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Posted on: 2008/11/30

Charlotte @ Max models (Rotterdam)


LEA VUKOVICS: the interview

Posted on: 2008/11/26



@ Place models (Hamburg /now with Mega Berlin(2011)) @ Marilyn Paris @ Why Not (Milan), @ Models1 (London) @ Uno (Bacelona) @ Stella (Vienna).

PONY RYDER: When and how did you start modeling?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 2 Years ago, I went to a second hand market, and my current booker saw me there. We have a few similar hobbies.

PONY RYDER: What is one thing that is inevitable for a new model to have?
Polaroid’s. Some girls don't even have to go to test shoots, but for me it was a good thing, because you can learn a lot and everyone is getting crazy 'cause they can do what they want to do. There are no rules at test shootings.

PONY RYDER: What are the things a model cannot be without?
LEAH VUKOVICS: Phone, money, map.
PONY RYDER: What should a relationship between an agent and a model look like?
I Think the most important thing between a model and his booker is good communication and trust on both sides. Never be shy to ask and it's important on both sides to have the normal respect which a person needs to get. And to listen and understand what people mean. Give everyone the chance to talk about the things which are important.

PONY RYDER: The Fashion world is very competitive. How do you deal with it?
Sometimes it can be really hard, but you have to find the balance between it. Some competitions can make you feel better, but if you don't feel good about it, it's best for you not to care about it.

PONY RYDER: Did you learn about the modeling business yourself, or did you have a lot of guidance?
I learned a lot from Place models and also Marilyn gave me some advice how to go to castings and everything. But mostly I learned from other models which gave me good and helpful tips. Thanks to Robin Linke who was keeping an eye on me in Paris.

PONY RYDER: In model apartments, girls from different backgrounds are put together. How does that work? LEAH VUKOVICS: Most of the time it's cool to be with different people from everywhere. This is one of the reasons why I'm doing this job - to get more and more experience and a feeling about how people are! Sometimes it's too much for me, 'cause you are never alone. There is someone around you all the time, and after a full day of castings or after a shoot you may need some time for yourself, to be at a quiet place.

PONY RYDER: How do you think the agencies decide which models to put together?
LEAH VUKOVICS: I think there is no plan behind this. Its just a question about how much it will cost them, in which apartment is the most space available and how far is it from the center.

PONY RYDER: Tell us about your roommates... anyone we know?

LEAH VUKOVICS: There is one girl you should watch out for, her name is Charon. She is from Marilyn in Paris and I'm sure that she is on the way to the top. And Sofie Schwensen, I saw you did an interview with her, she is so cute

PONY RYDER: How do you pose? Do you explore photographers work (or patience :) before doing a shoot?
Before the shooting I ask the photographer if he has a story or some special ideas we can work on. If not, I do it my way which is kind of strange but mostly everyone likes it.

PONY RYDER: How do you prepare for a photoshoot? Do you take a look at the photographer's work?
If I have the time, yes. For me it's really important to eat well before a shoot, otherwise I would be tired before we start. And for sure I'm taking a shower - don't want to smell.

PONY RYDER: What was the hardest photoshoot for you, and why?
My first shooting was in Athens, just 2 days after I started. Everything was so new and I was too shy to ask questions, and I was feeling really uncomfortable. The shoot was for lingerie and it was so new for me to pose sexy in front of so many people. Now I can laugh about it, but at that time, everything was just too much for me.

PONY RYDER: Is there a difference in posing when you are doing a cover and an editorial?
OOOHhh Yes. I love, love, love doing editorial, ‘cause you can change the pose as often you want, it's just fun! And for a cover it's mostly more commercial and you can't move that much.

PONY RYDER: Is casting for a cover different than casting for an editorial?
No, just sometimes there are more people on commercial castings.
PONY RYDER: Is there an artistic or general difference in doing editorials/covers in Germany opposed to Italy?
In Germany it’s more about how to sell something in a good way. In Italy or Paris it's more art, and the jobs where the people can do their own thing and enjoy the cloth and the light and the work - this is what I like.

