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Interview: Model Josephine Joli (Netherlands)
Can u tell us a little about you?
At the moment I am hard at work to get my VWO diploma. If all goes well I'll have it by 2018. Afterwards I plan to apply for university.
Besides school, I spend a lot of time with my friends. I will be going to two festivals and on vacation to Ukraine with them this summer. I absolutely adore music and festivals and would go to many, many more if I could!
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I would die for an extra 10cm! If I were 1.75m I feel like I would have many more opportunities as a model. There are very strict demands for catwalk and fashion models for instance. Most agencies only look for girls of at least that height.
What are your good qualities and your lesser/inferior ones?
I am a very social person. I never have a hard time talking to people and get along well with most. This makes me very happy, I think I would find it extremely difficult to be shy. I can also be a chaotic whirlwind of a person, which can be counterproductive sometimes with things like school. I try to keep track of things by writing down as much as possible and I am a huge fan of making lists. Luckily, because of those things I have never been late to a shoot!
How did you start modeling?
In spite of being told my whole life that I am photogenic and should try modelling, I only tried anything of the sort at the age of 17 by creating a new facebook page with a couple of selfies. I then followed a few pages related to model photography and was offered a shoot quite quickly after.
What do you think of the work as a model?
Very different than I expected; a good photograph takes way more preparation than one might think! An entire team has its hands full making sure that everything goes well. I find it very enjoyable to work together with others to achieve a great result.
What is your beauty regimen?
I'm surprisingly sporadic with my regimen. The only things I do consistently are cleaning my skin and exercise. I barely wear make-up, mainly for special events. Considering that I'm a massive sweet tooth, my diet tends to be a little messy. However, I do pay good attention to my body and am more than capable of bringing up the required discipline when I need to by trading in the candy and chocolate for healthy meals.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
The diversity of looks I can pull off. I love being able to seem like a completely different person with just some changes to clothing, hair or make up. That is also quite useful for shoots but it can be annoying when you change uo your hair and people stop recognizing you!
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to get my diploma in 2018 and follow through with a university level degree. In the meanwhile I'd love to travel and have fun as much as I can. Of course, photo shoots are a part of that! In the coming years I want to develop myself as much as possible on an academic, physical and mental level.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Some of my shoots had an amazing vibe and displayed the true power of teamwork. This made the process much more enjoyable and resulted in great pictures. I wish every shoot were this fun.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
I think you shouldn't try to be like everybody else. Everybody is totally different in so many ways, so just try to be the best version of yourself that you can! This will make you more beautiful than you ever could be as a fake version of somebody else.
What do you think of the magazine?
I think it's great that there is an online platform for this type of content. It is very useful to be able to explore the world of modelling this easily and find photographers and MUA's to work with in the future.