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34th Elite Model Look World Final 2017 Winners Announced

Valeria Chenskaya from Russia and Antonio Freitas from Brazil

are proclaimed overall winners

Milan, ITALY – November 29th 2017 – Elite World, the world’s leading model management company is delighted to reveal the grand winners of Elite Model Look 2017 who were selected today, during the evaluation of a committee made up of Elite agents and a jury of illustrious fashion industry icons that included Anne Catherine Lacroix, Natasa Vojnovic, Mark Vanderloo, Tony Ward, Giampaolo Sgura and Lorenzo Serafini, and was chaired by Elite management President Vick Mihaci. From the 62 finalists, hailing from the world over, one girl and one boy – Antonio Freitas (17 years old – 188 cm) and Valeria Chenskaya (15 years old – 178 cm) were proclaimed overall winners.

Valeria Chenskaya lives in Moscow, she is a passionate swimmer, loves Coco Chanel and travel; Antonio Freitas is 17 years old and from Guaxupe in Brazil, he loves football, listens to hard rock with a preference for AC/DC, his fashion icon is Gisel Bundchen and becoming a model has been his dream since he was very young.

The Elite Model Look World Final was held in Milan for the second time since its inception in 1983. The event was organized under the patronage of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana – The National Chamber for Italian Fashion, gatekeeper of the cultural excellence of Italian fashion since 1958.

The 2017 Finalists arrived in Milan on the 22nd of November to participate in a six-day model bootcamp in Milan, to acquire essential skills and to prepare themselves for the show.  Photographers, catwalk coaches and hair and makeup artists have mentored the finalists through photo shoots, catwalk training and individual interviews.

TOP 10 FEMALE MODELS

VALERIA C., 15 years 178 cm, Russia, WINNER

BEATRIZ, 14 years, 177 cm, Brazil

PETRA, 15 years, 177 cm, Croatia

MONA, 15 years, 179 cm, Denmark

ELISA, 15 years 182 cm, French Guyana

VALERIA B., 14 years 179 cm, Italy

LISSA, 16 years, 178 cm, Kazakhstan

RENEE, 14 years, 178 cm, Netherlands

NATASA,15 years 180 cm, Slovakia

NANA, 15 years 179 cm, Ukraine

TOP 5 MALE MODELS

ANTONIO, 17 years, 188 cm, Brazil, WINNER

HAN, 16 years 190 cm, Belux

HAKIL, 17 years, 184 cm, United States

SIGGI, 17 years, 187 cm, Iceland

ALESSANDRO, 16 years, 189 cm, Italy

Hailing from 36 countries, 63 contestants (34 girls and 29 boys) participated in the Final, as they were judged over various categories. Valeria Chenskaya and Antonio Freitas will receive contracts worth a guaranteed 150.000 Euros and 50.000 Euros respectively. The Top 15 Winners, 10 girls and 5 boys, will receive a two-year contract with the Elite worldwide network. For the other Top Winners, the contracts are guaranteed at 50.000 Euros minimum for the girls, and 20.000 Euros minimum for the boys. This year, as ever, scouting began in early spring, with hundreds of castings held around the world. Thousands more applied through a global application on Facebook.  For each National Final, the very best applicants competed for the chance to represent their country at the World Final in Milan.

Established in Paris in 1972, Elite is known for discovering and launching the careers of some of the most famous models in the world. Since 1983, Elite Model Look and its annual model scouting competition allows Elite to discover the most in demand new faces, thanks to its unrivalled scouting network. The goal is not to find perfection, but personality. At its core, the Elite Model Look contest gives participants vital tools to unlock their own potential, enabling each girl and boy to find their unique charisma and talents, setting them apart as models. The Elite Model Look contest has discovered some of the most recognizable names in the industry, such as Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bündchen, Fei Fei Sun and Sigrid Agren.

This year, as ever, scouting began in early spring, with hundreds of castings held around the world. Thousands more applied through a global application on Facebook.  For each National Final, the very best applicants competed for the chance to represent their country at the World Final held tonight.

Held in Milan in front of 1,500 people, the thrilling event mixed both runway and live performances from artists Ofenbach and AaRON. Inviting spectators to bear testimony to our young hopeful contestants’ enrolment to a magnificent new world, the final revealed a process of self-discovery. Under the watchful eye of Elite World, identity, personality, strength of character and ambition combined to form a formidable new world order.

ELITE MODEL LOOK BOOT CAMP

Held in preparation for the final, the Elite Model Look boot camp is a unique series of masterclasses with Elite agents and industry professionals. Held at the Spazio Antologico, Finalists learn essential skills to leave the contest as independent new models. Arriving on the 22nd November, the finalists started their journey with an initiation into the world of a model: starting by confronting themselves with the camera, and experiencing the catwalk, the young models are introduced for the first time to the reality of their future careers.

