Interviews / Stories
Interview: Model Emelie Gredenstedt (Sweden)
Can you tell us a little about you?
Social, adventurous and determind is three keyword that describes me. I´m 20 years old and I grew up in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, where I´ve spent biggest part of my life. I´ve had big dreams since I was really young and everything else except of reach my goals would be a disappointment. Fashion is my biggest interest and it will always be a part of me.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I like to work with myself and I always think that I can get better. It´s a little bit hard for me to follow the cliché words “nobody is perfect”. I always want to be on top and I want to live a life where everything is going to be exactly the way I want it to, sometimes a little bit dreamy. But then the reality is catching me and I realize that it´s almost impossible to have a perfect life and then I´m getting angry and disappointed instead. So this expectation that I have is something that I would like to change. I would also like to focus and concentrate more on my goals, it doesn´t matter how hard it will be, it will be worth any minute of my life to dedicate my time and energy to follow my dream.
How did you start modeling?
I´ve always been interested in fashion. When I was really young I told everybody that I wanted to become a model. My mother always told me how tall, thin and pretty I was, she wanted me to give it all to work as a model. I was 13 years old when I started and that because of Maud Kerzendörfer who is working for Synk Casting based here in Sweden. Maud saw me when I was at the shopping mall with my mother and she told me that she directly saw the potential in me. From the beginning I only did fashion shows and then I also started to do other kind of jobs.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I only have one word: WOW! It´s incredible. Actually it´s a little bit hard for me to explain why I like it so much. The only thing I know is that I´ve never felt such a big excitement as when I´m preparing myself for the runway show and I know that in any minute I´m going to be on stage in front of a full audience. Another excitement is when you have done a photoshoot and you are waiting for the photos to be retouched and ready to get published and presented. It´s also amazing to get chosen by a big company that want me to be the one to represent and market their product.
What is your beauty regimen?
I know that many companies put a lot of bad ingredients into their products so therefore I´m really sceptic to use everything that is on the market. My skin and my hair is really sensitive so I can only use the best. Right now I only have products from Rituals, my new favorite brand. Their ingredients are 100% vegan and I can feel that my skin thanks me. I wash my hair every second day and I try to never expose it with heath. But the biggest key most be to eat healthy and drink a lot of water. Natural ways are always the best ways.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I´ve always wanted to be as different as possible and I´ve got that from my father. He told me when I was young that it´s cooler to stand out then follow the standards. It doesn´t mean that I´m not following the latest trends or that I strive to be as weird as possible. I think that many people that meet me for their first time perceive me as a normal girl, but the once that know me they know. It´s like I always want to show that the impossible things are possible, that it is okay to say what you think and show who you really are. There is many people that have walked against me and been telling me that “you can´t” or “who do you think you are” but usually it only makes me stronger, so thanks for that. But I also know that there is a lot of people that look up to me, and I want them to be even more. I want to inspire and show the world that it´s okay to be different. My dreams are to one day get successful and have my own company and I ´ve decided to never take anything for granted. I want to stay down to earth and be the warm person that I am and that is something that I think many people in this industry loose, because you´re constantly surrounded by a world where everything is about pressure and competition and most of the people are superficial.
What are your plans for the future?
My plan now is to get in to one or many agencies in Sweden or abroad. If I could choose I would like to work international and travel around. I really regret that I didn´t gave it all for my model carrier when I was 13 until now, it just came so much in my way and probably it was not the right time of my life to leave it all and just focus on modelling. So I decided that before I turn 21 I´m going to belong to at least on new agency and start to work professional again. If we go deeper in to my future my dream is to study clothe design and to one day start my own brand and to create my own collections.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
I walked on the yearly Makeup Store fashion show two years in a row and is located on a big arena here in Stockholm. That was one of the most funny things I´ve done in my entire life. It is a big process with castings, fittings, makeup, clothes etc. to only be in the stage light for a few minutes. The whole thing is just so amazing and you meet so much people and that´s a perfect moment to create really good contacts for the future. If this was one of my best model experiences then I can´t even remember how cool it must be to walk for bigger brands at fashion week in N.Y, Milano, Paris and London.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
You should definitely follow those advices that I didn´t. It´s really a fulltime job with diet, training and health. But if you really know that you want to work as a model, then I think that you should just give the time that it enquires while you´re young because that´s when you have the best chances.
What do you think of the magazine?
I think it´s really good that everybody have the possibility to read the magazine. Nobody has to pay for it and it´s also digital which means it´s really easy to read and I think that´s the best way to reach it out to people. I also think that Modellenland have selected really good people to be in the magazine. I think it´s super amusing to just sit down and be inspired by other girls and boys out there that are doing the same thing as I do. I am really thankful that I got the opportunity to have a few pages in this magazine and I hope that other people will enjoy to see my works that I´ve done with a bunch of really good photographers!