Interview: Model / Stylist Sofie Thuesen Broeng (Denmark)
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Can you tell us a little about you?
I was born and raised in Denmark and moved to Amsterdam last summer. I am 23 and work as a model and fashion stylist in Amsterdam/Denmark. I think the word positive describes me best. I love adventures and always find myself curious about everything around me. I have an eye for small details and appreciate being present in the moment. Once I was on a cafe with 6 friends and I looked around. Everyone was staring at their phones looking at IG, FB or whatever not paying any attention to each other. I hate when people are to attached to the technology and forget what’s around them. I probably lost my phone a million times but I’m the one who’s leased annoyed about it. I have a passion for treasure hunting at flee markets and probably use to many smileys in my messages, haha ;-)
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I think if I should change one thing then definitely being able to relax some more. I am always doing something and afraid of getting bored. Regarding looks I think it is unhealthy to focus on what you want to change about yourself. I’ve been down that road and it gets you nowhere. I try to appreciate my flaws and imperfections cause it’s more important how you feel about yourself and accepting you are beautiful as you are.
How did you start modeling?
It is funny cause I never thought I would be a part of this world. I have always been the only girl in a group of guys, playing soccer and making trouble. Haha. As little my twin sister would run around only in dresses and I would cut my hair short like my father. One day my friend was scouted and she asked me to come to a photoshoot with her. I ended up on the pictures with her and a model agency scouted me a couple of days after the pictures was published. So crazy how coincidences can change your life completely.
What do you think of the work as a model?
First of all I think modelling is not for everyone. You need to be tough-skinned, full of energy and smiling even on a bad day. On the other hand it can be so much fun, you learn a lot about yourself and you meet inspiring people from all around the world. I am so blessed for my model career and it really gives me benefits working as s stylist cause I can put myself in the models place.
What is your beauty regimen?
Get the sleep that you need and drink enough water. Ah, and one thing not to be forgotten… Banana-pancakes ;-)
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
Good question. My very positive mindset, personal taste and never ending drive. I’m impulsive and just a little bit crazy, haha. I am not afraid of changes and always challenges myself to become better. I am very reliable both as a friend and professionally. I’ll do almost anything for the people close to me. I allow myself to dream big knowing that hard work and drive is just as important. If there is something I want I will dive 120 % into it. That’s exactly what I did when I chose to become a stylist. I left my awesome job for ONLY, BESTSELLER(A/S) as a Marketing, Photo and communication Assistant/fulltime model and moved to Amsterdam to study at Amsterdam Fashion Academy.
What are your plans for the future?
What I love about the future with my own experiences is that you never really know what too expect. At the moment I just plan my life so that I am able to go wherever and whenever I want. I dream about working internationally as a stylist and the next years will be spend working and living in different big cities all around the world. When I was studying at Amsterdam Fashion Academy I met the most amazing and talented girl, Bruna Zelic. She is now my close friend and partner and we just started our own creative lab/company. We work as a stylist/photographer duo named ‘’bruandsof’’ creating images for upcoming artists, designers and different brands. We dream about working internationally together and I can’t wait to see what happens.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
I have a lot of different life experiences that I value cause it shaped me to become who I am today. My favorite is probably working for ONLY cause it was such an amazing experience being part of such a huge company and still have influence. Working creatively in the studio everyday made me realize I wanted to become a stylist. As a model I have dozens but probably my first runway show. That feeling when you enter the catwalk and all eyes are on you. I thought I was gonna pass out. It was so terrifying and awesome on the same time.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling/become a stylist?
I have one thing to say. GO for it! If you have a dream in your stomach follow it and don't worry about failing. I can assure you it will happen once or twice but that will only make you better. No matter what people say trust yourself, stay positive and work hard. No one gets success sleeping then someone else will. It is important to have a team who you trust and understands your vision. Allow yourself to ask questions and be critical towards your own work.
What do you think of the magazine?
I discovered the magazine through one of my photographer friends and really like the concept. I think it is so important there are places to share stories so we can learn and get inspired by each other. Besides from that I think it’s a great opportunity for people to get exposed within the creative industry and to show people who you are.