Lilac Perez is a New York based Casting Director and Photo Editor. Originally from Los Angeles where she received her BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design in 2008. She is currently the Casting Director at Refinery 29 working across photography and video casting for both branded and editorial content. Lilac has casted for over fifty brands including Gucci, Instagram, Adidas, Chanel, Target, GAP, H&M, Universal Standard, and Revlon.

Having prior experience as an agent at Wilhelmina Models she has a keen eye for unique talent and strong agency relationships. With an innate ability to scout emerging talent in the modeling industry, she is a trend forecaster setting the tone for brands and agencies alike. Lilac built and defined the Refinery29 casting lens through her unique approach to scouting talent. She focuses on talents’ narrative to tell visual stories and continually showcases inclusivity and diversity across all of her work. Having an extensive database of real people, models, and tastemakers she continues to break boundaries and pushes the depths of visual storytelling within the industry.



SPD Gold Medal, 2018
Digital Platform: Original Digital Photography, Feature, Fashion/Beauty Service
“What’s Stopping The Most Relevant Style Subculture From Going Mainstream”
Photo Editor

SPD Silver Medal, 2018
Video: Feature Video:Service
“The Perfect Beach Body Is B.S. -- & These Gorgeous, UnRetouched Photos Prove It”
Production and Casting

Webby Honoree, 2018
Advertising, Media, & PR: Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle category
R29xGucci: No Labels. No Limits. Young Sages & Style Spirits Unite

American Photography 34, 2018
How Did An Entire Group Of People Become A Fashion Trend?

PDN Photo Annual, 2018
Getty Images x Refinery29 Beauty Stock Shoot

SPD Gold Medal, 2017
Video: Short Video or Video Series
“The Hiplet Ballerinas Present: Party Dresses So Fly They’ll Be Your Dance Partner”

American Photography 33, 2017
9 Stunning Photos Of Differently Abled Women Taking Back The Beach
Casting and Photo Editor

American Photography 32, 2016
Refinery29 Calendar

Webby Honoree, 2016
Category: Web, Best Individual Editorial Experience
Fall's Best Boots Were Made For Dancing
Photo Editor and Production