Luke Mählmann

Armani

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Erzähle kurz ein paar Hintergründe: Wie hat deine Karriere begonnen? Gab es ein besonderes Treffen, das Dich dorthin geführt hat, wo Du heute bist?

Ich habe in der Bremen Liga ein Fußballspiel gehabt, als nach dem Spiel die Frau vom gegnerischen Trainer zu mir kam und mich gefragt hat, ob ich es mir vorstellen könnte zu modeln. Eine Woche später habe ich dann meinen ersten Vertrag unterzeichnet.

Was sind 3 interessante Fakten über dich?

1. Als ich 16 war, habe in Australien einen einjährigen Schüleraustausch gemacht. Mir hat der Lifestyle dort so gut gefallen, dass ich wenn meine Eltern mich nicht abgeholt hätten, dort geblieben wäre. Ich wäre auf alle Fälle niemals freiwillig ins Flugzeug gestiegen.

2. Habe in meiner Jungend im Leistungszentrum bei Werder Bremen Fußball gespielt und zeitgleich Leistungsbezogen Tennisgespielt. Dies habe ich parallel über Jahre so durchgezogen bis ich dann irgendwann aus disziplinarischen Gründen bei Werder rausgeworfen wurde 😉

3. Ich habe bzw. studiere an der Sporthochschule in Köln Sportjournalismus. Das Studium ist aufgrund von diversen Verletzungen und dem Modeln erstmal ein bisschen auf Eis gelegt.

Was ist das Erste was du nach dem Aufstehen machst?

Ich trinke eine Flasche Wasser, und putze meine Zähne. Auf alle Fälle die erste Stunde nach dem Aufstehen kein Handy. Das lass ich erstmal liegen außer ich muss Arbeiten.

Was hörst du im Moment?

Viel Hip-Hop, Reggae, Afrobeat und Rock n’ Roll. aber würde schon sagen das ich sehr Hip-Hop affin bin.

Zu wem schaust du in der Branche auf?

Ich schaue nicht wirklich zu einzelnen Personen auf. Ich respektiere auf alle Fälle alle die trotz Rückschlägen immer weiter an sich gearbeitet haben und nicht den Glauben an sich selber verloren haben.


Can you briefly tell some of your background: How did you get started? Was there a serendipitous meeting that led you to where you are now?

I had a soccer game in the Bremen League and after the game the coach’s wife from the opposing team came to me and asked if I could imagine modeling. A week later I signed my first contract.

What are 3 interesting facts about you?

1. When I was 16, I had a one-year student exchange in Australia. I liked the lifestyle there so much that if my parents hadn’t picked me up, I would have stayed there. In any case, I would never have gotten on the plane voluntarily.

2. I played soccer in my youth in the performance center at Werder Bremen and at the same time played tennis in a performance-related manner. I did this in parallel for years until I was eventually kicked out of Werder for disciplinary reasons 😉

3. I have studied sports journalism at the sports university in Cologne. Due to various injuries and modeling, the course is currently on hold.

What is the first thing that you do when you wake up?

I drink a bottle of water and brush my teeth. Always, the first hour after getting up there is no cell phone. I’ll leave that alone unless I have to work.

What are you listening to at the moment?

A lot of hip-hop, reggae, afrobeat and rock n ‘roll. But I would say that I am very into hip-hop.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

I don’t really look up to individuals. I definitely respect everyone who, despite setbacks, has continued to work on themselves and has not lost faith in themselves.

Anna Keppler

Photographed by Janina Hunger @ MODELWERK Studio

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Erzähle kurz ein paar Hintergründe: Wie hat deine Karriere begonnen? Gab es ein besonderes Treffen, das Dich dorthin geführt hat, wo Du heute bist?

Tatsächlich gab es ein besonderes Treffen, an das ich mich bis heute ganz genau erinnere. Ich war mit Freunden auf einer Kreuzfahrt. An unserem letzten Abend saßen wir an einer Bar und ich habe mich schon die ganze Zeit gewundert, wieso die Frau vom Nebentisch die ganze Zeit zu uns rüber schaut. Als wir aufgestanden sind und uns auf den Weg zur nächsten Bar machten, kam sie uns hinterher gerannt. Sie stellte sich vor und erzählte mir das sie eine Modelagentur hätte und sich freuen würde wenn sie mich dort aufnehmen könnte. Ich war sehr geschmeichelt, vor allem nachdem ich herausgefunden habe das die Geschäftsführerin Claudia Midolo mich höchst persönlich gescoutet und in ihrer Agentur haben möchte, aber ich lehnte dennoch das Angebot sofort dankend ab, denn ich hatte davor noch nie einen Gedanken daran verschwendet wie man ohne 90-60-90 Maße modeln könnte. Obwohl ich das Angebot abgelehnt hatte, meldete ich mich kurze Zeit später bei Modelwerk, bin für Test Fotos nach Hamburg gefahren und habe kurze Zeit später meinen Vertrag unterschrieben. Mittlerweile bin ich unfassbar dankbar, dass ich diesen Weg gegangen bin!

