Interview: Model Natasha Oliver (UK)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Natasha Oliver, middle name Louise, I have been a model for a good seven years now, I'd say this is probably been the best year of my modelling career as I have been in many magazines and modeled for some amazing brands, to mention a few, Antoninias, PUNKPAWS and Serenity-Fashion, check their great designs out. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, its very good for you also keeps you active, I enjoy drawing and painting and not only that, of course spending time with my blonde girlies and my other half Liam. I'm a big animal lover, although I hate spiders!
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Honestly probably my nose but if I had the chance to change it I am not sure I would as it may be dangerous as that's what we use to breathe through.
How did you start modeling?
I never thought about the idea until my step-mum had mentioned it to me, I had come down stairs with as usual, some weird outfits I had put together, I was wearing a floral mesh type of tights, with shorts and a rock band t-shirt, she said 'you look like a model' and voila! The idea came to my head and I tried to join some agencies, I had my first portfolio shoot in London and the rest is history, I always wonder if I ever would of done modelling if she hadn't mentioned it.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think at times it can be challenging when a photographer has a mood or theme and you have to recreate what they are thinking in their mind, I try my hardest on every shoot but of course it will never be exactly the way they imagined it in their head, sometimes it turns out even better. But it is an amazing job, I enjoy shooting, it can be a very physical job also so if your thinking of becoming a model, you better stretch out and become flexible. I find myself sometimes googling new poses or flicking through magazines copying their poses, you never want a model doing the same pose over and over again you want diversity and different angles!
What is your beauty regimen?
My makeup artist Chloe Alisha will read this and she will hate me for it but I don't really have one as such.. I mean I take off my makeup at night and brush my teeth etc but really that's about it, I will pop on moisturizer or bio oil every now and then but I don't put it on day and night. Saying that I do recommend body shop make up remover, toner and moisturizer, I think its vitamin E one, always makes my face feel soft and refreshed.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I am very open to people's ideas, you could say I am an open book. I do not take constructive criticism to heart as I know its going towards helping me in that time or future.
I shoot many different styles of modelling to make myself more approachable to a wider range of photographers, designers and people within the modelling industry.
What are your plans for the future?
To be happy that's my plan! I would of loved to of traveled to 10 different countries by the time I am 30!
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
One that comes to mind is modelling for the designer Antoninias, wow her clothes were so amazing, if you get a chance you should have a peak, you'll be blown away, I was so glad to be chosen to model for her clothing line, not only were they comfortable they were absolutely beautiful, the photographer David Long was also such a great photographer to work with, any models reading hit him up! Although I got very sun-burnt the images were amazing that we made and so worth looking like a lobster for a week!
Second one that comes to mind is working with the wonderful photographer Vic Kumar, every time we shoot we create some beautiful images, I have lost count of how many times we have shot now, he is the photographer that has shot all these beautiful images in this edition. Instagram @vic.kumar
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Dont! haha I am kidding but please consider what type of modelling you'd like to get into, plus size, catwalk, commercial, glamour etc and consider the criticism you will get by agents, photographers and designers, can you cope with it? Do not spend any money on any shoot, no matter what, you should never have to pay for a portfolio! Do request to have your favorite music playing when you do a shoot! The beat will kick your poses up 10 notches!
What do you think of the magazine?
Amazing obviously! I think it's a great way for models to get their face out their in the industry as we all know theirs a new face every five minutes so you have to keep up your marketing of yourself! I love how it's not only about models its a magazine for everyone too!
Thank you ModellenLand Magazine for having me and thank you to everybody who has read my interview.
Please go ahead and find me on instagram and become a stalker 😉 @natashaoliver97