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NIKA LAURAITIS: the interview

Posted on: 2010/01/31

Ph. Peter Gegrke Sty. Teddy Czopp via TFS


NIKA LAURAITIS

the dazzling


Nika Lauraitis is with FORD models NY & Elite Paris & TESS London.

showcard via models.com


PONY RYDER: Nika, what is your origin?
NIKA LAURAITIS: I'm 2nd generation American... I was born and raised in Illinois, as were my parents...my grandparents were born in Lithuania :)


PONY RYDER: And do you speak Lithuanian?
NIKA LAURAITIS: I pretend I do :) , I know some words and key phrases but not enough to have a conversation

Ford Models via TFS


PONY RYDER: You are from Chicago, and I love Oprah. Now, explain your love for Spike Jonze?
NIKA LAURAITIS: I saw Where the Wild Things Are and i loved it! It was shot so beautifully, I wanted to watch it again :D


via Elite Paris


PONY RYDER: Let's concentrate on fashion. How and when did you start with modeling?

NIKA LAURAITIS: Shannon from Ford Chicago scouted me during the summer at Woodfield Mall (outside Chicago), I was about to turn 15 and she gave me her card (which I still have) and I gave her my moms phone number.

I was interested yes, but I didn't think anything was actually going to happen, but my mom got a follow up call and my mom asked me "so.. What do you think? Is this something you'd like to do?" and I said yes and they waited until I got my braces off and I did my first test shoot that November.

French magazine


PONY RYDER: You are on one of the covers of the sensational French Revue de Modes edition! How do you feel about your cover?

NIKA LAURAITIS: I was VERY happy with my cover, it's very strong and I loved the leather jumpsuit I was wearing! The shoot was very quick and easy, and I shot with Thierry Le Goues the day before for an editorial, so I felt comfortable. I was the only one shooting at the time, so I didn't meet any of the other cover models.

Moschino Cheap & Chic SS09


PONY RYDER: You are in the Moschino Cheap & Chic S/S 09 ad alongside Emma Maclaren. How did you like working with Emma?
NIKA LAURAITIS: I love Emma! We were both new faces last year during the Spring Summer 2009 show season and we booked a lot of the same shows and that's how we met. It was nice to shoot the campaign with a familiar face :)

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CLICK FOR THE INTERVIEW WITH EMMA MACLAREN

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CLICK FOR THE INTERVIEW WITH KENDRA SPEARS


PONY RYDER: You shared an apartment with Kendra Spears! Are you two still friends?
NIKA LAURAITIS: Yeah! We still keep in contact, but we see a lot less of each other now that she's back in Seattle.

PONY RYDER: And did you ever have to live with an unpleasant person in a model apartment?

NIKA LAURAITIS: I've had my fair share of 'unpleasant' models but there have not been any cat fights...yet :P

Ph. Arthur Elgort for Teen Vogue via TFS mariemaud


PONY RYDER: You did an editorial for Teen Vogue. How was it working for publication like Teen Vogue?
NIKA LAURAITIS: It was awesome working with Teen Vogue, everyone that works there is so nice, and shooting is always fun because everyone has a good energy.


PONY RYDER: Did you read Teen Vogue while growing up?
NIKA LAURAITIS: I did subscribe to it when i was younger... I used to cut out all the pictures I liked and hang them in my room, and now I'm in the magazine pages? It's crazy!

PONY RYDER: That editorial was cheerful. Would you be able to portray happiness even if you don’t feel happy at all?
NIKA LAURAITIS: It is more difficult to fake happiness when your not, but you just think of something that makes you laugh no matter what, I try to think of funny moments with my sisters, that always works.

PONY RYDER: Is fashion fun?
NIKA LAURAITIS: Fashion can be fun, I think it's a creative and personal way to express yourself, but people can take it too seriously.

