Interview: Model Sylwia Lisiova (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I am almost 29 years old, I was born in Warsaw where I currently live. I studied philosophy and graphics. I am an illustrator by profession, and tribal fusion dance passionate. I'm also a mum for my pygmy hedgehog.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I accept myself as I am and don't have need to change anything actually. It doesn't mean I think I'm an ideal but it took me some time to accept myself, and I'm just happy with it.
How did you start modeling?
I actually tried modeling for the first time in 2011, but it developed properly later in 2018. I was just curious, looking for new experiences and trying to gain some more self-confidence. I'm freelance model, not being with any agency.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think it is more demanding than it seems in the pictures. Especially when it comes to creative work. I have to play different roles and emotions with my face and body regardless of my actual mood. It can be really exhausting. But I love to do it and have a great satisfaction after each photoshoot. I love getting to know new people to work with and also their positive feedback gives me wings. All my passions are related to creativity and modeling fits just prefect.
What is your beauty regimen?
Nothing complicated, really. I prefer to stay as natural as possible, so I usually only wear very delicate or no make-up. I don't dye my hair neither but daily haircare is really important to me. I regret that my diet is also not that fit and perfect as it could be but I just prefer to eat what I like. I'm not a big fan of sports too and oriental dancing is the activity I do regularly since I really enjoy it. Before photoshoot, I always spend about 10minutes on face massage - it is refreshing and helps to remove signs of tiredness.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I have a kinda distance to how I look on the pictures. I find it really helpful since it gives me a lot of creative freedom and I feel comfortable playing different roles in front of the camera. In real, I'm almost always smiling too, despite of what you can see on the pictures. As a model I'm very committed to every single photo shoot. I consider myself a bit of an actor, able to fit into a variety of different, sometimes very extreme styles and moods.
What are your plans for the future?
Keep evolving my passions, improve and gain more experience.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Photo shoot with Artur Mieczkowski turned out to be one of the most interesting experiences so far - it took place in front of the mirror. Usually I pose in front of a photographer, while during that shoot I had to play with my own reflection, which required a lot of self-acceptance and distance to myself not to mention overcoming shame.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
To be natural and accept yourself. These are very visible on the pictures. It is worth taking the time to choose a photographer too, ask others about him/her and talk to him/her earlier. A good photographer has a lot of experiences with different people, body shapes and personalities and is able to see a person specific beauty. Such cooperation not only gives amazing results, but also a great experience. It allows you to become aware of your body and is a great way to express yourself.
What do you think of the magazine?
First time I saw Modellenland Magazine when my friend, a photographer, showed it to me. I think it is a great read and source of information about other creative people
photo: Tomasz Ertman MUA: Dominika Piotrowska