Interview with Leeny Ivanishvili
by METRO Model Agency Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland, November 2015
When did you start modeling and how?
I started modeling, when I was 17 years old. My ex boyfriend has sent a picture of me to an Estonian modeling agency, where they called me back and took me under contract me right away.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are making jewelry, skate boarding and hiking.
So what was the first thing you learned as a model?
I learned not to take things too seriously in this business. Sometimes you just get the job and another time you don’t. It’s nothing personal.
Have any of your notions of the industry changed since you’ve started out?
Yes, of course. The older I get, the more experience I’ve learned from this job. Now I know exactly how everything works in this business and this is where the real fun starts.
Do you find it easy to keep a work-life balance?
Yes, I find it quite easy. It really works out well for me, at least so far. Hopefully it will stay this way!
Have you got used to the fact that you don’t really know what you’re going to be doing in the next three days?
Yes, I got used to it already.
Who have been your icons/idols?
I would say Claudia Shiffer and Princess Diana.
Do you collect all the magazines you’re in?
Yes, of course. I try to collect all of them. I think it’s a nice way to collect memories.
When traveling what are the five items you must bring?
My running shoes, my travelling pillow, a hair brush, my tooth brush and tooth paste should never be missing.
What’s something you haven’t achieved but hope to?
I want to get a guess campaign one day, and I know I will.
What’s your favorite / most memorable direction a photographer has ever given to you?
Just be yourself. That’s something the most of the good ones have always been saying.
If you had to wear only one designer who would it be?
What advice would you pass along to those starting out in the modeling business?
Stay true to yourself and keep your head up.
Thank you for your time, Leeny, and we hope to see you again soon in Zurich, Switzerland, at our modeling agency.