Name: Christelle Yambayisa
Agency: Premium Models (FR), Muga Models (DE), Fashion Models (IT), Sight Model (SP), D1 models (GB)
Birthdate: January 12, 1994 / Age: 22
Height: 5’10” (180cm) / Measurements: 32″-23″-35″ (82cm-60cm-90cm)
Hometown/ Country: France
How’d you start modeling?
I was scouted in the street, in Lyon, my hometown.
Who/ what are your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspirations come from people who can make others happy.
Favorite modeling experience, so far & why?
It was at my first show, at Hyères Festival. It’s the best memory because I met my best friend and also Karl Lagerfeld.
Tell us some of your modeling goals. Any particular brands you’d love to model for?
Of course, my dream is to go to NY. I don’t have an agency there yet and I have to do my visa, but my first goal now is to go discover New York. About the brand I want to work for; I hope I’ll get a job for Céline. I love Céline.
Describe your personal style. How do you typically dress on your days off?
I am a Jeans girl. I buy 5 pairs of jeans in a month, even sometimes more. My friends are crazy about them. I love jeans because I can feel comfortable in being casual and sexy. I put a big importance in access. I love bags, shoes and oversized coats. My typical style on my day off will be: a black top, boyfriend jeans, with NewBalance. I’ll probably have my oversized white MK bag and a big scarf.
What’s your favorite fashion trend of the moment?
The office trend. I love the big trousers and white shirts. Also now, all the jewelry has become more minimalist. I really love this new trend.
What are some of your favorite beauty products?
I have one, the Elizabeth Arden 8-hours cream.
We know you’ve gotta take care of your figure, but what’s your favorite ‘cheat meal’ or ‘junk food’?
Hahaha. Chips and popcorn.
What are you listening to at the moment?
I am listening to French Rap. Georgio, he launched his new album on Nov 4th. I am a big fan.
Favorite TV show/ movie?
Le premier jour du reste de ta vie (French movie), Gatsby and I Origin. I watch more documentaries than TV shows.
Are you more of a cat or dog person? Got any pets of your own?
Hum… none. I think I love cats, but I am not really into pets. I love meeting some cats or dogs at my friend’s house or in the street, but I don’t want to have one at home. Not for now.
Something you love to do in your spare time?
I love blogging. I have a blog about Healthy living. I share updates on science issues, recipes, tips 😉 have a look: www.conceptstorehealthyway.com
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
When I was a child, I used to play with small snakes. They never bit me!
What valuable lessons have you learned from the industry, thus far? Any advice for other aspiring models?
I learned a lot about the job of being a model. It’s not just about taking pictures or doing castings. It requires some sacrifices. Having a healthy life, sleeping well, eating well, going to the gym, traveling a lot and alone… All those things are part of ‘being a model’. Some girls asked me on Instagram or Facebook some advice. I just told them that if they want to be a model they will. It is 90% about the personality and what you give to people. To me, being beautiful doesn’t seem to be the most important for a model.