Stéphane Olivier spent a good part of 2017 running hilly miles, scrambling up muddy rope ladders, and hunkering down under barbed wire. That’s the life of a Spartan racer, tackling obstacle after obstacle on courses meant to test one’s endurance and grit. And while he hasn’t traded in designer digs for athletic wear completely, Olivier is utterly dedicated to Spartan’s “strong mind, strong body” mantra. He always has been.
A lifelong athlete as well as a fitness coach, Olivier made it to the Spartan Races world championship this past year, and his success has led to an offer to run in the Elite bracket next year for the U.S. Championship. He is up for the challenge!
And it is no surprise that Olivier, who is based in L.A. and Ashland, Oregon, has garnered fitness gear sponsorships like Dissident Gym Wear and Exoskyn. Represented by Success Models in Paris and a few other agencies in Europe and L.A., Olivier has been the face of numerous print campaigns, including recent ones from GOOD Paris, CROQUIS, L.A. Saints, and Giorgio Brato. The creativity that has helped make him a top model has spilled over into acting, too. He most recently worked on the short Likeness, directed by Rodrigo Prieto and starring Elle Fanning.
Early in his career, he was asked to participate in a 2001 collaboration with Belgian model Hannelore Knuts for what was to become Designers against AIDS (DAA), and he traveled to the project’s homebase in Antwerp from Paris on his own dime. DAA collaborates with fashion houses, models, and pop culture celebrities to create awareness about HIV/AIDS among global youth. Knuts and Olivier modeled pieces for Designers Do Denim; the auctioned pieces raised $32,000 in support of the AIDS community.
Says Founder/Executive & Creative Director of Designers against AIDS Ninette Murk about her support of friend Stéphane’s Spartan races: “He wants to set a good example for his daughter and also for young people who want to become a model, [showing them] that it’s important to have a healthy mind in a healthy, fit body and that this beauty is not only on the outside.” by Chael Needle
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