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Interview: Leonora Frydensberg S. (Denmark)

Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Leonora, I am 17 years old and I live in Denmark. I just started high school in central Copenhagen, and this is where I spend the main part of my time. I do, although, find time for my main hobbies; modelling and dancing/performing.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
If I could change only one thing about myself it would be my perfectionism, as I can be very perfectionistic and that can be a heavy burden to carry. Most of the time, I want me to become even better, which, of course, also is good thing.
But sometimes I don´t find myself good enough, and I would like to change that. Of course it is important to work hard to get better and improve yourself, but it is likewise important to accept and love yourself exactly the way you are. You can say that no one is perfect, but I think it is more important to give it another perspective and think that everything and everyone is perfect just the way they are.

How did you start modeling?
Actually, I first started acting, and was in love with the performing arts, being creative and the teamwork with people who have same passion. I got a leading part in a musical, and my face was on a poster different places around the city where I live. A wedding dress designer saw the posters, and she contacted me and asked if I wanted to be a model for her confirmation dress collection. Without a doubt I said yes!
Afterwards I used the pictures from that shoot to contact other photographers and to create a network.

What do you think of the work as a model?
I love being creative and make “art”, as I still enjoy performing too. I also love meeting new people and work together as a team to create the best results. I really like the rush I get when I experience my limits and discover my talents. And I also find it pretty amazing to be a part of the process from the first vague idea to final product.

What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
Even though I find it a hard question to answer, I think some of the qualities I value is “doing your best in everything you do” and “being honest and reliable”.
These are qualities I worship in others and qualities I strive to fulfill and obtain myself. Thus it may not show directly on your outer look, I believe our looks is reflected by our inner selves.  

What is your beauty regimen?
This may be a little cliché, but I really think the most important beauty regimen I can give, is to laugh out loud and smile as wide as you can. I believe that your charisma is the most important thing for your look, and that not only yourself but also people around you will get happier with a big smile.
(and of course a good night sleep and plenty of water does not do anything bad for you, I have been told)

What are your plans for the future?
For the future I want to travel a lot, both to gain experience with modelling but not necessarily as the sole reason – I also would like to experience different cultures and countries too.
The first thing is, although, to get an education and even though I haven’t decided which yet, I work hard to keep as many opportunities open as possible. But right now I am just trying to take pleasure in the present, and make the most of every moment here and now.

What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
It is always hard to favorize between many great experiences. I think one of the best experiences as a model, is my shoot with the same company, as my first shoot with the confirmation dresses.
I started out as a confirmation model, and now two years later, I have become their campaign bride model. I am so proud of how fare I have made it, and it is just reminding me of how important it is to always move forward, and achieve your goals step by step.

Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Just give it a try. I think the things we are regretting the most, is the chances we didn´t take and the things we didn’t do in life. If you dream of modelling, look in your network for photographers who will like to practice and in whom you trust and feel secure, so you can give it all your best, and make all the mistakes, that needs to be made in surroundings where you are free to laugh.

What do you think of the magazine?
I find it very inspiring and interesting to read about other people with some passion with in the same professions, both makeup artist, photographers and models. And it is rare, that you get a peek behind the photography and actually “meet” the person behind the face of the cover.

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