Interview with Viktorija
by METRO Model Agency Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland, November 2015
When did you start modelling and how?
I started modelling in the Ukraine at the age of 17. My mother agency was based in Kiev and I lived quite far away from there. It took me 19 hours to get to the agency, so I couldn’t go to the castings. One day, they told me there is going to be a casting in Milan, and I have never been there. Somehow I knew I had to go, something told me this could be my opportunity. And it was. I got selected for the job. I still remember it, like it was yesterday.
What are your hobbies?
There are so many things I like to do. My grandmother taught me how to cross stich. I still do it once in a while, its quite fun and also a good way to think of her. I also paint, write poems in Russian and craft jewellery such as leather bracelets. My two biggest passions are traveling and photography, so being a model is actually quite a good solution to combine hobby and work.
So what was the first thing you learned as a model?
First thing I learned was that it really is a hard job. Always be and believe in yourself. Show your full potential, which is quite difficult in some situations, especially if you have other concurrence of the fashion industry working. You really have to work hard to succeed.
Do you find it easy to keep a work-life balance?
In general, I find it easy. In fact, it is my passion. I do what I love to do. In some situations, when my plans don’t work out with others its rather difficult, but im already used to it.
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?
Well, normally I know what I am going to do in the next three days, but anything can happen, right? I also like this of my profession because, every day can be a nice surprise.
Who have been your icons?
I’ve never had icons. In anything. I’ve always wanted to be different. I like to do it in my own way without imitating someone. But I have always admired the beauty, individuality and talents of other models and their way to the success.
Do you collect all the magazines you’re in?
Of course! I think every model does, or should do that. When I ‘ll get old I will show them to my grandchildren.
I will tell them all the adventures I’ve been on and other interesting stories.
When traveling what are the five items you must bring?
When I travel, I always bring too many, or not enough things. In my luggage you normally find a pair of headphones, my camera, my skincare products and some cosmetics. I would have to add another 5 must bring items, but you’ve only asked for just the five. And if I forget something you can almost always buy it.
What’s something you haven’t achieved but hope to?
I really want to be on a Vogue cover. I think every model dreams about being on one of these covers. It would also be very satisfying to be in a big advertising campaign for a top brand. Why shouldn’t you dream big, right?
What’s your favourite / most memorable direction a photographer has ever given to you?
Well, my best was also my worst experience at the same time. It was an underwater shoot at a little lake. The water was only 4 degrees and it was almost impossible to enter it. On top of that, there were these really creepy caves, which I had to enter. I panicked, but the photographer managed to calm me down. He told me to feel and act like a mermaid. After that direction, the shoot worked out fine, and it also was one of my best shoots.
If you had to wear only one designer who would it be? – That’s a hard one. I actually don’t have a favourite designer, I think many designers make pieces I like. I love Jil Sanders straight looks, but also feel attracted to the fashion Versace does. In the end I would choose Versace, because I love being extraordinary.
What advice would you pass along to those starting out in the modelling business?
You always have to love, who you are and give 110% of your energy. No one says, that you will ever succeed, but never loose faith and always believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone bring you down and things will turn out the way it should.
Thank you for your time, Viktorija, and we hope to see you again soon in Zurich, Switzerland, at our modeling agency.