Ph. Dirk Seiden Schwann for Amica


PONY RYDER: You have so many editorials in your book. Do you feel like you are still building your book?
NIKA LAURAITIS: My book is never perfect, I will always be building it, as I keep developing as a model my book needs to reflect that as well.
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PONY RYDER: What is your favorite picture of yourself?
NIKA LAURAITIS: It always changes, I usually get sick of pictures after a while, but right now my favorite is my French cover.

PONY RYDER: While starting out, many girls are doing low paid or non paid jobs. Could a non paying job give you great exposure?
NIKA LAURAITIS: OF COURSE! Some of the best editorial work is don pro bono!

Christopher Kane SS09 via TFS (ediewarhol&cw)


PONY RYDER: Christopher Kane is known for its originality. How did you like walking for him?
NIKA LAURAITIS: The show had a really cool vibe, and I didn't know much about Christopher Kane until I went to London, but last year I did looks for him and I got to try on most of the collection. He's a really sweet guy and I found out more about him and his love for circles!


showcards via models.com


PONY RYDER: When you moved to NY City, was it your first visit there? How did you manage yourself in such a big city?
NIKA LAURAITIS: I came to New York for the first time with my mom for a month during the summer to do some test shoots and meet some clients. I would have been very lost without her, but I seemed to pick up on everything quickly. I used to get lost when the streets turned from numbers to names, but now I feel comfortable without a map :)

Ph. Dirk Seiden Schwann for Amica


PONY RYDER: Among all the fashion capitals you worked in, which one was the most difficult to manage yourself in?
NIKA LAURAITIS: The hardest place to get around by far is Athens...The public transportation is horrible, there are only 3 lines and they don't go far out.. you have to go everywhere by bus which is extremely difficult with the Greek alphabet.

Ford Models


PONY RYDER: What would you say is the one beauty routine you never forget to do?
NIKA LAURAITIS: Wash my face and brush my teeth :)

PONY RYDER: Nika, I love your new hair style! What else did you do with your hair?
NIKA LAURAITIS: Bangs was the first change I've done to my hair, and I recently got highlights:)

PONY RYDER: What products do you use for your hair?

NIKA LAURAITIS: I use Biolage shampoo and conditioner, and I always get a haircut after the shows to get rid of dead and split ends.

PONY RYDER: How do you maintain yours skin?

NIKA LAURAITIS: I use a Neutrogena facial bar, it also gets makeup off.

Elite Paris


PONY RYDER: What make-up do you always wear?
NIKA LAURAITIS: I use rosebud lip balm which I'm addicted to.

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READ "THE BODY TALK" INTERVIEW WITH NIKA: HERE


PONY RYDER: The best advice that make up artist gave you is...
NIKA LAURAITIS: Good makeup is when you can hardly tell you have anything on.

PONY RYDER: The best beauty advice you know…?
NIKA LAURAITIS: The best thing is a good nights sleep :)

Ph. Dirk Seiden Schwann for Amica

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Interview with fashion model Nika Lauraitis is original work by Pony Ryder.

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AMANDA NORGAARD by request

Posted on: 2010/01/29

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Amanda Nørgaard (SUPREME) by illustrator Phil Modillustr

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RANDALL SLAVIN and ZOE SALDANA love PONY RYDER

Posted on: 2010/01/24

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE

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The amazing Randall Slavin and Avatar star Zoe Saldana love Pony Ryder.

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MARION ROUSSIGNOL: Paris Model Guide

Posted on: 2010/01/21

Source: JustWM

Paris Model Guide by

MARION ROUSSIGNOL

Marion Roussignol is with WM Paris.

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PR: The best place to eat in Paris.
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: Depends on your mood, occasion … as an Italian food lover I’ll recommend Fuxia rue François Miron for the Melanzane alla Parmiggiana or Little Italy Caffe rue de Montorgueil for all pasta lovers. French brasserie, go for Chez Janou rue Roger Verlomme, try the suggestion of the day !

PR: The best place to have a drink?
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: Ladurée for tea, however it’s always crowded. I love the atmosphere, gorgeous place...

PR: The best place for a quick breakfast?
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: Home ! A quick bowl of a muesli-cereal combination works perfect for me !

