Runway to success
A 15-year-old schoolgirl from Herent near Leuven last week made her debut on the catwalks of New York, modelling the autumn womenswear collection of Calvin Klein. Louise Maselis won last year’s Elite Look Model competition in the beach resort of Sanya in China ahead of 80 girls from 70 countries. She was then given a contract with the world’s top model agency in November, and her management moved from Amsterdam to Paris. Elite also represents household names like Cindy Crawford and Monica Bellucci.
Herent girl takes off in New York
“The whole world was turned upside down,” said Thomas Maselis, Louise’s father. “Last Friday we got the call, and she left on Monday. I had to negotiate a bit with the school, but from next Monday she’ll be back in the classroom. This is an enormous chance. It could be her big break, but it could also cause problems.” He emphasised that Louise must finish secondary school before she throws herself into the modelling life. “If she scores with Calvin Klein, I suppose we’ll have to put on the brakes,” he said.