Was bringt Dich immer zum Lachen?

Klingt cheesy, aber ich würde schon sagen Videos von Ottern und Quokkas, aber manchmal auch mein Freund. 😉

Was gibt Dir Selbstvertrauen?

Ich glaube der positive Zuspruch und der unendliche Support, den ich für das bekomme was ich mache. Sowohl von Follower auf Instagram, als auch im ‘’Real Life’’ von Familie und Freunden!

Was war Dein peinlichster Moment?

Einige Monate nachdem ich meinen Vertrag bei Modelwerk unterzeichnet hatte, wurde ich auch schon in einer Londoner Agentur aufgenommen und bin daraufhin nach London geflogen, um einige Zeit ‚On Stay‘ zu sein. Ziemlich schnell hatte ich dort meinen zweiten Job bekommen können, ich war, wie vor jedem Job super aufgeregt und bin sehr früh aufgestanden, damit ich überpünktlich bin und weil ich schon vom Casting wusste, dass der Weg dorthin sehr weit ist. Als ich dann da war, sagte mir die freundliche Frau am Empfang jedoch, dass die Shooting Adresse eine andere sei. Ich bin raus gerannt, hab unter Tränen meine Bookerin angerufen und bin zum nächsten Zug gerannt. Mit fast einer Stunde Verspätung kam ich dann am Set an, auch wenn die Stylistin mich beruhigend wollte und meinte, dass das häufig passiert, war es mir unheimlich peinlich und unangenehm. Seitdem wird das Castingsheet immer doppelt und dreifach gelesen. 

Hast Du Regeln, die Du versuchst einzuhalten? Irgendwelche Rituale, an die Du Dich hälst?

Nein, nicht wirklich. Jeder Tag sieht bei mir immer etwas anders aus, deswegen fällt es mir schwer Rituale und Routinen beizubehalten.

Was ist Dein Lieblingspart am Modeln – Laufsteg oder Fotoshooting? Oder beides?

Ich bevorzuge die Fotoshootings, weil ich finde, dass man dort meist etwas spontaner und kreativer sein kann und ich es mag an unterschiedlichen Orten zu shooten. Außerdem sehe ich sehr gerne die Resultate von Fotoshootings und mag es mit einem bekannten oder neuem Team zusammen zuarbeiten. Dazu kommt noch, dass wie ich finde man als Curve Model aber auch viel weniger Laufsteg Jobs bekommt, als für Fotoshootings.

Welche Stadt könntest Du unendlich oft besuchen und würdest Dich nie satt sehen?

Vielleicht sehr klischeehaft, aber ich würde sagen NEW YORK! Ich war schon 4 mal dort und wurde jedes mal wieder auf eine andere Art und Weise überwältigt. Bei meinem letzten Besuch in der Metropole durfte ich mich sogar bei einigen New Yorker Modelagenturen vorstellen. Definitiv ein Highlight, welches ich nie vergessen werde!


Can you briefly tell some of your background: How did you get started? Was there a serendipitous meeting that led you to where you are now?

In fact, there was a special meeting that I still remember very well. I was on a cruise with friends, on our last evening we were sitting at a bar and I had been wondering the whole time why the woman from the next table is looking at us. When we got up and made our way to the next bar, she came running after us. She introduced herself and told me that she had a model agency and would be happy if she could sign me there. I was very flattered, especially after I found out that MODELWERK director Claudia Midolo scouted me personally and wanted me in her agency, but I immediately declined the offer with thanks, because I had never before thought about how to do it without “typical” model dimensions. Although I rejected the offer, I contacted Modelwerk a short time later, drove to Hamburg for test photos and signed my contract soon after. Now, I am incredibly grateful that I went this way!

What always makes you laugh?

It sounds cheesy, but I would say videos of otters and quokkas and sometimes my boyfriend. 😉

What’s one thing that gives you confidence?

I think the positive response and the endless support that I get for what I do. Both from followers on Instagram, as well as in ‘’’ Real Life ’’ from family and friends!

Your most embarrassing moment?

A few months after I signed my contract with Modelwerk, I was signed to a London agency and then flew to London to be on stay for a while. I got my second job there pretty quickly and I was super excited, as I was before every job, and got up very early so that I was on time and because I already knew from the casting that it was a very long way to get there. However, when I got there the friendly woman at the reception told me that the shooting address was different. I ran out, called my booker in tears and ran to the next train. Then I arrived on the set almost an hour late, even if the stylist wanted to reassure me and said that this happens frequently, it was extremely embarrassing and uncomfortable for me. Since then, the casting sheet has been read two and three times.