PR: Are you a croissant addict?
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: Thanks God I’m not addicted to it, but I really enjoy having a croissant and a café as a breakfast once in a while.

CLICK TO SEE MARION ROUSSIGNOL IN PARIS



PR: The best place to enjoy the city without spending a penny?
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: Having a walk along the Seine or upon bridges , Normandy deserves a quick trip for its free enjoyable places … sea, countryside and breathtaking landscapes.

PR: What is your favorite tourist spot in Paris?

MARION ROUSSIGNOL: Le Louvre , for all the temporary exhibitions, you never get bored nor tired of it.

Ph. David Bellemere

PR: Marion, the best place to shop?
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: You can find a treasure in almost every street of the city! But I enjoy walking down the streets in Le Marais.

PR: How about place for shoes shopping?
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: Rue Jean Jacques Rousseausmall Louboutin shop in the corner! It’s worth it! Even for window shoppers and antiques aficionados, this area is wonderful.

MARION ROUSSIGNOL LOVES PONY RYDER




PR: Who does your hair Marion?

MARION ROUSSIGNOL: I cut them myself sometimes! Or I go outside Paris, I need to find a cheap and nice hairdresser …I also go to Coiffeur 27, Rue Oberkampf !

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PR: The best place in Paris for a beauty treatment?
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: A friend of mine does it for me : skin regeneration !

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the Agency

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PR: Where is WM agency located?
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: In the best area of Paris : Le Marais (in the 3rd) , hidden in a narrow street.


the Metro


PR: Tell us more about the Paris metro system.
MARION ROUSSIGNOL: Actually, it’s quite convenient and easy to use , except when their staff go on strike. Not really tips but advices … Avoid line 1 at 7/8 am and pm , line 7 is slow , line 14 is the fastest , try to avoid Chatelet to take another line

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AMANDA NORGAARD loves PONY RYDER

Posted on: 2010/01/19

AMANDA NORGAARD
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Phantom of delight
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Amanda Nørgaard is with SUPREME NY & Viva London &Scoop Models
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MICHAEL TINTIUC: the interview

Posted on: 2010/01/16

MICHAEL TINTIUC

the Incoming

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Michael Tintiuc is with RED NY, Success Paris, FM London & Why Not Milan

PONY RYDER: Micheal you were discovered at the "White Trash For Cash" fashion show in Moscow… Interesting title… Can you tell us more, so I don’t need to ask how did you end up in white trash… for cash?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: At that moment I was an 18 year old skater-punk that listened to Sex Pistols, The Exploited and just finished school. The last thing I wanted to do is to stay in Moldova. I started to study painting and fine arts in general, more seriously so that I would be accepted in the University.

The only reason I decided to go to Moscow is because it was the nearest well developed city. By the time I got accepted in the University I’ve completely changed my mind and point of view. I understood that I didn’t want to spend five years of my life in vain, as I truly believe that Universities in Post Soviet Countries won’t give you any kind of knowledge that would grant you successful job opportunities in future. That’s why I decided not to study, but still move to Moscow as I didn’t want to become a teenager without future.

I never considered myself a good looking guy, but my girlfriend insisted and helped me believe that I should start my career as a model. Unfortunately for about 6 months of castings I never got booked for any job ‘cause skinny, tall, long-haired guys were not the type of models Russian fashion industry wanted to see. But on one of those castings I got invited by another model for his friend’s label – White Trash for Cash, which was my first show and where I got discovered by my first agent.

PONY RYDER: You are originally from Moldova. How is the fashion scene there?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: If I would say that there is no fashion industry, I would say nothing…People are not interested in fashion, style, good music and art in general. What would cause interest and approval in cities like NY, Paris and London, here in Moldova makes people laugh and scream as if their intellect is at an animal’s level. And it doesn’t depend on how young or wealthy they are. I really do not know any successful models from Moldova, unfortunately, tell me if you know any



PONY RYDER: How did you feel the first time abroad?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: I was extremely happy, it was NY. I was not lost there, as the time spent in such a huge city as Moscow taught me lots of things about life in the Megapolis. Plus my English was quite good as I finished an American school back in Moldova, so I didn’t experience any troubles there!

