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Interview: Model Angela Olszewska (Poland)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Angela. I’m 23 years old. I am from Poland. I lead a double life but don’t be scared: I’m a model but also a co-founder and CEO at my startup. This means I have to constantly navigate through the all-different worlds of beauty and business. This duality extends to my private life, too. On one hand, I’m into extreme sports and an adrenaline addict, on the other, I enjoy my time at home with just a book or a video game… recently, I just can’t stop playing Civilization VI on my iPad!

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like to be more evenly tempered. I get easily agitated over things that aren’t worth it and go through the day grumpy. Worst thing - I know it but I can’t help it, it’s just my emotional me.

How did you start modeling?

My lack of confidence was defeating me so I decided to counter this with something that required a huge amount of courage. So I signed up for Miss Poland pageant. Even though the whole thing wasn’t really my deal, I did enjoy working with the photographers and the photographers replied with words of encouragement and some really good pics. I followed with getting on the Poland’s Next Top Model, a tv show, and then it all somehow started to unfold.

What do you think of the work as a model?

It may seem so, but it’s not for everyone. It’s often strenuous, both physically and mentally. The industry itself is rather brutal. However, it is also an opportunity to live a different story with each project: become someone else for a day, meet new creative people, visit another interesting place.

What is your beauty regimen?

Genes. You’re this or this person and either someone likes the way you look or they don’t. Staying healthy is important and something that is actually in our own hands. Healthy people, such that take care of their body and mind, are beautiful.

What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?

People often think I’m all so feminine. However, if you got to know me closer, you’d find out I like to wear pants and this is how I approach my world and who I share it with.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to be a serial entrepreneur. My first startup is just launching in London and I’m really loving it. I’m still going to be modeling, though, to feed my (hungry) artistic side.

What are some of your favorite experiences so far?

Paragliding and my trip to the wild corners of Asia - both showed me a greater context, in different ways.

Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?

Ask yourself what you want to get out of this experience. If you think about it as your career, do be honest with yourself and try to really understand if you have it. Also, it usually doesn’t last that long so think long term. Don’t get overly excited, read the contracts you sign, follow your intuition… because not all that glitters is gold. Last but not least - HAVE FUN

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