Can you tell us a little about you?
Hi Modelland; I’m Marieke, working as a model for over ten years now. My experience is very well spread; from fashion to fitness and everything in between. I’ve worked for agency’s and started as a freelance model 3 years ago.
Besides modeling I’m a mom of three beautiful children and currently pregnant of my fourth. With my partner I’m running a buisness in training & nutrition, where I work as a nutrition coach. Last year I worked towards my first bikini fitness competiton where I found my next passion. To resume Marieke; mother, model, nutriton coach & bikini athlete!
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I think I wouldn’t completly change something about myself, but if it was possible to be a little less selfconcionce that would make the way I look and think about myself a lot easier.
So a little less perfecionistic, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be where I am now if I was…
How did you start modeling?
When I was 18 years old a friend of mine wanted to become a photographer and she asked me to be her model. I like it so much and wanted to learn more and become good at it. I showed some of the pictures to an agency and they hired me to become a model. Since then it was a passion and I wanted to explore a lot of different sides of modeling.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think it is not what society thinks it is. It’s not just having a good body and a pretty face, you have to feel what the camera wants to see, play, and connect. When you can not get along with the team or do not feel comfortable you have to make yourself feel like you do.
For me it is an expressive art where you need to be introspective aswell… Sounds contradictional I know. ;-)
What is your beauty regimen?
An other big passion of mine is nutrition and sports. I work as a nutrition coach and believe that the right food can make of break you. My diet contains a lot of vegatables and fish, I drink mostly water. (And yes I have an addiction called coffee too. ;-) )
I used to train almost every day in a variety of sports; kickboxing, cycling, swimming, running.) But scince 2 years I found my new favorite; bodybuilding. The right diet and training, can shape your body just the way you like it, but not without the right mindset; discipline and loving what you do!
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
My features are mostly out of the box. I find it difficult to pose ‘normal’. I like to move and play with the moment, the feeling I have right that very moment. It makes creates very weird pictures sometimes but also very special onces. I go for special, limits do not scare me but make me wanna fight harder…
What are your plans for the future?
My main goal now is (after I did my pregancy shootings) to be a great fitnessmodel. I want to do more competitions next year and grow as a person in every aspect of my life.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
The experience I’m most proud of is that I took the courage to change and shape my body and mind. That I could let go of the need to be thin and I choose to be healthy and strong.
That is what I would love to show all the girls who battle with body disorders or are starving themselves; You don’t have to, you can have all the energy of the world and be radiant and look even more beautiful. The shape of your body/mind lies in your own hands.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Before you start; learn to love yourself, take good care of your body and mind. Be a strong person, because you will have to face rejections on a regular basis and still have the strenght to know why you want this and to know why you can do it, why you are a model.
What do you think of the magazine?
I think it’s a great platform to spread the work of a lot of good professionals in a open way.