We're delighted to announce that Willem Klein, Elite Model Look finalist 2014, has been signed to Elite. Willem is 16 and from Tunbridge Wells in Kent. We chatted to him about this year's Elite Model Look contest, his personal style and who he'd love to work with in the future.
I was scouted by Leah, head scout at Elite, in the queue to get into the O2.
Had you thought about modelling before you were scouted?
Not particularly to be honest. I didn't think about the modelling world, probably because I was never really exposed to the fashion world.
How would you describe the EML experience?
The EML bootcamp was the most surreal, eye-opening week of my life! It felt like I was changing into a working adult, but with the privilege of an amazing 'job'. Modelling itself took me aback; the buzz of the catwalk and the enjoyment... It opened my eyes to the world of fashion and taught me how wrong the 'pretentious' label was. The Elite staff were extremely welcoming and I felt like one of the team.
What was your personal highlight?
The highlight would have to be the group photos during bootcamp. We had got to know each other and finally felt like a family. The outcome of the photo was something we were all proud of. Not to mention the buzz of being in front of a camera!
What's your relationship like with the other finalists?
The relationship between the contestants was incredible. At first, we were all very apprehensive. But we soon figured that we all had the same ideas and feelings. It was nice that most of us had no modelling experience, so we were all incredibly grateful and enjoyed our experience. Despite the age groups we all clicked very well as a team.
Who would you like to work with in the near future?
I would love to work for Fred Perry or Ben Sherman! I would love the opportunity to shoot a campaign wearing a mod buttoned shirt and a smart parka. Sharp suits would also be a pleasure to shoot; so perhaps Tom Ford if i could be so lucky!
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as Indie smart but flash. I tend to wear a smart bright buttoned shirt with a green parka on top. But I do like the casual sweatshirt! I mix my style with trendy fashion pieces such as customised Airmax's or brogues.
If you had £1,000 - what would you spend it on?
I would probably use my £1000 to buy a one-off experience with my family. Perhaps take them on holiday? Im not really sure at this point, but if I was 17, I would be straight down to the car dealer! :)
Who are your main inspirations and influencers?
I would say my mum is an inspiration to me. We've helped each other through family life, which of course wasn't all plain sailing. She put her aspirations to a side to raise a happy son and I can't wait to repay her.
Tell us what your goal or dream is.
I haven't got a huge goal. All I want when I'm older is to look back and have the most amazing memories of when I travelled the world.