The dream of the podium burst. Abtwiler Alissa Hutter didn't make it to the top ten at the Elite Model World Finals in Paris. "Of course I was a little disappointed," says the 16-year-old model with honey blonde hair and bras.
"But it was a huge compliment that I, a normal Abtvill girl, was allowed to participate in the World Finals."
Alissa Hutter traveled to Paris in mid-November as one of 29 candidates from 29 countries. Together with 20 male models and 10 influencers, they settled into a hotel. Alissa Hutter shared a room with a German. They got a good bag with two outfits, such as tracksuits, sweaters, jackets, sunglasses.
"Every morning we were given instructions on what to wear." For dinner at the restaurant, the models had to wear sponsor t-shirts. And he was always a cameraman. The models did not need to starve. "At the breakfast, an egg was mixed with bacon and chocolate croissants, for an afternoon lasagna. Customer reviews were automatically translated from German.
First of all, there was a shootout in the bootcamp – "unrestrained so customers know what we look like without makeup." Each candidate had to dive in front of the camera during the video shoot. "You shouldn't be ashamed," says Alissa Hutter. A photographer named Luc Braquet gave her directions.
Upright and relaxed: perfect walk
When a model walks down the runway, she often looks effortless: her head erect, her arms swinging, her expression of confidence. However, perfect walking requires practice and concentration, which is why elite models have also completed training on the runway.
Afterwards, the girls performed at the Palais de Tokyo, a museum of modern art on the banks of the Seine. They stormed the tray by storm – once in a T-shirt and tights, once in a bikini. "Alissa, Switzerland," they called her.
To the left and right of the runway, the audience sat on benches, photographers kept turning. 70 agents screened for fresh talent. "It's exactly the same as a fashion show," says Alissa Hutter. "I was so nervous."
Learn to deal with rejection
In the finale on November 18, dark-skinned Yireh Fernanda of the Dominican Republic emerged victorious. “She’s beautiful and she deserves it,” says Abtwilerin. She gained a real insight into the Paris fashion industry:
"Hard but interesting work."
You often have to wait for hours behind the scenes until you get makeup. In addition, a rejection rejection should be done: "It is often simply called yes or no for no reason." Barber Julia Saner won the Elite World Finals in 2009 but retired from the industry two years later because she didn't like it.
Alissa Hutter is not spoiled by the model. In two years he wants to graduate from Kanti am Burggraben in St.Gallen. "After that, I think it would be great to model in a year." He still has a contract with the Zurich agency Option, but cannot accept any assignment because he has to go to school.
"The fact that Alissa didn't win isn't so bad," says Ursula Knecht, the agency's owner. Alissa is a high school student, speaks English and Spanish very well. The young woman could even grow up to the Olympus in the model world – as soon as they had graduation and bras were gone.