French model Chloé Tesla gives the details on the challenges in the modeling profession, living a vegan lifestyle and her passions as an animal rights activist in this hot interview!
Profession: Model, Animal Rights Activist & Drummer
Agencies: M.O.T Models (London) / VIP (France)
-Shooting an edito for the famous Magazine : Marie Claire when I was 19
– Playing for Alicia Keys for a famous french TV Show
Current location: Marseille (I’ll move to Barcelona soon)
How did you get discovered?
I was scouted in a mall at the age of 16 by ELITE when they were still based in Marseille (France).
This gave me the opportunity to see modeling as something I could give a try.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
Well, what I can think of right now is not really a “fashion” one, but I gave my image for an anti-fur campaign which was on billboards for few weeks.
This is definitely a cause I was proud to represent!
What do you find the most challenging part about working in the fashion industry?
Apart from the fact that this job takes a lot of patience, I would say the most challenging thing is to live a really unstable life. You can have many castings one day and the other day nothing at all …
Same with shootings. You can’t really plan your days and weeks as everything is quite “last moment”.
But in a way I think it can be good as it keeps me away from this scary everyday routine.
How do you deal with all the traveling required to be a model? Any tips on how to cure a jet lag?
I just love it! Although I have to admit it can be really exhausting …
I don’t have any tip really, I just try to sleep as much as possible in the plane.
Where is home for you and why?
Even if I don’t really like my hometown (Marseille), it’s definitely where my home is as all my childhood memories are from there and especially my wonderful family and doggy! <3
Tell us a bit more about M.O.T Models in London and what you like most about this agency ?
I first got in touch in M.O.T when I was 20, they were really friendly and made me feel at ease in this big city. What I like the most about M.O.T team is their positiveness and availability.
All of them are beautiful people!
We noticed you are an animal rights activist. What originally got you interested in animal rights, and when did you first show a passion for it?
You’ve noticed well! 😀
I thought I always loved animals (like everyone pretty much) until one of my ex-boyfriend made me notice that really loving them would be to not eat them or participate in their exploitation.
From this I’ve been thinking and learning a lot about it and it became a real passion!
Ethical matters, ecology, world hunger, health issues are all related with veganism.
Turning vegan is definitely the best thing I’ve done in my life so far …
How long have you been a vegan, and what is your favorite vegan food?
I’ve been vegan for 2 years and a half now. Before turning vegan I was vegetarian for 3 years.
I’ve recently made a YouTube channel to speak about veganism as for me being vegan is still not enough …
I’m so much into vegan food & lifestyle!!
I’m always posting pictures of the beautiful, original and tasty meals I get to eat.
I love to share this with my followers because I really want people to understand that vegan food is far from being boring 🙂
My favorite vegan food : Hmm, difficult question as I love too much food …
I love French fries (not so original), I really like Asian food and tofu scrambled and I’m always up for a pizza filled with vegan cheese, mushrooms, olives and artichokes (I’m drooling right now…)
What is your style and where do you shop?
My style is totally undefined. I just wear what I like when I want no matter if it’s trendy or not.
I’m mostly wearing black clothes. I think it comes from my past as a “Gothic”, ah ah!
What is your one beauty rule to live by?
My beauty rule is to live on a healthy lifestyle : Sleeping enough, eating healthy food, plant-based diet, organic food, as raw as possible, not drinking or smoking, exercising a lot, be close to nature and people you love, surround yourself with positive vibes … etc
What I like to do is take really cold showers! It lets my skin firm. I still can’t get fully used to it but it’s really bracing!!
What’s your secret for staying in shape?
Well to be honest I never really had this concern as I can eat whatever I want without gaining weight.
I know I’m lucky 🙂
But my healthy lifestyle definitely helps me to stay in shape.
I’m also really into fitness. It’s a good way for me to get rid of my excess energy!
Best advice you’ve ever received?
“Always Be Yourself!”
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
I think Modellist ID is a really good concept to make models connect. I don’t know anything similar so far so I’m happy to be part of this whole adventure and I can’t wait to meet like-minded models!
Where can we follow you?
My IG: @Chloe_tesla
My Facebook Page & My YouTube Channel : Chloé Tesla
My website : http://www.chloe-tesla.book.fr/
Many thanks for this little “Zoom in” on my life, you guys are amazing! <3