Ines Sastr

Ines Sastr

Model, actress
Date of Birth: 21.11.1973
Country: Spain

Ines Sastr: A Spanish Model and Actress

Can a charming girl turn down a $100,000 contract and a chance to start a brilliant career in the modeling business just to continue her studies at university? Yes, she can, if she has character. That's exactly what happened to Ines Sastr, one of the leading Spanish top models, at the beginning of her dazzling and unexpected career. It all happened in 1989 when Ines' photos caught the eye of John Casablancas, the director of the largest modeling agency "Elite". He convinced her to participate in the "Look of the Year" contest, which she successfully won. However, she declined the main prize of the contest - a lucrative $100,000 contract. "This large sum of money would hinder my studies!" said Ines, astonishing everyone except her parents. Ines' parents, who were average entrepreneurs, always had one dream: to provide their children (Ines has an older sister and a younger brother) with a good education. While her peers dreamed of beautiful dresses and handsome princes, Ines spent most of her time with her books. It was rare for her classmates to tempt Ines with a trip to the movies or a dance. But one offer caught her interest: Ines and her friends went to an audition for a teenage commercial. In the end, she became the star of the video. "Let the girl have some fun," her parents decided. "The shooting will start and end, and everything will fall into place." But it turned out differently! After seeing the video, the renowned director Carlos Saura unexpectedly decided that Ines should play a young Native American girl in his film about conquistadors called "El Dorado". Ines was only 13 when she went on a four-month shoot in Costa Rica. A year later, Ines flew to Mongolia to star in the film "Jeanne d'Arc of Mongolia" by Berlin director Ulrike Ottinger. And a year after that, she was invited to shoot "Escape from Paradise" by Ettore Scola. Three movies in three years were enough for her parents to tell Ines, "Enough! This cannot go on anymore!" And, interrupting her incredibly successful career that had just begun, Sastr returned to her usual life - studying and books. She left the film industry, as it seemed forever at that time, and focused on learning foreign languages. Today, she speaks French, Italian, and English. After attending a French school, Ines enrolled in the Philology faculty at the Sorbonne... But that is just one side of the extraordinary life of Ines. If someone else had been in Sastr's place in 1989, the path to the modeling business would have been closed to her forever. Despite turning down a $100,000 contract, Ines was constantly invited to shoot for advertising campaigns and participate in prestigious fashion shows. In 1992, Ines was chosen as the symbol of the Olympic Games in Barcelona. From there, her career only grew. In 1996, Sastr signed a contract with Lancôme and became the face of the famous "Trésor" perfume, replacing Isabella Rossellini in that position. Fame did not go to Ines' head. She did not change her principles or her way of life, which remained worthy of a devout Catholic. Ines Sastr's personal life is a secret locked away. When asked about men, she replies that she is too busy to seriously consider it, and she doesn't want to be unserious about it either. However, while Ines remains silent, others try to speak for her: is this beauty really as innocent as she seems? Rumors, for example, attribute romances to her with Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, and Hugh Grant. Noticeably, nobody directly asks her if it's true! Nevertheless, Sastr remains indifferent to all of this. Ines' talk about being busy is not coquettishness. In addition to the runway, in recent years, Sastr can be found on the film set once again. In 1995, the cover of an Italian magazine featuring Ines caught the legendary Michelangelo Antonioni's eye as he was preparing to shoot the film "Beyond the Clouds," which became his last work. Upon seeing Ines, the 82-year-old Antonioni immediately knew he wanted only this girl. Working with Antonioni solidified Ines' decision to become an actress. In 1997, the top model played the lead role in the film "Shafers" by Italian director Pupi Avati. Her last film appearance was in the television adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" with Gerard Depardieu and Ornella Muti, in which Ines portrayed the Indian princess Haydée. Ines is thrilled about her acting experiences, but she is planning to temporarily interrupt her film and modeling career to continue... her education. She has already chosen one of the British acting schools for this purpose. When asked what it all means to her, Ines replies, "Maybe I got used to it. After all, I have been studying my whole life."

Ines Sastr

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