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Interview: Model Elia Oldeman (France)

Can you tell us a little about you?

Hello, I am 22 , about to get my psychology degree. Specialised in developmental disorders. And a freelance model. Born in the south of France from Dutch parents. I love France and it's culture and stay close to my roots also.

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

Thats a good question... I'dd like to love myself more in order to have a bit more self confidence I guess

How did you start modeling?

It's quite funny because i never thougt i'dd become a model one day.

I have a disabled twin sister, she got selected for a mode show and I went with her in order to help her getting her clothes on and of. There, a photographer proposed me to work with him and so it started.

What do you think of the work as a model?

I think it's a beautiful work to do ! I'ts really creative, especially when the connection with the team you're working with is good. And artistic too. I've discoverd a lot about myself while posing and I still do. I'ts fantastic how a body can move, be transformed and sublimated by stylism, makeup or whatever. I love the whole process.

What is your beauty regimen?

I am big fan of nature and everything natural.

I never put makeup on by myself for exemple. So my beauty regimen is especialy based on natural product, like avocado, olive oil, comcomber,eggs, honey... for my skin and hair.

My diet include a lot of fruits,vegetables and white meet.

A good sleep rythm is important too, and some workout 5 times a week.

What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?

People often describe me as an altruist, smiling, impulsive, and happy person.

What are your plans for the future?

As a model, my plan is to get hired in some agency's first of all, in order to get more and more experiences.

As a (future) psychologist my goal is to improve research about autism and get to know more about this disorder. I feel also very concerned to get other types of mental or physical disorders better included in society, helped and lead as best as possible.

What are some of your favorite experiences so far?

One of my favourite experiences was in Mauitius a half year ago. I was there to shoot an advertissing for luxuary hotels. Such a beautiful place ! I loved getting on the other side of the world for work ! Maurician people are very welcoming and most of them can talk between 3 and 5 different langages ! And of course, I felt in love with the nature.

I was very touched by the povrety out there, but still, even when they had nothing they wanted to share what they had. It was a big experience for me, either on the professional side than on the human part.

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

My advice would be to go for it and never forget that everyone is beautiful on his own way. I'ts not always easy to be a model when you hear 9 out of the 10 times that your « not good enough ». Prepare yourself for it. And chose close people you can rely on when hard time comes.

But, still, it's worth the effort !

What do you think of the magazine?

The magazine surprised me. Those questions allow a deeper presentation of the model and makes the pictures more « alive ». I like the idea a lot !

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