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Interview: Model Marie Kitsova (Russia)

Can you tell us a little about you?

Hi everyone! My name is Marie Kitsova. I’m a fashion influencer and model from Russia, currently on a modelling contract in Bangkok, Thailand.

I’ve been modelling and creating content for brands for over 7 years and got to work with a large number of global brands.

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

It’s quite a tricky question for a model. In this industry we’re always focusing on our flaws and imperfections and on how we can fit the required beauty standards better, so I would lie if I told you I didn’t want to change anything about myself.

I guess, it’s pretty basic: I would like to get in a better shape, have more defined abs and slimmer legs - but I’m in the process of achieving all of that with the help of exercise and a balanced diet. I’m also trying to improve the condition of my skin and hair, as it all gets quite damaged from lots of makeup and styling.

However, as I’m getting wiser and more mature I’m learning to embrace some unique features that I have instead of trying to change them.

How did you start modelling?

Ever since I was in my early teens I loved being in front of the camera. My friends and I used to do various creative photoshoots when we were still at school - we would come up with different ideas for locations, makeup and style, my friends would take pictures and I would pose. So I can say that I’ve always wanted to try and take this passion of mine to the next level.

When I moved to Moscow to study at the university, I got approached by a model scout for the first time, when I was having dinner at a restaurant with my parents. However, back then we decided that it would be better for me to finish my degree in international economics first and then sign with an agency if I wanted to.

However, I didn’t give up my creative side completely. I started an Instagram blog around 2015, where I was posting aesthetically looking photos, videos, outfit inspiration, makeup tutorials and travel stories. As my page was getting more and more recognition, I started getting booked for photoshoots and even some runway shows in Russia and later on got scouted by my current mother agency.

What do you think of the work as a model?

I absolutely love it! Modelling is a career that allows me not only to travel the world, but actually live in different places for extended periods of time. I get to meet a lot of incredible people. Not to mention that this field of work is very creative and I get to try many different looks and experiment with my style.

What is your beauty regimen?

It’s nothing special actually. I try to keep my skincare pretty simple, because I have sensitive skin, get enough sleep and drink more water. I try to wash my makeup brushes regularly and make sure the makeup artists I work with do the same haha. I also often bring heat protection for my hair on set, because styling it all the time can be really damaging.

And I have a little beauty secret from my mother and even my grandma that I can share - use castor oil on brows and lashes to make them longer and thicker. ;)

What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?

I can say that I am a very warm, easygoing and approachable person, which helps me a lot to connect with different people. In addition, I’m quite adaptable, so it’s easy for me to get useful connections and “establish” myself in a new place.

At the same time, when it comes to modelling, I’m a true professional, I’m ambitious and very dedicated to my craft. Sometimes I feel like when I’m on set, I forget about any of my human needs and just focus on the creative process fully.

What are your plans for the future?

As I have spent the past 8 months working in Asia, I would love to get more opportunities to do some modelling in Europe. So I’m hoping to meet with agencies in London, Milan and Madrid and get representation there. I also really want to do more editorials for magazines and maybe even get my own cover one day.

Another big dream of mine has been to do acting, so I’d like to explore more opportunities in that area as well.

What are some of your favorite experiences so far?

I’m proud to say I’ve had many amazing experiences in my career, not only as a model but also as a fashion and beauty influencer.

The most memorable for me were collaborations with Givenchy Beauty, Lancôme, Nina Ricci and Gucci Beauty. And if we talk about fashion, projects with Guess, Red Valentino, Coach, Pinko, H&M and Tezenis.

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

The competition in the industry is incredibly high right now, so be ready to put yourself out there, be really persistent and determined and don’t rely solely on your agency to bring you all the opportunities “on a silver platter”.

What do you think of the magazine?

I think it’s a great platform for models, photographers and other creative individuals to express themselves and share their experience. I am very happy to be featured - thank you for having me!

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