I was fortunate to spend the day with the five finalists in the Additional Elle #ihavegreatgenes Model Contest, held recently in New York. It was such an inspiring day, and I came away in awe of these young women’s compassion, tolerance and resilience. They have all experienced immense personal challenges, yet they have chosen to forge on with optimism and admirable persistence. It was truly an honour to spend a little time with them—and a real difficult task for me, and my
fellow judges, to select only one winner. Here are some of the highlights from my “five-minute” chats with the women at the photo shoot. (For behind-the-scenes video, click
To find out who won, read on…
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