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Three gold medals, please.

There wasn’t a single most popular model on the spring 2017 runways. Rather, it was a tie between three rising stars — Selena Forrest, Jess PW and Camille Hurel — who dominated the catwalks with a whopping 52 shows each across New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Each model had tips and tricks for surviving the international go-around. Hurel said her backstage essentials were a phone, a charger and a banana: “Gotta keep energized.” Forrest, who opened four shows, said she liked to play R&B and hip-hop songs backstage to get everyone dancing. PW, a newcomer from Australia, offered her best advice to a model strutting the runway for the very first time: “Walk like you’re meant to be there.”

WWD caught up with Forrest, PW and Hurel after the shows to reflect on the season.

 

JESS PW

Age: 18

Height: 5′ 10″

Instagram: @saltyalien

Agency: The Society Management

Hometown: Perth, Australia

WWD: How does it feel to know that you’ve walked the most shows this season?
Jess PW: Pretty insane. I’m so happy with how it turned out as I’ve honestly never worked so hard towards something. Seeing it pay off was cool.

WWD: What were some of the most stressful moments of the season?
J.P.W.: Being late for more than one thing at once!

WWD: What are your tricks for staying focused during such a hectic, stressful time?
J.P.W.: Stay hydrated and realize that most of the situations are out of your control, so just go with the flow.

WWD: Do you have any funny memories from the shows?
J.P.W.: Backstage at Rag & Bone, they gave us film cameras to document behind-the-scenes moments…and as you can imagine, once you give models a chance to be behind the camera – things can get weird. Haha.

WWD: What was your favorite hair and makeup look?
J.P.W.: Jil Sander’s dewy skin makeup and Fendi’s pigtails.

WWD: What do you carry with you at all times during fashion week?
J.P.W.: Instant coffee sachets.

WWD: What do you do backstage to pass the time?
J.P.W.: Play Jenga, read a book, talk with mates.

WWD: What would be your advice to a model who is walking the runway for the first time?
J.P.W.: Walk like you’re meant to be there.

WWD: Have you learned any lessons about fashion week from when you first started walking in the shows?
J.P.W.: Organization is everything, but at the same time you can’t do it all, so don’t let that drain you.

SELENA FORREST

Age: 17

Height: 5’ 10”

Instagram: @selenaforrest

Agency: Next Management

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

WWD: How does it feel to know that you’ve walked the most shows this season?
S.F.: It feels good because my goal was to walk more shows than I did last season. It’s definitely a “hard work pays off” moment.

WWD: What were some standout runway moments for you?
S.F.: Meeting Rihanna! She was literally the sweetest.

WWD: What are your tricks for staying focused during such a hectic, stressful time?
S.F.: The most stressful moments for me was being sleep-deprived. On top of that, trying to find time to do homework in the midst of all the madness.

WWD: What are your tricks for staying focused during such a hectic, stressful time?
S.F.: I think about how far I’ve came and how I don’t want to go back. Lol.

WWD: Do you have any funny memories from the shows?
S.F.: I was at an event and was looking for a restroom. Need I remind you, it was kind of dark, so I walk up to a man and I asked him where the bathroom was. He looked at me strangely. I realized it was Nick Cannon and I said, “Oh, sorry, never mind.”

WWD: What was your favorite hair-and-makeup look?
S.F.: My favorite hair and makeup was from Valentino. They made everyone look beautiful and elegant.

WWD: What do you carry with you at all times during fashion week?
S.F.: Chapstick and gum are the essentials.

WWD: What do you do backstage to pass the time?
S.F.: I like to put music on backstage and have everybody dancing to the old R&B and hip-hop hits.

WWD: What would be your advice to a model who is walking the runway for the first time?
S.F.: You look good, so, feel good and go dominate that runway!

WWD: Have you learned any lessons about fashion week from when you started walking in the shows?
S.F.: To have fun and enjoy the ride while it lasts.

CAMILLE HUREL

Age: 18

Height: 5′ 11″

Instagram: @camhrl

Agency: Women Management

Hometown: Paris

WWD: How does it feel to know that you’ve walked the most shows this season?
Camille Hurel: I was surprised at first! During fashion week, you know that you are on a lot of shows, but everything is so fast and at such an intense pace, that I didn’t notice it until I saw it on Models.com! I feel proud and thankful of all these weeks of work that I did, and all the people that I met who trusted in me. It’s incredible to see articles saying “the model who did the most of shows,” which makes me want to work harder, which is all I’m asking for!

WWD: What were some standout runway moments for you?
C.H.: For this season, there were so many memorable moments for me: when I closed Jill Stuart, opened Fay, when I walked for the first time in New York at Alexander Wang, or even being rebooked for brands that I walked for previously — which means that they trust in you and liked working with you.

WWD: What are your tricks for staying focused during such a hectic, stressful time?
C.H.: During fashion week you are always late — that’s a fact. But when you are coming to a show 15 minutes before it begins and have to put your top on seconds before going on the runway, it’s quite a rush! Generally speaking, I’m not a very high-stress person… The trick for me is to be surrounded by people who understand, and also know how to calm you — which is usually my friends and my agents who know how to communicate with me when I’m in doubt.

WWD: Do you have any funny memories from the shows?
C.H.: Oh, I had a lot of those. When you’re backstage, and lucky enough to be with friends, there are so many good moments to be had. During the Kenzo show in Paris, right before my last show (Miu Miu), we were all so tired and the shoes were a bit tricky to walk in. When I went on the runway, I saw the girls in front of me walking in pain, but then I saw a long runway of naked people — real naked bodies wearing only body paint. I was so surprised and tired that all I could do was try my best not to laugh during the long runway.

WWD: What was your favorite hair-and-makeup look?
C.H.: This season had a lot of shows that used natural makeup and hair, which I personally prefer. I really loved the looks at Nina Ricci or Bottega Veneta, for example. Oh, and the hair that Paul Hanlon had done at Diesel — that was something I could definitely see myself trying at home.

WWD: What do you carry with you at all times during fashion week?
C.H.: During the shows, I’m always carrying my phone and a charger (a given), as well as a good face cream for after all the makeup that your faces goes through. Oh, and a banana. Gotta keep energized!

WWD: What do you do backstage to pass the time?
C.H.: The best way to pass the time while backstage is to just hang out with friends. Either that or I like to always have a book with me, or something on which to draw.

WWD: What would be your advice to a model who is walking the runway for the first time?
C.H.: Enjoy the moment and have fun! There’s such a rush when you’re on the runway; just enjoy the adrenaline rush!

WWD: Have you learned any lessons about fashion week from when you started walking in the shows?
C.H.: Actually, from the socialization process of shows, I feel like I got to practice English much better than I had during high school! More seriously though, I learned a lot about patience, and how to find confidence in yourself outside of just bookings and shows.

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