Monthly Archives: January 2021

getting to know – claudia misiak

When and how did you become a model?

When I was younger all my mothers friends told her that I’ll work as a model when I’m older because of my long legs. My mom always told me about these stories and when I turned 16 I started to read fashion magazines and googled what a model does and what kind of models there are.

I started to search for photographers so I can try it out. I really had fun at my first shooting so I decided to go to different photographers and to apply to different castings. At one of these castings I met a photographer who was fascinated by my face. We worked together and became friends and I asked him a lot of questions how to apply to other castings and some agencies. After I knew how, I applied to different things and also tried to do different shootings to get experience.

Becoming friends with people in the industry is so important. What agency are you with and how long have you been with them?

Right now I’m not with any agency. I am a freelance model.

Tell us the most interesting thing to ever happen on a photoshoot?

It’s not the most interesting thing that happened to me on a photoshoot but it is a memory that makes me happy everytime thinking about it.

I had a shooting and the photographer posted a selfie of us in his story and while we were shooting some magazines contacted him saying they want to have me in their next issue. He told me about it and I was so happy because I’ve never been in magazines before. I was so proud and happy that things are working out.

What’s your favorite shoot you’ve done?

A shooting in the desert. It was a really beautiful place. The sand so even and soft, the place super quiet and the sun shining on my skin. It was definitely a unique view. It was really hot out there but I prefer hot weather over cold weather.

That sounds like genuine perfection! Are there any aspects of the industry that you don’t like?

There are a few things I really don’t like. I don’t like that there are some people in the industry that try to take advantage of models. They try to blackmail or abuse the models to get what they want. This is a big problem.

Another thing is that there are many people who will destroy the confidence of a model by telling them they have to much weight on or aren’t good enough. A lot of models suffer from eating disorders.

It’s shocking that in 2020, this still happens. Hopefully one day this will change. You are one of the most versatile models we’ve come across, do you feel that benefits you when getting work?

Definitely! It gives me the chance to work with different good photographers and be able to give them the mood they want on pictures. It gives me the chance to get to work with different photographers for different magazines or campaigns.

What’s the thing you enjoy most about modeling?

Meeting different people and traveling around the world. I love to meet new people and some of them become good friends.

Traveling is one of the things I do since I’m a kid as my mother and I always live in different countries. I couldn’t imagine a life without traveling.

How long do you wish to be modelling?

I discovered my passion for it after my first photo shooting (with 16) as I noticed how much fun I have being in front of a camera.

What photographer do you want to work with the most and why?

There are a lot of other photographers I want to work with. For example Ellen von Unwerth, Luigi and Iango and a lot of others I really wish to work with one day. I love their photography style and they are inspiring. It’s hard for me to choose only one as there are a lot of good and creative photographers out there.

They are some great choices! Do you have any advice for aspiring models?

Please never do anything you don’t want to do. If you feel uncomfortable with anything, don’t do it! If people tell you ‘you can’t do it’ don’t listen to them and don’t let them try to blackmail you. Always be careful.

@claudiaymisiak

getting to know – Saffron Reeve

So can you remember the moment you decided you wanted to be a model or did you just get scouted?

I had never thought about doing modeling as a job before, but I was scouted when I was super young at 12 years old. I was walking along the beach in my hometown when a woman approached me and asked if I was interested in modeling, I remember being super excited and running home to tell my mum haha!

Wow 12 years old, that’s incredibly young. How old were you when you first got signed?

I signed with my first agency in London at 13 years old shortly after I was scouted

How does it logistically work with being signed with different agencies in different countries?

Generally how it works is you have your “mother agency” which is usually based in your home country, and they place you in different cities around the world such as Milan, Paris, London and New York being the main ones, but it depends on your look and where you will work the best! Your mother agency will choose to send you on placement for a few months at a time to different cities, this way you can try out a variety of markets.

What’s the thing you love most about being a model?

For me it’s the traveling that I enjoy the most! Constantly being in a new city and experiencing new surroundings and cultures, its a huge blessing that I’ve been able to visit as many countries as I have at a young age. Also I love that everyday is different, you are always meeting new people which is super cool.

Travelling is such a blessing. Is there anything you dislike?

Of course with every job comes likes and dislikes, you just have to find a good balance. For me being on long shoots in studios that last from sunrise to sunset where you tend to be standing around a lot can sometimes be exhausting. But I find that interacting with the team as much as you can and focusing on being in the moment can help a lot.

What’s the most challenging shoot you have ever done?

We were shooting an editorial for Tatler magazine on a beach in England on a windy cold day and it was FREEZING haha. The photographer wanted to get some cool shots of me standing on the edge of some very high rocks next to the cliff, I had to climb to the top in a long dress, and stand on the very edge whilst wearing heels (you can imagine how stable it was on a rock) whilst holding my arms out like I was flying.. the wind was blowing very strong and I remember being so scared and thinking I was definitely going to fall down haha! I think it took a good hour to get a good shot without me looking worried

That sounds genuinely terrifying!! What’s the highlight of your career so far?

Walking one of my first shows in Milan for MaxMara when I was 18!

Do you feel the pressure to keep your body looking a certain way?

I definitely felt pressured at the beginning of my career, and had my fair share of negative thoughts around my body, eating, and if I was “skinny” enough to be a model. But I started to learn a lot about nutrition and exercise throughout my career, as I wanted to know how to keep myself not only looking good but also feeling good. Now eating healthy and working out Is just my normal lifestyle and a huge passion of mine that I wouldn’t have explored as much if it weren’t for modeling. It’s all about being aware of what works best for your body and knowing that everyone has a different body type, so you should never compare yourself to others. Over the past few years of looking after my body the best I can, I am more confident than ever in my own skin and don’t worry about looking a certain way in the industry. I believe that the right jobs will come to you by being yourself and feeling confident in your body.

Real talk, looking after yourself is too important. Are there any brands and photographers you aspire to work with?

I would love to do a perfume campaign for a big brand one day, It’s also a dream of mine to work with Yves Saint Laurent! They have a super cool vibe and aesthetic.

@saffronreeve1