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by on May 2, 2011

From: Benjamin Kanarek Blog

Barbara Elias, Brazilian It Girl and Pedro Lourenço’s Muse Lensed by Benjamin Kanarek for RG Magazine
Barbara Elias by Benjamin Kanarek for RG Magazine – May 2011

Barbara Elias with her Brazilian nonchalance and relaxed attitude has decided to establish a career in the Fashion Industry.

She is surrounded by the most influential acquaintances and friends in the Brazilian Fashion Industry.

Barbara is the best friend and Muse of Pedro Lourenço, whom she helps from time to time during the Collection’s. Pedro, is the young and promising Fashion Designer from Brazil who has been presenting his Ready-to-Wear Collections for the last 3 seasons for Paris Fashion Week. Benjamin Kanarek captured a portrait of him last year for VOGUE Brazil. Barbara also apprenticed with Brazil’s leading designers; Reinaldo Lourenço and Gloria Coelho, Parents of Pedro.

Barbara Elias is the daughter of the successful Brazilian industrialist Marcus Elias who recently purchased “Group Daslu” Luxury Fashion Store’s in Brazil.

The It, Up and Coming Girl from Brazil

Barbara Elias, Brazilian It Girl and Pedro Lourenço’s Muse Lensed by Benjamin Kanarek for RG Magazine

Anyone who has read RG Magazine or VOGUE Brazil recently, can attest to all of the attention that Barbara is getting lately. She is being called The It, Up and Coming Girl from Brazil.

Barbara always tries to get the best out of each city she spends time in. She spent her last year learning French at the University in Paris. She is now ready to head to London to attend the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Between two flights from Sao Paulo and London, Barbara Elias had a stop over in Paris to prepare her move to London for the next school year. RG Magazine, from Brazil, jumped on the occasion and got on the phone to ask Benjamin: “Would you be available in 2 days to photograph our It Girl Barbara Elias on the Streets of Paris?” As Barbara strongly believes in signs, astrology, being in the right place at the right time and that things only happen when they are meant to happen, the first agreed shoot date was canceled. But that was for a better. Had we done the shoot as planned it would have been a very grey and overcast day. As it turned out, we moved the shoot back 2 weeks and ended up with a spectacularly sunny and warm day for our shoot. Nice going Barbara!

As Barbara stated with the utmost clarity and resolve: ”I will be an influential Fashion Director of a Top International Fashion Magazine one day.

As a future Fashion Editor of a Fashion revue and perfect Muse, Barbara chose her own outfits for the shoot, which were both from her best friend Pedro Lourenço’s Spring-Summer 2011 Collection. By the choice of her clothing, her panache and audacity we can understand how she might one day fall gracefully in to the role she so adamantly stated she wishes to portray… A Fashion Director.

Behind the Scenes Video and more photos here

From: Benjamin Kanarek Blog


Contributed by Benjamin Kanarek

Canadian Photographer and Creative Director published in: VOGUE (Italy, Paris, Mexico and Latin America, Brazil), Harper's BAZAAR (China, en Español, Italy, Hong Kong), L'Officiel Paris, New York Times Magazine, Flare, Chatelaine, Glamour (French), Elle (Spain, Portugal, Greece...