Tabea Koebach is with Marilyn New York, Marilyn Paris and D-Management Group Milan.
Posted on: 2009/03/28
Charlotte's mother agency is MAX MODELS ( Netherlands/Rotterdam)
PR: What is your ethnic origin Charlotte?
CHARLOTTE: I am Dutch and was born in Weert, a small city in the south of Holland, close to Belgium and Germany.
ph.1. Sophia van der Hoek, ph. Ron Stam
CHARLOTTE: Approx 1.5 year ago I was scouted on internet but as I still go to school I only do jobs every now and then. I started with a few tests and after that was lucky to shoot an editorial for Celebrity magazine.
CHARLOTTE: I really, really enjoy modelling. I think it’s great to work every now and then with adults, inspiring professionals who are all good at what they do. I love it to work in a team of grown ups, all trying to get the best result, to make the most perfect pictures. Perfect as in the closest to the original ideas of the client or the photographer. Everyone has his own speciality and does his utmost and all together you work for and hope for pictures that are magic, pictures that people look at more than once because they are special.
And the next day there’s school again...
ph: Mark Groeneveld, style: Sophia van der Hoek
CHARLOTTE: For me it’s really important to feel appreciated and understood by the people of my agency. I think you can only have a good and solid relationship when there is trust, understanding and having the same goals. It’s important when Max Models (my agency) knows what my dreams and ultimate goals are and of course the other way around, it’s important that I know what they think is good for me, and which road they see for me. Communication is the key-word here in my opinion, every now and than sitting around a table, looking at “where are we now, where do we wonna go to and how do we wanna get there”.
I signed up with Max Models because the minute I got in there I felt at ease, appreciated and besides that it all looked very professional and I know they have a lot of experience in working with starting models as well as with topmodels.
ph: Anouk Morgan
CHARLOTTE: Since I’ve joined Max I have done a few tests and my boss (Gertjan Holleman) recently gave me some tips for other stretch-exercizing. Somewhere around february we’ve planned another get together to talk about the future, see if I really wanna work international and see if they still think I can work in other countries.
I was never told to loose weight or cut my hair by the way.
CHARLOTTE: I’m sure that whenever I need more guidance I will get it from Max. But I have learned a lot just by doing the job. With every shoot or show you work with different people, under different conditions, different wishes. I always try to learn from the people around me, they are the ones with experience, they know what they want and why they want it that way. And of course I pick up some things every now and then from other models.
I think when you’re new you always must try to have an open eye/ear for advice and after that decide if you gonna follow that advice or maybe not. Just using common sense and an open mind will teach you a lot in my opinion.
ph: Anouk Morgan
CHARLOTTE: Once I have been told to cut my hair, the hairartist thought the length of my hair was to long and the length made it very difficult to work with. It was during the preparation of a test, the photographer didn’t agree with her and when I asked my agency later they also told me that my hair was just fine.
A few times my hair was cut before a shoot but that was only a few inches.
ph: Jonathan Waiter
CHARLOTTE: I personally like to pose in motion, slow motion. For me, moving is all about getting into whatever the photographer wants me to be, getting into the spirit of the character he wants me to be. Moving that way helps me to get the right feeling and the right expressions.
But of course the photographer is the one who comes first, most important are his or her wishes. If he doesn’t want me to move a lot I won’t.
CHARLOTTE: I don’t know yet, more than once I have been told that my face is as well beautiful as it is a little weird, edgy. I only hope that it’s not a problem of being not enough commercial as well as not enough weird, to much of being in between. I would love doing more editorial.
ph: Jolijn Snijder, MUA Imke Zuidema
CHARLOTTE: I think my hair and my eyes, I can show a lot through my eyes.
CHARLOTTE: Pick a sport you like and drink a lot of water and tea.
PR: What make-up do you always wear?
CHARLOTTE: I don’t wear that much make up, I use lipgloss of Biotherm and Lancome Amplicils mascara. Oh and I love the nailpolish Blue Satin from Chanel.
CHARLOTTE: My hair is like it is and doesn’t require much special attention. Since I do sport every day I wash it at least once a day. I use whatever the shampoo and conditioner my mother has bought. Oh well, not entirely true, in the summer I sometimes use a shampoo for blondes. But that is pretty much it. And of course during the summer I often wear a hat beacuse of the sun, also to protect my skin.
ph: Anouk Morgan
CHARLOTTE: I sport every day, at least once a day. Not because I have to, but really because I like to. I play field hockey several times a week, just having fun with girlfriends but we’re very fanatic at the same time. Have to be because we play in the first team of my city.