PONY RYDER: Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc... If so, what did you do?
Yes, they ask me all the time to change my look and to loose weight and of course they tell me that I look too much like a student.

PONY RYDER: Do models eat?
Some eat like crazy, and some don't. There are also those that eat but don't keep it in that long.

PONY RYDER: Which city do you think requires the models to be very thin?

PONY RYDER: When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
Hmmm...mostly they are just on a diet and try to call this the reason why they eat to little. OK, maybe some girls just don't eat crappy things like fast food.
PONY RYDER: What do you think is your x factor?
Maybe it's my really white skin and freckles, and my eyes have all colors.

PONY RYDER: How do you maintain your skin?
I love Weleda rose cream in winter. In summer I don' use cream and if I don' touch my skin, it's perfect.

PONY RYDER: Do you use thermal water?
Sometimes I do if I use it. It's Avene but I was just using it to clean my dirty laptop.

PONY RYDER: Do you believe in home made recipes?
I do. My grandmother is doing lots of creams at home. Once I was really sick in Athens, and my roommate told me to eat fresh garlic. I didn't believe her, but I did it just because I had to fly on the next day to London, and I had a really bed fever. After I went to bed when I woke up I was feeling really good and I didn't have fever any more.

PONY RYDER: Share with us one home made beauty recipe?
Avocado and a little spoon of olive oil, one egg - it's great for the hair. And honey for the lips.

PONY RYDER: What is the best beauty advice you know of?
Water, grapefruits and being happy!

PONY RYDER: How do you stay in shape? What do you do?

Yoga and every evening I'm doing 100 sit ups. Now I'm starting to climb in a hall with my friends, which is sooo nice. It's just you competing with your self, to get to the limits of your own strength. I love sport, it's not just because of staying in shape, I do it cause I love it!
PONY RYDER: What is your favorite part about modeling?
Traveling in different cities, and to switch in different characters in photo shootings. I would like to be an actor as well.

PONY RYDER: Do people act different around you since you've become a model?
Some did. They act like I'm a superstar or they make everything bad, like ohh you are so ugly skinny or I think you look really bad on this picture. That's one of the reasons why I have lots of dancers, models and actors as friends 'cause they know how the business is.

PONY RYDER: What would you advice to new models?
: Do the job, but never lose yourself. Keep an eye on your self and take it easy and stop if you break yourself.
PONY RYDER: Do you have any model friend that you would like to see presented on Pony Ryder blog?
LEAH VUKOVICS: Lino Meiries from Placemodels and Anastasia Goron. Men they're going to rock.

Interview with fashion model Leah Vukovics is original work and courtesy of Pony Ryder blog. aLL PHOTOS ARE COURTESY OF PLACE MODELS. 


Posted on: 2008/11/24

Tanja @ Urban Models Milano



Leah Vukovics is with Place models in Hamburg (mother agency), Marilyn (Paris), Why Not (Milan), Models 1 (London), Uno (Barcelona), Stella (Vienna).


Posted on: 2008/11/23

Everyone in the Vancouver area mark calendars for December 13th, because you'll want to come to Vancouver for Camilla d'Errico party!

PONY RYDER: Your artwork has been reproduced on t-shirts, handbags and accessories. Were you always into fashion?

CAMILLA D'ERRICO: Actually yes, I never liked following trends though. I always had my own style, I was always different in so many things, fashion too. I have fun with fashion, mixing it up. I am also obviously a huge fan of the Asian style. I am no minimalist, no clean lines or classic elegance – I leave that to my sister! I like layers, mixing textures, and frills. And I love hats! Lucky for me I live in Vancouver and there are so many beautiful Asian girls walking around wearing things that only they could pull off. I am definitely getting more and more into fashion now that I’m doing some collabs with fashion companies too.

Unfortunately PR is in Europe.


Posted on: 2008/11/21

Zanita Whittington
Zanita Whittington is with Viviens (Australia), Models1 (London), Modelwerk (Germany).

