05/20/2015 01:34 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 05:59 EDT

Newcomer model-turned-actress Madalina Ghenea stuns crowds on Cannes red carpet

CANNES, France - Romanian model-turned-actress Madalina Ghenea had already grabbed attention at the Cannes Film Festival by featuring nude on the provocative poster for the film "Youth," with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel looking on.

26-year-old Ghenea, who stars in the film, on Wednesday grabbed the limelight all over again, this time on the red carpet in a white mermaid gown for the movie's premiere on the French Riviera.

Ghenea appeared alongside the actresses Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz.

But she more than held her own thanks to this fashion coup — a sheer, figure-hugging silk gown with pearl clusters which showed off her curves and flared stylishly at the knee with huge embroidered plumes.

--By Thomas Adamson