Esti van Balen, Face of Enlist AW16, Model
Posted on 04 August 2016
Esti van Balen is from the Netherlands where she lives with her family, but spends most of her time in New York as her modelling career goes from strength to strength. As well as being the face of ENLIST Autumn/Winter 2016, she has graced the pages of Vogue Netherlands and Vogue Turkey; featured in campaigns for Mango & Closed, as well as walking for Isabel Marant, Temperley London, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain.
Who or what last made you laugh out loud
I think my crazy roommate who makes me laugh every day with her funny stories or snapchats she constantly sends me – she is obsessed!
Your words to live by
Go with the flow.
What cause or causes do you feel passionate about
I don’t really support a cause at the moment, but hope to become an ambassador for a charity like KiKa, helping children who have cancer, or Unicef.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given
Just be yourself and do what feels good for you.
Your London in an hour
When I’m in London I’m usually working or running around the city going to endless castings, which is a great way to explore a city – you never know where you are going to be sent to next. But when I’ve got time off I like to go to the park, shopping or brunch with a friend.
Your favourite London view
Once I had a show in London for Preen, in a very high building (I don’t know the name anymore) and we looked over the Thames and could see from there all the hotspots of London. It was during the sunrise and it was absolutely my favourite and most memorable view.
Are you working on anything at present
There is so much that I want to do, but right now I’m now very busy with my modelling for which I’m travelling a lot and getting to see the world for which I am so grateful. Besides that when I get time off I work out, meet friends, or just chill on the couch with my Netflix :)
Describe your style
I don’t really have a particular style, I just wear whatever I like. I like to wear things that are comfortable but still look nice – I’d say it’s a mix between sporty and chic.
Whose style do you most admire, past or present
I love the style of Dutch model Romee Strijid. She’s always wearing nice outfits, nothing too smart or over the top, just casual and well styled with amazing accessories.
Favourite piece from the ENLIST collection.
My ULTIMATE favourite was the Black Suit (Lana Blazer & Maddison Trouser). It was super comfy but chic at the same time. And you could make the look more sporty with the white sneakers. So it really fits to my own style. It’s great for daily use or a more special occasion, it’s the way how you dress it up.