PONY RYDER: How did you start modelling?
I started when i first finished school when I was 17. Modelling was just something I really wanted to do. I've always been fascinated with the fashion industry and I felt like modelling was my ticket in.

PONY RYDER: What are the obstacles that a new model has to deal with?
The biggest is definitely self confidence. When young models start out they are usually pretty unsure of themselves, its a very competitive industry and you have to have thick skin to take all the rejections that come with casting.
If a client is going to pay thousands of dollars for a model to represent their product they'll usually want a beautiful and confident young woman. Being slim and pretty only plays a part and projecting an image is something that new models take time to learn.

PONY RYDER: How do you maintain your skin?
Having good skin is especially important to me because my skin used to be terrible and I had to visit a dermatogist to fix it up.
Nowadays the sweaty business of regular physical exercise is the best way for me to make my skin glow. I use Akin intensive moisture anti-oxidant complex, Seba-med cleanser and always try to take off make-up as soon as I'm done working.

PONY RYDER: Do you have a beauty secret?
Using a steamer on your face regularly is a great way to have a natural glow and get rid of spots.

PONY RYDER: How do you stay in shape?
ZANITA WHITTINGTON: I usually do cardio, running and classes at the gym, 4-5 times a week. Eating well is important and finding a good balance, I still like to treat myself occasionally.
I've seen so many girls using starvation as a method as a way to lose weight and its so bad for you, especially long term. You can't have the energy to live a fulfilling life if you don't eat anything!

PONY RYDER: What would you advise to new models?
: Be pro-active, work hard and believe in yourself. If you really want to model then you have to commit to learning from each job and casting and working with your agency to find the best career direction suited to you.

Interview with fashion model Zanita Whittington is original work and courtesy of PR blog.


Posted on: 2008/11/17

Ph: Matthias Vriens McGrath for ELLE France


Tabea Koebach is with Marilyn NY (till 2010) & now IMG NY.
Ph. Karl Rothenberger

PONY RYDER: When and how did you start modeling?

TABEA KOEBACH: In March 2008. I was in New York visiting a friend and having my last holidays before I started going to university. Sebastian Janssen, a personal manager for fashion models, saw me on the street and thought that I was already placed with one of the best agencies in NY but I wasn't! So he signed me with Marilyn, because i was already working a lot with Marilyn in Paris.

PONY RYDER: By your opinion, how should a relationship between an agent and a model look like?
TABEA KOEBACH: I think it's very important that you have a close relationship to all the agents you work with. That you have someone you can rely on and you can talk to if there are some issues.

For me it's important that agents are not just considering their own situation, that there is a job and that you have to fulfill it at any time. In this business it's important to be "unbreakable"!

You can't get sick or feel weak if there's a issue with your boyfriend. Models have to work like machines. In this world it's important to have someone you can talk to if something happens anyhow. So I'm really happy with my agencies and especially with my mother agent Sebatian Janssen!

PONY RYDER: Why is a good polaroid more important than a digital test?

TABEA KOEBACH: I love the polaroids from Marilyn! I think a polaroid represents a model in a more natural and beautiful way than a digital test ever could. It really shows the model in person, not only the image it can be. A model is a product but the client has to see it in its origin to consider the possibilities.

PONY RYDER: What do you think is the key factor in making a good polaroid test?
TABEA KOEBACH: The person who’s shooting it- like Kwok@ Marilyn. So beautiful ones! And of course the light.

PONY RYDER: What would you advice to new aspiring models who are in need to do good polaroids?
TABEA KOEBACH: No makeup, clothes you feel good in and in which you show a great shape, hair natural.

PONY RYDER: Are castings for fashion shows different than castings for editorials?

TABEA KOEBACH: Yes they are! Show castings are more stressful. You have a higher pressure on you because you see the result of one week castings right after. If you weren't in the right shape or your walking wasn't good enough, you loose all the good shows and with that the whole season. You might not get the important editorials afterwards and you won't get a campaign for what every model is waiting for.

PONY RYDER: During fashion weeks, how many castings per day do you do?
TABEA KOEBACH: It depends. I did between 15-24.

