Gorgeous model and soon mommy to be of her second child, Louise Weilers, tells us about her life as a model and shares some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about her.
Profession: model/actress researcher, Masters in Media
Agencies: modelwerk Germany- Dominique models- Belgium, Fusion Models- South Africa, Couple more in Europe, European campaign & commercial face cream since 6 years face for Henry Christ fashion. In my 20’s all worldwide jobs been beauty and household products packages and more corporate jobs.
Current Location: home base Amsterdam
Tell us about your career as a model. How did you get started?
It went gradually and I naturally got into it. No scouts or life changing events. My first job was at 4 years old. My mom’s model friend needed a daughter this helped to pay for my dog. As a teenager, I modeled a few times for my aunt who was a busy mua for brands like Wella and Sebastian.So I grew up with a bit of posing on the side. But never joined an agency. Until frederique huydts ( rip ) motived me while I worked as a waitress. I really started my career 20 years ago as an athlete for sports brands like Nike and Adidas, which was the coolest side job during university and I could “sell” myself as the person I wanted to be.
When did you first sign with an agency and what was that like?
I started off specialized in sports and then I learned to be more all round. Like smiling in bikinis in the limbo for catalogs and tv or lookbooks for Tommy H. I was with Max Models and in my 30’s I followed my booker to Euromodels closer to home. I always felt appreciated and as I started relatively late to take things more serious I always managed to take things as they come. I have always worked silently relatively as a commercial/ classic type of model doing adverts, lifestyle, beauty, a catalogs couple of fashion shows and many commercials.
What is one of your favorite photographs from your career so far? Who shot it?
Hard question I think most of my action pictures. I got a memorable one from Pablo Delfos on a pier by a beautiful sea as from there I started to get more motivated. And many other pics shot on amazing destinations and with sometimes the greatest colleagues. Unfortunately, I lost track of a lot of images I would have loved to see.
The biggest jobs have usually been easiest to shoot. Have to say most fun I had shooting a commercial for Gamma together with “freek-Willem”
What is your best model experience ever?
Usually the bigger international productions for moving images. As they have big crews big budgets and time cost plenty money so the pressure is on. I worked with some great international directors like Jalil lespert and Dexter fletcher. I would like to drop a few more names but I am pregnant now and keeping databases not my best anyway. Car commercials are also exciting to shoot especially before the drones with a helicopter following.
What are the main challenges in modeling today?
For me to know my strong market and to find & stay with the bookers & agencies that know me and still like to push and look for new clients.I will try to pick up the Dutch market again as I have usually bigger successes outside the country I have left it a bit on the side. I still hope to enjoy a long lasting challenging international career in the mature department where we can show off our (character;) wrinkles.
What do you enjoy most of your profession?
I love the social aspect and the variety of crew and location and sometimes the pressure that comes with it.
Very international and diverse and you have to be ready for anything which keeps it challenging and surprising. If we decide to move to Australia or another side of the planet there is a big chance that I can always continue doing what I do. Obviously, you have to build up the network again. I also always liked being anonymous people don’t care too much who you are more if you communicate what they need. Now with the importance of social media this has changed. It helps if you very stable with your both feet on the ground. Not to take yourself too seriously. So you can enjoy the uppers and overcome the downers easily. I also see a lot of benefits in being your own product and to invest in yourself. If you do that well it’s never a waste of time.
How would you describe a model life?
For me it has always been a happy exciting life. As I never lived lonely in a modelhouse with little pocket money and heavy diets and rejections or bad treatments causing depression and insecurities. I have always been able to travel and do jobs in amazing locations with lovely people and a big smile on my face. When it’s hard or disappointing I manage not to take it too personal. I do keep telling people it’s not half as glamorous or easy as most outsiders think. I hate it when people think that money falls out the sky for models. Best is for me to model for the cherry on the pie and not for your breadwinning so you can just do the cool shoots without pressure for the next one. But some periods I also depended on it. Luckily I see being booked as a bonus but a free day/week is never a burden. Usually when I decide to take a bit of distance and start focusing more on other work there’s always a big job that pulls me straight back in again. I am very happy with my job it suits my lifestyle and character.
