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Interview: Model Kiri Thomassen(Denmark)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Kiri Thomassen and I’m 18 years old. Daily, I study economic and social studies and apart from that I work as a waitress on an American diner. I’m also a volunteer scout leader. I have been doing modeling for the past two years.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Looks wise I would choose to be a bit taller, since I don’t have the general required model height. Personality wise I would like to be more outgoing as I can be very shy.
How did you start modeling?
I just decided I wanted to give it ago, so I found a group on Facebook for models and photographers and made a request for a photographer. Luckily many interested photographers contacted me, and as I started to do photoshoots and participating in meet ups, my network of photographers, MUA’s and so on just got bigger and bigger.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I absolutely love doing modeling. It’s a tough business, but when you succeed, it’s all worth it. When I do modeling, I can disappear in to my own little fantasy bubble where I can just clear my head, be in the moment and do what I love to do.
What is your beauty regimen?
I don’t really have one to be honest, I just think it’s important to eat and do whatever you feel good about. If you feel good about yourself you will shine in pictures, on the catwalk and in every other aspect of life.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I’m very pale, but I have black hair and green eyes, and a combination of these three is rarely seen. I also have a look that fits most genres, which is a huge advantage in the modeling world.
What are your plans for the future?
Modeling wise I plan to do even more shoots and grow as a model. I would like to go international and start traveling to other countries to do photoshoots and widen my network.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
I don’t have specific once, because I think I get amazing experiences almost every time I do modeling. My favorite part about a photoshoot is when you already during the photoshoot, can see on the raw pictures on the screen of the camera that the pictures are already better you would have hoped for. I think it’s beautiful to know that editing is not always needed to create something magical. However, editing does complete the pictures, and I love it when you see the final result and every person involved is loving the result everyone worked hard for.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Firstly, just do it! Don’t ever think you’re not beautiful enough. We all have different definitions of what beauty is and therefor there will always be photographers interested in working with you. Secondly, I would recommend investing in a good photographer for your first shoot, even though this might be a bit expensive. It’s good to start off with professional pictures as a foundation for your portfolio, so that you have something to show other photographers. Thirdly I would recommend to practice poses and face expressions in front of the mirror at home. You can find a lot of videos about this on YouTube. It’s important to know your face and body well if you want to do good in modeling.
What do you think of the magazine?
I think it’s great, it gives the readers a chance to learn about so many different talented people with different work, and it also gives the submitted people in the magazine a chance to show their work and personality to people from all over the world.