Interviews / Stories
Interview: Model Josefine Östman (Sweden)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Josefine Östman. I am born and raised in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. I turn 21 in December.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I am in a great place with my body and personality, so if I could change anything I wouldn’t.
How did you start modeling?
That is actually a funny story! About three years ago I had my first photo shoot and it was with a 5 meters long, 55 kilos heavy python snake. My friend asked me to join her to this shoot and since I had always been interested in modeling, I just went with it. It was a crazy but funny experience for me especially since I am terrified of snakes. Needless to say, it was a rather special first shoot for me but I really enjoyed it so I decided to join e few Facebook-groups for models and photographers and that is how I got in touch with photographer Denise Rexhall, who I have been doing continuous shoots with ever since.
What do you think of the work as a model?
It’s an interesting and different job, and I really like it. I love planning a shoot, picking out outfits, getting ready for the shoot and then the shoot starts. It’s amazing!
What is your beauty regimen?
Honestly it’s mostly genes! I do work out, but I am not an expert at it. I moisturize my skin every day. But other than that I do nothing special.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
My way of seeing my modeling is kind of unique. I am very open minded to what to do on a photo shoot, I am up for many things, but at the same time I am integrated.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to continue developing my modeling and I would love to travel the world through modeling. There are a lot of countries I would like to visit. For example Australia, New Zeeland, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, the list is long!
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
I really enjoyed working with photographer Joakim Oscarsson. When I started working with him, my career picked up pace/took off right away. This particular collaboration has developed my modeling skills severely and has made me more comfortable trying out new styles.
Recently we did a photo shoot together with this issues cover girl, Diala Alomerovic.
This was a valuable experience for me because I got the opportunity to collect inspiration from her way of modeling and I had a lot of fun doing it. Shoots like that are really great because u get to challenge yourself and you can pick out what you like and use it to expand your own style.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
What I am about to say is very cliché, but just be yourself. If you try to act like someone else, the photos aren`t going to feel genuine and your style will never be unique.
What do you think of the magazine?
I think it’s really inspiring, with great models and pictures in it. I am very honored to be in modellen land magazine magazine. I hope you keep up the good work!