As I mentioned in the previous post, this is the ten-year-old star of Lourdes Kids‘ promotional campaigns – Aroa Renau. The brand I’d seen her fronting before (see here) was the equally Spanish Kid’s Chocolate, and, as I said, I was a little grumpy that they’d never acknowledged the outstanding model’s name. Here is a typical portrait from those sessions, in case you’re too, um, busy to click on the link:
……and I called her “the girl with the steady gaze”, lacking her actual name. As we go ahead with the galleries you’ll see a lot more examples of this characteristic…. Anyway, I couldn’t remember her modelling for other brands, and I’m sure any follower or visitor with a reasonable knowledge of Spanish girls’ fashion will roll their eyes at my ignorance. I eventually remembered her from this sweet set for Zara Kids that I’d posted on before as recently as September last year (here):
….and finally managed to winkle out her name.
Here’s a typically pixie-ish shot that’s frequently posted and pinned, by Mi Pequeño Lucas, and it should also have reminded me:
However, despite an incredible number of clients in just a couple of years (she’s on the books of Sugar Kids (click the link to see her in a typical session, and also the stiff competition) in Barcelona, tho’ I think she still lives in Valencia), her modelling story actually has a recorded start – mainly due to the fact that she was first picked out at a casting call by a children’s fashion expert who is also a blogger – Carolina Simó, who blogs as “La Casita de Martina“:
“You might not recognise her name, in children’s fashion everything has less visibility than in adult fashion, even with models at the level she is at now.
It was in February 2014 that I was called to Galeria Jorge Juan in Valencia to select four children from a casting call at which hundreds were present – don’t ask me why, but she was one of my favourites.
Of small constitution, a very graceful face, long straight hair, expressive blue eyes and a shy smile. I had my doubts because it was going to be her first contact with the camera and I didn’t know if it would go well…. Finally we were all very surprised, as she “ate” the camera, and was very easy to work with. She perfectly performed what the team at El Globo Rojo indicated…
It went from being a first experience to becoming part of her life. Her parents schedule school hours and collaborations with the brands who have seen in her the perfect image to project their collections.
In less than two years she has taken part in national and international publications like Petit Style and Milk Magazine, and modelled for childen’s fashion brands like …..[here she cites about seventeen brands, but I can also think of quite a few she left out].” (Carolina Simó for La Casita de Martina, March 20, 2016)
Here’s a shot from that very first session by Aroa:
….thank god they sorted out the hairstyle…and as you can see from the shot below, she’s still pretty small:
…..tho’ here’s a little session for Massimo Dutti that shows how she’s already maturing and gaining in self-confidence, even at just-ten:
…..and finally a selection from her portfolio – I’ll try to keep it manageable, but it’ll mean a big final gallery containing a wealth of lovely portraits that will need clicking on to show them in all their glory, as well as a second post covering the Alba Soler sessions, swimsuit sets, and headshots:
……well, I hope your scrolling-finger found thirty-four stand-alones “manageable” – here’s the gallery:
….with a further 185 images to show what a trooper she is when it comes to work: think how many sessions they represent, all in the time she isn’t at school, doing homework, or playing with her friends. She must spend an awful lot of time travelling between Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid to start with, let alone the preparation: make-up, hair, outfit changes etc. when she arrives at the studio or shoot location – and she’s just started working in Italy as well: no wonder she doesn’t smile in every shot – think what you were doing when you were ten……
I’ll leave you with a couple of image links to her only dedicated accounts – Instagram and Facebook – and remember that the next post is a look at some more of her achievements: some lovely sessions with the great Alba Soler, a swimsuit set by the equally great Carol Bellver whom I introduced in a recent post on the Meme y Nana kidswear brand, and everything that can be more-or-less referred to as “headshots”…..