Do you think models are able to find long lasting friendships within the industry today?
Absolutely. I have connected with a lot of nice Dutchies in Cape Town even while we lived around the corner from each other in Amsterdam. I have quite a number of sustainable friendships with models and also a few stylists, muas, photographers. I feel fortunate to meet a funny bunch over the years.
What is your big model dream?
I never had one which- I guess- also avoided possible disillusioned and kept me happy being mediocre at most years but always working. Secretly I did want a private jet to take me and my dogs around haha.
Now I look forward to being a 40+ model and have a few nice ( upmarket ;)brands that are appealing to me that would like to work with me. I still think the best is yet to come.
What is your favorite thing to do when not working?
Simple things I love to walk, travel, socialize. We have a little garden cottage now and a camper. So it’s easy to feel like you are on a holiday. When I need to recharge my battery it will def be sauna or wellness. If I get a chance one day I will turn my house into a spa. Other than that I can say that I am a true globetrotter. Many times I don’t take the first flight back after a job on a nice location if I have the space to hang around a bit.
Take us through a typical day in the life of Louise.
Nowadays I am A mommy so my rituals have changed a little bit and more now I am pregnant on top. I try to do barre classes a few times a week now. Preferably I do some yoga or swim if the weather is good before breakfast and the rest of the day I like to enjoy with friends and family. Taking it easy playing with my son. I am busy now to set up a little business- let’s see where it goes.
How do you keep your body in good shape?
I am a born pescatarian. My grandpa was a health freak and thought me all about superfoods at a very young age. My only challenge was to find my combinations and portions to have the right balance with sports. I used to overdo it as I was addicted to kick boxing and running. Lots of adrenaline but I knew I actually had to focus more on my posture & stretching. Now I know that it’s better for me to dance, walk, swim, stretch and regular sleep which isn’t always too easy.Neither too exciting. Very important not to be too strict but just to have healthy and active patterns to remain fresh and happy shiny person:-) Never turn into that person that needs a scooter or car to go to the gym. If you follow your intuition you usually read later that that choice has been proven to be best. For me it’s about balance acceptance and not to have unnatural expectations. Or focus on all that’s not good rather work around it.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
My last 10 winters I spent in Cape Town that’s def my second home and the place where I met my husband. I always feel happy at places with fresh air, a beach, mountains/ forest/ jungle and a pleasant city life.
Give us 5 fun facts people might not know about you yet.
I am sure there is enough think I have plenty goofy moments. You can tell me the weirdest stories and I won’t question the truth maybe being too openminded or I just have a vivid fantasy who knows. Sometimes I speak my mind too literally than can shock people without knowing. I can’t stop laughing at my own jokes which aren’t always too charming but makes my smiley jobs very easy. I have played twice the role of a woman that tries to kill her husband. It has happened that I use my panties to put my hair in a bun to jump in the shower quickly and only realize it when I walk around the supermarket later. My mom brought me to ballet classes with the best intentions as a kid but I preferred wrestling so I never made it very far.
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
Modellist-ID has done a lot already to inspire models and unify them and get in touch but for as far as I know it could work also for me to find right agencies or photographer say I move to a new place and need some help setting up. I would def make use of the modellist-ID society, Next to that we can stand together to keep the business high quality and honestly rewarded.
Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Modellist-ID?
I know she’s too humble to even sign up for an interview but my friend Dominique ter mors and there are others like Elisa Leber, Ursulla vthurn, Veronica Sanz, Tatiana Tannus, Decimaria Viana, Laurence Nicotra, Nathan Roberts, Sanna millitz – who started her own agency tulip models.
Where can we follow you?
Better late than never I am active on Instagram now @louiseweilers