Interview: Model Larisa Tykhnyuk (Moldova/Belgium)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I moved to Belgium at the age of 25. At first, I thought it would be hard. Moving to a foreign country means you have to start over, think of relationships, a job, a house, etc. Luckily, I was able to build up my life here in Belgium in anytime. I have a joyful hobby, I have a lovely job and I can gladly say that I am very happy that I've taken the risk of moving.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Like many women, I have a long list of what I would like to change about myself, but depending on how I wake up each morning, the list changes. I know that in general, we are distinguished by our shortcomings and they make us unique. In my opinion, the most boring human is a perfect one. Falling in love or loving a person in a friendly way means accepting and understanding that a humans flaws are his perfections. Seeing them for who they are, perceiving their flaws as positive human features.
How did you start modelling?
My friend had some work related issues and therefor he decided to give photography a shot. Even though he had to start somewhere, he did not have the experience or the money to hire a professional model. Therefor he asked me to help him with a portfolio. As a result, he became a highly paid photographer, and I realized that this was/is something I actually really like doing. So modelling became my hobby.
What do you think of the work as a model?
Working as a model is truly exciting, it's like a parallel universe, you are always someone else in front of the camera. A different hair style, piece of clothing and make up works its magic in to transforming a person.
What is your beauty regimen?
At the best part, you can still afford eating everything by just finding your balance. Although I'm lucky for not liking chips, fast food and/or soda. It was never a part of my lifestyle. I find peace in treating my body well. Working out and a healthy sleeping pattern were always a must for me. We all grow old, it is inevitable, yet you can change yourself and your body. For me, the main thing is the quality of life and not the number of wrinkles I have.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I believe in karma and I try to treat people the way I would like to be treated. I believe that being kind is harder than being evil, and being kind requires being firm and confident of your intentions. You can’t always be good for everyone, but you need to clearly understand what result you are striving for. As for me, it’s hard for me to talk about my positive sides, I most likely will not be objective, but if I must, I can sure say that I trust to easily and can be naïve from time to time.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modelling?
I would advise beginner models to try different styles, work with different photographers. Always bring your ideas to life, even if you don’t get the perfect photo, you will still have experience.
What do you think of the magazine?
I like that you are interested in "dialogue" with the model. It is interesting to see not only beautiful photographs, but to learn thoughts, principles of life, dreams that are on the other side of photography.
Photographer: Ron Paolo Gilman
Fred Loosen Photography