Interview: Model Zofia Pacholczyk (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
If I were to describe myself in simple words, I’d say I’m a girl always chasing dreams. My biggest passion is dance, I also love to sing so you can say music really is my life. I have so many bigger and smaller interests though, it’s impossible for me to devote to just one. I’m crazy about Japanese culture (I love their language, traditional and modern art and architecture, cuisine… everything! I could totally live in Tokyo). I love learning foreign languages and traveling, but not only the touristy way - the most enjoyable thing is to meet local people, see how our cultures differ, learn something new from them and let them know that there’s this small country of Poland there somewhere and how we live and think here. You could say people are my hobby I guess ;) Apart from that I have a strong interest in forensic anthropology, which was my major at Uni. I’ve stopped doing it now for modeling, but I’m pretty sure there will be a time in my life when I decide to get back to it.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I honestly don’t know. Maybe the part of my personality making me postponing everything I need to do.
How did you start modeling?
It was after I’ve finished my masters. I’d always wanted to travel and try to live abroad for a longer time. I’ve just figured the easiest way to do it was becoming a model and going to international contracts, and that’s how it started. I then came to love the job and didn’t wanna quit even when I decided to settle down in Warsaw for a while.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think it’s an amazing job if you love traveling and/or meeting new people. It’s super tiring and physically demanding, but it gives so much joy and has this touch of creativity, especially for photo shoots, which makes you never get bored of it. It’s a perfect job as long as you treat it like a hobby more than a regular work and still develop in other fields I guess.
What are your plans for the future?
I honestly have no idea. Just going with the flow and finding new opportunities. Hopefully becoming a superstar? ;)
What is your beauty regimen?
I don’t have a strict regimen. Just dancing a lot to keep fit (but I dance anyway so I don’t treat that as a regimen) and keeping a balanced diet. ‘Balanced’ meaning providing all necessary nutritional elements, NOT restraining myself from eating things. If you want to be beautiful you need to be healthy in the first place after all.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I’d say it’s my cheerful, funny and a bit internally inconsistent personality. I’m always ‘the crazy/weird one’ and even though it’s not what the society considers attractive for a girl, that’s what people like me for. I have a lot of interests in many very different fields, so you can keep getting to know me finding out new, unexpected things and we would always have some subjects to talk about.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Well, it’s not a modeling experience per se, but I’d say one was during my stay in Milan. We became friends with the guys from our agency and one day we all went to a small amusement park near Milan. It wasn’t anything special, but it just felt so different from everyday work and it was so much fun, like we all were children again. That day I felt I’ve made some real friends there, not just hanging out with roommates. It may seem weird, but going to different countries for 2-3 months and then leaving usually ends up in having very shallow relationships with people, and believe me it’s tiring after a while.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
If you feel like you’re gonna love it, just do it! There are so many different kinds of people needed worldwide and so many different kinds of beauty, that there’s a place for you for sure. Somewhere. You just need to try, and find your chance, and wait, wait, wait. Modeling is a lot of waiting, so be patient. And as I said - I’d advice you to treat it as a hobby and do other things next to it. If you manage to become a supermodel - that’s great, but it may take a lot of time at the beginning or end suddenly, and then it’s better to have some sort of a plan B for your future. Of course, contacts made during modeling career help a lot in this kind of situation ;)
What do you think of the magazine?
It’s awesome, I love the idea! One thing is, it’s great to be able to read other models’ experiences and interesting stories from the fashion industry by more and less famous people, not only super famous ones. But I also think it may be very useful for the ones wanting to start their careers in fashion - learning from other people’s experiences will make them see how the work really looks like, how to avoid making mistakes, and how much joy it brings to work in fashion industry.