touchemodels.nl via TFS(MissJones)
Michelle Westgeest is with TRUMP (NY) & Future Faces (Holland)
Ph. David Bellemere
PONY RYDER: How did you start modeling Michelle?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: I was always interested in fashion and magazines before even knowing I could be a model as well! They scouted me when I was 15 but my mom didn't allow me.... Then few years later again, when shopping in London!
dossierjournal.com via TFS (fadedcolours)
PONY RYDER: What are your agencies...
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: D-management (Milan), City models (Paris), Trump models (New York) & Future Faces (Holland).
PONY RYDER: Is there a different treatment of models and their careers in a smaller boutique agency, as opposed to big agencies and networks?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: For me yes. I prefer smaller, it’s really personal and not like; so am I speaking to Michelle V, W or S? Though the most important is how you like your booker: the click you have...
Christian Dior SS 10 via TFS (SirSunday)
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: I’ve been compared to Eva Herzigova.
Dolce & Gabbana S/S 10 Milan via TFS (Nils)
PONY RYDER: Do you see yourself as a commercial, editorial or runway model?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Runway, I like doing it and then I'm 181! And editorial; I like playing different moods and the shootings are cooler and more arty then commercial!
PONY RYDER: So you are 181cm tall. How was growing up? Where you the tallest in your class?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Yess, well one of the tallest! But then Dutch people are the tallest in the world!! So didn’t stand out that much.
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: It depends… sometimes they ask for some cool posing, but mostly it's just straight and natural.
PONY RYDER: I wonder, do you notice the difference in the way you pose now, and the way you used to at the very beginning of your career?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Hm... I learned to 'feel' the move I make. To give something extra in the picture (with eyes) and energy is important! And I try to understand the story they do, what mood/feeling it is.
Dior Couture 09 via TFS (Fahion_Girl22) @ fashionmag.com
PONY RYDER: You booked some coveted runway jobs, like for example Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Hussein Chalayan... What was your favorite job among this three?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: I was so happy to do all of these shows! All have they're own style. The Dior show is the strong and sexy feeling! I think it’s every models dream to do this show… Giorgio Armani’s very elegant. And Chalayan amazing fabrics! It was a very original show.
Christian Dior FW 09 via TFS (SirSunday)
PONY RYDER: How long did the process of putting make up on for Dior show last? MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Hm, 40 minutes more or less...
PONY RYDER: Is 40 minutes the usual time for makeup process prior fashion shows?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Hm usually shorter, 15/ 20 min... The look is more natural then. But creating this artistic look and bleaching eyebrows makes it take longer.
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: There was a great designer in Holland; Percy. The most beautiful clothes… especially dresses he made. Unfortunately, last year he passed away...
Gianfranco Ferre ad campaign
STYLE & SHOPPING
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: The pallet. The collection had a lot of beige, greyish white and black. It’s what I always wear myself too!!
PONY RYDER: Where do you shop for your clothes?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Hm it depends on the city I’m in! In NY there’s Urban Outfitters, Bloomingdales for example. They always have something nice at Zara, H&M. And in Paris many nice small shops, especially the Marais, cool vintage stuff that not everyone has ;)!
Trump model management
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Always before touching my face put on some antibacterial stuff on my hands! Then some cleansing milk, go with a towel over my face. Then almond Weleda cream.
PONY RYDER: Do you use under eye cream?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Haha I’m getting old?! No not special eye cream.. Just my Weleda that I use all over the face and under my eyes ;)
courtesy of Cinnamaranth via TFS (SirSunday)
PONY RYDER: And make up cleanser?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Estee Lauder cleansing milk and Bioderma Crealine
PONY RYDER: What makeup base do you use?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Daycream and concealer
PONY RYDER: Your choice of foundation?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Armani foundation/ concealer
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: A massage when you are tired and had much tension - feel like reborn. If it’s done right. For the face, a good scrub and of course; drinking a lot of water!
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Nivea body cream - hydrating and I like the smell
PONY RYDER: OK, so what's your favorite fragrance?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: I use to wear Pure – Jill Sander. But now, don’t really have any..
the ones 2 watch
SHAPE & DIET
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: By doing exercises. And jump, run... The more tiring the better the result is the heavy truth! Not saying I’m doing this every day… then with castings you walk a lot of course. Then to drink a lot of water and sort of eat a bit of everything!
PONY RYDER: Nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal in the day so what do you eat for breakfast?
MICHELLE WESTGEEST: Yes I try to variate… Usually it’s some yoghurt with grains and fruit, or oats in boiled water with banana slices. Some tea, coffee and I can’t resist the smell of the bakery in the morning! So a nice warm baguette ;)
PONY RYDER: Three phones Michelle?!?
PONY RYDER: Chewing lots of chewing gums? So you must have developed taste for them! What’s your favorite taste?
Alexander McQueen SS 10 via TFS (SirSunday)x