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Interview: Cover Model Joel Fernàndez (Germany)
Tell us something about yourself?
My name is Joel Fernàndez. I am 28 years young. I am a Ukrainian model with Spanish roots. I grew up in Germany and literally grew into the fashion world through my father. I like to express myself and tell stories through tattoo art. I am a down to earth person and very committed to the people that I love. When I’m in love then I can be truly handmade for her.
How and when did you start modelling?
I have always been passionate about the world of fashion. I like to follow the latest trends and be inspired by fashion icons worldwide and started to combine my taste of fashion with photography at an early age of 20. My first step in front of the camera lens, was when I was discovered by a modeling scout in a shopping mall in Germany.
What does photography mean to you?
Pictures say more than words and it's a way of expressing yourself and capturing moments or even feelings. It's important for me to have a good feeling and connection with the photographs during the shooting because making pictures it's not just pushing on a button, it's art.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I am just recently on Instagram and Facebook but I'm very active and up to date. I like to go true fashion bloggers, trendsetters and stars their pages. Thanks to this profiles I always discover new products and styles. I never hesitate to add the things that I like to my wish list. But of course, I also like to read and check out the latest stuff in all kinds of fashion magazines.
Studio, location or both?
Depends of the preference of the client, product and the photographer. In my opinion if you are a creative person and you working with a professional team, it doesn't matter where the pictures are taken, it's all about your attitude, facial expression and way of working. The end-result is what counts.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
By working very hard, I could achieve to turn my hobby into my profession. It's not just about working hard, you must stay focused, determined to move forward and build your carrier. As I am represented by many agencies and a great management, traveling constantly from one payed job to the next I consider myself as a paid professional model.
What has been your most memorable sessions and why?
In 2010, I achieved my breakthrough, when I was appointed to the face of "Ueins by WÖHRL" and thus also presented the latest fashion of trendy designers alongside supermodel Marcus Schenkenberg on the Fashion Days "When Punk Meets Glamour". I also had the honor of opening the men fashion show at the famous Fashion Week Berlin. I am very proud to say that I was announced as one of the Top 10 Faces of Germany. Also, I worked with many designers and ran on catwalks for world's leading brands like Thomas Sabo, Swarovski, Scotch & Soda, Boss Orange, Drykorn and Jack Wolfskin. All these moments mentioned above were very important milestones to me as I could see myself evolve through hard work, it really pays off.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
So far this has been an amazing journey for me. The fact that I have so much support and love from my parents and friends has inspired me the most. And of course, the fact that I love my job it absolutely doesn't feel as if I'm working at all. I'm always having lots of fun meeting new interesting people and traveling the world.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new model?
It's always a big responsibility to give advice to others in general. But out of my experience I only can say " make sure that you are appreciated for the work that you are doing". It's not because we are artists that we must work for free. Have gratitude for the work of God and enjoy every moment of your life. Very important is to know and remember that beauty will fade away eventually and the people you meet in your life journey will always prefer to work with someone who has beauty inside and outside. I believe that confidence may not be confused by arrogance. Stay true to yourself and others.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It's so amazing that your magazine doesn't just work with only Belgian models. But also, international models from all over the world are appearing on the cover of Modellenland Magazine and that's what's so interesting about it. I'm happy that I can be introduced also outside Germany and therefor I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to shine on your prestigious and respected magazine.