Mentored by model coaches Erika Oliveira and Ruben Rua, this singular experience separates Elite Model Look from any other model competition, giving the Finalists a robust set of skills and the chance to practise ahead of launching their career at the top end of the fashion industry.

A unique experience, the Elite Model Look boot camp is a one-of-a-kind celebration of diversity and individuality: the finalists are brought together to share an experience of the professional world, with all the richness of their multicultural backgrounds. Building friendships in a working environment, the models are able to encounter a community, built up of like-minded individuals who have been given an incredible opportunity. Above all, the boot camp is a unique human experience, where young models are discovering the foundations of their identity, entering into a professional sphere for the first time without their parents, in a foreign country. Drawing parallels between boot camp and their upcoming careers, Elite prides itself in preparing models for the for the life trajectory awaiting them; bringing to light the travelling, the relations that are built between them as individuals and their work, and showing the finalists how their personalities and individuality come to the forefront.

Shows: Footage from boot camp

Red carpet / scene-setting shots of tonight’s global final
Excerpts from the final
Behind the scenes / backstage
Winners announcement

Winners reaction and sound bites in native language and English

VIP / previous winner comments back stage after the event, giving their reaction to the evening and the result (in front of media board)
Sound bites from Elite spokesperson on the industry and the finals.

Other: ABOUT ELITE

Founded in 1972, Elite has decades of insider experience and an incontestable awareness of emerging fashion industry trends around the world.  Elite Model Look, its prestigious model selection process, reflects this keen insight.  Elite represents thousands of models across the globe through its exclusive network of over 30 agencies and was the first major modeling agency to have representation in the five continents. It was the first major modeling agency to open a Chinese office, in Shanghai in 2012. A glance at Elite’s diverse roster of models over the years confirms the agency’s preeminent position in the business.  It propelled the careers of Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bündchen, Linda Evangelista and Helena Christensen, guiding them on the path to supermodel success. It has also championed the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Tao Okamoto, Guinevere Van Seenus, Behati Prinsloo, Lindsey Wixson, Caroline Trentini, Liu Wen, Magdalena Frackowiak, Josephine Skiver, Li Fei Fei Sun, Vittoria Ceretti, Greta Varlese among countless other internationally known faces. Along with its women’s division the Group represents some of the industry’s most recognizable men, such as Mark Vanderloo, Noah Mills, Alex Lundqvist, Tony Ward, Arthur Kulkov, Garrett Neff, Mark Cox, Alessio Pozzi, Benjamin Eidem, Tobias Torensen, Florian Luger, Marlon Teixeira, Diego Fragoso, Richard Biedul, Tony Thornburg and Janis Ancens, through its international men’s divisions.

To learn more, visit www.elitemodelworld.com

ABOUT ELITE MODEL LOOK

Elite has an unparalleled ability to scout promising new faces across the five continents. The Elite Model Look competition, created in 1983, is the sole contest that provides aspiring models of all backgrounds with the opportunity to approach the fashion world in a professional setting, and kick-start their careers. Elite is the only model agency in the world to have such a successful scouting tool as Elite Model Look. Managed entirely in-house, it is the most influential and professionally respected contest in the industry, making Elite stand out from the crowd. Icons such as Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bündchen, Constance Jablonski, Fei Fei Sun, Ming Xi, Sigrid Agren and in recent years top models as Pauline Hoarau, Vittoria Ceretti, Greta Varlese, Ruth Bell, Benjamin Benedek, Matthew Bell, Serge Rigvava were all discovered by the Elite Model Look contest and propelled to fame.

To learn more, visit www.elitemodellook.com

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Unite For The Great Barrier Reef – A New Social Movement

NEW SOCIAL MOVEMENT CALLS GLOBAL CITIZENS TO UNITE FOR GREAT BARRIER REEF. 

ACTION – NOT APATHY – NOW NEEDED

•New social movement uses digital technology to mobilise support for the Great Barrier Reef.

•Sign up to citizensgbr.org to become a Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef and take simple actions that feed into a global dashboard that tracks the cumulative impact.

•The new movement launches today, midway through a split coral spawning season; a powerful reminder that the Great Barrier Reef is still alive and that action – not apathy – will secure its future.

•To show support, Citizens can claim a colour of the Great Barrier Reef, flooding their own social media feeds with vivid pops of colour.

November 28, 2017, Cairns QueenslandA new social movement launched in Cairns today aims to put vivid pops of colour into millions of social media feeds as a global network of people unite to support the Great Barrier Reef.

