Interview: Model: Antoniya Stareva (Bulgaria)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Antoniya Stareva, 22 years old, and I come originally from Bulgaria. I am currently studying International Business and Management in Rotterdam. Right now the modelling is just a hobby for me and I am mainly doing photoshoots on a tfp basis but I am so thankful because during these 3 years that I am living in the Netherlands, I had the opportunity to meet, work and interact with so many great photographers, makeup artists and stylists.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
If I could change something about me, it will most likely be something related to my character. I wish I have even more confidence to pursue my dreams and my goals. I also wish I more often just take time to appreciate and enjoy every moment, every tiny victory, all the people around me, the progress I make day by day and just be motivated by something simple as this.
How did you start modeling?
When I was, if I remember correctly, 5 or 6 years old, my parents signed me in a modelling courses and agency. Then the next thing I remember is when I took part in a modelling competition, and I was one of the youngest contestants. It was a really fancy event in a huge auditorium. And then I heard my name, yes I won, but I did not really realize how important this was. So after that I started going to revues and photoshoots.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I definitely can say that it is not as easy as it seems to most people. You need to take constant care of your appearance (skin, hair, etc.) also to have enough sleep, and sometimes when you combine the travelling, the preparation and the photoshoot, it may take you the whole day. That is exactly why it is impossible for me to do modelling professionally because I am focused on my study.
What is your beauty regimen?
As I already mentioned a lot of sleep is essential. What is more, I am a fan of the home-made masks for hair and skin. Most of the products on the market are with not so good quality so I prefer to know what I use for my skin and hair, so I read about this and I am often looking for a new ideas but my favorite product is the coconut oil, I highly recommend it to everyone.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I can say, as cliché as it sounds, that I am a really kind person and at the same time I have a strong personality, so people underestimated me very often which can be only an advantage for me. Moreover, I am a perfectionist, and when I start doing something I am extremely dedicated to my goals and nothing can distract me.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans change constantly. One year ago I had totally different idea for my life than I have now, so I do not have an exact plan, because I am so lucky and my life is getting even better than I could ever imagine and I do what feels right in the moment. But my plans always include lots of travelling!
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Maybe the best decision in my life so far was to come all alone to live and study in the Netherlands. That changed me a lot, only in positive ways. So maybe one of the best experiences so far is living in Rotterdam, meeting people from so many different cultures, interacting with so creative and inspirational people.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Do not be afraid to try totally different concepts that you never see yourself in because the end results can surprise you. Furthermore, I have some knowledge and experience also behind the camera and I can say this is a great advantage because most of the time if you take into consideration the background, the lightening, etc., you know almost exactly how you look in the camera.
What do you think of the magazine?
I think it is great that the magazine gives a chance to young people to show their talent and contribute and inspire other artists. Also I really like that it looks so professional and at the same time there is an easy access for everyone who is interested.