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The glorious success of Team GB has maintained the feel-good factor of this summer. When we talk about Olympic athletes, we don’t initially think of the runway. Here, LUXE Models reviews the six athletes competing in Rio who previously worked as models!

Artistic form

New Zealand-based lifestyle site Stuff writes that one of these models is Nathalie Moellhausen. Brazilian-born Nathalie has modelled for noted Italian dressmaker Alberta Ferretti during her career. She also won Team Gold in fencing at the 2009 World Championships and recently finished sixth in Rio, the best ever placing in the sport for a Brazilian woman.


Commenting to Stuff, Nathalie suggested that her inspiration for both modelling and fencing is the same. Going further, Nathalie explained: “Everything I do in fashion is related to fencing… My idea is to develop fencing as not just a sport, but as an artistic form, like fashion.”

Entering the industry

But Nathalie isn’t the only fencer who has walked the runway competing in Rio. Some even used the money they made in modelling to support their fencing careers. Take Argentinian fencer and model Maria Belen Perez Maurice, for example. Talking to Stuff, she said that “when I was between 20 and 23 I was also modelling, but I did it because I needed money for my fencing career and for the trips to compete.”

Other fencers used modelling to lift their public profiles. Team USA fencers Miles Chamley-Watson and Race Imboden both claimed that they started the fencing/modelling trend. Yet Stuff revealed that it was actually started by American fencers Tim Morehouse and Jason Rogers, who began modelling with top agency Wilhelmina Models soon after taking silver at the Beijing 2008 games.

Pretty famous models

Some of the models competing in Rio have actually done pretty well for themselves. Following her discovery after the London 2012 Olympics, Race Imboden strutted down the catwalk for Lois Vuitton and appeared in J. Crew catalogues, as well as an ad campaign for Rag & Bone. Chamley-Watson, meanwhile, has modelled for the likes of Ralph Lauren and Rochambeau.

So why do Olympic fencers make good models? Asked to give her opinion on this subject, Race Imboden pointed out that fencers are “pretty lean and pretty tall,” suggesting that they have the perfect bodies for modelling. Going on, she argued that “we’re a good looking sport.”

Benefits of modelling

These six Olympians show just what modelling can do for you. Even if your life’s ambition isn’t to work in this industry, if you become a model you can gain the money, experience and connections needed to make your dreams come true! If you get signed by a top modelling agency, the only way is up!