MODEL CITY GUIDEBy JOSEFIN HEDSTROM (@ Marilyn NY)
PR: When you were 15 you went to Tokyo! How did you experience it?
JOSEFIN HEDSTROM: Yes I did. It was my first real trip as a model and by myself and now when I think about it I don’t know how I had the courage to go all alone. I remember I had a nice time because I stayed together with another Swedish girl and we had a lot of fun and we are still really good friends.
But it was hard work there because the Japanese people there are very ambitious and you have long workdays until late at night almost every day but it’s a good experience to have because the fashion business is not really a-nine-to five-job.
PR: Is there something you would recommend to do there?
JOSEFIN HEDSTROM: When you are there you should explore as much as possible, there is so much to see and the culture is so different; the manners, the food, the environment etc. And try the karaoke bars with some friends, you will have a blast!
PR: How was the food in Tokyo?
JOSEFIN HEDSTROM: Some things were delicious and some things were just weird. I learned to eat sushi and sashimi there and it’s really great there. But they have some really weird food over there, like dried mini-fishes, with eyes and everything, as snacks and those things I can live without.
PR: Were you the tallest on the street there?
JOSEFIN HEDSTROM: Yes I think so. I remember constantly getting poked in my eyes by their umbrellas because I was so much taller than them.
PR: So you like fish… Is there any fish you particularly like?
JOSEFIN HEDSTROM: I like salmon and cod. In the summers when I was little I loved the smoked mackerel, which my parents bought from the local fisherman down, at our country house. It was served with lemon, dill and fresh potatoes.
PR: Do you cook?
JOSEFIN HEDSTROM: Yes I do but more when I’m home in Sweden when my friends and me have dinner parties or when cooking for my family. When I am out traveling it’s harder and half the pleasure in cooking is to do it together with someone else.
PR: Do you understand the importance of breakfast?
JOSEFIN HEDSTROM: Yes, when I was little I was told that breakfast is the most important meal and there is a saying that goes like “ Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” I don’t know if that’s true but anyway.
PR: What do you usually have for breakfast?
JOSEFIN HEDSTROM: For breakfast I usually have raspberries with vanilla yoghurt and a lot of grounded cinnamon. Sometimes I’ll have an egg or a smoothie, depends on what I feel like having. Last but not the least coffee or blueberry - rooibos tea.
PR: Do you avoid any type of food? Surely you have to have food indulgence…
JOSEFIN HEDSTROM: I don’t really know but I prefer eating veggies and nice meat and fish and I am not a big fan of fried food.
There are a lot of really good yoghurt-ice cream places in New York, which are perfect to visit when it’s hot in the summer.