Some days, some places, beg for you to tilt your chin upwards towards the sky, to soak in the sun and breathe deeply for a moment while time pauses for just long enough to honour the moment. Cascais on a glowing summer’s day – where Elite model Margarida posed for these shots – is one of those places.
When you have hair to your waist and a galaxy of freckles painted across your face, it doesn’t take much to be transformed into a Goddess: especially when you have blues skies, golden beaches and palm trees all around you. A pair of Grecian-style tie-up sandals and an ancient laurel wreath – reimagined as a modern gold headpiece – are the accessories that gave Margarida the look of something mythological. But, as summer goes, you can’t overlook a simple white cropped tee and billowy culottes for staying on trend.
Portuguese-born Margarida has a maturity and poise beyond her 16 years. Wading through the water along one of Cascais’s azure beaches, sand stuck to knees and elbows and the light casting shadows along her cheekbones and dimpled chin, she could – on some angles – pass for a young Gisele Bundchen. For her, the future looks bright.
You can see more photos of Margarida (@ Elite Lisbon) by visiting the gallery.