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17-year-old model Amilna Estevao is featured in the latest issue of Paper magazine.

For this issue, Estevao was lensed by Nicolas Moore. Styling was courtesy of Adele Cany. She styles in pieces from Rosie Assolin, Armani Exchange, Rochas, Gucci, Max Mara, Versace, Balmain, Fendi, Jil Sander, Sonia Rykiel, Diane von Furstenberg, Emanuel Ungano, Givenchy and more.

Estevao hails from Luanda, Angola. She was discovered in 2013 after participating in the Elite Model Look competition in Angola. From there, she went on to the Elite International competition in China and won third place.

Flash forward to 2016 and she’s a veteran of the most high-profile runway shows, like Givenchy and Lanvin, and has worked with photographers like Craig McDean and Daniel Jackson. She’s now 17, living in NYC and listed on‘s Hot List. Below are some excerpts from Estevao‘s interview with Paper.

When did you first think about becoming a model?

It was when I was 14 years old.

Were there models that you were a fan of as a child?

Yes! I really liked Candice Swanepoel and Naomi Campbell because they are such incredible women.

Were you nervous at the Elite Model Look competition? What was that experience like?

I was really nervous, because it was my first time facing a lot of people whose eyes were on me and supporting what I was doing onstage. It was an amazing experience and I met new people while learning a lot of new things about who I am.

Which job that you’ve had was the first time you felt like you had really made it as a model?

It was when I saw the cover that I did for the New York Times’ T Magazine last year, by Craig McDean.

Do people recognize you on the street when you go home to Angola?

Yes, they always recognize me, but I feel shy because I feel almost too much love from them, even though I’m just starting and still young!

Which fashion week is most fun?

The most fun is the whole spring/summer fashion season. I feel like you can enjoy everything more because of the better weather, and I love all of the cities then because I’m doing what I love to do in beautiful places.

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