Interview: Model Claudia de Wilde (Netherlands)
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Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Claudia and I was born and raised in the Netherlands. Next to modelling, I am studying health sciences in Amsterdam. At the moment, I am specializing in infectious diseases and public health. I try to combine research with modelling which is very challenging but a lot of fun. My hobbies include sports, making music, meeting up with friends and watching movies.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
At the moment one thing I should focus on, are my sleeping habits. Sometimes I am a bit too overambitious. This results into a lot of awesome experiences and jobs, but it also makes me forget that my body need at least 7 hours of sleep a day.
How did you start modeling?
I never thought I would be suitable for modelling so it was not something I aspired to do. But when I started studying, I was scouted a couple of times via facebook. After a few shows and shoots, I really liked it and wanted to continue with it and expand my portfolio. Three months ago I signed with NLmodelmanagement in my home country.
What do you think of the work as a model?
What I enjoy the most is that with every assignment you will be a different character. For example, sometimes designers want you to look fierce and strong, and the next day you have to look innocent and sweet. I do think that many people underestimate the work of models. It is not just showing up, get your hair and make-up done and take a couple of pretty pictures. Before an assignment, you have to prepare yourself and make sure you are adaptable. Also shoots and shows can take up hours, so it is definitely no 9 till 5 job.
What is your beauty regimen?
I do not really have any magic tricks for you, but it is important to keep your skin hydrated. Drinking lots of water is a healthy and easy adjustment to your daily life. Next to this, I like to use natural oils such as coconut oil for a soft skin.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I think one of my qualities is that I always work hard. I take all jobs seriously and will do my best to make the most of it. Before I go to a shoot or show I always do a little bit of research on what kind of poses or attitude I will need for the job.
Next to this, I have developed quite some balance during my teenage years. I have been practicing jazzdance for at least 10 years and last year I started with some salsa classes. Dance techniques definitely help me a lot during photoshoots!
What are your plans for the future?
I would love to take my career to an international step. It would be amazing to work in other European cities, Asia or even America. Recently, I have got a few offers from agencies abroad so I am excited about what the future will bring!
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Fashionshows are always very exciting. I love the adrenaline and you will meet lots of new people. Also, the locations of photoshoots can be fun and exclusive. Every assignment will be a total different experience and this will also make you more versatile as a person. Even though I have been doing some awesome jobs lately, I think the best is yet to come!
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Take some pictures with a good photographer. Get to know the industry and think about what type of jobs would suit you. Try to find an agency that suits you and your goals. Be polite to everyone you will meet but also do not be afraid to set boundaries for yourself.
What do you think of the magazine?
I think it is amazing that Modellenland Magazine offers young models/photographers/make-up artists etc. a platform where they can show off their hard work to the rest of the world.
So thank you for featuring me, I appreciate it a lot!
Instagram : @claudiadewilde