Interview: Model Lilith Etch (Sweden / Denmark)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I work full time as a travelling nude art and fashion model, based in Sweden and Denmark. I give lectures to photography clubs, offers mentoring to amateurs and workshops on Faroe Islans and other beautiful landscapes. I simply love everything this work has to offer! More personal, I am a very passionate person who tries to get the most out of life. I love beauty in all shapes; beautiful personalities, beautiful nature, classical music, art, watching people interact with each other in a bar just before closing. I think life is beautiful and I enjoy it so much. I also think this world that we have created needs a lot of work and therefore I use a lot of my time fighting for causes I believe in; equal rights between human beings, no matter what gender you identify with, what your sexual orientation might be, if you’re CIS or transgender etc. I’m a free spirit and a fighter, that sums me up pretty well.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Well, I’m gluten intolerant and I need glasses to see clearly; so if I could change that I would do so in a heartbeat!
How did you start modeling?
I had a friend when I was seventeen who thought I should try it with her sometime, so I did. And I loved it!
What do you think of the work as a model?
Of course it’s superficial, but what I love is that modelling allows you to, actually needs you to, work with emotions. You have to dive into emotions and really feel bad-ass, vulnerable, sexy, powerful, superior, desperate, whatever. You can’t just fake it, it won’t look as real as if you really feeling it. To be creative in that way and then see how it ends up in kick-ass images is amazing. And you meet amazing people and can help them to develop in their art, or to create the images of their dreams - that is so amazing!
What is your beauty regimen?
I don’t really have any. I don’t usually wear makeup or use any specific products (except for skin lotion when needed) but I use hair spray to keep my hair in place. That’s about it.
What are your personal qualities that distinguish you from others?
I am great at mentoring, and I get booked by amateur photographers for my mentoring skills as well as my modeling skills.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m currently on a break from studying social work at the University of Gothenburg. As far as my plans goes I intend to finish them and become a sexologist, but for now I work as a traveling model full time and that is what I want to do for the next couple of years. I simply love it, it's living the dream!
What are some of your favourite experiences so far?
Well, I just trekked all by myself to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, and of course I took a nude image of myself with Mount Everest in the background. That was dope!
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
You need to have thick skin, for you will find yourself in situations in which you need to have that, and you also need to understand that you will start to look in the mirror seeing things you want to change. Working as a model is amazing, but you need to be confident about yourself. Also, people will try to make you feel bad about what you do, especially if you also work nude. So make sure that you are proud over what you do and own it.
What do you think of the magazine?
I think Modelland Magazine is an amazing magazine. A lot of people think that being a model means to only stand in front of a camera and look cute, when really there’s a lot of work working as a model. Modelland Magazine give models a chance to get closer to the readers and present ourselves the way we want to be presented.