INTERVIEW- FASHION MODEL NATASJA ADMIRAAL
Name: Natasja Admiraal
Profession: Fashion model and fashion journalist
IMM Models (Düsseldorf)
MGM Models (Hamburg)
Network Models (Antwerp)
Current location: Amsterdam
How did you start modeling?
‘When I entered the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague to study Fashion, students of the photography department asked me to pose for them. It was fun and in a few months I had a lot of pictures. Friends pushed me to do something with it. I took a chance and sent some pictures to a modeling agency, after that I got signed up.’
What does your career do for you?
‘Traveling is the best part of my job together with the fact that I meet a lot of nice and creative people. I thought the modeling world would be hard en competitive but that’s not always true: working together with colleagues often means a lot of fun. It’s easy to combine modeling with my job as a freelance fashion journalist, which sometimes means I have to finish an interview in the airplane! For me it’s definitely an interesting way to experience the fashion business from different points of view.’
What’s your most memorable shoot?
‘One month ago I went to Curacao for a German catalogue shoot. I worked for this client before and it’s a great and funny team. The second day was the clients birthday and - as a surprise for her - a crazy party bus picked us up at the hotel after shooting. With this old graffiti school bus with open windows, beer and loud music inside we drove all over the island! This was my first impression of Curacao and Willemstad, not a bad one at all. Oh and my first real job was also memorable: a lingerie shoot for the Dutch magazine Viva, I remember I felt very uncomfortable!’
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
‘It’s a great idea of Celine Prins! Modellist-id helps you to get connected with people in the business who are traveling in the same area, and you can read about nice places all over the world. It’s good to figure out how the business works, especially for starting models there can be a lot of pitfalls in this job. And last but not least: this website gives a much more realistic picture of the modelling life than all those over-the-top television shows.’
What’s your favorite film/music?
'Film: I like the movies of Woody Allen: Match Point, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and A Midnight in Paris.
Music: The XX, Fritz Kalkbrenner, The Doors, Beachhouse, The Rolling Stones, The Whitest Boy Alive.'
What’s your beauty regime?
‘First of all I have a healthy, vegetarian diet. But with a nutritionist as boyfriend, eating healthy is never a problem! I go to the gym once or twice a week and drink a lot of water. My favorite cosmetic brands are Clarins and Sisley and for make-up products Chanel. But when I have a day off I often don’t wear any make-up at all.’
What are your favourite hang out spots in the city you live in?
‘On sunny days I like to hang out in the Sarphatipark with friends. Balthazars Keuken is a nice restaurant in the Jordaan disctrict. This small and simple place run by friendly staff offers a wonderful daily three course. Lion Noir is also an amazing bar/ restaurant with the most beautiful hidden garden terrace of the city.’
What is your favourite city and where do you like to hang out there?
‘Paris! I travel there a couple of times a year. Sometimes I have little spare time but when I have an afternoon free I always try to visit a nice exhibition. Highlight was the solo exhibition of Hussein Chalayan in Musée des Arts Décoratifs. For me, Le Marais is one of the best quarters of Paris: it’s a vibrant and creative area full of cafés and small boutiques. Or grab a chair in Jardin du Luxembourg and read a book.’
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
‘It all starts with a good and reliable agency. Be on time, work hard and enjoy it!’
What are your future plans?
‘I want to develop myself further as a fashion journalist. Beside that I would like to work as a model as long as I enjoy it.’