Orelana Firehawk is the LUXE Paris Look of the year 2016. We kept the identity of the winner a secret until it was published in MANIERA SL magazine on July 15th.
Firehawk’s first reaction was, “I didn’t really expect to win even if it was a dream. When I saw that I had won, I was filled by an intense sensation of happiness mixed with satisfaction that my work was finally recognized. I just hope that this new title will make me grow as a model and help me to work with the best designers on the grid.”
She thought of several people who were instrumental in her success, “I would like to thank my Mom, Lolita Paragorn, who taught me everything I know and who always gives me good advice. My husband Geoffrey Firehawk is very helpful too… I always ask his opinion about my styling, accessories and poses.
How did she go about creating the photograph that won the contest? Firehawk explained, “About the dress. I already had a lot of clothes from LUXE Paris so I only had to find the one that matched closest to the theme we were asked to follow. And of course, as I blog for some events, I knew I had enough accessories that would match the dress I chose.”
So, what path does one follow to arrive at the Look of the Year? She said, “It was three years ago. My husband, Geoffrey Firehawk, saw a notice concerning modeling classes at Callas Model Agency. We thought it would be fun and we finally became fashion addicts.”
She graduated from Callas Model Agency. In the beginning she worked at Le Temple dela Mode. As her career has expanded she is now a runaway model for several international agencies.
She has also been active in competition. In 2013, she won the Miss France Crystal contest and she was a finalist in the Miss TWA 2014. She was Miss Metaverse Luxembourg in 2014, and Miss V Belgium in 2015 and 2016. Finally, she is now the LUXE Paris Look of the Year 2016.
Her advice for aspiring models is, “Work hard and never surrender if you fail. Success is the fruit of your will and perseverance.”
The banner above shows Orelana in three outfits from LUXE Paris: Fleur Bleue, Petunia Jumpsuit and Golden Jade Tank, Pant, Shawl & Brooch. Outfits are available at LUXE Paris Fashion House, Magnum Spirit (73, 90, 29).
Written by Deepthinker Oh
Photographs by Mika Palmyra