The May 2017 issue of ELLE Magazine spotlights modeling’s brightest stars for six different covers. Photographed by Terry Tsiolis, models Maria Borges, Bella Hadid, Candice Huffine, Hailey Baldwin, Jasmine Tookes and Elsa Hosk appear in the shots. Out on newsstands on April 18th, the beauties talk about their passions, influences and diversity in the industry.
Bella Hadid on her role models: “I was watching an Alaïa show from the ’90s, and it’s Naomi [Campbell], Cindy [Crawford], Linda [Evangelista]—the way they were radiating was beautiful. They were so confident. Those are the people I look up to.”
ELLE Magazine May 2017 Cover Stars
Candice Huffine on finding your voice: “Women have to come together in a way we haven’t before. We’re united and not standing for less than we deserve. It’s about celebrating who we are and not backing down. It’s not a time to be quiet.”
Elsa Hosk on learning from failure: “When I came to New York [at] 20, I didn’t know the level of professionalism required. You can’t half-ass it, because people will take your place. I screwed up many times and had to prove myself over seven years.”
Hailey Baldwin on industry misconceptions: “People think it’s all fun and glamorous, but it’s a lot of work, a lack of sleep, and a lot of being by yourself, away from family. Traveling the world alone when you’re 18 or 19 is a lot.”
Jasmine Tookes on her passion project: “My goal has always been to create my own beauty line. I have such a unique skin tone— when I go on set, makeup artists have to use all different mixes of makeup to match my skin. I’d love to do a line that has tones for everybody.”
Maria Borges on the power of representation: “The fashion industry is here for everyone, [regardless] of color or race. When I was growing up, I never saw someone like me, and now the other girls can see someone like them. It’s all about inspiration.”