"I suppose I'm proof that you can go from being called the ugliest girl in school to appearing in fashion magazines... Beauty is forever changing."
Emily speaks from life experience, and shares with us so many valuable lessons. She has such an inspirational story that we couldn't wait to share with all of you! She has already had some success, appearing in Bizarre Magazine in London, and she will also be featured in Model Citizen Magazine in November! We think Emily is a fantastic hard-working individual, and we you'll love her interview!
Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?
I've been modelling for seven years - It was never something I'd even dreamed of doing. I was approached by a photographer (who has since become a close friend) in a shop when I was eighteen and it all took off from there. Modelling allows you such a sense of freedom and I wish more people realised that. Modelling is the only hobby / activity where others will ask you why you do it. No one questions why you enjoy reading or swimming or writing. People have a real inability to understand the enjoyment of modelling and I think that needs to change. Something interesting about me? I suppose I'm proof that you can go from being called the ugliest girl in school to appearing in fashion magazines... Beauty is forever changing.
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
I believe in this industry, you learn through doing. The best teachers a model can have are the people you shoot with. Learning through others' creative approaches is the best way to develop your own sense of style. Learning what you don't want to do is just as important as learning what you do want to do.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
If you know what image you want to project and you have a thirst for creativity, you're fit to be a model. The modelling world has many facets and there is a niche for just about everyone. My advice would be to try it. Always try something out before making a judgement on it.
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
My goals have changed as I've grown up. I have a clear sense of who I am as a model now. I only work on projects I want to work on these days. No more working on shoots as favours for others, no more working on uninspiring projects for some money. My ultimate goal is to keep shooting until something clicks and I feel I've achieved all I've wanted to creatively.
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
Advertising is a powerful tool in this world. We are all susceptible to it. Adverts don't sell a product as much as they sell a lifestyle. Consumers should be aware that what they see is a fantasy and as such, the hate that models get over creating unrealistic body goals etc. is unjust.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I am a very friendly and grounded person. I enjoy the planning process of a shoot and love to brainstorm concepts with others. I am always open to suggestions but I make sure I never get involved with something that doesn't make me feel comfortable / excited. I am definitely not the stereotypical model personality - I'm a bit of a hermit and love quiet hangouts with my close friends. You would probably walk past me in the street as I'm so down to earth. Modelling gives me a chance to shine in a way I can't in reality.
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
My diet is all over the place. I try to be a vegetarian but fail quite a lot. I am conscious about not eating too much but I don't exercise as much as I should. Walking to work is really the only exercise I do to be honest...
What is your dream role as a model?
My dream role as a model would be to make a living as an alternative beauty model. Mosh is my modelling heroine. She is such an inspiration to me.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
Limitations are a personal matter in my opinion. I have no problem getting nude for the right project. The knowledge that naked images of myself exist on the world wide web doesn't phase me. We only live once and won't look the same forever. I only implement boundaries in terms of safety - if I have a bad feeling about a shoot, I won't do it. Limitations change over time I've found also. You have to figure them out yourself.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part-time? Any hours?
As modelling is not my full-time job, I am limited to weekends and evenings for local shoots. Ideally, I would love to model full-time and travel for bookings. It's definitely a goal I'd like to work towards.
What is your most memorable moment as a model?
I have so many memorable experiences from working as a model, it's hard to just choose one. Shooting for Bizarre magazine down in London was definitely a highlight for me. It was one of those moments where you realise your hard work is paying off.
Modelling name: Emzamara
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