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Interview montly winner: Model Lily May
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Lily May and i'm a full-time independent model. I was born in Chichester UK, and im 5ft3 tall. I'm categorised as a petite model in the industry, but to be honest I've never felt restricted, despite most top agencies requiring models that are 5ft8 and above!
I am experienced in studio day's, workshops and group shoots as well as working 1-1 with various professional photographers all over the UK and outside of the country too.
Never a day in the same place!
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
This is a tricky one. If you mean physically- then the answer would be nothing. through modelling I have learnt to embrace myself and my body. Everyone has insecurities But it's important to go through life aware that no matter who you are there will always be a greater and lesser person than yourself!
How did you start modeling?
Well in my previous job I guess many people used to compliment me and say I was pretty and should try modelling but I would never think of it much more than just a compliment. It really just started on facebook around 4 years ago when a photographer based in london offered to help me start a portfolio, It just all went from there really! Any given opportunity I would just take it.. Eventually I joined an online portfolio which generated links and contacts providing greater opportunity.
What do you think of the work as a model?
Modelling is underestimated by so many people. At the start, I never anticipated how hard I would have to work to make it. You have to be so dedicated and keen to succeed. Working and travelling long hours in exchange for your images; whilst still being able to hold onto to your character and personality! Living out of a suitcase- but also being able to see beautiful parts of the world and meeting fantastic creatives that will also become friends along the way. It's far from easy, but worth every second!
What is your beauty regimen?
Best beauty tip would be to keep things natural! I like to use organic products like lush, or handmade products for the skin, hair, lips and nails.
Make-up isnt a must. I like subtle looks using concealer, bb cream and mascara.
I swear by coconut oil for my hair, it's super long so helps to maintain it's condition; and for my skin cocoa butter is everything and always!!
6 What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
6. I think everyone in the world has their own personal qualities. I try to be very kind and easy going/down to earth. I also absolutely love nature and my cat/dog. They are my world!
What are your plans for the future?
Future plans are forever changing. I have a few agencies that are interested so fingers crossed on some new opportunities there. Eventually, I would love to explore modelling for some of my favourite brands- but that's a long way off yet.. I just need to keep putting my all into it and hopefully I can make people realise how capable and dedicated I am!
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
It would be impossible to pick a favourite experience, some of the things I really enjoyed include shooting in Spain and Holland, i met some great friends on these trips!
Catching the euro tunnel to paris was pretty cool! As was my visit to Denmark, where i worked with several fanatstic photographers- so grateful for everyone that has made this possible and excited to return again next year!
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
My best advice I could give to new models making a start in the industry would be to just embrace yourself as a person, rock being yourself and enjoy every second of it. Always be open minded and aim to be good company, this has a great help throughout your career!
What do you think of the magazine?
Modellenland Magazine is fantastic. I love the diversity of models and their variety of images! Thankyou for such a great variety of inspirational posts!