PONY RYDER: Were you ever asked to change something about yourself in your modeling career?
MICHAEL TINTIUC: I guess that modeling is the same as acting, if you are ready and want to play somebody you have to understand that it’s your job and your success depends on the way you do your job. A lot of people wanted to cut my hair, which is obvious. But I and my agencies never wanted that as we all believe that I have to keep my style. Nevertheless if the length of my hair would become an obstacle for my career I would make a professional choice as this is all a part of modeling and acting.


PONY RYDER: Why do you think that Eastern European girls and boys have so much success in the modeling industry? Is it just the beauty, or are they more dedicated and hardworking?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: In my opinion people that had more difficulties and obstacles in life are definitely more dedicated to their jobs and appreciate every chance they have.

PONY RYDER: How can male models present themselves on casting in the best light? There is plenty of advice for girls, but never for boys…

MICHAEL TINTIUC: The only rule that helps is be yourself.



PONY RYDER: A model’s book is very important and it is also important to show versatility in the portfolio. Do you think your book is “complete” and have you ever been told that you need more commercial photos in it, for example?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: I don’t think that my book can be ever “complete” , even if I’d have tons of perfect pictures I would want to do more only because I enjoy it and I think that I can always do better. Plus models are just ordinary people that get older, change their hair style… The book has to change the same way the model does.

PONY RYDER: You worked with Top Model Aline Weber. What is she like?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: I enjoyed the shoot, it was really fun. Aline was very professional and nice, but we didn’t have time to know each other very well, so I cannot say what kind of person she is.

PONY RYDER: What was your favorite shoot till know?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: I guess my favorite shoots are when the photographer, stylist and model want the same result, when they have the same idea of the picture. That’s why I prefer the shoots for LIRFON’S, where I can choose the clothes and locations

PONY RYDER: From all the shows you did…Which one did you like the most?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: I really liked the shows I did for a Japanese designer - Julius. The music and the lights they use at the show are amazing. I admire people who can present their clothes in a very personal way, which tells what was the inspiration and the main idea of the collection.

PONY RYDER: As a runway model, you need to be slim but in perfect shape. Tell us something about your workout routine.

MICHAEL TINTIUC: Well, I’ve never been working out…I’m skateboarding since 11 years old and I think that it is one of the best ways to stay fit:

You’re always outdoors and inhale fresh air.
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It develops your whole body and makes it look natural!
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It’s way more fun then working out in a gym, cause you skate with your friends always laughing and making pranks on each other.


PONY RYDER: What type of sports do you do?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: I really don’t like any kind of sports. I love skateboarding and surfing with all my heart and I consider them more then just a type of sport, they are a way of life and thinking.

PONY RYDER: I wonder, do you ever go to tanning salons. What do you thing about this “tanning trend” ?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: I tend to visit tanning salons every now and then, just to make my skin healthier. I have nothing against guys or girls who visit these salons regularly, I guess everyone can decide on their own how to look.

PONY RYDER: Shaving?

MICHAEL TINTIUC:
I use electric razors.

PONY RYDER: Which perfume is your favorite?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: Christian Dior: Fahrenheit

PONY RYDER: Your hair is amazing! How do you maintain it?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: I don’t really like using a specific brand, I tend to always change my shampoos, but I choose stuff that has natural ingredients.

PONY RYDER: I’m sure everyone wants to know… Are you taken at the moment?

MICHAEL TINTIUC: SURE I am taken…forever!

Exclusive interview with Michael Tintiuc is original work by Pony Ryder.

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PHOTOS PROVIDED BY LARAPIXIE TALENT AGENCY.

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SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: the runway talk

Posted on: 2010/01/14


Yves Saint Laurent S/S 10 Paris via TFS Abul
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SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE
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the Runway Talk

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Samantha Gradoville is with IMG


Yves Saint Laurent S/S 10 Paris via TFS Abul


PONY RYDER: Sam, you had a successful season SS10. I mean: YSL! When did you find out that you booked the show?

SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: Well I went in the for original casting, then a second one, and then finally, a last one in which I met the designer. I didn't know I had actually been booked for the show until a few days later. I was backstage at the Tsumori Chisato show when my booker called me and told me I had a fitting scheduled and they had confirmed me.. I just kept saying, 'Noooo....really?!?!' And he kept saying 'Yes! Yes!!' I could hardly believe it!! I was soo excited.


YSL / headpress.com.au via TFS Filipe

PONY RYDER: How long did the make up process last? Did you noticed any special stuff they used?

SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: The make up didn't take long at all really, the look they were going for was quite simple, except for the dramatic fake lashes on the bottom. Those felt a little weird. But for the most part I just remember seeing a lot of YSL products.

PONY RYDER: How was the atmosphere in the backstage?

SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: It was extremely calm and quiet. Usually backstage is a mess, with people yelling and running around aimlessly, but everyone at YSL was very cool and collected, making it really easy going.
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PONY RYDER: Backstage London, Backstage Paris... Is it all the same?

SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: Well every show is different. I don't think the cities have too much to do with it, it's more the people who are actually putting on the show. One major difference is that Paris doesn't have the 'tents' like London or New York, which makes it a little less convenient. Sometimes you will get lucky and have back-to-back shows but all you have to do is walk twenty feet to another tent, instead of taking a taxi to the other side of the city.

PONY RYDER: From all the top models you saw at YSL, whose beauty striked you the most?

SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: I thought that Karlie Kloss looked just beautiful. She really is simply gorgeous in person, and nice too!


Cacharel S/S 10 Paris via TFS (CharlottefromCA)


PONY RYDER: You also did Cacharel ! The shoes were brilliant, how was walking in them?

SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: The shoes were really beautiful! And unique too, I loved the invisi-heel!! Haha. They weren't difficult to walk in, not any more than any other high heel. The only this is that the runway was extremely long. I was almost felt winded by the time I got back!! Hahaha


Twenty8Twelve SS 10 via TFS (SirSunday)


PONY RYDER: Twenty8Twelve! Let me tell you, the outfit you were in was HOT! Are you nervous when you are walking on the catwalk, only partially covered with clothes?

SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: Well, as a model, it kind of comes with the territory, haha. Any fears I have had of wearing little clothing in front of large numbers of people have gone out the window by now. I did stick a little double sided tape on the top before I went out though, so I was good to go!

PONY RYDER: Did you meet Siena Miller there?

SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: Yes I did! I didn't really get to have an in depth conversation or anything, she was quite busy. But she seems really nice, and I really loved her collection.


Yves Saint Laurent S/S 10 Paris via TFS (Nils)


PONY RYDER: From all the fashion weeks you did, which impressed you the most?

SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: I really loved Paris Fashion Week this year. It went really well for me, and Paris in general is just such a beautiful city, you really can't go wrong there. (And their metro system is AMAZING!! haha) Paris is like another world, there's really nothing else that compares.


PONY RYDER: What show was your favorite?
SAMANTHA GRADOVILLE: I really loved walking in all my shows, but I have to give the favorite show award to Vivienne Westwood.

I just love her. I walked for her during the Autumn/Winter 09 Fashion Week in Paris as well and got to talk to her quite a lot from the castings, fittings, and shows. She is really such a genuine and sweet lady. I can't believe how she manages to pull off some of the things she does! She is a truly a fashion genius. She really thinks out of the box, and I just adore that about her and her collection. Her shows are always so fun and crazy! The energy backstage is insane!!

