Interview: Model Victoria Orlova (Estonia)
Can you tell us a little about you?
Hello! I'm a 21-year-old curvy model, a resident of Estonia, with Russian roots. I'm fond of horse riding and I love reading psychology and fantasy books. I believe that these my two hobbies speak well about me: I'm a pragmatic person, who also love to dream.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I have some little things that I do not like in myself, but everybody has them. If I have to change my main character traits, then it will not be me anymore, you know... Maybe I would like to be more confident and capable of making difficult decisions easier.
How did you start modeling?
It all began quite spontaneously. I decided to arrange a photo session for my birthday in 2016. I turned to incredible Siiri Kuumari, an Estonian photographer (and just a wonderful person). Then I first "tasted" how it was like to be in front of the camera and create a miracle. So it really happened: the pictures proved to be very sensual and beautiful. Then I began, for fun, trying out in various TFP shootings. After some time, I managed to secure a few commercial orders, including a small role in a movie. Today I'm a freelance model; I've been discussing my next work with La Modelz Management and CBS Model Management.
What do you think of the work as a model?
It's an awesome work! I would be happy to make it my main job. All the time you communicate with very different, but very interesting people. In 98% of cases, I can find a common language with each photographer and the "team", after half an hour of communication. It is because when you have a common cause, which you adore and are eager to create something special together, you do not need to spend time on warming-up, like "what do you like to do in your spare time?" – "Create!" and, all in all, you get along quite naturally. So, working as a model, I think, it's very interesting, although this is a lot of stress, too. I probably can't count how many times agency was told me "no". You need to be very stress-resistant and calmly react if someone finds that your thigh size does not fit, and you should not feel like the sky is falling down.
What is your beauty regimen?
It's a good question. I was genetically lucky with my skin and, except for cleansing, I do nothing with it. I think, in most cases, with special "rules or rituals," you can improve yourself only up to a certain point. I feel confident and attractive when I follow my diet and know that no redness will appear on my skin; and then, just like others – sports and a healthy lifestyle. However, I'd be lying if I said do it 24/7.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
Everyone I worked with says that I am very friendly and open. If I work on something, I'm usually very enthusiastic about the idea and the work itself. Once someone even complimented me, "You're not one of those presumptuous and arrogant models, you're very nice." At the shooting, I usually laugh a lot during breaks. I usually immerse myself in the process, always trying to figure out how to do the work better.
What are your plans for the future?
I've started attending acting courses, because I liked my little experience in the movies. Those were thrilling and new sensations for me, something I had not experienced before. So I'll be glad if someone again invites me to do more acting, even for a very small part. Otherwise, I remain open to work in the modeling business.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
My shooting for a fashion magazine and my role t in the "movie" (although it's not really about the modelling, right?). It was incredible, really. I was terribly nervous; it turned out that we shot one day and then we were told that that was all; I, together with my mother, bought tickets to Greece. However, when it became clear that there would be another day of filming, I postponed the trip and stayed to do it again (and I never regretted doing it afterwards.)
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
It will be very difficult for me to give an advice; I am still a "novice". I think you need to be patient and be confident that this is what you are really passionate about.
What do you think of the magazine?
This magazine has so many inspirational stories. This is exactly what you are often lacking, when there are failures or you feel a breakdown. It is also very interesting as leisure-reading. In both instances, it's a great magazine.