Do you have any rules you can’t break? Any rituals you stick to?

No, not really. Every day always looks a little different for me, so it is difficult for me to maintain rituals and routines.

What’s your favourite part about modelling – runway or photo shoots? Or is it equal?

I prefer the photo shoots, because I think that there you can usually be a little more spontaneous and creative and I like to shoot in different places. I also like to see the results of photo shoots and like working with a known or new team. Also, I think that as a curve model you also get a lot less catwalk jobs than for photo shoots.

Which city could you always visit and would never get tired of?

Maybe it’s cliché, but I would say NEW YORK! I’ve been there 4 times and was overwhelmed in a different way each time. On my last visit to the metropolis, I was even allowed to introduce myself to some New York model agencies. Definitely a highlight that I will never forget!

Lee

Photographed by Dietmar Herbert @ MODELWERK Studio

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Erzähle kurz ein paar Hintergründe: Wie hat deine Karriere begonnen? Gab es ein besonderes Treffen, das Dich dorthin geführt hat, wo Du heute bist?

Anfang 40 habe ich mit dem Modeln begonnen.

Als Jugendliche habe ich mich nicht getraut. Aber das Modeln hat mich weiterhin immer fasziniert. 

Im Internet entdeckte ich, dass Modelwerk auch eine Abteilung für ältere Models hat und so gab ich mir einen Ruck und dachte, wenn nicht jetzt wann dann 😉 und bewarb mich. Ich wurde tatsächlich eingeladen, es folgten Gespräche mit Marcus und John. Dann folgten Testshootings und Lauftraining bei Reza.

Ich bin sehr dankbar, dass Modelwerk an mich geglaubt hat und ich bis jetzt unwahrscheinlich tolle Jobs und Erfahrungen gemacht habe.

Welcher Rat ist der beste, den du bisher erhalten hast?

Wenn durch einen Menschen ein wenig mehr Liebe in die Welt kommt, so hat sein Leben einen Sinn gehabt.

Immer erst an das Gute im Menschen glauben.

Was ist Schönheit für Dich?

Schönheit ist für mich, wenn der Anblick eines Menschen,eines Tieres,der Natur oder Kunst mich berührt und anzieht.

Für mich gibt es beim Menschen die pure ungeschminkte Schönheit aber auch die künstlerische Schönheit,die z.B. durch den Hair-and Makeup Artisten geschaffen wird.

Hast du ein Lebensmotto?

Unser Leben und unsere Familie sind ein Geschenk Gottes.

Gib jedem Tag die Chance,der schönste deines Lebens zu werden.

Dankbarkeit.

Was ist Deine Beauty-Routine?

Meine Beauty-Routine:

Morgens zwischen 6-6.30Uhr mache ich einen Spaziergang durch die Natur.

Zum Frühstück esse ich ein Müsli bestehend aus Banane, Apfel, Sonnenblumenkernen, Leinsamen, Sanddorn, etwas Sahne und Milch.

Fürs Gesicht nehme ich eine feuchtigkeitsspendende Tagespflege und privat verwende ich so gut wie kein Make-up.

Meine Ernährung ist zu 90% vegetarisch.

Ich versuche 1 mal täglich Gymnastik zu machen zur Zeit mit Fitmitmarcus und/oder Inlineskates zu fahren.

Ich esse kurz vor dem Schlafen immer einen Haferschleim mit Milch und Honig 🙂

Und versuche, möglichst genügend Schlaf zu bekommen.

Was würdest Du an der Model-Branche ändern wollen?

Da es in der Modelbranche auch nach Angebot und Nachfrage geht, müssten sich eigentlich die Verbraucher ändern. Ich würde es wichtig finden, dass die älteren und alten Generationen mehr in der Werbung und den Medien gezeigt werden. Das Altern wird zu sehr in der Gesellschaft ausgeklammert. Es wird sich zu viel an der Jugend orientiert. Hier müsste ein Gleichgewicht herrschen, dann würden die Menschen auch mehr mit dem Altern und Tod klar kommen.

Was wäre ein Traumjob für Dich?

Ich habe schon soviele Traumjobs gehabt 🙂

Super fände ich es natürlich in der Vogue oder Elle zu stehen.

Ein Werbespot im Deutschen Fernsehen 🙂


Can you briefly tell some of your background: How did you get started? Was there a serendipitous meeting that led you to where you are now?

In my 40s I started modeling.

I didn’t dare as a teenager, but modeling has always fascinated me.

On the internet I discovered that Modelwerk also has a department for older models and I thought, if not now when 😉 and applied. I was actually invited, followed by talks with Marcus and John. This was followed by test shootings and walk training with Reza.

I am very grateful that Modelwerk believed in me and that I have had unbelievably great jobs and experiences so far.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

If a little more love comes into the world through a person, their life has had a meaning.