Besides that I visit the gym several times a week and I like to run.
ph: Anouk Morgan
CHARLOTTE: I don’t know about others but I eat. However I always try to eat healthy and when I snack I always do that with vegetables and fruit. Fortunately I don’t care that much for sweet so that’s something I never eat. Every day I eat a lot of vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes) and a lot of fruit.
PR: What is your favorite food?
CHARLOTTE: My favorite food is sushi or a huge Ceasar salad or grilled salmon with carrots.
ph: Anouk Morgan
CHARLOTTE: You mean in clothing?
CHARLOTTE: I really feel comfortable in skinny jeans with a tee and a jacket, wearing boots or very high heels(never something in between).
Ph: Dennis Veldman. Eva Koegenboeg, style. Kady Meyer, make-up. Yannis Kyriazos, hair.
PR: Do you already have a first modelling assignment?
CHARLOTTE: I have had an editorial of 6 pages in magazine Celebrity, a picture in Avant Garde, a picture with small interview in The Blend, a publication in Elle and there’s an editorial of 8 pages in Yes with maybe the cover. I have done several shows at the Amsterdam Fashion Week.
I hope it’s just the beginning of a lot more assignments.
CHALOTTE is with MAX MODELS (Holland).
Posted on: 2009/03/24
PONY RYDER: To have coffee/tea:
ALI MICHAEL: Ninth Street Espresso. It's down the street and I go there almost every day now. Coffee and cold days go hand in hand.
PONY RYDER: Book place'?
ALI MICHAEL: I spend a huge amount of time in Strand bookstore on 13th and Broadway.
PONY RYDER: What fashion capital is your favorite?
HYONI KANG: New York!
PONY RYDER: What is your favorite place in NY?
HYONI KANG: I like Brooklyn! They have good vintage stores... I like vintage clothes :)
PONY RYDER: Best place for coffee/tea in NY...?
HYONI KANG: Nolia! They have good coffee! And I love green tea!
PONY RYDER: Best place to eat in NY...?
JENNY SWEENEY: Miyagi sushi, near my house. It's always where my friends and I end up.
PONY RYDER: What about public transport in the big cities? Which fashion capital has the best organized public transport services? Where do you get lost most often?
JENNY SWEENEY: London and Paris have a pretty good train system. Ive been lost in many cities, MANY different times.
Model city guide, exclusive by PR.
Posted on: 2009/03/20
LYNDSEY SCOTT: Jules Birnbaum Watson, the new faces booker at Click Models found me on Models.com.
LYNDSEY SCOTT : I had some tests that I had taken by Rico Kinnard and I posted three of them on Models.com.
PONY RYDER: Why didn't you go to an „open call“ , but instead you choose to apply via models.com?
LYNDSEY SCOTT : I had been to a few agency open calls, but Jules called me directly with great enthusiasm about my look and scheduled an appointment to meet me immediately. I was so excited when I was signed with Click.
LYNDSEY SCOTT : I love all the bookers at Click. Click has also done an excellent job of finding and developing other new faces like Ubah Hassan and Melissa Baker.
PONY RYDER: Lyndsey, you are the first model of color to walk for Calvin Klein as an exclusive! Tell us more about the casting process? Do you think that the casting directors were specifically looking for a black girl?
LYNDSEY SCOTT : The casting directors were open to looking for new faces of all color. However, I was the only black girl at the final call back the night I was chosen.
LYNDSEY SCOTT : I have been patient and I have been a full time model for about a year.
PONY RYDER: Who did you meet backstage at Calvin Klein? Were you too nervous to meet anyone?
LYNDSEY SCOTT : I was involved in the hair and makeup process so there was no time to be nervous. The designer was showing Anna Wintour the collection backstage, just before the show and she smiled at me when she passed by.
LYNDSEY SCOTT : Maida and Rami gave me pointers on my walk during the walk thru before the show. I did not make eye contact while walking, but I could hear the comments and enthusiasm of the people watching the show seeing a black girl walk in the Calvin Klein Collection F/W 09 show.
LYNDSEY SCOTT : Jac is a new model that I met while doing the fitting at Calvin Klein . She is a nice girl and very funny.
PONY RYDER: Do you think that there is a specific reason why black models don't book as many high-profile jobs as other models? Does the market treat you differently?
