Meet our newest member, Dutch model Iris van der Plas. Gorgeous, fun and very ambitious!
Agencies: Elite (Amsterdam/Milan/Barcelona/Chile) and Mannequin (Singapore)
Current location: Home
Tell us about your career as a model. How did you get started?
Since I was young, people have been telling me I should send photos to model agencies. But I never did… When I was 17 I got scouted. That made me think about it again and I decided I wanted to go for it. I did some research and send pictures to several agencies (I did not want to sign with the agency that scouted me). I ended up signing with Elite Amsterdam.
When did you first sign with an agency and what was that like?
Like I said in the previous question, I signed with Elite Amsterdam. The team is great and up until this day, I am so happy with them as my mother agency.
What is your best model experience ever?
Shooting for Emivi Couture on the beautiful Greek island Mykonos. We stayed there in a marvelous villa. The result, a swimwear video, is great (thanks to the amazing team).
What are the main challenges in modeling today?
Knowing that you are so much more than just a ‘model’, the model industry is mostly about the superficial aspects of the model. It is important to realize that our physical appearance is the smallest part of us.
What do you enjoy most of your profession?
First of all, the fact that I can work with such creative and inspiring people. Besides that – and I do realize that this may sound like such a cliché – I love to travel and meet new people.
How would you describe a model life?
Hard-working, but definitely worth all the effort you put into it.
Do you think models are able to find long lasting friendships within the industry today?
Yes, without a doubt! I met so many lovely people during my stays abroad. I have some model friends that are so dear to my heart, I could not imagine my life without them anymore. Living together in a model apartment makes you become so close in a small amount of time.
What is your big model dream?
To leave my mark in some kind of way.
What is your favorite thing to do when not working?
When I am abroad I love to discover new places. When I am at home I try to catch up with my friends and spend some quality time with my family. Next, to that, I spend a lot of time working out (both abroad and when in the Netherlands).
Take us through a typical day in the life of Iris?
Every day is different! It really depends on the city I am in and my schedule for that day.
How do you keep your body in good shape?
I work out quite a lot and try to eat as healthy as possible, and of course part of being in good shape is due to genetics.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
This is such a hard question! I think a favorite place has not so much to do with the location, but more with the vibes and people when there.
Give us 5 fun facts people might not know about you yet.
Haha, tough one… but let me try:
– My guilty pleasure is watching the tv show Friends
– I rarely (very rarely) get bored
– I am a perfectionist (which is both a gift and a curse)
– I do not like it when people typ lyk dis (I am a grammar nazi too…)
– One of my talents is peeling boiled eggs
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
To be a platform where people can inspire and get inspired by one another.
Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Modellist-ID?
Yes, Nadine Ammeraal. She is a beautiful person, inside and out.
Where can we follow you?
You can follow me on Instagram, @ierr.