Always believe in the good in people.

What does beauty mean for you?

In my eyes beauty is when the sight of a person, an animal, nature or art touches and attracts me.

For me, there is pure unvarnished beauty in people but also artistic beauty, for example: created by the hair and makeup artist.

Do you have a life motto?

Our life and family are a gift from God.

Give every day the chance to be the most beautiful of your life.

Gratitude.

What is your beauty routine?

My beauty routine:

In the morning between 6-6.30 a.m. I take a walk through nature.

For breakfast I eat a cereal consisting of banana, apple, sunflower seeds, linseed, sea buckthorn, some cream and milk.

I take care of my face by moisturizing every day and privately I hardly use any make-up.

My diet is 90% vegetarian.

I try to do gymnastics once a day with Fitmitmarcus and/or inline skates.

I always eat oatmeal with milk and honey just before sleep 🙂

And try to get as much sleep as possible.

What’s one thing you would change about the industry?

Since the model industry is also about supply and demand, consumers should actually change. I find it important that older and older generations are shown more in advertising and the media. Aging is excluded too much in society and too much is geared towards young people. There should be a balance here, then people would also be more able to cope with aging and death.

What’s a dream job for you?

I’ve had so many dream jobs 🙂

Of course, I would love to be in Vogue or Elle.

A commercial on German television 🙂

Esther Heesch

Vogue Spain

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Erzähle kurz ein paar Hintergründe: Wie hat deine Karriere begonnen? Gab es ein besonderes Treffen, das Dich dorthin geführt hat, wo Du heute bist?

Ich wurde in der Hamburger Innenstadt Ende 2011 „entdeckt“ und habe kurz darauf einen Vertrag beim Modelwerk unterschrieben. Zu dem Zeitpunkt war ich 15 Jahre alt. Mein erster Job war die Kampagne für United Colors of Benetton. Im Frühling 2012 habe ich die Castingdirektoren Rami und Maida in Hamburg getroffen. Sie waren es, die mich für meine erste Show, die Dior Haute Couture Show in Paris, im Sommer 2012 gebucht haben.

Zu wem schaust Du in der Branche auf?

Miuccia Prada

Welches ist Dein Lieblingslied momentan?

„Mile high“ von James Blake feat. Travis Scott

Gibt es Reiseziele, die Du gerne besuchen würdest?

Ich würde gerne mal nach Neuseeland, mit meiner Schwester.

Wie sieht Deine tägliche Beauty-Routine aus?

Ich benutze täglich eine Augencreme von Dr.Hauschka und die „Iris” Tages- und Nachtcreme von Weleda. Wenn ich mich schminke, schminke ich mich abends mit Bioderma ab.

Beschreibe Deinen Stil. Gibt es Designer, die du wirklich gerne trägst?

Ich liebe Stüssy, Chanel, Phillip Lim, Closed und Yeon.

Welche Hobbies hast Du?

Schwimmen, Fahrrad fahren, lesen, joggen und Kaffe trinken


Can you briefly tell some of your background: How did you get started? Was there a serendipitous meeting that led you to where you are now?

I was “discovered” in downtown Hamburg at the end of 2011 and signed a contract with Modelwerk shortly afterwards. I was 15 at the time. My first job was the United Colors of Benetton campaign. In spring 2012 I met the casting directors Rami and Maida in Hamburg. They were the ones who booked me for my first show, the Dior Haute Couture Show in Paris, in the summer of 2012.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

Miuccia Prada

What is your favorite song right now?

“Mile high” by James Blake feat. Travis Scott

Are there any places that you would love to visit?

I would like to visit New Zealand next with my sister.

What’s your beauty routine?

I use a daily eye cream from Dr.Hauschka and the “Iris” day and night cream from Weleda. When I use make-up, I remove my make-up in the evening with Bioderma.

Describe your style. Are there any designers that you really like to wear?

I love Stüssy, Chanel, Phillip Lim, Closed and Yeon.

What are your hobbies?

Swimming, bike riding, reading, running, and drinking coffee

Jonathan Carlsson

Photograph by Sophia Noelle

Can you briefly tell some of your background: How did you get started? Was there a serendipitous meeting that led you to where you are now?

I actually never thought about modelling until the point where people kept suggesting to me to try it out and at some point I met my ex girlfriend who was a make up artist, one thing lead to another and I found myself in Hamburg for modelling 🙂

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you?

I would say that people are surprised about how much I love cooking!

Do you do a lot of sport?

I’m a hyperactive health coach, sports is my life 😛

What is your goal for this year?

My goal this year would be spending as much time as possible with my family that is spread out on two sides of the world and to success and expand my business horizons – whether it’s modelling or the business I just opened – Crunch & Brunch.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Read people’s minds.

What’s a dream job for you?

Something that involves Food, Fitness and lifestyle, basically the business I just opened and am working on at the moment – Crunch & Brunch.