Spearheaded by Earth Hour founder, Andy Ridley, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef uses digital technology to mobilise individuals to take simple actions that will track their impact on the Reef.

The actions, which range from saying no to straws to donating funds to the Crown of Thorns Starfish eradication program, collectively feed into a global dashboard that tracks the mass impact of each person’s choices.

Mr Ridley launched the movement today midway between a split coral spawning season, a powerful symbol of ongoing life on the Great Barrier Reef and a reminder that it’s action – not apathy – that will secure the reef’s future.

“We are in the middle of a split spawning, an event where the reef, the animals, the clams, and the coral, spawn and regenerate,” said Mr Ridley.

“We launched Citizens at exactly the same time, essentially trying to recreate and mimic nature and do a social spawning.”

Ridley added that Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef shows that an action on one side of the planet can make a difference for the whole planet.

“As an individual citizen, everything you do will make a difference,” Mr Ridley said.

“Whether it’s making a decision about never using one-use water bottles or take-away cups; even these small decisions when you scale them up to many, many millions, it starts to make a massive difference.

“There are already citizens on the reef working their guts out to try and make sure it’s protected and saved, but we need all of humanity to unite to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

“Whether you are in Rio, Amsterdam or Beijing, we need your help. We need you to become a Citizen and unite for the Great Barrier Reef.”

Sixty-five kilometres out to sea from Port Douglas, snorkelers on the Great Barrier Reef today agreed with the concept of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.

Ruth Ogier, 44-years old from London who joined the Diver’s Den trip said the reef is definitely worth protecting.

“Today was so clear, I could see so many different types of fish –  really brightly coloured – and lots of different corals. It was amazing.”

“I think it’s a great idea, making sure everyone feels globally connected to this space, and protecting it for the future.”

Meanwhile, 28-year old Chen Chen, from Shenzhen in China snorkelled the reef for her first time and saw “fabulous corals, in all different colours – purple, pink, yellow, blue.”

“I can’t describe my feelings; (it’s) the first time I see such beautiful nature. We must do everything we can do to protect (it) including use less plastic things, straws, and use more recyclable energy.

Nakita Russell, 24-years old from Fiji can’t wait to sign up for Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.

“I think everybody should sign up for it. I don’t think it should be a second thought. I think it should be compulsory. And yes, I will be signing up to it. Right now.”

CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, Mr Ridley said it’s easy to become a Citizen.

“You just go to the site citizensgbr.org, you sign up and then you start to choose the actions you are going to take.”

By signing up to citizengbr.org, individuals and organisations can claim their own colour of the reef and through social media networks encourage friends, families, supporters and clients to do the same.

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef also supports reef management and conservation projects along the 2,300 kilometres stretch of Queensland’s coastline. These include tackling outbreaks of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish, protecting endangered loggerhead turtle habitat and supporting graziers to decrease sediment runoff into Reef catchments.

Join the movement today by becoming a Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef at citizensgbr.org. 

Shows:

– Diver’s Den Great Barrier Reef Day Trip on Aquaquest

– First site: Beer Garden, 65km north east of Port Douglas

– Second site: Stonehenge, 65km north east of Port Douglas.

– Regrowth: Ribbon Reef middle between two preservation zones.

 

00:00     Aerials of AquaQuest reef vessel traveling 65km north east of Port Douglas

00:10     Aerial of snorkelers at Beer Garden Reef

00:15     Shots of Beer Garden Reef and swimmer

00:18     Anemones and clown fish

00:34     Anemones and clown fish with divers looking on

00:45     Andy Ridley, CEO Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef … “It’s really easy to become a citizen, you just go to the site citizensgbr.org, you sign up and then you start to choose the actions you are going  take.

00:54     “As an individual citizen, everything you do will make a difference, so whether or not it’s making a decision about never using one-use water bottles or take away cups. Even these small decisions when you scale them up to the many many millions, starts to make a massive difference.

01:10     “There are already citizens on the reef itself working their guts out to try and make sure it’s protected and saved, but we need all of humanity to unite to protect the Great Barrier Reef. So whether you are in Rio, Amsterdam or Beijing, we need your help. We need you to become a Citizen and unite for the Great Barrier Reef.

01:26     “Out there are the moment, we are in the middle of a split spawning, so ahh, this is where the reef, animals, clams, the coral itself spawn so it ahhh regenerates. Some people call it the greatest orgasm on the planet. So we try to do the launch of Citizens at exactly the same time essentially trying to recreate and mimic nature and do a social spawning.

01:46     Coral spawning at Moore Reef November 10, 2017

02:16     Divers and snorkelers entering the Great Barrier Reef at Beer Garden Reef

02:53     Interview with Takuma Sato, 36 years old from Chiba Ken, Japan ……(translation to English from Japanese) “It was beautiful, the coral and fish. Errrr. There was absolutely no rubbish at all. We must try and keep it as it is, just like this.”

