Denise Bon is a fashion model from the Netherlands. She was seen on the cover of the magazine Grazia and Amayzine and she participated on the dutch TV contest Hollands Next Top Model!
Agencies: Touché and Ace
Milestones: Grazia en Amayzine cover, GQ online magazine
Current location: The Netherlands
Tell us about your career as model. How did you get started?
I started with a photoshoot with my friend just for fun. And I really enjoyed it. Then I did the contest Elite Model Look and I made it to the second round. From that moment I felt this is what I want to do from now. So I put myself on a website where models and photographers can find each other. And I get a message from a woman who wants to shoot me for her shoe accesoires. So I did it and it was my first job. After the job she told me that she knows a agency and I get in contact with that agency. With that agency I made my first trip abroad. I went to Istanbul in 2015.
My whole life I watched Hollands Next Top Model. So I gave myself up for the next season, and I got in. Before I got in, I said to my old agency that I wanted to leave them. After the contest I signed in with Touché Models, did some small jobs in the Netherlands and I went to Milan for 7 weeks and I stayed 5 weeks in Athens.
When did you first sign with an agency and what was that like?
I signed my first agency in 2015 and it was an amazing feeling. I felt really happy and was also excited to start my modeling carreer.
What is one of your favorite photographs from your career so far? Who shot it?
The shoot that I did in Hollands Next Top Model for Grazia is still one of my favorite photos and also a shoot that I recently had in Athens for beachwear clothes. The photographer from that shoot was Yiorgos Kaplanidis.
What is your best model experience ever?
My trip to Athens and everything around it.
What are the main challenges in modeling today?
The biggest challenge I think today is social media. To gain more followers and posting nice pictures. And who to keep your followers interested. I was lucky that I get a lot of followers because of HNTM. But also my followers went down after the contest.
What do you enjoy most of your profession?
The think that I like the most is meeting new people every time and every where. You get a lot of experience. You never know in which situation you are getting. Sometimes Im like shit, what do I need to do now. But you always find a solution. And there are a lot of various jobs in the modelling. Its never getting boring. One day your walking a show and the other day youre doing a tv commercial and the they after your doing e-shop in a studio.
And for sure that I like traveling a lot! It makes you experience a country in a whole different way than tourists experience the same country during a holiday. You learn about fun local places, the culture, the people and their habits. It’s very interesting!
How would you describe a model life?
Hectic, one day you are an option and the same day you dont, you never know when and where youre going. And you never know for how many weeks you are abroad. Sport is a big part for modelling and also for eating healthy. But thats sometimes also hard, if there is no gym or you dont have time to go to the gym because of a busy day. Youre getting new friends all over the world but sometimes you lost also friends in your country because they dont understand the model life and that you not always have time to see them or that you miss their birthday or holidays.
Do you think models are able to find long lasting friendships within the industry today?
Social media makes it a lot easier. But I think that friendships you make during modeling jobs are hard to keep. But it’s always possible to meet each other in another country. For girls who have the same mother agency and you go together to the several places it’s easier to build a strong friendship with.
Were you on the runway during Fashion Week this year? If yes, where and for which designer?
No. There was no fashionweek in Athens. They got something smaller. But I walked a show and in Athens its really big its also on TV there. The name of the show is Madwalk.
What is your favorite thing to do when not working?
I like to watch series, hanging out with family/friends, going out for lunch or dinner, festivals. Things like that.
Take us through a typical day in the life of Denise.
Im a really early morning person. So Im waking up around 8 o’clock. Then Im preparing my oatmeal breakfast and during eating my breakfast I watch some tv program, serie or YouTube. Then I take a shower and go to the gym. After the gym, I put some make up and it depends what Im going to do. Sometimes hanging out with a friend or working at my old job in a lunchroom. It depends from day to day. I dont have a lot of work in my country right now. Hopefully it became better in the future!
How do you keep your body in good shape?
I go to the gym three times a week and do some cardio and strength training. I’m doing cardio for like 20 minutes and then some several strength exercises. Some exercise for my legs, my abs and also for my arms. But I have an atlethic body type, so I can not workout with weights that are too heavy.
Besides working out I eat also kinda healthy. I need to try really hard because I love chocolate and other junkfood too much haha!
What’s your favorite place in the world?
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but I feel happy when I am surrounded with my friends at a good festival. The vibe over there is so good. I’m also quite new with traveling, so far I don’t have a favorite place. But I really enjoyed Athens. I prefer Athens above Milan.
Give us 5 fun facts people might not know about you yet.
1. I did a supervisor study and after I finishing I wanted to go to the police academy
2. I love hardstyle music
3. One of my jobs before modelling was working as a driver for spare ribs express
4. The night before I can get excited when I think about my breakfast and coffee for in the morning
5. One year ago I had really blond and long hair (check my FB, if want to see it 😉)
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
It’s really helpfull to share your experiences for other models and also for reading others experiences. For sure when Im going to my next trip I will read the chapter of the city online!
Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Modellist-ID?
A good friend of me frien Elles Ottens. We met the first time in Istanbul and the second time I saw that she also stayed in Milan. So from that moment we hang out a lot.