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Interview: Model Karina Katane (Moldova)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Karina Katane, I am 19 years old. I live in a small unrecognized republic between Moldova and Ukraine – in Transnistria. I graduated from school with a silver medal. At the moment I am studying at the university with a degree in Journalism. I work as a correspondent specialist at the university, promoting its social networks. Plus, I'm a model. At first modeling was my hobby. But after that it began to bring money. Now I'm a freelance model.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

Recently I have completely accepted myself. I didn't like my nose once. Now I realized that this is all fiction in my head. Because of the uneven teeth, I also had a complex. And even now it's a little confusing for me. But this can be fixed with braces. Maybe I'd like to get a little lower. My height is 185 centimeters. For modeling, this is a lot. 182 would have been enough for me.

How did you start modelling?

At the age of 14, I won a certificate for a professional photo shoot. I was slightly squeezed, plus the photographer was a man. But everything went fine. After that, makeup artists began to notice me on social networks. I was often a makeup model. About 100 make-ups have been on my face for sure. I can say with confidence that almost everyone has seen my photos in our small republic. Then professional photographers started inviting me. And then - agencies and foreign photographers. I worked in a Moldovan agency, but we didn't have a working relationship. Now I am also often seen on social networks by photographers and offered to shoot.

What do you think of the work as a model?

It's hard enough. Especially when you are in another country by yourself. And even more so if you work for yourself. Many people think it's easy to pose. But not everyone can stand being photographed at 0 degrees in a swimsuit or at +25 in a fur coat. But at the same time I love this job. It gives an opportunity to get acquainted with wonderful creative personalities, gain a lot of contacts, shows the world. It's definitely great.

What is your beauty regimen?

I practically do not use any care products. I can buy any scrub or moisturizer. My skin is not prone to severe rashes. But I like to make masks and drip different serums on my face. I do it just because sometimes I want to. And in general, I drink a lot of water to keep my face fresh and without acne.

What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?

I believe that all people are similar to each other. But I'm quite stubborn, sometimes conflicted. But not at work. I'm usually easy-going. Creative, no doubt. Well, all creative people are a bit strange. So I'm weird, too. Purposeful, but lazy at the same time. How I can combine all this in myself, I don't know myself. I'm just an Aquarius :)

What are your plans for the future?

I'm standing at a fork right now. My dream is to be famous. Modeling and journalism can give me popularity. I would like to develop both there and there. I would also like to open my own modeling academy. At the moment I am conducting individual posing classes. Further - more.

What are some of your favorite experiences so far?

When I was in my teens, my parents did not believe that I, a little girl, would ever be able to become a model. Maybe they believed, but in general they were distrustful of modeling. They didn't want to go on modeling trips with me when foreign agencies offered me contracts. And I kept saying that as soon as I turned 18, I would go wherever I was called. And so it happened. A month after my coming of age, I, without hesitation, went to Italy the day after the invitation to the contract. It was an unexpected surprise for everyone. Speaking of qualities. I'm still spontaneous and fearless (almost fearless, I really struggle with insects). Actually, the first independent trip abroad at my own expense left a serious imprint on me. I saw a lot of beautiful places and was very impressed.

Do you have any advice for those who want to start modelling?

When I give master classes, I always tell novice models, especially at the age of 13-14, to think. Do they need it at all? Are they ready? I advise at this age to start to immerse yourself in theory. Find out how the modeling world works, ask more experienced models where and how to start. And later, by the age of 16-17, to try yourself. Because many people will cry behind the screen while you change clothes. I was crying too. From fatigue, from boredom. But then I came out with a smile or with the emotion that the photographer demanded from me. Dear future models, approach your work wisely. Decide if you need it? Whether you can handle that load or not. I wish you all good luck.

What do you think of the magazine?

I learned about this magazine for the first time quite recently. Considering that I don't read many magazines, I liked Modelland. Interesting works by various creative people, informative interviews and the opportunity to meet other photographers and models. That's cool.

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