von METRO Model Agentur Zürich
Zürich, Schweiz, May 2017
When did you start modeling and how?
I started modeling when I was 3 years old. My mother was a model and actress. She was acting in a TV commercial and they needed a child in the commercial so I was hired.
What are your hobbies?
I like to read, to hike, to swim, dance and decorate my home.
So what was the first thing you learned as a model?
The first thing I learned as a model was that you are an actor without speaking. The last thing I’ve learned as a model is the less you act and the more you are yourself, the better the picture will be. That’s because the styles and public image of women has changed a lot over the years.
Have any of your notions of the industry changed since you’ve started out?
See the answer above, plus, on a larger scale the industry is reflecting diversity in women, which is wonderful. When I started modeling, all models were tall and thin. Now, more and more diverse body types, different ages and gender types are being recognized. Thanks to this, I’m still working!
Do you find it easy to keep a work-life balance?
When I was raising my two kids there was a lot of juggling, organizing and preparing to do in order to leave my home to go on a modeling assignment. Now that my kids are grown, it’s a lot easier to travel. Over time, you learn how to balance everything more in your life.
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?
Oh yes! That’s the name of the game. My family and friends know that that is how it is with me. They find it exciting!
Who have been your icons?
Audrey Hepburn has always been my icon. She matured into such an exquisite, natural and radiant beauty that it inspires me to hopefully be able to do the same.
Do you collect all the magazines you’re in?
Yes, I try to collect my work. I still have magazines from the 1980’s. I would love to see that first TV commercial I was in!
When traveling what are the five items you must bring?
The five items I always bring with me when traveling are lip balm, lotion, iPhone, charger and my wallet.
What’s something you haven’t achieved but hope to?
What I am working on achieving is finishing writing my books. I’m not a professional writer so it’s a challenge for me.
What’s your favorite / most memorable direction a photographer has ever given to you?
My favorite direction a photographer gave me was when he told me “Relax”!
What advice would you pass along to those starting out in the modeling business?
Be kind, have fun and remember that most ‘over night successes’ take years so keep following your dream!