03:13     Interview with Chen Chen, 28 years from Shenzhen, China.… “Actually, when I dive into the sea, I can see fabulous corals. Different colours; purple, pink, yellow, blue. All kinds of colours of corals and all kinds of fish.

03:26     “It’s really marvellous, fabulous. I can’t describe my feeling. The first time I see such beautiful nature things.

04:35     “We must do everything we can do to protect them including use less plastic things, straws, and use more recyclable energy, something like that.

04:47 Interview with Chen Chen, (translation to English from Chinese/Mandarin) “When I was diving I saw glorious corals of different colours that I’ve never imagined. Purple. Pink. And all sizes of fish just like we saw in the magazine and the TV. It was amazing. It’s hard to find a word to describe how I felt.

04:05     We should do more to protect them. For example, use less plastic bags and other plastic things including plastic straws and we should use recyclable energy. If we do more to protect the environment, more people can have the chance to see the miracle of the nature.

04:22     Ruth Ogier, 44 years old from London, UK…. “It’s definitely worth protecting. Today was so clear, I could just see many different types of fish really brightly coloured, lots of different corals. It was amazing. Really really good.

04:32     “I think it’s a great idea, in making sure everyone feels globally connected to this space, protecting it for the future.

04:39     Nakita Russell, 24 years old from Fiji …  “Today was amazing, to see it from – you can snorkel and you can snorkel, but when you are underneath the water, it’s completely different. You can’t even compare it. And I just saw everything.

04:51     “I think everybody should sign up for it. I don’t think it should be a second thought. I think it should be compulsory. And yes, I will be signing up to it. Right now.

05:00     Shots of Beer Garden Reef 65 km north east of Port Douglas

05:11     Shot of Stonehenge Reef snorkelers and divers, 65km north east of Port Douglas

05:57 Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef promo video with Teresa Palmer

ENDS 06:52

Other:

About the Great Barrier Reef:

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s biggest coral reef system and the largest living thing on Earth, stretching 2,300 kilometres from the tip of the Cape York Peninsula to Bundaberg. It is Queensland’s most valuable tourism asset with around two million visitors experiencing the reef each year. As a custodian of the Reef, Queensland’s tourism industry is committed to responsible practices, as well as actively participating in programs to protect Reef health and build resilience. Anyone who visits the Reef with a commercial operator contributes an Environmental Management Charge of $6.50 per day to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which is vital in supporting day-to-day management of the marine park. More information: queensland.com/greatbarrierreef

About Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef:

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef is a social movement with a difference. A digitally-focused organisation for the 21st century, it is a collaborative global movement driven by technology with one aim: to engage mainstream society on a mass scale and to mobilise a global network of Citizens committed to taking real action for the Reef.

By starting conversations, and connecting local and global issues, Citizens will engage people, innovators and organisations from around the world in the future of the Reef. Liking Citizens on Facebook is not enough. Individuals are asked to take local and global actions with measurable outcomes. Citizens is the ultimate sharing platform designed to showcase the most innovative, inspiring and impactful actions and get involved. Backed by the world’s best reef management agency, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), the movement is also supported by more than 340 tourism operators who bring thousands of people daily to experience the Reef.

The World’s Most Powerful Gaming and Entertainment Console, Xbox One X, Launches Worldwide

The official launch of the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, brings a new era of immersive 4K gaming and 4K entertainment to gamers across the globe.

Microsoft saw incredibly strong preorder sales of Xbox One X, and expects the new console to be in high demand this holiday season.

Xbox One X is the world’s most powerful gaming console, and the most comprehensive 4K entertainment device this holiday.

Xbox One X is the world’s most powerful gaming console, and the most comprehensive 4K entertainment device this holiday. With a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, 4K video streaming from partners like Netflix and Hulu, premium and immersive audio through Dolby Atmos and more power than any other console delivering true 4K gaming experiences, Xbox One X is the ultimate 4K entertainment device.

Shows: B-Roll Content:

Welcome to Xbox One X

– Xbox One X Product B-Roll

– Xbox One X Manufacture and Assembly

Xbox One Global Launch Celebration

– Phil Spencer, Head of Gaming, Microsoft

– Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President, Xbox

– New York City, USA

– Paris, France

– Munich, Germany

– Sydney, Australia

– Taipei, Taiwan

– London, UK

– Mexico City, Mexico

– Auckland, New Zealand

– Roseville, Minnesota

– Celebrity Soundbites

Games Play Best on Xbox One X

– Forza Motorsport 7

– Minecraft

– Super Lucky’s Tale

Other: None

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