What is some advice that you’d give the next generation of models coming up?

The same advice I would give anyone else in any job requirement – Hustle hard, trust in yourself and keep moving forward.

Adama Jobe

For Madame Figaro Greece

Can you briefly tell some of your background: How did you get started? Was there a serendipitous meeting that led you to where you are now?

I am originally from The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa. Located in the west coast of Africa, it is where I was born and where I grew up. It is also where I had my first modeling job, a billboard commercial for a telecommunications company. Prior to that, I had no interest in modeling at all, partly because I knew too little about it and mostly because I didn’t think I had it in me. I was pretty shy, although many people around me told me I had the looks for it. 

A few months after that commercial job, my family and I moved to the Netherlands. A continent away from home and I was to start university here. I had forgotten everything about modeling, it felt like a one time thing but, as it turns out, being in another part of the world didn’t mean I couldn’t still be a model. In my first year here, many people would come up to me and ask “Hey! Are you a model?”, I usually laughed it off and say “ No I’m not”.  

One sunny day in the city of Heerlen in the dutch province of Limburg, I got the same question. This time is was from Natascha Scheffers, owner of Models Rock Agency: my mother agent. That serendipitous meeting was the beginning of journey in this job that I love so much today.

What is something you wish you knew more about?

I wish I knew more about politics. I think it is very important because it is at the heart of many issues we face in the world today. Many young people like myself tend to ignore it and consider it something for the older generation when it isn’t. I want to educate myself on how laws are made and the relationship between governments and the people of the world. 

It can be complex and boring sometimes, but I really wish I knew more about it. 

What is your favourite thing to do when you are back home?

I derive a lot of satisfaction from doing the little things. Being a model can be pretty intense. Between flying around for weeks in a row and working long hours, it is pretty relaxing to be home. My favourite things to do include cooking, reading, doing literary work, dancing and of course doing home workouts. Basically the regular things whilst I regain my energy to get back on the road. I also spend time with my family and friends. 

I don’t like missing my mum, but sometimes I go months without seeing her. It can be tough so when I’m back home, I make sure we spend enough time together doing simple things. 

Do you have any rules you can’t break? Any rituals you stick to?

I make it a point to not miss my skincare routine every single day. It obviously doesn’t always work out because sometimes I’m just too exhausted, however I’m very strict it with it. A model’s business card is her face/skin, it has to be on point. Other rituals include my daily stretches and meditation. They keep the balance in my life, just a few minutes in the day to be in touch with myself, I think it’s pretty important. 

Favourite designer/brand/product?

My favourite designers are David Laport, an incredibly talented Dutch designer whose pieces fit perfectly with my style and Binbuba’s Creation, a Gambian designer who makes the most beautiful African couture dresses. 

Are there any places that you would love to visit?

There are so many places I wanna see, the list is endless. My wanderlust grows each day and I guess it’s one of the best things about this job. Being able to see the world as I work, there’s nothing better. The three places that currently top my bucket list are Thailand, Jamaica, and Seychelles.  I am a lover of tropical places! 

Alexandra & Maria Spanidou

Givenchy Beauty

Can you briefly tell some of your background: How did you get started?

Maria: My name is Maria and I am from Thessaloniki, Greece. I am from Greece and I was competitive professional swimmer until 19 years old! I never thought I could be a model to be honest, because swimming was all I did since I was a baby. One day our manager, Victoria Lyandres from Creative Talent Model Agency in New York, contacted us on Instagram and asked us if we would like to try modeling. We were laughing because we thought it’s not something we want and it took us a while to realize that maybe we could be good at modeling. She believed in us since we were a zero. We had zero experience with fashion industry. We didn’t know anything about modeling. She made us believe in ourselves and she was supporting us since day 1. Then we signed contracts with some modeling agencies, and we traveled to Milan and we realized it’s all we ever wanted. We loved the whole experience! From that day, we decided that we will chase our dreams and our goals until we achieve them! Fashion industry is for sure a dreaming world, but it’s hard at the same time and we love everything about it. It reminds me the competitive days I had when I was a professional swimmer, and it’s not as easy as many believe. We owe everything to our manager! 

Alexandra: My name is Alexandra and I was born and raised in Thessaloniki , Greece. I used to be competitive swimmer since I can remember myself until the age of 19, when I stopped swimming competatively, but I’m still swimming and going to the gym every day with my twin sister Maria! When we were younger, we decided to do an Instagram account and post pictures together! Our account became viral and we attracted many new followers everyday, until we reached almost 300k followers! At the same time, back then, we started to make some musical videos in the lipsync platform (now its Tik Tok) where we gained about 2.2 million followers in a very short period of time. It was very surprising because through that we were scouted by our manager, Victoria Lyandres from Creative Talent Mgmt in New York and our lives changed forever! We never thought that we can be models and we were very skeptical in the beginning, because I thought that modeling was something I wasn’t interested in and I thought that I wasn’t pretty enough for that. Victoria put to us so much faith and she believed in us before we even believed in ourselves. After some time we finally realized that maybe we deserve something more than what we believed until then and when we got signed with the biggest agencies (MODELWERK) and our first feature in Vogue Italia came out, and then went to Milan (with Women in Milan) we met the “modeling world” and since then we value modeling and this world everyday more and more. So basically we met with our manager Victoria through social media and since then our lives changed forever.

