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Estella Warren
Estella Warren  

Behind the scenes with model Estella Warren

October 11, 1999
Web posted at: 12:23 p.m. EST (1623 GMT)

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(Fashion Window) -- From catwalks to magazines to billboards to big time advertising campaigns, Estella Warren has been modeling in New York for only a year and she's already rocking the fashion and beauty scene. Born in Peterborough, Ontario, Estella was a synchronized swimmer and moved to Toronto at age 12 to swim with a national team. She finished her swimming career at age 17 as the senior national champion and moved on to the world of modeling. Here's how she got her big break and what she's up to these days

Q: How did you get started?
A: I was in a high school fashion show and my Polaroid was sent to an agent in New York. Before I knew it, I was doing three issues of Italian Vogue with Ellen Von Unwerth. I thought it would be fun but it was hard work.

Q: How has your career blossomed since then?
A: I've been very lucky. I was chosen for the Chanel #5 campaign and the Perry Ellis campaign with photographer Bruce Weber. I feel lucky to come into this routine.

Q: Do you miss living in Canada?
A: I miss the open space but New York has such a fun, fast, invigorating pace. You get so much done in a day here.

Q: What do you like best about modeling?
A: You get to meet a lot of different people, people with different backgrounds and you learn to deal with different characters. I also like traveling to see places.

Q: What do you like least about modeling?
A: I spend a lot of time in the air. And I find that more often than not, I have to hurry up and wait. Everyone wants you to be there on time, but once you get there you have to sit and wait for a certain shot.

Q: How do you dress when you're not modeling?
A: I like simple, feminine, easy clothes. I usually wear flip flops and dresses, sweaters, jeans and tanks. I love basic sweaters like turtlenecks or v-necks and low cut pants that sit on your hips.

Q: What are your favorite fashions for fall?
A: I love twills, tweed, cashmere and other lightweight fabrics for winter. As far as colors go, I especially like blues, browns, black and cream.

Q: Do you try to follow the trends?
A: It's hard to go with a trend. As soon as it's out, everyone picks it up. It's important to stay true to yourself. Have fun with fashion instead of letting it dictate.

Q: What do you do to keep your model figure?
A: I exercise a lot, I get an adrenaline rush after exercising every day. I run, bike, do yoga or hike. I like to take bike rides with my boyfriend. At the gym, I do cardio, situps and stretch.

Q: Do you have to watch what you eat to stay in shape?
A: I try to eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, lean proteins and whole grains. And when I really crave something sweet, I treat myself to cookies and ice cream. I also love steak.

Q: Do you wear makeup when you're not working?
A: Very little. I wear Carmex lip balm, Kiehls 8-Hour Cream and sometimes mascara if I'm going out to dinner. I also love clean smelling body sprays. When I do wear more makeup, I use strong black eyeliner inside my lids but I don't like to wear too much on my lips. It always smudges when I talk, eat or kiss.

Q: What's your cleansing routine like?
A: I use Cetaphil cleanser to take my makeup off, then grapefruit toner form the Body Shop. I apply Nivea moisturizer afterward.

Q: What kind of makeup are you looking forward to wearing for fall?
A: I like lots of brown/purple or dark mauve shadow on the eyes. They both make blue or green eyes stand out.

Q: Do you enjoy doing fashion shows?
A: I always have trouble with the shoes since I'm a size 6-1/2 or 7 and the shoes are always too big. Doing a lot of shows is stressful. I do it strictly for exposure and to build relationships with designers that are really good.

Q: What would you be doing if you weren't modeling?
A: I love acting and really want to get into it. Or else I would want to own a classic French restaurant or a crazy but fun bar/restaurant. I love to cook.

Q: What advice do you have for girls who want to model?
A: Do the best job you can for that day. If you're doing something you think is small, you may not realize it could end up being something really big.


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