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YMRE STIEKEMA: the interview

Posted on: 2010/04/09

vandemast agency via TFS (alias)


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Ymre Stiekema is with DNA NY & VANDEMAST (Netherlands)

Brian Keith photography CLICK

PONY RYDER: You’ve came a long way since the Elite Model Look contest. Your agent has done an amazing job with your career! How did the two of you develop your career at the beginning?

YMRE STIEKEMA: My agent Jeroen van de Mast thought I was too young after I won the Dutch EML in 2007. Jeroen didn't want me to do the EML international due to my young age. He waited another year for me to enter the world final in Prague.

After that, Jeroen started to introduce me to major clients.

PONY RYDER: It is common knowledge that you applied for the Elite contest, but who actually scouted you? YMRE STIEKEMA: Jeroen scouted me in a department store. 
PONY RYDER: When did this happen, and what was the first step after that?
YMRE STIEKEMA: That was in 2006. After that I did a lot photo test shoots. Also we did catwalk training etc.

Prada resort 09 by ph Steven Meisel

PONY RYDER: What about the other girls from the contest, did you meet them after the contest, have any of them succeeded with a career in modeling? 
YMRE STIEKEMA: I don't know exactly what happened with the other girls. I do believe they will do a great job. But I had to go back and focus 100% on school.

PONY RYDER: Even though it’s almost impossible in your case, have there been any disappointments so far?

YMRE STIEKEMA: I had some disappointments with my international agencies in the past. But that is something between them and me. 

PONY RYDER: Do people recognize you on the street?
YMRE STIEKEMA: I don’t think people often recognize me. Once there was an incident when some people were yelling from the other side of the street: ‘yeah that’s Ymre’ and they came up to meet me.
PONY RYDER: Have your plans for college changed? Do you still want to be an interior designer?
YMRE STIEKEMA: I still think it would be very nice, but I don’t think I want to do it professionally.

PONY RYDER: You seem so well grounded and quite secretive. Do you think your friends would agree with this… How would they describe you?
YMRE STIEKEMA: I suppose my friends would describe me as a quiet, spontaneous, happy girl, living with both feet on the ground.
PONY RYDER: You are also known for your professionalism. How do you stay so grounded when you have every reason to be full of yourself?
YMRE STIEKEMA: I’m just me as I am. I don’t really fancy being in the spotlight. Just act normal!

Brian Keith photography CLICK

PONY RYDER: Do you still look up to Doutzen Kroes? What do you think of the attacks on her because of her weight...
YMRE STIEKEMA: Doutzen is a fantastic model. That's all I want to say...

PONY RYDER: You walked for lots of designers… which shows do you remember as your favorites?
YMRE STIEKEMA: Roberto Cavalli, this was my first international show, and it made a big impression on me at that time. During the fitting I saw a very - very nice white dress. When they asked me to wear that dress it was like a dream come through. 

The Prada show was also very special because I opened the show.

PONY RYDER: Did you ever get shoes that were too big or too small, to walk on the runway?
YMRE STIEKEMA: Too small, very often, but I stay cool and professional, it's part of the job.

Prada Linea Rossa F/W 08, Ph. Steven Meisel Prada Linea Rossa by Steven Meisel

PONY RYDER: How do you maintain your skin?
YMRE STIEKEMA: I use a day and night cream with Aloe Vera from a Dutch brand; de Tuinen. But often I only use it in the morning. I also put oil on my skin after taking a shower in the morning.

I use the same moisturizer for day and night.
PONY RYDER: What brand of sun block do you use?
YMRE STIEKEMA: Garnier Ambre Solaire.

PONY RYDER: What are your makeup essentials?
YMRE STIEKEMA: I always put on mascara; Shiseido Perfect mascara.

PONY RYDER: Everybody wants to know - What are your other beauty secrets?
YMRE STIEKEMA: Make sure you’re always well prepared for a job or when you see a client (hair, nails, skin, etc.)

PONY RYDER: How do you stay in shape?
YMRE STIEKEMA: 2 times a week personal training and 3 times a week I play volleyball

Prada S/S 09, Ph: Steven Meisel

PONY RYDER: How much attention do you pay to your diet actually?
YMRE STIEKEMA: A lot, always actually.

PONY RYDER: What does your breakfast look like?
YMRE STIEKEMA: Low fat yoghurt, a glass of water and some fruit.

PONY RYDER: Do you prefer coffee or tea?

YMRE STIEKEMA: Both, but I drink tea more often.

PONY RYDER: Which brand of chocolate is your favorite?
YMRE STIEKEMA: None, I really love all types of chocolate!

PONY RYDER: Finally… does the love still shine?
YMRE STIEKEMA: Yes, I’m with my boyfriend for 3 years now and still very much in love.

vandemast agency via TFS (alias)

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