The breathtaking beauty Ellis Brakenhoff was definitely born to be a model. Let’s get to know her a little bit better!
Agencies: Elite Amsterdam (mother agency), Munich Models
Current location: Amsterdam
Tell us about your career as a model. How did you get started?
I was scouted by a boy with who I went to high school. He sent pictures of me (which I didn’t know) to his agency. His boss asked him to bring me with him to a test shoot. So I joined him, just for fun. When we were there, the boss of my current agency asked me if he could take some pictures of me as well. So, I was like; ‘’Oh, yeah, for sure!’’ And so it all started… Yay!
When did you first sign with an agency and what was that like?
I signed with my first agency (Fresh Model Management which later turned into Elite Model Management) about five/six years ago. I was really excited about it and never thought this was ever going to happen!
What is one of your favorite photographs from your career so far? Who shot it?
It isn’t that long ago that picture is made. It was a test shoot with photographer Peter Orré. I recently cut a bob line, so I had to do a few shoots with my new haircut. I think the picture is so pure (au natural), raw and powerful (see picture below)
What is your best model experience ever?
My best model experience ever was going to Cannes to do a shoot for Akris. It’s a beautiful brand, the team was so nice and we had a lot of fun during the shoot. Also the place itself is incredibly beautiful!
What are the main challenges in modeling today?
I think the main challenge nowadays for models is social media (marketing). It has become a very big part of the work, or, your work.. because more and more models are booked through social media.
What do you enjoy most of your profession?
I like having the opportunity to meet new people within the industry and I am grateful to travel and see beautiful places. I think this work gives you the opportunity to develop yourself, both individually and as a team player. What I also really enjoy is the feeling that after a long day of shooting, the client is so happy and satisfied with the results.
How would you describe a model life?
Very hectic, varying, adventurous, inspiring and hard-working
Do you think models are able to find long lasting friendships within the industry today?
Yes, I am definitely sure. Especially in this kind of industry you go through the same things, you understand each other’s work and lifestyle and sometimes you’re on stay together for a long intensive time. I already made very close friends, which I see often. In general, I think everyone can maintain any kind of friendship in any industry if you stay close to yourself.
What is your big model dream?
Oh, I always find this question so difficult! There are plenty of things that I would still like to do within this industry… And in itself, I already live a ‘’dream’’ because I can exercise this profession I really like.
What is your favorite thing to do when not working?
I love taking walks and enjoying nature, reading a very good book, going to the spa, meditating and of course catching up with my lovely friends.
Take us through a typical day in the life of Ellis
Ai, no day is the same! If I have to work, I get up early and I often get home late. When I am free, I like to sleep in a bit in the morning and I would fill my day with sports, running errands and/or other appointments
How do you keep your body in good shape?
If I keep the balance between moving and eating, I almost always stay in shape (thanks mom, for the good genes). Every day, or at least I try, I do a workout and I move as much as possible. Besides this, I try to eat healthy, but to be honest this is not my strongest point, oeeeeps.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
Really all the places in which I find myself in the beautiful nature (beaches, mountains, woods) are my favorites
Give us 5 fun facts people might not know about you yet.
- I am from a very small village where we have no buses, shops or traffic lights and where more cows than people live
- I have very small ears
- I am very naïve and easy to trick, I even kick in the stupidest joke
- I like to eat peanut butter in combination with cucumber (heaven)
- I graduated as a cabin attendant and already flown worldwide
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
Letting us share experience and knowledge, and it is also a really nice concept of bringing models together.
Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Modellist-ID?I would like to see Iris van der Plas. She is one of my best friends and she is a beautiful person from the inside and outside.
Where can we follow you?
You can follow me on Instagram: @ellisbrakenhoff
On Facebook, you can find me as Ellis Brakenhoff