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Interview: Model Ananda (Netherlands)
Can you tell us a little about you?
Hi! My name is Ananda, I’m 23 years old and I have been modelling for quite some time now. It was always my little girl’s dream haha, as I’d like to call it. Currently, I am a Business Information Management student at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus university, and next to my classes I’m doing a part-time internship. And occasionally, I model!
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Haha well, that’s a tough one. Modelling wise, it would be good to be 180cm, so I guess I’d make myself 3cm taller haha.
How did you start modeling?
I always wanted to be a model, so I took matters in my own hands and started arranging shoots. Then I wanted to do more, and started to find people to work with to go abroad. That worked out quite well, and at age 18, I modelled abroad for a year. Currently, I’m represented internationally by Peak Model Management, but I do relatively little work now because of my work and studies. I might want to pick it up internationally again when I finish those. Given the time restrictions, I do not have a Dutch agency right now.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I honestly love it. Right now, I cannot shoot a lot, so I do miss it. I like the atmosphere at shoots; I’ve always been lucky with the people I’ve worked with. Next to that, I love doing shows; it gives you a real adrenaline rush.
What is your beauty regimen?
I don’t really have one haha. I clean my face every morning and night, and put on day and night crème. I don’t really wear make-up during the day, which I feel keeps my skin fresh. I also eat quite healthy, so I think that truly helps your skin too.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
You should ask this to the people I’ve worked with haha. I think I’m extremely organized. I’ve organized two shows for a student association, where I was in charge of getting everyone at the right place at the right time, and booking all designers/models/photographers/make-up artists/hairstylists. Further, I often get my model friends or photographer friends in touch with other photographers and models. I really enjoy organizing and connecting people.
What are your plans for the future?
For sure on the list this year is getting my master’s degree and finishing my thesis. Further, I’d like to do Amsterdam Fashion Week again in July. What else… For the far future, I see myself working in a multinational fashion company, although I’m not sure yet which position I’d like. Organizing shows or booking models would also be great fun.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Going abroad was definitely one of my favourite experiences. Walking Paris Fashion Week was another one which I thought would never happen. Oh and opening two shows at Amsterdam Fashion Week in one day was pretty fun too. There’s so many; it’s hard to pick just some.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Find an agency or some kind of mentor to give you advise. Work only with good people; it’s better to have one really good shoot than ten meh-shoots, as I’d like to call time. Quality over quantity, that is. I think if you truly want to model, you can. Perhaps not high-fashion modelling, as there are quite some requirements, but commercial modelling is definitely an option in that case.
What do you think of the magazine?
I really like it! It’s a great way to show your work and also to see other people’s work. I’ll definitely continue reading it and recommending it to other people.