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From Undiscovered to Unforgettable: Elian Gallardo’s Pioneering Spirit in Fashion

From Undiscovered to Unforgettable: Elian Gallardo's Pioneering Spirit in Fashion
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In a rapidly evolving world that champions diversity, Elian Gallardo stood as a beacon, celebrating unique talents long before it became mainstream. With over three decades in the fashion industry as a talent scout and agent, Elian’s dedication to unearthing diverse and atypical faces set him apart during times when inclusive representation wasn’t the norm.

Elian candidly reflects, “Two or Three decades ago, if you’d asked me where I saw myself, I wouldn’t have predicted this. But with every unconventional face I found and every career I nurtured, I was carving my path to this point. I truly believe in everybody’s beauty. It comes from inside mostly. You just need to work on it and make it work to the industry, telling a story that makes sense according to the model’s profile.”

Throughout his illustrious journey, Elian has continuously questioned the restrictive beauty standards set by the fashion world. By offering platforms to those who might have been overshadowed, he introduced the world to incredible talents like Rodrigo Hilbert, supermodels Lucas Cristino and Matheus Mesquita, and digital influencer Camila Coutinho.

His forward-thinking approach didn’t just uplift budding models but also reshaped the industry’s narrative. Elian’s relentless advocacy for inclusivity inspired numerous brands to adopt a more inclusive mindset, leading to a more vibrant and accepting fashion world.

Even after 30 years in the industry, Elian remains a force to be reckoned with. He describes his journey, mentioning the recent rise of Matheus Mesquita, “It’s incredible to think I’ve experienced multiple career highs and am still living another one. I can’t wait for the next chapter. I’ve been finding amazing people. I’m happy that nowadays I’m not the only one discovering models. They are also discovering me through social media”.

Elian’s unwavering commitment extends beyond mere scouting. By providing regular training for his proteges and collaborating with industry giants like Cena Creators, Latin America’s top studio, he ensures they receive unparalleled opportunities.

Elian isn’t just a talent scout but a harbinger for change, constantly challenging age-old beliefs in a sometimes rigid industry. His fervor for unearthing diverse talents and his holistic view of beauty are the pillars of his enduring success. As the next 30 years beckon, the industry keenly awaits the treasures Elian will unearth, reinforcing the belief that true beauty thrives in diversity. He remains steadfast in his mission to pave a progressive path for the future.

Interview with Elian Gallardo

Journalist: Elian, after three decades in the industry, how do you feel about the current state of diversity in fashion?

Elian Gallardo: It’s heartening to see diversity becoming mainstream, but we still have a long way to go. The industry is more accepting, but the change has to be deeper and more consistent.

Journalist: You’ve discovered many unconventional talents. What do you look for in a prospective model?

Elian: Beyond the physical attributes, I look for authenticity, personality, and a unique story. Every face has a story, and I want to share those that challenge and redefine beauty standards.

Journalist: What was one of your proudest moments in your career?

Elian: Seeing many talents like Lucas Cristino and recently Matheus Mesquita and Fina, whom I discovered, rise to international fame, always fills me with pride. It reaffirms that going against the grain and believing in unconventional beauty can yield extraordinary results.

Journalist: How do you respond to critics who resist the push towards greater inclusivity in the fashion industry?

Elian: I believe in leading by example. While criticism is inevitable, the success stories of the diverse talents I’ve discovered speak louder than any critique. Progress cannot be halted; it can only be delayed.

Journalist: How significant is the role of organizations like Cena Creators in molding the talents you discover?

Elian: It’s crucial. Having industry giants like Cena Creators collaborate with us ensures our talents get the best grooming, exposure, and opportunities. They’re pivotal in shaping raw talent into global icons.

Journalist: As you look ahead, what’s the next big thing you envision for the fashion world in terms of diversity?

Elian: I envision a world where diversity isn’t just a trend but the very fabric of the fashion industry. A world where every hue, shape, and story finds representation. We’ve started the journey, and I’m committed to making this vision a reality.

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