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Interview: Model Kayleigh Owen (UK)
Tell us a little about you?
My name is Kayleigh Owen, I'm 24 and I live in North Wales. I am a full time university student at the university of Chester, studying business management and entrepreneurship. In my spare time I like to cook, shop, travel and visit historic attractions. I also love taking long walks in the countryside and enjoy keeping myself fit. For the last year I have taken an interest in modelling and have been trying to get into the industry.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change?
A personal attribute I would like to change about myself would be to be more assertive. I am a people pleaser and quite often go with someone else's ideas without taking my own thoughts into consideration. I am also very indecisive so making decisions can be time consuming! Physically, I would have liked to be taller in order to enter modelling in the fashion industry. But I am slowly accepting and gaining confidence with my height with age.
What makes you unique in personality qualities?
What makes me unique in personal qualities is that I am ambitious. I know what I want and I know how to get there. I strive to become better with every task I undertake, and being a perfectionist helps me to achieve that. I am also a very honest and considerate person. I like to take other people's feelings into account, especially in work related situations to make people feel at ease with me.
How did you start modelling?
My thoughts on modelling started when I entered miss universe Great Britain in 2015. A lot of the finalists were models and I thought "that's something I really want to do". I then had a photoshoot with a local photographer and loved the whole experience! I really enjoyed working with the photographer too and so the passion for modelling grew from then on.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think the whole modelling experience is all about spontaneity and I enjoy that side of photoshoots as it's all about adapting to your surroundings and going with the flow, and most importantly to have fun! I'm a sociable person too so I enjoy working and interacting with photography teams including MUA's and hair stylists.
What is your beauty regime?
I like to make sure my skin is always looking healthy so I like to take baths as showers leave your skin dry. Once I've bathed I like to use plenty of body butter to keep my skin soft. Because my hair is very long and dyed blonde, I have to look after it. I let my hair dry naturally to avoid split ends and I use coconut hair serum to add a healthy shine. For make up I like to keep it natural but I love big lashes and winged eyeliner! To create big curls I use an eyelash curler followed by extra black mascara for voluminous lashes.
Plans for the future?
During my time at university I would like to become a successful model. Once I have graduated with a business management degree, I would like to start my own clothing or jewellery line whilst still modelling. I would also like to include more travel in my future and to have the possibility to live in another city in the U.K.
What are your favourite experiences so far?
One of my favourite experiences was becoming a special constable for North Wales Police. I had a good interest in the police service and thoroughly enjoyed being an officer, but i didn't want to do the job full time and had dreams of having my own business. Another favourite experience of mine was my recent photoshoot. It was very unplanned but the images were unreal! The fact I was told I was having my first modelling publication from that photoshoot was like a dream come true!
Advice for those who want to start modelling?
Anyone who is thinking of modelling needs to know that it is hard work and you need a passion for it, you need to be able to interact with the photographer in order to create great images. You also need to know what type of modelling you are suited to according to your body statistics and personal style. For me, because I'm very petite and have a glamorous look, lingerie and swimwear is the type of modelling I'm suited to.
What do you think of the magazine?
I think modellenland magazine is a great publication for photographers who want people to see their art and style. It demonstrates class and sex appeal with the models they publish, which is very much my style!