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Go Behind-the-Scenes with Karolina Kurkova at Balmain

“I am so happy and excited to be in Paris for the Balmain show,” said supermodel and international Vogue cover star Karolina Kurkova. The model rocketed into the fashion stratosphere aged just 18 after Miuccia Prada tapped her for a special contract with Miu Miu. In 2001, Steven Meisel photographed the rising star for her very first Vogue cover. A Victoria’s Secret contract and a Model of the Year title soon followed.

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As Kurkova joins the Olivier Rousteing‘s #BalmainArmy alongside Natasha Poly, Anna Seleznva, Vanessa Moddy, Daniela Braga, and Luna Bijl for the Spring 2018 show, she shares with photographer Jacques Burga and her #PFW daily diary. From pre-show hair prep with hair maestro Sam McKnight to slipping into a statement Balmain frock (with a little help), see what happened on the day of the model’s runway return.

Karolina Kurkova wearing Balmain at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018. Photographed by Jacques Burga for Vogue Arabia

Prior to heading to the runway, Kurkova shares her go-to Paris destinations with Burga and name checks her favorite Arab designers.

What’s in your little black book for Paris?
“Season for the Food – it’s my favorite healthy/vegan spot. Also, L’Ecume des Pages at Saint German, a beautiful library. The Park Hyatt for Fashion Week and Nabil Salon from Balmain Couture.”

When you’re not working what are you doing?
“When I don’t work, I love to make yummy food for my family; exercise, and dance with my kids.”

Favorite show in Paris?
“Balmain by Olivier Rousteing.”

Favorite L’Oreal x Balmain lipstick color?
“It’s called Freedom!”

Favorite Arab designers?
“Rabih Kayrouz, Elie Saab, and Azzedine Alaïa.”

Places to visit in the Middle East?
“I would love to discover the deserts to find the perfect place for a photoshoot.”

Where are you heading next?
“Tomorrow, I am back to my Miami where my kids are.”

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