Model Elena Matei Talks Working with Celine Dion's Vocal Coach and Her Favorite Places to Go in Miami

By Katie Jackson | April 25, 2018 | People

She sings. She struts. She slays on (and off) camera. Stunner Elena Matei is the elite model with the face of a goddess and the voice of an angel.

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We hear you work with Celine Dion’s vocal coach, Bill Riley. What have you learned from him?
He has taught me many lessons, but what I value most is the confidence he inspires.

Tell us about your stage name, Liv.
Liv is short and easy to remember. It’s the subject of a story that one day I will tell.

Favorite song to perform?
‘Catwalk.’ It’s dedicated to all of the models around the world.

Favorite shoot you’ve done to date?
I’m in love with my recent campaign for Raw Spirit fragrance, shot by Russell James. He makes you feel so at ease. It never feels like work; it’s more like an unexpected vacation.

Fitness routine?
In Miami, I go to Equinox.

Go-to spot in Miami for a drink?
Stubborn Seed. I prefer a quiet place where I have been before and I am among familiar faces. I’m truly a homebody, though.

Favorite place to shop in Miami?
Almost everything I need is in Bal Harbour Shops.

Dream collab?
The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey.

Advice to aspiring talent in Miami?
Finish school and take this opportunity as a gift from God.



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Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELIAS TAHAN. HAIR BY BOBBY ELIOT; MAKEUP BY CHERISH BROOKE; STYLING BY AMY NICHOLS