SPOTTED – Wonder Woman

Emanuela De Paula has worked her magic across the worlds fashion industry. She has been shot for Gap, Vogue Brazil, American Vogue, W, Flair, and L’Officiel to name but a few. You will most likely remember her however for her Next campaigns, which she has been fronting for three years, or strutting her stuff down the catwalk for Victoria’s Secret.

You travel all over the world for work. Where do you spend most of your time?

I come here quite often, every month/two months, and tend to stay in a hotel. But I’m based in New York. I only go back to Brazil once a year for Christmas. It’s so nice to go there and just relax, no make-up, no hair!

What has been your favourite job so far?

When I was first modelling in New York I came to London for a bit, for castings and stuff, and when I went back I was shot for a W editorial, 8 pages. It was beautiful, such a fascinating experience.

Where has been your favourite shoot location?

Actually I’m going to Tulum at the weekend to shoot for Next. It’s really simple, like one long beach in the South of Mexico, and it’s just so nice, we just spend like three days on a beach. It’s where the Mayans lived there’s a lot of history and culture.

You must get quite close to the other models on shoots, especially working with them repeatedly?

Yeah, most of the time it’s me and Amy Hixon, we always shoot together when we’re doing the Next commercials. When we’re in the same country we try and hang out. This time though I just got here two days ago and she’s leaving, but I saw her yesterday. When we do see each other we generally spend a whole day together.

How do you relax?

I take pictures. After 3 years of my career I was working like crazy and was like I have to find something to get me out of this, and then suddenly I found photography. It’s kind of on the same page, but not so much fashion, more portrait and little things that I find, the beach, whatever. And then I edit them on the computer. I don’t have much time to go away as such, so I have to find things to do after a day’s work.

If you weren’t modelling what would you be doing right now?

I’m not sure, I love modelling and I’m happy with the way everything is going.

Are there any designers you would love to work for?

Oh yes, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant. Those three define style. I would love to meet them, and do a show for them.

What’s your favourite meal?

I’m Brazilian, so it would have to be meat! I love beans and rice but just meat and a good salad is perfect.

Who would be your ultimate dinner date?

I’d love to meet Christy Turlington. I think she’s beyond beautiful and I would love to know if she’s a nice person. I’m sure she is, I just think she would be really interesting.

One word. Wow.

Contact for Emanuela is greg@models1.co.uk