What is one thing people may be surprised to find out about you?

Maria: They are surprised when I say that I used to be a professional competitive swimmer I think! And also that I study in the university Finance and Business Science! They seem surprised! 

Alexandra: I think when I tell them that I’m from Greece and both of our parents are Greek! They always tell us that we don’t look like Greek at all and that they were sure that our origins are from somewhere in the Northern Europe!!! Also when I tell them that I’m a very good cook and baker! They can’t believe that either 😂

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Maria: The best piece of advice that I have ever been given was from my mother. And it was to believe in myself, to be a kind person, to not let pain make me hate and to have courage because where there is goodness and everything can happen! 

Alexandra: The best advice I ever got were from my mother. One of them was to never give up and to always chase my dreams and my goals. And if other people are waiting to see you fail, then prove them wrong and go even further!

What was your first photo shooting?

Maria: It was with Alexandra! Victoria, our manager, immediately after we told her that we want to try modeling, she booked us a VOGUE ITALIA interview that was published on Vogue ITALIA website and Facebook page! We never did a test shoot and it was the very first thing we ever did! It was a experience that I will remember for the rest of my life, we did an amazing video and pictures and the other day it was published on Vogue and I was like “WOW”! We are so grateful! As a paid job our first shooting was a Givenchy Beauty Campaign in Paris and I loved every second of it! Every day I want to do more and more things on the fashion industry because of that! Because you get to meet amazing people! The people involved were amazingly nice and kind to everyone! I feel blessed because my first professional photo shooting was a Givenchy beauty campaign in Paris … there is nothing more you need! 

Alexandra: My first photo-shooting was an interview – video – photos for Vogue Italia’s website! I still can’t believe how magical it was and when we actually were shooting it, I couldn’t believe that it was for Vogue Italia and it was my first shooting at the same time. My first photoshooting as a paid job in a studio was a Givenchy beauty campaign in Paris! I was so shocked with how nice everyone was and how many people it takes for some pictures!!! I will never forget this day! It was the best day of my life and I feel so lucky that my first professional photoshooting was such an amazing experience with such talented team in my favorite city, Paris!

What’s your beauty routine?

Maria and Alexandra: Our  beauty routine is of course a cleansing gel that we wash our face every day. On the morning we apply a cream and a sunscreen every time we go out, even on the times it’s not sunny, because sun rays are dangerous. We don’t usually wear make up, because we are not big fans of it. Before we go to sleep, we wash our face, we apply an exfoliating toner on a cotton pad and we apply it on our face and neck, then we use pure retinol (vitamin A) one day and a serum of AHA-BHA the other day, and of course eye cream everyday! Twice a week we are doing a face scrub and also a face mask to reduce the possibilities of a future breakout! 

What are your hobbies?

Maria and Alexandra: Since we used to be competitive swimmers, we are working out every single day! We are working out together, because we motivate each other and it’s easier to keep on track! We go to the swimming pool three times per week and we do only 4km in an hour just to keep a touch with the water. The other four times we are doing a body weight circuit training (kinda like HIIT) where we train all the parts of the body for an hour! Also, we are going to the university where we study Finance and Business Science. We LOVE cooking and baking together and we develop our own recipes with healthier ingredients most of the time! Also we love movies….especially those where you can actually learn something from them! 

What’s one thing you would change about the industry?

Maria: I would love to change some standards the industry has. For example I would love to give to more new faces the opportunity to rise. Not many believe in you and almost everyone eventually will want something to win when they see you rise! That’s why I am SO grateful about Victoria, because the hard thing is to believe and actually support someone since the beginning and not only after they have done major things! Then everyone will want to be part of the success and it’s not fair …wish more people were like Victoria and actually believe in someone since the beginning! When you are rising suddenly everyone loves you… 

Alexandra: One thing I would change about the industry is that some, bigger mostly, agencies accept models only when they have proven their worth in the industry and not when they haven’t started to work as much and doing big steps in modeling! I think that the important thing is to believe in someone and want someone when she/he is still new in the industry and not only when she/he has already proven her/his worth!! New faces and new models need more opportunities to proven their worth and start doing bigger steps!

What is some advice that you’d give the next generation of models coming up?

