Interview: Model Jurate Stasiunaite (Lithuania)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I started working at 19. My goal was to travel extensively and become independent from my parents. I have realized those goals already. Japan was my dream land and I always wanted to stay there. I did that too for 8 years. I started my own brand of high-end leather goods which saw reasonable success. Now I’m at the point in my life where I want to follow my next passion, interior designing and currently focusing on it.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
It’s so easy to sit and look at yourself and pick out flaws, especially being a model and having to see yourself in photos regularly. With social media having such a huge impact on our generation, it’s very hard for young people to not have insecurities when seeing influencers and models on their screens, daily. I think there is a misconception that models are very confident within their own skin, I for one am not and I know so many fellow models who have self confidence issues. My main aim is to use my platforms in a positive way to ensure others feel confident and happy with who they are.
How did you start modelling?
I have been modelling for 10 years since being scouted in Vilnius main street, when I was age 19. I have modelled in Lithuania as well as abroad for editorial, print, look books, artistic fashion, fashion shows and commercials. I have modelled in Japan, Malaysia, Italy, India, S.Korea, France. Modelling also got me into Beauty pageants.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think it is a demanding but also very rewarding job. It requires a lot of self-discipline both in terms of body and mind. You need to always believe in yourself in a very competitive industry. Modelling helped me with personality development, gave me confidence in myself and in this process, indirectly prepared me for the corporate world.
What is your beauty regimen?
Every morning I’m drinking warm water. Warm water flushes out the toxins, including fat deposits. Also I like to walk a long distance. Sometimes I’m walking more then 10 kilometers for day. But the most most important is balance in everything! A good amount of sleep, healthy food, peace of mind and right people around you.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I believe everyone is different and beautiful in their own way.Im competitive with myself and never with others.I love to teach and learn from the others. Always calm and I do have good patience.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to leave my mark on the world in the minds of the people around me. I want to help as many people as possible.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
My favourite experience is that I could participate in the most popular beauty pageants around the globe! I didn't think I could ever have enough confidence in myself to be a beauty pageant contestant, but it happened.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modelling?
Be ambitious, but in same time stay humble, be bold, be yourself, be respectful, never be late, never flake, don’t take rejection personally.… Don’t take no for an answer, go for the casting you think you won’t get, and meet new people. You never know where the breakthrough is going to come from, you can only trust that if you keep on trying, things will come your way.
What do you think of the magazine?
I love this magazine! I read many interviews and found it absolutely inspiring! I think it is a great opportunity for models, photographers and MUA’s to showcase their talents and creative abilities. It’s really amazed me how many talented people live all over the world!
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