Model Interview: Laerke Simone on Modelling

“It’s always better to fail at something then not even try! Then at least you know you had tried”.

Laerke Simone

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Laerke Simone for Vogue Italia

  • What do you miss most when you travelling? 

When I travel I really miss my friends - thank God for Skype! I also really miss home-cooked meals. When you are traveling you don’t really get a lot of time to eat and often end up eating whatever you can get your hands on. I love cooking and really miss it when I am away from home. 

  • What has been your favourite modelling experience so far? 

My favourite modelling experience so far has been when I was shooting on the coast of Sardinia. It’s such and amazing place and great team. We where shooting 2 days and one of the days we where shooting with a wolf and 3 horses. I love animals and being so close to a wolf was an amazing experience. 

  • What item in your closet do you wear the most? 

My favourite item in my closet right now is my black suede skirt. 

  • Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?

It’s always better to fail at something then not even try! Then at least you know you had tried and then you can make a decision if you want to give up or not. But if you don’t at least try then you have just failed anyway. 

  • Do you have any beauty routine? 

I don’t really believe in using a lot of products when it comes to my skin. Just a simple cleansing milk and some face cream and I am good to go!

  • What do you like most about modelling? 

I really love to travel! I love meeting new people, seeing the world and to experience new cultures. And modelling is a great way of doing that. You get so many new experience every time you have a new job and it’s always different people you meet and different places you see.

  • What do your friends and family think about your modelling success? 

My family is really supportive about it and they have been such a big help through it all. Some of my friends are also really supporting and I am so happy about that! I also have some friends that don’t really understand what my job is, or in other way are against it. But that is fine too, I know that some of my friends really like listening to my work stories and with the others I just talk about other stuff that are going on in my life. 

  • Has modelling changed you as a person? 

I would say that modelling has changed me as a person but it has empowered me to be a stronger and more confided version of my self. 

  • What advice would you give to someone embarking on modelling career? 

Don’t believe in the media’s version of a modelling career, it’s fake! Give it a shot if you like being creative with you appearance but don’t do it to get a luxurious life, because there is nothing luxurious about being a model. It’s hard work, but if you love it like I do it’s worth it all. 

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Model Interview: Tommie Fourie on Fashion Modelling

Interviewed and Photography by Zuzana Breznanikova of London Photo Portfolios 

“Don’t change yourself to fit beauty standards”

Tommie Fourie

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  • How did you get into modelling?
  • I got scouted by a model from Switzerland at an event in Johannesburg. 

    • What is the most exciting modelling job you ever done? 

    Every job I get always has something different to offer so there is always something exciting going on for me. Fashion week is always exciting! I get such a rush on the runway although my face does not really show it haha.

    • You travel a lot in your modelling job. What you can’t travel without? 

    I can’t travel without lip balm. I’m addicted to lip balm at the moment. I have 100’s of different types but I can’t seem to say no to another tube. 

  • Which are your favourite celebrities? 

There are so many “celebs” that inspire me, and It changes all the time. Right now I’m slightly intrigued by Justin Bieber to be honest. It feels like I wrote the entire Purpose album. But like I said I change my mind all the time so I’m also gonna say that I don’t like everything about him. 

  • What was your embarrassing moment in modelling?

Umm gosh haha I’ve had a few. I did a shoot on a beach once and I had to change behind a towel. Let’s just say the stylist dropped the towel by accident and I flashed the whole beach haha

  • What do you like most about modelling? 

Traveling and meeting interesting people. I’ve grown so much as a person by being a model. 

  • What do you find most difficult about modelling? 

I think the industry is becoming very influenced by social media so I feel like that has had a very reductive impact on fashion. I mean social media is great but It’s not everything. It’s complicating life in general.

  • What advice would you give to aspiring models? 

Don’t try too hard. Don’t overthink everything and don’t change yourself to fit beauty standards. 

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What is the difference between editorial and commercial modelling?

The models normally fall into two categories - editorial or commercial. 

Commercial fashion photography are used to display and sell products, clothes, jewellery etc. The model criteria including height for commercial modelling are often less strict than for fashion editorial / catwalk models. Models normally have more ‘classic’ look and brands like to cast the model that they think would represent their brand best. Commercial modelling can be quite lucrative and if you want to be a commercial model it does help to have a nice smile and friendly personality - no photographer or brand wants to work with a model who is difficult. Nowadays all ages are cast for commercial shoots and ‘classic’ or ‘timeless’ models (models over 25) are also in demand as not all brands market their products to the younger generation. 

See sample of commercial photography by Zuzana Breznanikova of London Photo Portfolios

Editorial models tend to have unusual and often edgier look than commercial models. Editorial fashion shoots are for a magazine and editorial photoshoots normally have a theme or story. In order to become fashion and catwalk model with top fashion editorial model agencies you will need to be very tall with few exceptions like Kate Moss! It is considered to be more prestige type of modelling and editorial shoots (even if not financially lucrative) can be great for model’s exposure and lead to big advertising campaigns. All the top modelling agencies like Elite London look for editorial models scouting for the next big face. Normally models with top model agencies start quite young - even as young as 14 or 15! 

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I am a fashion photographer based in London shooting both commercial and editorial photography. If you would like to get a professional model portfolio or update existing one then check out my model portfolio shoots. Good model book should show your versatility and show your full potential as a model. I shoot model books for both commercial and editorial fashion modelling depending on the look of the model. I photograph both women / female model portfolios and men / male model portfolios

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