A-listers were out in full force at the 69th Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony last night—Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, et al—but we wondered, just who were those less-familiar faces on the tapis rouge?
Bianca Balti has made major waves in the modeling world, having landed her first cover with L’Officiel, shot by Alexi Lubomirski, and her first big ad campaign with Dolce & Gabbana. The IMG model’s other international covers and campaigns: Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Playboy, Roberto Cavalli, Donna Karan, Christian Dior, Valentino, Armani Jeans, Missoni, Rolex, Guess?, Paco Rabanne, Anna Molinari, Guerlain, Revlon, La Perla, Cesare Paciotti, Mango, and Thierry Mugler.
Frederique Bel is a French film, television and voice actress well known for playing a character named Dorothy Doll in La Minute Blonde and Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu?
Ni Ni is a 27-year-old Chinese actress best known for her role as Yu Mo in the 2011 film The Flowers of War directed by Zhang Yimou. She’s often referred to as a “Mou Girl,” a female star in one of Yimou’s films.
Liu Yifei is a Chinese actress, model, and singer. After attending Beijing Film Academy, she landed multiple roles, and has starred alongside Jet Li and Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom.
Araya A. Hargate, a 33-year-old British-Thai actress, has an ambassadorship with L’Oreal Paris, and is becoming known for her Cannes red carpet style, in the past wearing Zac Posen, Kaufmanfranco, and Giambattista Valli.
Leila Bekhti, a 32-year-old French actress, may ring a bell with French cinephiles—she’s popular for her roles in Tout ce qui brille (2007), Paris, je t’aime, and Sheitan, and most recently is the French voice in The Jungle Book—while others may recognize the beaut as a face of L’Oreal Paris.
Alice Taglioni, a 39-year-old French actress, started out as a pianist for the Music Conservatory of Paris, but took theater classes to overcome shyness. She is known for her roles in romantic French comedies like Détrompez-vous, Notre univers impitoyable, Ca$h, Sans arme, nihaine, ni violence, and Paris-Manhattan.
Barbara Meier is a German model who was scouted out at a local mall for a spot on Germany’s Next Top Model, and took home the gold. She’s landed a variety of German magazine covers including Cosmo, plus Vogue Taiwan and Grazia. Meier worked alongside fellow German mod Heidi Klum for a TV commercial for (go figure) McDonald’s.
Victoria Bonya got her start on a hit Russian reality TV show, Dom 2 (similar to Big Brother), and eventually landed a career as a model, actress, and radio and TV presenter.