Interview with Monika Rohanova
by METRO Model Agency Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland, November 2015
When did you start modelling and how?
I started modelling when I was 18 years old. A scout from Elite scouted me when I was shopping for groceries in a supermarket in my hometown Ostrava in Czech republic. I thought she might be crazy, because I didn’t think about modelling before.
What are your hobbies?
I love reading and mostly read spiritual and self-development books nowadays. I also love music. I especially like going to gigs and summer music festivals. My passion is soccer. I’m a big fan of my local team FC Banik Ostrava and I always support them, if I’m at home. I also like to see soccer matches wherever I travel. I love running. I mostly run 10 km during the week and half-marathon on weekends. I love yoga especially the headstand. It’s really good for your health to do a headstand for 5 minutes every day.
So what was the first thing you learned as a model?
How to walk in high-heels, how to pose in front of a camera, what I should eat and what I shouldn’t not for keeping or losing your weight and for a good metabolism. But with the time I realised that the most important thing is to be yourself and to love yourself as you are.
Have any of your notions of the industry changed since you’ve started out?
When I started I didn’t know about curve/plus size modelling. I don’t know if I just didn’t realize it before or if it just has started to be fashionable. I just remember, when I started modelling, everywhere were articles about how the fashion industry is avoiding super skinny anorexic models to do shoots and shows. I found a lot of articles about fighting against anorexia and bulimia. Nowadays I see articles about how important it is, to love yourself and your body as it is in interviews of curve/plus size models.
Do you find it easy to keep a work-life balance?
Sometimes it’s hard, especially for models with a boyfriend at home. Long-distance relationships are hard to manage. It’s also hard to plan something, because you might get confirmed for a job just the evening before and you need to cancel seeing your friends.
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?
I guess, that’s the thing I like the least about modelling.
Who have been your icons/idols?
My idol is Candice Swanepoel. She is so beautiful. I guess I love her because I’m the same body shape as her. We both have a tiny waist and beautiful hips.
Do you collect all the magazines you’re in?
Yes, indeed. I’m doing my best. I always try to get as many magazines as I can. I’ve got a lot of them at home.
When traveling what are the five items you must bring?
My ID or passport otherwise I could not travel abroad. My iPhone to call, mail, to navigate, for social media, music or for audio books. Dr. Hauschka Eye Cream – that’s my favourite cosmetic product and is perfect for my eyes.
Chia seeds – I add them to my breakfast, soup or salad. I also need a credit card or cash to buy things.
What’s something you haven’t achieved but hope to?
I’d like to start my own happy and healthy family.
What’s your favourite / most memorable direction a photographer has ever given to you?
Just be yourself.
If you had to wear only one designer who would it be?
What advice would you pass along to those starting out in the modelling business?
Be and love yourself first. The rest will come naturally.
Thank you for your time, Monika, and we hope to see you again soon in Zurich, Switzerland, at our modeling agency.