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CATO VAN EE loves PONY RYDER

Posted on: 2010/01/12



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Cato van Ee is with IMG & Paparazzi
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FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: the interview

Posted on: 2010/01/07

Andreas Ohlund for Stockholm SSAW
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FRIDA GUSTAVSSON
the natural

Frida Gustavsson is with IMG & Stockholmsgruppen

IMGmodels.com
the Interview
PONY RYDER: Hi Frida! You have a great name! Before we start with fashion, tell me after whom you got it?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Hey Pony and thanks a lot, I like it to ;) I don't think my parents had someone special in mind when they named me, Frida is quite a common name in Sweden so I guess they just picked a name they liked. I've always imagined and secretly hoped that they named me after Frida Kahlo though!

IMG London

PONY RYDER: How did you start with modeling?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: I was scouted on the streets of Stockholm and joined my mother agency about two years ago. I was so surprised since I never thought I could be a model, but as soon as I started, I really started to love it!

PONY RYDER: When you started, your hair was shorter and blond… Who decided on the makeover?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: There never was any makeover, I just let it grow and with time it got darker and obviously a lot longer hahaha

Ph. Noam Griegst Sty. Tekla Knaust for Cover

PONY RYDER: Frida, do you know the number of shows you booked during last fashion season? Because I lost track! Did you?
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FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: I had no idea until my booker called me and told me I was on the models.com "Walk the walk" list as number four and that I walked about sixty shows. I was completely shocked, I couldn't imagine that it became that many in the end! I lost count somewhere between Marc Jacobs and Jaeger, so I don't blame you ;)

Ph. Annika Aschberg

PONY RYDER: How was it for you?!! I mean, one day you are in school and next day you are walking for Chanel?!
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: It was a wonderful, unreal and amazing experience, I honestly feel privileged to have been given this opportunity! I meet the most incredible, creative and coolest people in the world, got a chance to travel and hang out with my friends backstage. I really had so much fun! I really appreciated the opportunity to meet some of my absolute favorite designers of all time.

PONY RYDER: Wasn't Chanel amazing? What did you think of the stage? Did you meet Lara (Stone) as well as Freja (Beha)?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Chanel is probably all the girls favorite show to do, there's always a magical set, beautiful clothes and styling and then the legendary food haha! Yeah, I got to meet them, they're both extremely beautiful and amazing girls!

@ Rodarte via TFS (wwd.com) (by Lanvinray)

PONY RYDER: I know it's hard, but what was your favorite show?
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FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Jil Sander and Rodarte were my favorites and I can’t possibly choose just one of them because they're so different from each other and I loved them both in different ways.
I loved how chic and sexy Jil was this season, it was so different from previous seasons and I really liked the mix between the extremely chic, the futuristic and the sexy transparent. The different textures and transparency in some of the knitted pieces was just beyond words!

My favorite show in NYC were Rodarte, I absolutely loved the AMAZING craftsmanship behind all these stunning garments, the contrasts between the different materials and textures were just mind-blowing! And then there was the stage with green smoke, cool music, the labyrinth runway filled with sand, the tattoos and everything! I just fell in love with Rodarte all over again, they're just so incredibly talented and different!

Ph. Noam Griegst Sty. Tekla Knaust for Cover

PONY RYDER: You looked amazing at Dior show! The make up seemed really simple, dominated by red lipstick. How long did the make up process last?


FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: First of all, thanks! Yeah, the make up was gorgeous and was actually quite simple as well, it took about 30 to 45 minutes I guess, which is quite quick to be honest :)
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PONY RYDER: What is your make up style?
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: My private make up style doesn't really exist haha, I almost never wear make up in private since I'm both super bad at it and extremely uninterested in it. If I happen to wear make up it’s never more than some concealer and some powder or maybe red lips.
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PONY RYDER: Alexander McQueen. That show was so big. How was your experience of the show?


FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: The Alexander McQueen show was like a crazy dream, Alexander is a genius!!
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PONY RYDER: During last fashion season, did you discover some designer that you didn’t know before but are impressed with?
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: I didn't really discover any new designer but I kind of rediscovered some if you understand me ;) I fell in love with Raf Simons all over again, he's such a genius . I’m also very impressed by the craftsmanship behind the Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Acne and Viktor & Rolf.

