French kiss for Crys­tal

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A Can­nons Creek-bred model is world fa­mous in France af­ter ap­pear­ing on the cover of a French fash­ion mag­a­zine.

For­mer Creek res­i­dent Crys­tal Hart, 26, was the cover girl for Was­sakh mag­a­zine’s April is­sue. Miss Hart was as sur­prised as any­one to learn about the cover – her pic­ture had been taken for a spread on lip­sticks in Remix mag­a­zine but had not been used.

The pho­tog­ra­pher sub­mit­ted the spread to Was­sakh, who jumped on it.

‘‘It was un­ex­pected. I didn’t know it was go­ing to come out un­til I saw it,’’ Miss Hart says, who has been mod­el­ling since she was 18.

She has ap­peared in dozens of cam­paigns, ed­i­to­rial fash­ion shoots and de­signer look­books, but Was­sakh is her first cover shot.

‘‘ It’s pretty awe­some. It’s taken eight years of hard work to get there,’’ she says.

By day Miss Hart works as an ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant at Par­lia­ment. She fits in mod­el­ling jobs when she can, and is happy do­ing it for fun on the side.

Her favourite jobs in­volve trans­form­ing into crazy or glam­orous char­ac­ters, as in the Was­sakh cover where she wears an afro wig and a leather Cat­woman-style mask. Most fun of all was a pro­mo­tional video she made for her own busi­ness, as a blood-suck­ing vam­pire.

Along­side the mod­el­ling and a full-time job, Miss Hart runs the pop­u­lar Il­lu­mi­nate Paint Party busi­ness with her part­ner. The job in­volves stag­ing gi­ant rave par­ties at­tended by up to 3000 peo­ple, where ravers are sprayed with flu­o­res­cent paint. Things get pretty wild, she says.

There are cer­tainly fun jobs out there but mod­el­ling has its down­sides, like long hours, lots of wait­ing around, and pres­sure to get a good photo, Miss Hart says.

‘‘It’s a lot harder than peo­ple think. There’s a lot of pres­sure on you be­cause you’ve got a hair­styl­ist and a makeup artist and a stylist and a de­signer there. If it comes out look­ing like crap you’re go­ing to have four or five peo­ple who are go­ing to be dis­ap­pointed.’’

Cover girl: For­mer Can­nons Creek model Crys­tal Hart has landed her first cover in a French fash­ion mag­a­zine.

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