Meet The Winners Of The 35th Elite Model Look World Final

The Winners of the 35th Elite Model Look World Final have been announced! From hundreds and thousands of applicants, Wen Di from China and Maxim from Russia have been selected as the Overall Winners for the model contest which has been running since 1983, now in its 35th year.

9 girls and 4 boys were selected as Winners with Wen Di and Maxim to make up this year's Top 15. Scroll down to see who was chosen!

Overall Winner: Wen Di from China

"It is a real honour for me to be the Winner, and I am grateful to everyone who supported and helped me. I’ve always been a huge fan of the competition, I really think it really gives you a taste of what its like to be a model and I have always wanted to be part of Elite Model Look. I went to a casting and was so happy when I was selected. My parents have been really supportive and have always encouraged me to be who I am and to always try my hardest. I really enjoy modelling, it makes me feel more confident. I’ve met some of the Finalists of Elite Model Look China from previous years. They’ve all be so kind and willing to help me and the other new models. They’ve gave us useful tips to help us overcome tension and to how to improve even more. I feel honoured to join them."

Overall Winner: Maxim from Russia

"Being a Winner in Elite Model Look is amazing. It's hard to express how happy I was when I heard them call my name. My mother has always been interested in modelling and followed EML, with her support I applied online and then they got in contact with me, I was also lucky enough to be mentored by Alice and Victoria who have been so helpful and supportive. I’ve learned so much so far from being part of the competition and have learnt so much from the other models, it’s important to work with new people and to learn from them."

Top 15: Cedric from Antilles Guyane

"It is a great joy and big surprise that I won, because the competition was tough. I never thought I’d win! I can’t wait to become a model and I hope to do this as a real job in the future. I want to become a model because it opens many doors."

Top 15: Camila from Chile

"I am extremely happy and proud of myself. The competition has taught me that besides all of the catwalk and modelling strategies and tips is to have personality and to not be shy. My sister really encouraged me to apply, but it took me a few years to feel ready. I practiced for one year and still didn’t feel prepared, so I waited one more year and prepared better myself and did the competition. I’ve always wanted to model and its cool because it allows me to show a different aspect of my personality and to help me gain all types of unique experiences which are useful not only in modelling, but life too!"

Top 15: Marie from Czech Republic

"I feel so happy but it's so unreal! It’s beautiful. I first heard about the competition on the radio and my mum took me to the casting, I’ve always wanted to be a model, so I decided I’d give it a go. I never thought I was go this far, winning was just the cherry on the cake. I’ve always been interested in fashion and travelling. I would love to model all over the world and meet new people. Modelling is my dream! I feel wonderful."

Top 15: Martin from the Czech Republic

"It feels awesome. I never expected to win it and I am so glad that I won! I heard about the competition from my mum, she encouraged me to apply. I went to a casting, and I got lucky! I had no idea that I would win when I applied, I just wanted to give it a try. I believe that if something’s meant to be, it’ll happen. I never planned to win, not even in my wildest dreams. I’d love to be a model, I think you’d meet lots of interesting people and it seems fun!"

Top 15: Asger from Denmark

"I am very thankful to have been chosen as Winner. I want to thank my parents for supporting me! I think modelling is a really cool opportunity and it seems like a fun job!"

Top 15: Margaux from France

"I never thought I would win, it’s been such an amazing experience. I’ve learnt so much so far and have quickly began to understand the level of professionalism which I need to have in order to succeed in the fashion world. I heard about the competition on social media, I applied online and went to a casting in Paris with my parents, they had really encouraged me to apply, and so did my two big sisters."

Top 15: Christella from the Netherlands

"It feels amazing! I can still hardly believe it and I am very happy! I heard about the competition on Instagram and applied online to go to casting, I’ve learnt so much from the competition, mainly how important it is to be yourself. I am going to do my best to keep up track record in the competition."

Top 15: Olivier from the Netherlands

"It's so exciting, I'm really curious to find out where it will take me. My mum persuaded me to apply, as she had seen an ad in the paper and once we talked about it I registered online and went to a casting. The experience so far has been so fun, and I'm so excited to make new friends and enjoy every moment. I still can't believe I am one of the Winners of Elite Model Look, but the feeling is amazing!"

Top 15: Camille from Reunion

'I’m so happy to have won Elite Model Look, I’m so excited! I heard about the contest from my family and they encouraged me to apply, so I went a casting in the mall. I can't wait to become a model."

Top 15: Yulia from Russia

"Being a Winner of such a prestigious competition is amazing, I know there is a lot of work ahead of me, but I am so happy. I learnt about Elite Model Look on social media, I applied online and turned up for to the casting and was lucky enough to be successful.  I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of learning to walk properly, that’s definitely been my favourite bit so far."

Top 15: Jasmina from Slovakia

"It feels amazing to be a Winner! I’m really excited to kickstart my career. I first heard about Elite Model Look when I saw an ad in a magazine, I decided to take a chance and go to casting and I was lucky enough to be successful, it's been such a cool experience so far! I’d love to be a model so that I can travel the world and meet new people. My dream is to walk for the top designers, I love fashion and it really inspires me and I would love to be part of it forever!"

Top 15: Alice from the United Kingdom

"I'm thrilled. I honestly couldn't believe it - clichéd as that sounds! I just feel terribly lucky to have such a wonderful opportunity. My contact with Elite has been with the New Faces staff in London and Oliver, Bella, Joanna and the rest of the team have all been lovely and very supportive - they’re my favourites! I've never travelled much, so it will be wonderful to see a little more of the world. I appreciate that Elite Model Look continue to support its models long after they’ve finished the competition into their future projects."

Top 15: Hanna from the United States

"I'm so happy to be in the Top 15! I was scouted in a Sprouts grocery store in New Mexico. I was kind of confused because I had never been called pretty before by a stranger! My agent told me when I first met her that she thought I would be good for the competition. After that I went home and researched it. Although, I never thought that it would actually happen!"

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