Maria: To believe in themselves no matter what they may hear! To never give up, because it might take years, but the time will come they will shine bright and they will prove everyone wrong! So always believe in yourself, because it’s so easy in this industry to lose the faith in yourself! But that’s the world, there are 10000 downfalls and 1 happy moment, so don’t ever change for anybody! Just have faith, be patient, go after what you want, and do not be afraid to speak about anything you want to say or about your goals! 

Alexandra: I would say to everyone who wants to be a model , to always be kind and thankful towards everyone who works all day for her/him! You should always treat everyone with respect and kindness and don’t ever take anything for granted, no matter what! And also they should never stop believing in themselves and never let anyone make you believe that you aren’t worthy, because you are! Modeling is a long and hard journey with many ups and more downs so you need to be humble and patient and with the right people by your side you will make it!

Ymre

Solar

Can you briefly tell some of your background: How did you get started? Was there a serendipitous meeting that led you to where you are now?

The classic shopping story…I was shopping with my mother and sister and got scouted for the Elite model look. I came in second in the Dutch contest and, after that, also second in the worldwide contest. Then I was asked to go to Russell Marsh, back at the time, the casting director for Prada. After that Prada invited me to come over and everything went very quick. Shooting with the amazing Steven Meisel for Prada, who would have guessed that.. 

What always makes you laugh?

Coming home and seeing my daughter making funny jokes and dances.

Do you have a life motto?

Treat others like you like to be treated. 

What are your ambitions for the next year?

I would like to do a very nice and beautiful beauty-, hair-, or perfume-campaign. Or why not, one more time a VOGUE cover.

What’s one thing that you wish you had known before you got into the industry?

How lonely you can feel by traveling the world all by yourself. And I wish I would have known Social Media would become such a thing. When I started there was nothing like social media. Now it is a complete new selling platform. Even people are selling themselves..

Among your friends or family, what are you famous for?

Baking cakes. I love to bake nice cakes for birthdays and baby showers for example. 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

It would be great to be able to teleport from one place to the other in a second. So I can go to work in every country in the morning and go back home in the evening. It would make the job so much nicer. 

Simonas Pham

Photographed by Rainer Suck

We always like to find out how people got into the industry, whether it found them or vice versa. How did you become interested in modelling? Were you scouted?

So I had never been into modelling and had no idea about all the industry – about fashion at all. I even went to CK casting in New York and I wrote on my post “Calvin Clein or Kalvin Clein casting today”. So I was born & raised in Lithuania and I was at uni and at that time my girlfriend invited me to a Lithuanian fashion week. So first year I went there and the line was sooo long that my parking ticket expired so I left to pay it and guess what? When I come back – casting is done. So the next year she takes me again and this time all designers pick me and then I did Lithuanian fashion week – then agencies noticed me and that’s how it all began. 

What are three interesting facts about you? 

I am studying law and its my last year.

I always say the truth even if people dont like it and it might be harsh.

I never listen to no one except my own heart. 

What is a shoot that sticks in your memory?

I have had a lot of great shoots and I remember them all. But of course the biggest shoot so far was for Versace campaign. When Donatella arrived with the security – people were lost and excited and a bit had fear in their eyes. She came to me and introduced herself – that was an amazing moment. And then she and Helena Christensen were standing talking and when I asked someone from the Versace crew: “Can I ask for a picture?” Response was: ”We don’t know maybe better don’t”. I didn’t listen and went – interrupted two fashion industries icons, legends conversation for a picture. Guess what??? Donatella Versace & Helena Christensen were super friendly and sweet. We had a conversation and then did a backstage shoot.

How would you describe your style?

It’s more free and simple. I prefer looking simple but good. And I don’t like to spend money on clothes – the more clothes you have – the bigger problem is to choose.

What do you think the biggest misconception about the industry?

That models are “stupid” “dumb” and etc. It is not true because every person is smart in their own way and field. Also models travel so much – they meet so many people, experience so many different cultures. So we have rich experience which most of people don’t get. Also as I mentioned everyone is good in their own field so if you ask doctor or architect about certain things in fashion industry – he will know only rumours – stereotypes and nothing more, so models also can say that those people are stupid and dont know a thing right? So as I mentioned before – we are all good at something and we can’t put certain labels on. 

Are there any places that you would love to visit?

Yes I am dreaming about going to Brasil. I have met a lot of people from there and I am very curious and waiting for moment to go there. 

What is some advice that you’d give the next generation of models coming up?

My advice would be always stay yourself, be humble, and believe in yourself. As models we get rejected from clients and jobs many times and it’s normal. Just stay on the path you choose and believe – good things will happen then. 

Brenda Kranz

Photograph by Sebastian Zell

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Erzähl uns kurz etwas über Deinen Hintergrund: Wie hast Du angefangen? Gab es ein zufälliges Treffen, das dich dorthin führte, wo Du jetzt bist?

