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.
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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.
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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.
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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: 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.
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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.
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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.
LEAH VUKOVICS: No, just sometimes there are more people on commercial castings.
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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.
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: Paris
PONY RYDER: When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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.
LEAH VUKOVICS: Maybe it's my really white skin and freckles, and my eyes have all colors.
PONY RYDER: How do you maintain your skin?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: Sometimes I do if I use it. It's Avene but I was just using it to clean my dirty laptop.
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: Water, grapefruits and being happy!
PONY RYDER: How do you stay in shape? What do you do?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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!
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: 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?
LEAH VUKOVICS: Do the job, but never lose yourself. Keep an eye on your self and take it easy and stop if you break yourself.
LEAH VUKOVICS: Lino Meiries from Placemodels and Anastasia Goron. Men they're going to rock.
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: 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.
ZANITA WHITTINGTON: 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.
ZANITA WHITTINGTON: 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.
ZANITA WHITTINGTON: Using a steamer on your face regularly is a great way to have a natural glow and get rid of spots.
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.
ZANITA WHITTINGTON: 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
PONY RYDER: When and how did you start modeling?
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?
PONY RYDER: What do you think is the key factor in making a good polaroid test?
PONY RYDER: Are castings for fashion shows different than castings for editorials?
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?
PONY RYDER: What do you fear more during a fashion show: falling down or loosing a shoe?
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?
PONY RYDER: Do you explore photographers work before doing a shoot?
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!
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: 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.
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
Posted on: 2008/11/15
@ LA Models (based)
LAUREL S. : Cherries, giraffes, tea, mothers and grandmothers cooking!
LAUREL S.: YSL Touché Éclat and Eucerin Aquaphor ointment (for absolutely perfect lips).
LAUREL S.: 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.
LAUREL S.: Currently, I'm using an organic moisturizer called Earth Science and a Neutrogena scrub cleanser - I still love my drugstore products!
LAUREL S.: Give me Givenchy - I'm on a huge tailored, black and gold kick for fall, I can't wait!
Posted on: 2008/11/11
PONY RYDER: How do you prepare for a photoshoot?
ANNEMARIJE RUS: I sometimes try to look up the photographer at the Internet, to check out his work, but most of the time I improvise and try to get the right feeling with the photographer. It also depends on the job.
ANNEMARIJE RUS: I did a test shoot with him in New York and this spring I spend 4 days working with him at Malta, to shoot for a local magazine there. He is actually my favorite photographer to work with; I feel a good connection with him and I love his style. For a photographer and a model I think there always has to be a good balance; they have to guide you in what they want, not to much, not too little, and they have to get the best out of you. Sometimes you can feel uncomfortable or feel like you have to hold back, but with Chadwick I feel I’m free to move and sometimes act a little crazy.
What I like less about modeling is that it’s so unpredictable. You can do a hundred castings in a few weeks and not get any job, then you do three on one day and you’re booked for three jobs afterwards. It can be exciting, but it can also bring you down. You have to keep on realizing that modeling is about your outside, and not take the rejections personal. If you do, you’ll get depressed very fast ;-)
ANNEMARIJE RUS: To deal with being away from home, parted from my friends and family for a long time, and trying to stay positive when things aren’t going the way I would like.
PONY RYDER: Is there a different treatment of models and their careers in a smaller boutique agency, as opposed to big agencies and networks?
PONY RYDER: Beauty products You can not do without?
PONY RYDER: What is inside your makeup bag?
PONY RYDER: What is the best beauty advice u know of?
PONY RYDER: What would You advise to new models?
ANNEMARIJE RUS: Realize that the idea of modeling that the 'Next topmodel' programs give you, is not correct. They show you one episode where girls do castings, but that’s daily life when you arrive in a city as Milan or Paris. It can be tough, but try to enjoy everything you do, because not a lot of people have this opportunity to travel, meet new people and have such diversity in their lives.
PONY RYDER ADORES ANNEMARIJE RUS!!!
Interview with fashion model Annemarije Rus is original work and courtesy of Pony Ryder blog.