Interview: Model Carola Abate (Italy)
Can you tell us a little about you?
When I was fourteen I liked to improvise shooting with my younger sister. She has always been a great photographer and she still takes photos of me for both my portfolio and my Instagram account.
I work as a model, but my education is equally important. I am studying chemistry and pharmaceutical technologies at Sapienza University, although it is not easy to pursue both.
I don’t like being classified into a category, I want to be a model, but also a pharmaceutical chemist and, who knows, maybe one day a good mother.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Not much. I love myself with all my imperfections and it took me so many years to accept them. I have understood that my uncommon features about my body can be my strength and not a weakness in particular for fashion world, so I have stopped hiding them
How did you start modelling?
I always loved getting photographed since I was a child. However my real work as a model started four years ago. I was eighteen years old. my current agent asked me if I wanted to be part of his models cast, until that moment I had never thought that posing could be my job. I like doing it because I am free to express the part of me I like to be, I can represent a state of mind or a moment or a character and escape from the reality that encases me just for some minutes.
What do you think of the work as a model?
It is the kind of work that can grant you immense satisfactions, but at the same time it is easy to have bad experiences, especially if you are young and insecure. Nowadays, models should have more labor protections.
What is your beauty regimen?
I work out every day and I eat small portions of food every few hours throughout the day. It is important for me to balance healthy eating habits and exercises, I soften the rules only on holiday. I always drink a lot of water and extracted juice to stay hydrated. It is indispensable for having a glowing and clean skin.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I think my energetic character is a strong point for this job. I have always been determined: if I want something, I will push myself to the limit to achieve it.
What are your plans for the future?
I am not living the best period of my life due to Coronavirus. Italy is currently on lockdown, there are a lot of limitations. I just hope to regain my freedom and get back to take photos as soon as possible.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Over the past years, I worked with amazing people from all over the world. I have had different artistic experiences thanks to this, and it is the best part of this job. However, what I prefer the most is to travel and work in stunning locations.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modelling?
The industry is hard, it is not simple being a model. What matters is to keep going on despite the struggles you will come across.
What do you think of the magazine?
I love it! The layout is great and the photos are amazing, I believe the magazine can be of great inspiration for a lot of models and photographers.
Photographer: Paolo Manzini
MUA: Francesca Bova
Photographer: Leonardo Di Giacobbe MUA: Carola Abate