Interview: Cover Girl Yoni Rivar (Belgium)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My full name is Yoni Blommaert, but my friends call me Yoni Rivar. I’m one of the covermodels of this month. I’m a free-lance model and a veterinary student with a passion for economics. I want to specialise in horses or further develop my management skills.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Nothing to be honest. When I was a teenager I had a lot of problems with my self-esteem, but I learned to look passed them and focus on the positive.
How did you start modeling? I got scouted when I was 14years old. I was in a restaurant with my parents when a talentscout approached me. I hated the high standards and the everlasting competition to be extremely skinny. So I decided that I wanted to quit and go to University. A couple of years ago, I wanted to give modelling a second try and started as a freelance model.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I love the fact that I can put my creativity to work and meet so many new people. It made me very independent.
What is your beauty regimen?
Taking care of your skin is the best advice I could ever give someone. In the morning, I always apply a moisturizer and in the evening I wash my face with Avène. Also, every week I use a facemask. Since I started my beauty-regime I barely need any make up anymore.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I’m not afraid to pose or to try something new. I’d rather have 90 over-the-top pictures and 10 awesome pictures than 100 boring pictures with basic posing and facial expressions.
What are your plans for the future?
To find balance in my life. I need to combine health, my education and my freelance career in a pleasant way.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
One of my favorite experiences was the catwalk that I walked for JirehCouture. Such a beautiful collection and what a talented designer! It was a real exhausting day, but everyone was so nice and we got pampered with snacks backstage.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
It’s more than having a pretty face and smiling for the camera. I saw a lot of beautiful girls who don’t have enough facial expression on photo’s or whose posing is too basic. You need to be confident in front of the camera practice a lot at home, in front of a mirror.
It’s so important that you are aware of how your body looks when you’re posing. You need to know your strengths and flaws and be able to pose around it.
What do you think of the magazine?
I love it. It’s so interesting to read about the perspectives on modeling from other models and photographers, I learned a lot from it and discovered some great artists that are really inspiring.
Credits Cover: Production: Modellenland Magazine Art director: Peter Van Pouke Photograph: focas.be Photographer: Tom De Win Model: Yoni Rivar