, the actress – whose mom is Back to the Future star Lea Thompson and dad is Pretty in Pink director Howard Deutch – seems totally unlike her Before I Fall character Sam. Quick Before I Fall plot synopsis: Sam is a popular girl-type who dies in a car crash and is forced to live her last day over and over. Think Groundhog Day with an existential crisis and with really chic chunky knits and tuques.
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Here are five more things we learned about Deutch during our chat.
She loves Drake “Normally I am, generally speaking, a conservatively dressed human, but I was scantily clad my first day in Toronto in the hopes that I would run into Drake in the lobby of my hotel. The address of my hotel is….. [Laughs]
She is super self-deprecating “What is one word I'd use to describe myself in high school? Hormonal. You were experiencing so many different things at times, and it was so emotional and so difficult to navigate.”
She's PUMPED to be surrounded by so many talented women “The movie is based on a book written by a woman (Lauren Oliver). A woman wrote the screenplay (Maria Maggenti); the director, Ry Russo-Young, is a woman and the movie is about relationships between women!”
She gets life – and she’s only 22 “I feel like it would be impossible for me to have had the opportunity to play this great part and be a part of the story without doing a lot of self-reflection. It just reminded me to not take things for granted and to continue to appreciate my family. You can never say I love you too many times to your mom and dad. Also, to actually appreciate routine and understand the privilege [like my character has] of being able to wake up every day with a roof over your head and a mother that loves you and a toothbrush and a breakfast. There is something to be said about the privilege of routine. Taking nothing for granted."
Watch the Before I Fall trailer here: