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Lena, 2016, Photography by François Pragnère

An Intimate Film Encounter With Model Lena

In the final part of François Pragnère's evocative short film triptych, German-born Lena Hardt recalls the defining moment that changed her life forever

Lead ImageLena, 2016, Photography by François Pragnère

It's a little-known fact that many of the world's most exquisite supermodels were scouted in the most curious of locations. Brazilian bombshell Gisele, for example, was discovered while devouring a large hamburger at a perfectly ordinary outpost of McDonald's during a school excursion to São Paulo – a scene which belies both her luminous complexion and glamorous demeanour. While the extraordinary Natalia Vodianova was going about her daily routine, selling fruit at a market stall in her native town of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia when she was spotted by a reputable casting agent. Lest we forget about Cindy Crawford, who was working up a sweat by shucking corn in Illinois during her school holiday, when a local photographer took a candid photograph that ended up gracing the town paper. So, it seems only felicitous for tradition to continue with German-born cover-girl Lena Hardt, who, in the third and final edition of François Pragnère's film series, reveals how the course of her life changed dramatically after she was stopped while storming through a busy train station. 

Credits: Model Lena at Viva; Film Direction and Editing: François Pragnère; DOP: Shirley Monsarrat; Camera Assistant: Simon Nagel; Boom Operator: Mikhael Kurc; Colour Grading: Tom Bouchet; Hair Stylist: Maxime Macé; Hair Assistant: Asa Lien; Make-up: Satoko Watanabe; Make-up Assistant: Anna Sadamori; Production: Mathilde Wacogne; Production Assistant: Carole Cieutat