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El Canal
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Beauty is fleeting. Top models are butterflies flying against time like those fantasy Blade Runner characters. It is the requirement of a profession that sublimates the moment, creating an elite of beings of exclusive beauty, aware of their very short-lived profession. When you understand this and are aware of how life unfolds in Cuba and how much time is spent every day on commuting, washing, cooking or simply resolving the indispensable aspects of a family, you wonder how the island’s models manage to build their career amidst such a difficult everyday lifestyle. This reportAGE exposes 24 hours in the life of one of the island’s youngest and most promising top models.

El Canal, a suburb in Havana’s Cerro region, has the reputation for being one of the worst places to live. But Laynet was born in El Canal. She lives with her mother, a beautiful former model who now works for the ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute) organizing the Poor Film Festival. Her home? Like the festival that her mother organizes: poor but inspiring. You meet Laynet and might suspect that her mirror is the most beautiful and promising place in the Cerro. She is grown up now, and knows that she could well figure among the most attractive top models in the world. And as is known, she is in El Canal. Since then, because of her the neighborhood is being threatened to become one of the island’s most glamorous and elegant places. Laynet, who will soon turn 18 years old, shares her modeling career with her Accounting studies. On afternoons she attends the castings, inevitable if one wants to always be chosen. She struts the catwalk at night, even though early morning catches her on her way back home. Because of her talent and unusual looks she is already a promising young figure at La Maison, the Cuban fashion house. But for her tenacity and projection, she ought to be modeling Rei Kawakubo’s disturbing ideas for Comme des Garçons.

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