Interview: Model Sonia Ziobro (Poland) Winner of the month
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Sonia Ziobro. I am 19 years old and I’m from Jelenia Góra, which is placed in Poland. In my free time I really like drawing, painting, riding and helping others, that's why I am a volunteer in several organizations. I danced ballet, I love art, animals, books (you can call me a bookworm), food (especially chocolade) and most of all I love traveling. My grandmother has seen almost the whole world so she encouraged me to explore new places. She is an incredible, inspirational, strong and courage woman. It is the best feeling - breathe the new air, walk the unknown paths, meet other people and admire their different, beautiful culture. I feel like home when I am outside, closer to the forest or the water and I believe, that nature is not a place to visit. It is home. And the last thing: I love being kissed in the forehead, but only by my boyfriend or my parents.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I could react not so emotionally to everything that surrounds me. It seems to me, that I need to find more calm in myself, because sometimes my energy absorbs me.
And if we are talking about appearance, I wouldn't like to change anything. I know that I’m not perfect and this is great. I think that our imperfections create us and they are not flaws, but they make each one of us unique and unusual. Because as someone said: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” And I completely agree with that quote. ;)
How did you start modeling?
I started modeling two years ago. Since then I have the opportunity to work with many amazing people, go to photo workshops, take part in the advertising campaign "Kinder Bueno White".
But I think that one of the main reasons why I started doing anything in this industry was my best friend (and now the amazing photographer) Kaja Wasylkiewicz. We were coming up with new ideas on school lessons. And then we realised it, but it always comes out differently than we planned.
And I was very lucky, because Kaja is a real artist and she can do everything -from make-up to designing clothes and even sewing the projests.
So this is the short story how it all started- with my best friend- my sister and our passion.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I really enjoy it. It gives you opportunity to see new places, to meet interesting people, to play charakters. Modeling is a very intriguing job, because you can be someone else in front of the camera. You can create a story in your mind, and develop your creativity.
It also gives me the opportunity to see and compare ways of interpreting the reality by the photographers with whom I work. It is very easy to see how each of them differently perceives and looks at the world, which is fascinating.
What is your beauty regimen?
I am just taking care of my mind and body. Of course I could write that I drink a lot of water, I eat healthy and I like to practice ect. and in fact I am trying to do all those things. But I believe in sometging a little bit else... Like Audrey Hepburn said: "To have attractive lips, speak words of kindness. To have beautiful eyes, look at what people have beautiful in them. To be thin, share your food with the hungry. (…) if one day you need a helping hand, you will find a at the end of each of your arms. As you get older, you will realize that you have two hands, one for you help yourself, the other to help those in need. The Beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, her face or her way to fix her hair. The Beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the door open on her heart, the source of her love. The Beauty of a woman is not in her makeup, but in the real beauty of her soul. It's the tenderness that she gives, the love, the passion that she expresses.” And I could not describe it better. What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I always see something good and positive in the world, so when it rains I look for rainbows and when it's dark I look for stars. I think I'm spontaneous, brave and loving.
I have big eyes and I heard more than once that I look like a cartoon character (where the eyes occupy a half of the face) ;)
What are your plans for the future?
I am studing psychology, but after college I'm going to go to the school of psychotherapy to become a psychotherapist. I always wanted to work with people and help them somehow, so I'm very happy with the choice I made.
My plan for the future is simple: enjoy every single day, never lose delight and make all my dreams come true.
I follow my rule: if you want fulfill/ achieve something impossible, you must believe, that this is possible.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
It's hard to choose one favourite experience from so many memories... but I like all photo shoots with animals or when I look like a princess or character from fairy tale, but after all the effect is not something that count the most... it is the bonds and conversations that you will make with photographers, make-up artists, stylist, hairdressesrs and whole team. Is about people that you meet and adventure that you experience.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
It's all about not losing your passion and willingness to work. Do not make yourself believe that you're not good enough. The only person who can say you don’t fit in - is you. So don’t listen to people who criticize you and have nothing nice to say. If that's your dream, go for it, try. And remember: you don’t have to do something that you are not comfortable with, just because someone say so. Summarizing: don’t give up and be yourself. :)
What do you think of the magazine?
Magazine is really professional, it gives me a lot of inspiration. Modellenland Magazine is very diverse, shows the work of incredibly talented people. You can see that the magazine is celebrating art, beauty and creativity. I'm very happy about it.