Interview: Cover girl Malin Nyström (Sweden)
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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Malin Nyström, I am 25 yeard old from Stockholm. I used to live in Oslo and Los Angeles but now I am back in Stockholm and I study Concept Development within Events and Tourism. My main passions are to travel and to cook (and also eat, I love to eat).
If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
If I could change anything it would probably be my mindset. Ever since I was a little girl I struggled with the way I looked at myself. I always thought I was too tall, too fat or something else. I’ve always been really hard on myself and I spend too much time worrying about what I eat and how I look.
As I’ve gotten older my mindset got better as well. I’ve worked a lot on myself in that way and I’m not as worried as I used to be so that is a good thing. But it would be nice to let go of these thoughts completely and just be satisfied and happy.
How did you start modeling?
I didn’t model when I was younger – something I am quite happy about today since I was so sensitive and vulnerable as a kid. It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles that I started. I met the right people who made me realize how much I loved to be in front of the camera. I started to work for a Swedish LA-based web shop there and it was amazing to explore different locations in California while being creative with an amazing team. When I got home to Sweden I did some freelance work and in January 2016 I joined the Stockholm agency MIKAS.
What do you think of the work as a model?
What I love about modeling is to create – for me it’s art. I love to convey a feeling to others and if I feel something in front of the camera, I show it. It mostly comes out as a sad, lonely or a happy feeling through the lense – feelings that humans feel everyday more or less. It makes the pictures real and hopefully others feel something when looking at the result. Then I love to get together and work with a creative crew – it’s amazing to start with an idea and then work hard and then see the final project.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I want to believe that I’m easy going and fun to work with. I believe that I can make it work with most personalities which will make every job easier to get done. I always stay positive and energized no matter how long a shoot is, it must be because I love it so much. I’m always very open and I give a lot of myself.
What is your beauty regimen?
Wow, thats a good question. I think I know the answer but I’m not so sure that I’m the best at actually following it. But a good night sleep, lots and lots of water (gotta love water) and also to make sure you eat well – and by well I mean to make sure to eat enough and also to get all the vitamins you need – if you try to avoid eating to get skinny you just gonna look tired and gray and also your methabolism will collapse and we don’t want that do we… And also, be happy and smile. Sounds so cliche but if you’re happy you are beautiful.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m gonna finish my studies and Internships and then start to work within events and travels. I’m gonna make sure that I get to travel and see as much of the world as possible – and at my final happy place I’m gonna start a family – husband, kids, dog – you name it.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
My favorite experience as a model must be to work with Martin Bohm. I met this amazing and extremely talented and creative guy in Barcelona a couple years back. He was living there at the moment but as soon as he got back to Sweden I made sure we got to shoot together – and man, did I love to work with him. We got so creative together and the results are always amazing (you can see some of the pictures with him here in the magazine). Other favorite experiences must have been to swim with wild dolphins. I want to say skydiving but I almost shit my pants and I will never do it again because apperantly Im afraid of heights (realized that on the way up in that small plane).
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
If you love to be in front of the camera – then go for it. As long as you can see the industry for what it is you got nothing to lose. It is though and everyone will probably not be super nice to work with. It is ”just a job” and you need to understand that just because someone say you’re not ”perfect” for that job – doesnt mean you’re not perfect as you are. Always do it because you like it and thinks its fun – not for any other reason.
What do you think of the magazine?
I like the magazine because it has everything you’re interested in reading when you’re in this business. Its fun to read interviews from both models, photographers and artists. I like that the magazine posts a lot of photos and the interview questions are great and inspiring to read.