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London’s Calling: Meet Chris Tydings, Elite Model Look UK Finalist

Chris Tydings Elite Model Look London Finalist (4) Chris Tydings | Height. 1.85 mt | Country. United Kingdom | Instagram. @christydings

Photograph by Luc Braquet for Elite Model Look International 

Twenty countries made it to the World Final of the Elite Model Look 2015 competition, and London without a doubt was one of them. Representing the United Kingdom, it is a pleasure to present you sixteen-year-old model Chris Tydings, a huge fan of rugby whose journey to the Elite World Final had prepared him for tomorrow’s contest. Be sure to support him by heading to his Elite Profile and give him a like, tweet or follow. 

Heading to a bus station after watching a concert at the O2 in July, Chris was approached by an Elite scouter who asked him if he would like to have some polaroids taken at the agency, to which he accepted. After shooting some photographs, Chris’  journey to become Elite’s UK winner started. From around 5,000 applicants,  40 semi-finalists, an intense training that involved catwalk training, swimwear walk and a full catwalk in front of a panel of judges, Chris became one of the top ten finalists.

Elite UK Finalist Chris Tydings wearing Simone Leimgruber

Elite UK Finalist Chris Tydings wearing Simone Leimgruber

Being one of the finalists, Chris’ experiences along his course for the Elite UK championship consisted of a photo session between the model agency and the Istituto Marangoni, where the finalists were styled exclusively by the graduates collection. Chris was dressed by Simone Leimgruber (left photo). 

The main event that defined Chris’ victory was the not a usual competition, since this year was the first time the modeling agency teamed up with British fashion brand Superdry. 

On July 30th, at Superdry’s flagship store on Regent Street, Chris modeled along his contenders the brand’s latest Autumn/Winter 15 collection highlights (you can watch the video of the contest here), displaying different looks across the catwalk in the presence of a panel of judges that included Elite London’s CEO, Michelangelo Chiacchio, Elite’s director, France Chiacchio, Elite Model Look Ambassador Oliver Proudlock, and Elite World director Victoria da Silva. It was a tough competition, but in the end Chris Tydings was named the winner. 

Having all this experience into account, it is clear why Chris is on the World Final, and we could  say he is more than ready for tomorrow’s competition that will define the top 5 models of the contest along one grand winner. 

Vanity Teen had opportunity to ask Chris a few questions before tomorrow’s big challenge, and he told us some of his favorite desserts, songs, and his life philosophy . We wish him good luck at tomorrow’s contest!

1. Could you describe yourself in three words?

Shy, Surprising and Generous

2. Which do you think was your special trait that allowed you to win the nationals?

Jaw Line and being tall I guess..

3. What has been your favorite moment of the Elite Model Look contest so far?

UK Final by far – We did it at the Superdry store on Regent St, Superdry is one of my favorite Brands..

4. Besides modeling, would there be another profession you would like to do within or out of the fashion industry?

If I could, I would be a rugby player – everyone wants the money that football players get, but Rugby is much better.

5. What is your favorite song?

Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

6. Favorite dessert? 

Meringue

7. What is your life philosophy?

I’m really inspired by Rugby, Jonny Wilkinson is a real role model to me.. The passion he puts into the job (playing rugby) would be my philosophy – work hard, train hard and you can achieve your goals.

Special thanks to Joshua Challans at Elite Model Management London

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