PONY RYDER: Do you manage to do all the castings that your agent sends you to?
TABEA KOEBACH: The best I could manage were 20 a day, but you have to consider that the castings are sill going on during fashion week, so you have to do 3 shows a day plus castings and fittings. Some fittings are at night and the call time for the next show is sometimes at 6 in the morning.

PONY RYDER: You walked for Paul & Joe, Veronique Branquinho... You even opened a show. Is there a difference in presenting when you open a show, and when you are one of the models doing the show?

TABEA KOEBACH: It's a good feeling, but I really think it’s nothing really outstanding, it’s more important to stay humble!. :)

PONY RYDER: Do you have your own signature walk? Where did you learn how to walk on a catwalk?
TABEA KOEBACH: I don't think so. I'm pretty new so I just try to find my perfect walk. It's getting better every day. For the first few shows like charity shows, you have to follow the advice "learning by doing". You practice a little bit at home and watch some shows at youtube, but before fashion season the agencies hire a catwalk trainer to help the new girls in a few lessons.

PONY RYDER: What crosses your mind when you step on the runway?
TABEA KOEBACH: That's a good question! The time I spend waiting in the line up I'm just fearing about falling down or slipping. When I'm on the runway i don't think of anything. I try to concentrate and focus on a point at the end of the runway.

PONY RYDER: What do you fear more during a fashion show: falling down or loosing a shoe?
TABEA KOEBACH: Falling down!!!!! But if you regard it more closely, there should be no fear about it. Many of the big famous girls slipped, fell down or lost a shoe. That happens sometimes and practically always the designers are the reason why that happens. They produce crazy high shoes and build impossibly difficult runways. So they shouldn't be surprised!

PONY RYDER: How is backstage for a new model?
TABEA KOEBACH: Really nice! You get nice food and drinks, manicure, pedicure, hair and make-up... and after this it's getting completely crazy!

PONY RYDER: Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc...
TABEA KOEBACH: I like my name because it's not so usual. For my look i would accept small changes but I think my agency has the same opinion as I do, that it's OK the way I look right now.

PONY RYDER: Do you think that changing a name can help in models career?
TABEA KOEBACH: Yes of course! As I already said, a model is a image formed by the management and agency. The model is only as good as merchandised by the agency. If the whole packet is perfect it's easier and more interesting for the client. Especially if you want to become a star! The name sells!
PONY RYDER: How important do you think it is for a model to know very well which market they fit the most or whether they are more commercial or more editorial, catwalk, etc...?

TABEA KOEBACH: It was a plan of my agency and my manager. I think a model can see very easily in which market she/he fits. You have examples which can serve as a rule. If I had big boobs and a smaller nose i would look like a Barbie doll and could do only commercial stuff. Now i have still the chance to do both even if I'm more editorial.

PONY RYDER: Did you learn about the modeling business yourself?
TABEA KOEBACH: My manager told me the most about the business, because he wanted me to know as much as possible to defend myself in everyday life.

PONY RYDER: Do you explore photographers work before doing a shoot?
TABEA KOEBACH: If it's possible, I talk a little with the photographer right before the shoot, to get an idea of the mood and the story they want to shoot. That really helps and most of the photographers have a certain idea and are directing you a little bit. I'm happy it if it's more like a team.

PONY RYDER: What is the most important thing in posing?
TABEA KOEBACH: To feel comfortable and not to think about how it could look like. Nobody cares if it looks stupid! The more stupid it feels the better it looks on the picture!!!

PONY RYDER: Do you have something that always helps you in photoshooting?
TABEA KOEBACH: First the basics and then you exaggerate!

PONY RYDER: What do you think is your x factor?TABEA KOEBACH: My personality to be a normal girl which is easy to work with.

PONY RYDER: How do you maintain your porcelain skin?TABEA KOEBACH: I used dr. Hauschka rose cream, and at the moment I'm trying out Dior Hydraction visible defense crème légège.