Man wird es kaum glauben, aber vor 10 Jahren wurde ich beim Shoppen mit meiner Mutter in Hamburg auf der Straße angesprochen. Damals dachte ich das sowas unseriös sei, doch schon 3 Wochen später flog ich nach New York und lief meine erste Fashion Week.

Für mich war das damals eine ganz neue Welt, vom glamourösen war ich dort weit entfernt. Ich teilte mir mit 4 anderen Models ein Zimmer mit Hochbetten. Wir hatten Mäuse und Kakerlaken in unserer Wohnung, ich hatte Heimweh. Trotzdem gab ich nicht auf, jetzt wollte ich es auch wissen. Und es lief für mich Überraschend gut, damals lief ich alleine in New York 16 Shows.

Lange Zeit sprang ich zwischen zwei Welten hin und her. Die reale war immer noch das Leben in Deutschland und die unreale das Modelleben. Es war sehr hart, aber aufregend und nach kurzer Zeit zog ich sogar nach New York, wo ich 6 Jahre fest gewohnt habe.

Was sind drei interessante Fakten über Dich?

Ich sehe sehr brasilianisch aus und doch bin ich 100% deutsch.

Ich komme von einem Bauernhof und habe einen Traktorführerschein.

Ich schlafe immer mit Augenmaske und Ohrstöpsel 😀

Wann fühlst Du Dich am glamourösesten?

Puhhh…. sehr glamourös fühlte ich mich immer auf den Laufstegen der Modemetropolen. Highlight war die Elie Saab Show in Paris, oder Zac Posen in New York, wo ich faszinierend schöne Kleider tragen durfte.

Was verstehst Du unter Schönheit?

Es gibt äußere und innere Schönheit. Am schönsten ist die innere Schönheit, die man nach außen hin ausstrahlt.

Wenn man innerlich zufrieden und glücklich ist, dann strahlt man das auch aus. Das ist sehr wichtig, besonders in meinem Job. Ich kann mir nicht erlauben, dass man auf den Bildern erkennt ob ich z.B. krank bin oder einen schlechten Tag habe.

Was machst Du als erstes nach dem Aufstehen?

Als allererstes setze ich meine Augenmaske ab und entferne meine Ohrstöpsel, diese beiden Sachen brauche ich, um einen erholsamen und tiefen Schlaf zu haben. Danach trinke ein Glas warmes Wasser, was dem Magen sehr guttut. 🙂

Gibt es bestimmte Reiseziele, die Du gerne besuchen würdest?

Ich habe schon sehr viele tolle Länder und Städte gesehen durch meinen Job und sogar in New York und Paris für längere Zeit gewohnt. Reisen ist für mich wie eine Sucht, ich liebe es!

Ich fliege sogar in ein paar Tagen nach Thailand, da wollte ich immer schonmal hin. Ich bin so gespannt. 🙂

Auf meiner Liste ganz oben steht aber auch Tansania, Marokko und Australien.


Can you briefly talk about some of your background: How did you get started? Was there a serendipitous meeting that led you to where you are now?

It is hard to believe, but 10 years ago I was approached on the street while shopping with my mother in Hamburg. At the time, I thought that it was not serious, but three weeks later I flew to New York and walked my first fashion week.

It was a whole new world for me, far from being glamorous. I shared a room with loft beds and 4 other models. We had mice and cockroaches in our apartment and I was homesick. Still, I didn’t give up and wanted to know what I was capable of. And it went surprisingly well for me, at that time I walked for 16 shows in New York.

For a long time, I jumped back and forth between two worlds. The real one was still my life in Germany and the unreal one was the model life. It was very hard, but also exciting, and after a time I even moved to New York, where I lived for 6 years.

What are three interesting facts about you?

I look very Brazilian, but I am 100% German.

I grew up on a farm and I have a tractor driving license.

I always sleep with an eye mask and earplugs

When do you feel most glamorous?

Puhhh … I always felt very glamorous on the catwalks in the fashion capitals. The highlight was the Elie Saab Show in Paris, or Zac Posen in New York, where I was able to wear fantastically beautiful clothes.

What does beauty mean for you?

External and internal beauty does exist. The most beautiful is the inner beauty that you radiate outwards.

If you are satisfied and happy on the inside, then you radiate it. This is very important, especially in my job. It’s not well recieved if you can see that a model is sick or has a bad day.

What is the first thing you do after waking up?

First, I take off my eye mask and remove my earplugs, I need these two things to have a restful and deep sleep. Then I drink a glass of warm water, which is very good for the stomach 😊

Are there any places that you would love to visit?

I have travelled to many great countries and cities through my job and have even lived in New York and Paris for a long time. Traveling is like an addiction to me, I love it!

I fly to Thailand in a few days and I have always wanted to go there. I am so excited. 🙂

Tanzania, Morocco and Australia are also at the top of my list.