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Interview: Model Joy Draiki (Netherlands)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I am Joy. A freelance model primarily focusing on artistic nude shoots. I’m a bit of a loner and mostly love to be home alone or in nature on a long walk. At home I bake, read, browse the internet, game or watch movies/shows. Getting creative in one way or another is a basic need of mine. Whether it’s drawing, writing, knitting or whatever. But I love myself a good workout as well!
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I don’t know… I think it would be my shyness in groups. I am very open and bubbly when talking to one or two people. But when I’m in a group I become very silent.
How did you start modeling?
Around 2011, a friend of mine who was studying photography at the time, asked me to model for her. It was fun! Some months later she asked me to do a nude shoot. I guess she figured I would be crazy enough to say yes. Well, she was right.
Not long after I got some time off from studying, which I used to look up photographers online who might want to work with me. From there it all went really fast!
What do you think of the work as a model?
It is fun! What I love about it the most is meeting a lot of creative and lovely people all over the world. It’s one the ways in which I channel my creativity. And to be honest, seeing yourself portrait as a gorgeous woman is awesome.
I used to be so self conscious about my body (which teenage girl isn’t). But the modelling really helped me loving myself!
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Sitting atop of a waterfall in Canada on a shoot. Exploring abandoned castles and monasteries in urban exploring shoots. And posing on top of a gorgeous black horse. Oh and another time with wolves!
What is your beauty regimen?
There is a lot going on in my beauty regimen! Primarily in my skincare routine. I’m quite the nerd and if I do something I want to do it right. So I’ve been really looking into the scientifically proven side of skincare. Believe me.. there’s so many crappy products out there that actually just harm the skin in the long term.
I could write a book about the subject by now. But in short: I avoid any irritating ingredient. No perfume, essential oils, alcohol, or irritating plant extracts. I don’t scrub or use hot or cold water on my face. No brushes or sponges. Very very gentle.
I cleanse twice a day with a gentle nondrying cleanser. At night I will use a toner which contains multiple beneficial ingredients in the right concentrations to actually do something. After which I’ll use a chemical exfoliant and lastly a moisturizer with again, high percentages of actually beneficial ingredients.
During the day I also use toner, then a serum with very high amounts of antioxidants to help prevent damage from the sun and pollution. After which I use a sunscreen. Sun damage accounts for 90% of skin aging people! Use it every day of the year.
But, my long hair is actually very easy to take care of. I wash it once, maybe twice a week. I use conditioner and some serum. That’s it. I don’t even brush it and just detangle it with my hands.
The rest of my body gets a weekly wash when I wash my hair and I use a chemical exfoliant all over my body for that nice fresh glow.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I don’t like staying on the surface of things and I’m a warm and curious person. I love to read and study and learn as many things as I can. Which makes me an interesting conversation partner. I’ve heard multiple times that photographers really like this about me.
Next to that I’m very free and relaxed in my own body. I don’t feel the need to be shy or be perfect. I can pose perfectly natural if that’s asked of me. I think it’s one of my traits that makes my posing to classical and genuine.
What are your plans for the future?
I actually just got a job at a marketing and communication firm! It’s a lot of fun so right now I’m focusing at getting better at my job and learning all the ins and outs.
I don’t really have a lot of plans for the future except of some wishes to travel living a happy life. I’m not the kind of person who sets goals. I flow with life and grab an opportunity when it comes by.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Figure out first what kind of model you want to become. Do it because you love doing it and see if something good comes out of it. Watch your boundaries and only cross them at your own initiative. Not because someone says you should (for example, posing nude).
Lastly, if you want to start of nicely. Always, ALWAYS show up on shoots. Don’t cancel last moment without a good reason. Many models do this. Be the one who is reliable.
What do you think of the magazine?
Gorgeous magazine with good quality content. Happy to be part of it!
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