We caught up with our newest face, the gorgeous Helene for a quick chat! 

Age: 21

Nationality: French, British, German (half Eritrean but not a national)

Hometown: South London 

How were you discovered? I wasn’t actually discovered – I was encouraged! Some friends recommended becoming part of the Nevs fam, and here I am!

What were you doing before you were a model?  I’m still currently an arts journalist and going into my final year of an English and French degree – so it’s all systems go for me!

How excited are you to be a part of the Nevs Fam? Very – all the girls (and boys) seem lovely; it’s great to see so many different backgrounds and ethnicities

How has 2016 been for you so far? It’s wicked - I’ve met some amazing people at work, and travelling – couldn’t have asked for a better year

What makes you tick? I love visiting art exhibitions, writing articles and wandering around streets with my brother

What are your super essential items you carry with you to castings? Pink Vaseline – it’s the staple for keeping my lips glossy and managing my unruly eyebrows. 

What do you enjoy most about your job? Meeting amazing people and getting to see the processes behind their talent

What is your most treasured possession? A ring from the Saatchi gallery that my best friend got me 

Dream Vacation? Zanzibar

Favourite Designer? DKNY

Couldn’t live without? My Maman  

Currently on your playlist? Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Giggs - Landlord , J Dilla, Kelis

What makes you smile? The sun on my back 

Most recent purchase? U.P Renoma black side bag

Fave movie of all time? Jeux d’enfants 

Highlight of your career so far? Working with photographer Nadine Ljewere, her photographs always come out beautifully 

Currently reading? The Vulture, Gil-Scott Heron 

Biggest fear? My loved ones hurt

Biggest challenge to date? Teaching English in French primary schools

Whats your secret to a happy life? Take pleasure in simple things

Your mantra is? Adapt to your struggle – be it big or small (amen to that!)

Obsessed with right now? Always been an obsession – my gourmet porridge creations

Sum yourself up in three words; happy, neurotic, lovable

What do you think is the key to a good work / life balance? Understanding there are no set hours for work and play - you have to take everything as it comes, and relax

What does the rest of 2016 hold for you - anything exciting in the pipeline? Many more trips around the world and who knows what else!

Image: Nadine Ijewere | Stylist: Patrice Hall | Makeup: Isabel Mora | Hair: Tassilia Varda Hair 


Follow Helene on Instagram: @heleneselam