Andreas Ohlund for Stockholm SSAW

PONY RYDER: Who are your friends in fashion?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: During the shows I got some time to hang out with the most adorable girls in the world like Dorothea, Imogen, Nimue, Katie, Jac, Elsa, Hanna R and Irina K.
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When we got some time off, we (or at least I) really enjoyed just walking around the streets of Paris, talking and vintage shopping. All of my friends are so inspiring and cool to hang out with so we can just relax with a cup of tea and talk and talk for hours.


Ph. Imogen Morris Clarke via TFS

PONY RYDER: I know that Imogen did a few photos of you during fashion weeks. How did you like the result?
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Imogen is such a natural, both in front and behind the camera, I really like the pictures she took of me :D
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PONY RYDER: Is it harder to stand in front of the camera or behind it, did you ever try to do that?
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: I’m such an amateur photographer, always when I travel, I buy some Kodak single use cameras and just go into some weird frenzy and take pictures of everything from crazy people to beautiful buildings to cool street art. I love to take pictures, but to be honest, I'm kinda bad. I've got a lot of those classic "the photographer’s finger in the corner"-pictures at home haha!

Ph. Noam Griegst Sty. Tekla Knaust for Cover

PONY RYDER: Your print work is getting stronger and stronger by each editorial that you do. What was your favorite shooting?
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Thanks a lot, I do my best here :P My favorite shooting so far must be with Steven Meisel since he's simply a genius. He's got one of the freshest and coolest senses of humor ever and I love his perspectives and visions when it comes to fashion.

IMGmodels.com

BEAUTY TALK


PONY RYDER: How do you maintain your skin?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: I drink a lot of water and try to eat good, healthy food but apart from that, I never go to the bed with make-up on, and I cleane and exfoliate once a day. Dermalogica is my favorite. It is a really good brand free from chemicals and such.

PONY RYDER: What is your favorite moisturizer?
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Active Moist from Dermalogica.

PONY RYDER: Do you use sunblock?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: I have a moisturizer with built in SPF 25 from Clinique which I use everyday.

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PONY RYDER: Your choice of make up remover...
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Crealine from Biotherma

PONY RYDER: The best advice that make up artist gave you is...
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: To use eye cream, after all the on-and-off makeup at the shows your eyes get really sensitive and dry, so a good moisturizing eye cream like Intensive Eye Repair from Dermalogica is a really good tip!

PONY RYDER: Who is your favorite make-up artist?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: I really love Pat McGrath, she's such an amazing person!!

PONY RYDER: What do you have in your make up bag?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Since I, more or less, never wear make up in private, it’s kinda empty but there’s a Lancome mascara, the eyelash curler from Shu Uemura, Armani foundation, some Chanel lipsticks and some I.D. baremineral powder.
PONY RYDER: So your choice of foundation is Armani...
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: I almost never use make up in private, but if I do, I use that sheer one from Armani.

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PONY RYDER: What type of exercise do you do?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Occasionally I do core & pilates but I always loved to run so when I don't feel like hitting the gym I throw some running shoes on and go for a run in the forest (or Central Park if in New York).

PONY RYDER: Tell us about your favorite products…?
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: The only body care product I generally use must be body lotion. I've got a really nice one from Chanel which I'm really fond of, can't remember it’s name though!

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PONY RYDER: What do you eat for breakfast?
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: I love vanilla yoghurt and granola! “Whole foods” has a really amazing organic yoghurt which I love, I eat it almost every morning with granola and raisins - soo incredibly good!!

PONY RYDER: Are you a Tea person or a Coffee person?

FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Lately I've been drinking a lot of green tea but to be honest I'm one of those coffee addicted people, I really love to get a great cup of coffee the first thing in the morning.

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PONY RYDER: What is on your IPod at the moment Frida?
FRIDA GUSTAVSSON: Nowadays I listen a lot to Joy Division, Velvet Underground, Kent, Moby, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed.

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Interview with Fashion Model Frida Gustavsson is original work by Pony Ryder.
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