LYNDSEY SCOTT : I do not know the reason, but I am happy that Maida and Rami, KCD, and all the people at Calvin Klein were able to make this happen by stepping outside the box.
LYNDSEY SCOTT : I was so excited about the Black Issue of Italian Vogue July 09 and I went out and bought the issue as soon as I could find it in New York. I definitely feel that it made a difference and hopefully things will change even more in the future.
LYNDSEY SCOTT : When I was growing up in school there were many beautiful girls. But not all beautiful girls are necessarily models.
PONY RYDER: Your body is phenomenal! How do you stay in shape?
LYNDSEY SCOTT : Thank you for the compliment. I have a stationary bike in my apartment that I ride while watching movies. It is low impact so I can not get injured. I also walk a lot while going on my castings in New York City.
PONY RYDER: Do you have a special regime when it comes to nutrition? Is there a difference in what you eat when you're working and when you're taking some time off back home?
LYNDSEY SCOTT : There is no difference to the way I eat while when I am working or when I am home. I prefer to cook my own food and I like organic or local farm grown vegetables, although I am not a vegetarian.
PONY RYDER: Lots of girls of color have problems with the hair. How do you deal with yours?
LYNDSEY SCOTT : I take special care with my hair and I go to the hair salon quite often to keep it healthy.
PONY RYDER: What will be your summer look this season?
LYNDSEY SCOTT : I tend to wear mostly black clothes.
PONY RYDER: Where do you shop for your clothes?LYNDSEY SCOTT : I like to shop in vintage stores. I will add more jumpsuits and dresses to my summer wardrobe with splashes of bold colors.
Posted on: 2009/03/13
PONY RYDER: How did your modeling career take off?ALI MICHAEL: I started modeling when I won the Kim Dawson Model Search in 2005. I was fifteen.
ALI MICHAEL: In the beginning, balancing high school and work was a bit of a challenge.
I had meetings with my principals and counselor and set up ways for me to complete my work in advance and make up time that I missed by coming to school early, staying late, and spending Saturdays in the classroom.
Working on a local level in Texas would have probably been pretty easy to manage, but once I began doing the shows and hit the international market it became much, much more difficult. I also think that those few years can make a big difference in really knowing if modeling is what you want to do.
ALI MICHAEL: I basically just try to be mindful of my choices. I follow a lot of macrobiotic principles that affect not only my diet but also my mentality as well.
I always cleanse and moisturize my face in the morning and at night, try and get plenty of sleep, and I don't smoke. I think the most helpful thing for me is to honestly just breathe.
It sounds funny but sometimes I forget to stop worrying and just be present, and taking deep breaths really brings me back to what the focus should be.
Otherwise I'm probably a bit of a bore to most people because my favorite things are just hanging out in bookstores, reading, and walking around the city. I do have to say that last season in Milan, Taryn Davidson and I had a dance party in our hotel room.
ALI MICHAEL: Nothing is guaranteed. You might do a "cover try" but you can't expect it to happen until you've got the magazine actually in your hands.
ALI MICHAEL: Modeling has definitely matured me a lot. It's made me much more comfortable interacting with people. It's also the reason why I moved to New York which has really caused me to become independent.
Living here is amazing when you're young because there is so much to do and so many people from all over the world to meet. Having that kind of exposure has shaped me quite a lot so far. Really, I'm just growing up and figuring things out like any other eighteen-year-old.
It's definitely more scenic than running on the treadmill. As far as nutrition, I think the most important thing is to have a healthy balance of nutrients in your food and to appreciate and be mindful of where it comes from and how fortunate you are to have it.
The judge shot a gun in the air to end the race early but I didn't know what it meant so I kept running until i got to the end and realized I had run the whole way by myself.
PONY RYDER: How do you maintain your skin?ALI MICHAEL: I cleanse and moisturize my face twice a day.
ALI MICHAEL: I don't have any special regime. I just shampoo and condition it whenever I feel it needs it.
ALI MICHAEL: I think that taking care of yourself mentally and physically is the key.
PONY RYDER: What will be your summer look this season?
ALI MICHAEL: I don't seem to change it up too much season to season. I'll just wear less layers. Most of my clothes are black and gray so I stick to that. I like not having to really think about it.
PONY RYDER: And where do you shop for your clothes?
ALI MICHAEL: There are so many places to shop in New York. I really like to have simple t-shirts by Kain, T by Alexander Wang and Clu. I go to American Apparel for some basics and I also love Ksubi jeans.