PONY RYDER: Do you prefer facial mask or peeling?
TABEA KOEBACH: Peeling, because it feels like you rubbed of your old skin and got a new one. :)

PONY RYDER: How to stay in shape?
TABEA KOEBACH: Drink a lot of water and stop eating sugar products. Sugar is in everything. Watch your ingredients. Eat a lot of raw food and don't cook everything. Buy only wholemeal products.
Food is the most important thing and causes a lot of diseases if you eat the wrong stuff!!!

PONY RYDER: What are the ingredients that are required for your favorite meal?
TABEA KOEBACH: Rice, fish, soya sauce, ginger, and wasabi : I LOVE SUSHI!

PONY RYDER: What is the hardest thing for you as a new model?TABEA KOEBACH: Not to know if something is going to happen or not. The only thing we know is, that we know nothing! That's what could make a model crazy. You know you could do it, you're only waiting for the BIG POINTS!

PONY RYDER: Fashion world is very competitive. How do you deal with it?
TABEA KOEBACH: You have to keep a little distance between your personality and your job. If you don't get a job it's not a tragedy. Life goes on! There are different types of models and you never know what the client is looking for. If something big is supposed to happen it will come for you! Be patient!

PONY RYDER: Do people act different around you since you've become a model?TABEA KOEBACH: Some people are acting like I would save lives or something, and others are dealing with me like I am stupid because I'm not at the university yet.

PONY RYDER: In model apartments, girls from different backgrounds are put together. How does that work?

TABEA KOEBACH: Most of the time it's working very well, I never had a bad experience! But like in real life, there are some people you can't deal with, but that's a question of personality.

PONY RYDER: Is it easier to survive a day with 10$ in US or 10 Euro in EU?

TABEA KOEBACH: New York is really expensive, but if you're in EU, you'll probably work in Paris or London, and that's almost the same. But it feels easier to survive in Europe.

PONY RYDER: What would you advice to new models?TABEA KOEBACH: First finish education! Please don't stop eating and do sports or eat more healthy!

Interview with fashion model Tabea Koebach is original work of Pony Ryder blog.


Model Kathleen Burbridge(One) photographed by James Mountford for Dazed and Confused

Fashion photographer James Mountford has a new web site: click it and check it: HERE!
He is incredible talent and a great professional, so whoever is in London - go/see James!
*Image courtesy od ph. James Mountford

LAUREL STOVALL: model interview

Posted on: 2008/11/15

Laurel Stovall
@ NY model MGMT
@ LA Models (based)

LAUREL S. (on PONY RYDER): Pony, an independent fashion journalist hosts an incredible blog featuring interviews with up and coming models, new and famous faces. 

After meeting Pony, plenty of picking Pony's amazing mind on the fashion industry and modeling, I would come to meet the wonderous photographer and independent model scout, Ivan M. Without the help of these two incredible souls, I would not be any closer to becoming a signed face with New York Models than I was a few months ago.

PONY RYDER: Favorite things?
: Cherries, giraffes, tea, mothers and grandmothers cooking!
PONY RYDER: Beauty product(s) you can not do without?
: YSL Touché Éclat and Eucerin Aquaphor ointment (for absolutely perfect lips).

PONY RYDER: What's inside of your makeup bag?
: Chanel shadows and blush, Nars concealer, YSL touche eclat, a few MAC pieces. I try and steer away from a lot of makeup, so when I buy products - I buy the best I can afford.

PONY RYDER: What skin care products do you use?
Currently, I'm using an organic moisturizer called Earth Science and a Neutrogena scrub cleanser - I still love my drugstore products!

PONY RYDER: What are your beauty secrets? How do you stay in shape?
LAUREL S.: Fresh squeezed lemon and hot water in the morning, it really makes my skin glow and gets me hydrated. I love early morning runs and coming home to have a cup of it! I walk absolutely everywhere, too - especially when driving has become such a huge expense.

PONY RYDER: What is your must have item for A/W 2008/2009?
: Give me Givenchy - I'm on a huge tailored, black and gold kick for fall, I can't wait!


Posted on: 2008/11/14

Tabea Kobach
@Marilyn New York
@Marilyn Paris @ D-Management Group Milan.

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