Maia Caterina Neumann
Profession: Fashion Model and (there might be something else you do next to modeling), economy student.
Agencies: EB models Norway, Floor21 Milan, agent.
Milestones: Vogue Italy. More to come…
Current Location: Milan
How did you start modeling?
My cousin was studying photography and I was always her «test bunny». We shoot the funniest pictures on the weirdest locations; once I was running around with an old seventies dress with polka dots and a red wig, inside a supermarket . Another time I was posing, wearing only a ballerina skirt in the middle of a corn field. The pictures turned out great and ended up in the local news paper back home. A designer from the area noticed the news paper article and wanted to use me for her next clothing campaign. As a result of this campaign I was scouted by a friend of the designer that was owner of a modeling agency. And this is how it all started. In the beginning my mum would not allow me to model, so I went on jobs without telling her. It worked out great until she found a picture of in the Norwegian edition of the fashion magazine «Elle».
What does your career do for you?
Or what did I do for my career ? It is not like I have gotten it for free, and I still have got a lot to achieve as a model. But, so far I have been lucky and experienced a lot. I have met people from all over the world, seen beautiful places and attended incredible events. Also I feel I have gotten to know myself much better because of situations I have been through and decisions I have had to make, cause to the kind of lifestyle I have. My friends back home might have gotten further then me with their university degree, but one cannot buy knowledge about life. One have to live it! And I feel I do that one hundred percent.
What’s your most memorable shoot?
First serious shoot I had. I had no clue about anything except from that the location of the day was a churchyard. The pictures turned out great though; ended up in Vogue IT.
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
It is a good way to get tips and tricks from girls in the same situation as you. Like a small community. The fact that there is no third part involved, like pr’s or other companies, makes the page more believable.
Who do you admire and would you like to meet?
Good question. If you could mix superman with Gandhi and Angelina Jolie I would love to meet him. Or should I say her? Maybe it ?!
What’s your favorite book/film/music?
Just when I was about to answer this question the person making the music just wrote me. The music of Chris Pitman. He is amazing!
What’s your beauty regime?
Starting my day with yoga, superfood and face products from Dr. Kiehl’s. Like this both body and soul are in harmony .YEY!
What is the one beauty product that you really can’t live without?
Does my boyfriend count as a product? He makes me so happy that I shine from the inside and out. I believe that beauty comes from inside; from everything you eat to how you feel about yourself. This is what effects you on your «outside beauty» But, if I should recommend one product it must be 100% pure coconut. The oil you can use for hair,body or lips. While the water from it is super healthy.
What are your favorite hang out spots in the city you live in (current location)?
I cannot tell. What makes my spot my favorite hangout is that nobody can find me there!
What is your favorite city and where do you like to hang out there?
My favorite city at the moment is LA. Just came back from there. Had so much fun hanging at Venice Beach.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Have fun and go for it. It is all about timing and the people you meet. And don’t forget it is a job, so take nothing you hear too personal.
What are your plans for the future?
Succeed even more as a model. Travel and experience as many places as possible. Finish my university degree. Create a good career for myself so I am free to do what ever I want to. ( Ps: I will be living in a tropical area by the beach. BASTA of cold weather and snow.)