Interview: Model Désirée Rivari (Italy)
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Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Désirée and I am an Italian model since 2010. I live in Milan and as soon as possible I travel around the world, because it is my passion and one of the reasons why I studied languages. I love to be a model because it is a costant work on yourself and lets you improve the several approaches with your life. It helps you to grow up and increase your awareness.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Physically speaking I would like to be just a little bit taller. Anyway modeling helped me to review some aspects of my body and now I accept myself more, because with the photography you can see yourself under several different aspects and moods that all belong to you, even if you are not aware. It is always a discovery.
How did you start modeling?
I started modeling in 2010 when an agency of Milan contacted me while I was walking in the city center. I began to work as hair model with brands such as L’Oréal and Schwarzkopf in Milan and around Italy, making photo shoots, photography sessions and runway shows. Then I continued this job with other different fashion agencies always based in Italy, working also for Playboy. Later I played the role of protagonist in an advertisement of a new place in Milan and this year I shot a commercial advertisement for a TV channel inside a TV program in the center of Italy.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think that working as a model help you to accept yourself, included those aspects that you hate and you really can’t stand. It increases your self-esteem and lets you believe more in yourself. It is even true that there is competition in this world, starting from the small realities, but it is also a way and an opportunity to find out the determined and fighting side of your nature. A disadvantage could be certainly the risk to avoid to fall into food diseases and for this reason to live worse.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I think I have many different aspects of my nature and all these are discovered through the photography, they come out every time and they could be similar or the opposite. So I think to be versatile: in fact when I wear an overalls I look like a teenager, while when I wear an elegant dress with a particular or a little bit strong make-up I look like a real woman. Another personal quality is the complete transparency of feelings and emotions. I can’t lie, it is really impossible to lie especially when you look at my eyes.
What is your beauty regimen?
Honestly I don’t have any secrets. I usually eat meat or fish with corn/spelt crackers and I try to drink 1.5 liters on a day, counting still water during the two meals (lunch and dinner) and lots of cups of green tea. I love it! Sometimes I eat pasta or rice with tuna or chicken. It could be strange, but I don’t eat vegetables as I hate them, but I eat lots of fruits, especially strawberries and pineapple, peaches and apricots. I try to avoid to eat chocolate and sweeties, but sometimes it is necessary to do an exception to the rules! Finally in the evening back to the office I go to the gym every day from Monday to Friday and I work out for an hour and a half or for two hours when I am in time. This is another passion as since I was a child I worked out in the Acrogym team of my town and it is a way to feel free from tension and anxiety.
What are your plans for the future?
It is not an easy question. Well I hope certainly to work with big brands and companies all over the world and for this reason to travel even more. I would like to shot with the most famous photographers and run the catwalks of the most important and well-known worldwide stylists.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
I don’t have any favorite experiences, because I love all these I did. Every shot allows you to know new faces, new different ways to work and moods to perform. Each photography session or runaway is a lesson where you learn something and it also lets you discover new approaches to deal with life and situations. Two examples could be my shots for GQ ITALIA and B-authentique magazine.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
I think that modeling can change your life positively as well as negatively. I suggest to believe in yourself, in what you can transmit through your facial expressions, your attitude and your body, always without exaggerate. There are some groups on different social medias such as Facebook or Instagram where you can find photographers who can help you to create your portfolio through TFCD. Anyway it is important to check their profile, try to know them chatting and asking lots of questions in order to avoid to meet not so professional people.
What do you think of the magazine?
To begin with I think it is an important and useful way for models to be known as the magazine has a worldwide visibility. It could be an opportunity to be contacted by other magazines, companies or brands that could find your profile interesting and worth to work with or invest in you.