Bara Podzimkova Returns To Elite Model Look As Top Model
Since she was named Overall Winner of Elite Model Look in Shenzen, China, in 2014, Bara has become a favourite face for casting directors. Walking for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Valentino and Ralph Lauren, with her soft features, her look has proved adaptable for many types of work. Along with Irina Djuranovic, Yasmin Wijnaldum and Benjamin Benedek, she was invited back to walk the catwalk as Elite Top Model at the Elite Model Look World Final 2016 in Lisbon. We talked to her about returning to the stage she competed in as Finalist.
What was it like to return to the Elite Model Look stage as a previous winner?
It was so nice too see it after few years after through different eyes! I loved being part of the show as well.
What are you most proud of achieving since winning in 2014?
I guess I’m just proud of how much my life changed in general. I travel so much these days and it's so much fun! But I guess my favorite thing was shooting the Chanel lookbook with Karl Lagerfeld, because he's such an icon in the fashion industry and it's a huge honor for me to able to work with him.
What did the competition teach you?
It taught me a lot for sure! For example, we learned how to walk on the runway and we did our first photoshoots, and these experiences are really usefully in the future.
2014, the year you competed, was amazing! Who are you closest to who you did the competition with?
Thank you! I'm friends with a lot of people from EML especially Estelle Chen, Mayowa Nicholas, Irina Djuranovic and Greta Varlese, we work a lot together during fashion week.
What is your advice to all the contestants now that it is over?
Just don't give up, it doesn't matter if you are in the Top15 or not, you still have chance to succeed in modelling, just be patient and all the hard work is gonna pay off. I am really happy with the Top 15 Winners this year! I think everyone did a great job and i'm really happy that Jana won it, because she's also from Czech Republic!
What are you looking forward to right now?
I'm really excited to go home for Christmas and spend some time with my family and enjoy the atmosphere at Christmas time.