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Interview: Model Ylva Millner (Sweden)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Ylva and I am 28 years old and I live in Sweden. Right now I works in a clothing store. I love fashion and clothes. I have a large family with many nieces and nephews. I have an interest in art and has studied art history at the university. Previously I worked in an art gallery in the old town of Stockholm. Apart from art and clothes, I have a great interest in modeling. I just love it. I have a twin sister who also is modeling.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I'm pretty happy with the way I look right now. But I would like to be a little braver to dare to try on different hairstyles and hair colors.
How did you start modeling?
I started modeling because I'm related to a photographer and when he was tempted to shoot or did not get hold of available models he asked me. I was very shy in the beginning but has outgrown it. Now I dare to stand in front of the camera and I enjoy it. Luckily, he could see the potential in me so that I could start with this interest that I love.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think it's exciting because every photoshoot is different. You meet different photographers and visit different places you had not discovered if it was not for the shoot you had to do. It is uplifting and gives exciting experience.
What is your beauty regimen?
I train at the gym, swimming and participating in the bike workouts. I like to get sweaty because I know I have made an effort. I only eat fish and chicken and less meat. Every night I take a long hot bath before going to bed. I check that my makeup products is good for my skin.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I see modeling as creating art together with the photographer. The female human body has always been involved in art and have been exposed. I love to go from idea to see the results. Both the photographer and the model has a shared responsibility to get the perfect picture and to stretch their boundaries and daring more and more each time to evolve.
What your planes for the future?
My plans for the future is to continue to shoot because it makes me happy and makes me dare to challenge myself. I look forward to the summer when I have more time to shoot.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
I have good experiences so far. I like to experiment and go crazy. I shoot regularly with Joakim Oscarsson and last time we shoot we went out to the woods with helium balloons and acrylic paint and just try out different expressions and poses with an open mind. It is fun to shoot spontaneously and more experimenting pictures.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
My advice to those who want to start modeling is to be inspired by other models and look at pictures to study different poses and expressions. It is good to practice infront of the mirror and to do different expressions and different poses. My advice is to carefully select the photographers that you want to work with. It is also important to practice putting on make up because you're not always working with a makeup artist. It's fun to shoot if you feel comfortable with the photographer so it might be good to take a cup of coffee together before you shoot, just to loose up the mood. And last but not least, do not forget to have fun.
What do you think of the magazine?
I love it. It is so amazing pictures and it's fun to read about the different models.
Foto: (@)Joakim Oscarsson