Profession: Fashion Model, actress and co-host in various TV Shows
Agencies: VDM Models Amsterdam, Modelwerk Hamburg, Modellink Sweden, City Paris, Full Circle Cape Town
Milestones: Photo shoot Italian Vogue, Photo shoot Harrods, Dutch TV series “ Van God los”, Dutch Film “ Verliefd op Ibiza”.
Current location: Amsterdam
How did you start modeling?
‘I started modeling at the age of 21. In fact quite old for a modeling career! I was scouted in Amsterdam by an agency from Paris. So I first went there to do some modelling work and then I went to Turkey for half a year where, next to modelling, I also played a part in a Turkish movie called “Last Ottoman” next to Turkish top model Kenan İmirzalioğlu. Then I won the second series of “Holland’s Next Top Model. This for sure brought me many more interesting projects.’
What does your career do for you?
‘As a child I wanted to be a princess, a schoolteacher, a nail specialist or join the Navy, so many different things seemed interesting to me! I never thought of becoming a model. Being a model gave me the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people, but it also gave me the chance to start acting, which I love doing. I’ve just finished the Dutch movie “Verliefd op Ibiza” (In love on Ibiza) and the next film project has announced itself already. Next to all that I still like modeling!’
What’s your most memorable shoot?
‘Personally I will never forget the shoot for the Salvation Army, which I did together with a drugs addict. I was dressed in a white dress and she in black. The contrast between our two worlds had a huge impact on me. As for a real fashion shoot, I loved the shoot for Harrods on the roof of this department store with a tremendous view over the city of London.’
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
‘I think MODELLIST-ID is Super Cool! Models do travel a lot, often by themselves and they tend to spend a lot of time in their hotel room. A lot of them are very young and don’t feel like exploring the town and take action! With this unique network, all the members of the fashion model community have the chance to meet colleagues and exchange experiences.’
Who do you admire and would you like to meet?
‘I admire Michelle Obama and I would really like to meet her. But over all I admire my mother, for me she is the most beautiful person I can think of. As I’m away a lot I realize what it means to have my family who supports me and encourages me to reach further.’
What’s your beauty regime?
‘I drink lots of water and cleanse my face thoroughly every morning and night. I have a preference for cosmetic products that contain pure minerals from the sea.’
What are your favourite hang out spots in the city you live in.
‘I live in Amsterdam. When I go out, I go to Air or Jimmy Woo. My husband Michael is a DJ who travels the world and whenever I have the chance I join him. But I also like to stay at home and hang out with my friends.’
What is your favourite city and where do you like to hang out there?
‘There’s more then one city I favour. One of them is Istanbul. It’s a very cultural city with a great history, besides that I really love the people, the food and shopping of course. I like Amsterdam and New York and I do think that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world.’
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
‘First and most important of all is “be honest to yourself”. Can you really become a model? Before you start sending pictures of yourself to the agencies, ask the people who are close to you what they think about your ambitions. Modeling is a real profession. Foremost everybody is aware of your looks and much later they find out about who you are as a person. You have to have a strong personality to make it in the modeling world.’
What are your future plans?
‘I hope to get the opportunity to continue modeling and acting as well. My other ambition is to continue working as an ambassador for Childslife. An organization that’s involved in projects with children who cannot grow up in a carefree way because of the hard circumstances that surrounds them. I’ve been to Kenya for this organization and I hope to go to Moldavia for them. It’s heartbreaking to see how children suffer in so many parts of the world. For now I continue doing what I’m doing, but I’m 27 now and would love to become a mother before I my thirtieth’s birthday!’