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Interview: Model Colette Van Loy (Belgium)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I’m a very enthusiastic person. I like to be overloaded with different projects. I see opportunities and I want to grab them and work out strategies to make them work. When I do something, I will always give my 100% effort.
At the same time, I’m a quite conscious person. I find it really important to live consciously, both towards yourself, as towards others. Listen to your body, respect it, maintain it and eat healthy. Those are essential principals for me. But also being conscious about what you eat, what you wear, what you use and about those who produced it.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I try to maintain a positive mind. There will always be something about myself that I want to improve to become a better person. But I’m not someone who is focused on the negatives. It’s important to keep your focus on your positives to be happy with who you are and maintain your personal balance.
How did you start modeling?
When I was younger, people often told me that I should become a model. I didn’t think it was realistic, so I didn’t really listen to them. Around my twenties, I got approached in Brussels by a model agent. And that’s where it all started.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I’m not at all a fulltime model. But occasionally I get great offers. It’s a nice alternation in my everyday routine. You get in touch with a lot of different people and you get to know a new world. That’s nice. But at the same time, I’m glad that modeling is not my main job. I think it’s not to be underestimated mentally to get judged purely on your looks on a daily basis.
What is your beauty regimen?
I exercise, eat healthy and try to find a balance in everything I do. I think it’s important to maintain your body. It’s the greatest instrument you will ever own. So listen to it and use it wisely.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I think, like everyone else, I’m someone with a lot of abilities. As long as I believe in myself, I can achieve great things. I try not to compare myself to much with others. Everyone has a unique personality. And I’m happy with the people who surround me. It’s not that I distinguish myself from them, it’s more like they compliment me.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m not the kind of person that looks far into the future. I’m happy with the person that I am now. Well, there will always be some things that I can work on to improve myself and be a better person that I was the previous day. But I’m happy with who I am now, with what I do in my life and the people that surround me.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
A couple of years ago I did a photoshoot for the second collection of Mosaert, the clothing line of Stromae and his wife. Before the shoot I didn’t really know what to expect, because my model agency didn’t tell me much about it. I only knew it was something about Stromae and clothes. So I was quite overwhelmed when it turned out to be thé pictures for the clothing line and that Stromae himself was in fact there. He was really approachable and humble, but at the same time, he was driven and perfectionistic to get the perfect picture. It was a nice group to work with.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Try to be yourself. If something doesn’t feel right, then don’t to it. Find a balance in your life and stick with your own unique identity.
What do you think of the magazine?
It’s always a good thing to give a voice to everyone. So it’s nice to meet the people behind the pictures.