Category Archives: Interviews

Getting To Know – Tess Dimos

So how and when did you become a model?

This is going to make me sound ancient, but over 10 years now! I got scouted when I was working at my first job at Debenhams and i didn’t follow through with it but it was always in the back of my mind. I suppose I was a little scared at the thought of it! Then I started working full time at an insurance company which was NO fun and I hated it. I’ve always been creative so with the scouting in mind I was doing shoots as a freelance on my days off or using my holiday days for it. It got to a point where I was really unhappy at work and knew my heart was in the creative industry, so I sent any pictures of shoots I’d done to MOT Models and I got signed with them. I left my job at the insurance company, and the rest is history!

You always have to follow where your heart belongs! What’s the most challenging shoot you’ve ever done?

I lived in India for 3 months. Some of the shoots were really long days and early call times. I remember one particular job, the call time was 3am and we didn’t finish until midnight the next day. I was barely allowed to sit down in the garments as they would crease. That was a tough day but luckily no work on the next day!

That sounds extremely harsh but I bet it was still an unforgettable experience. What’s your favourite type of photoshoot? i.e commercial, fashion.

I love both to be honest! With fashion you can be more creative which is amazing but it’s not as well paid as commercial. So both are good for those reasons. Also with commercial it tends to be more upbeat as you’re constantly fake smiling which actually sends signals to your brain to tell you you’re really happy!

What’s your favourite shoot you’ve ever done?

This is such a tough one. My husband and I got booked on a job in Nice (France) for a beer brand. Our little girl was just over a year old and it was the first time we had been away together just as 2 since having Athina. It was memorable. But honestly there’s been so many I’ve loved for difference reasons. I love working for my regular clients as they’re all such a laugh, I love working with Haris Nukem as his vision is just my jam. I also acted in a Bollywood film (Raabta) and worked alongside the late Sushant Singh Rajput who was a wonderful man to work with. 

Wow, so many incredible experiences, what an amazing life. Do you still feel like your learning?

Modelling wise, not really. Which is fine, I feel safe in this job for that reason actually. If I have to act in something, yes. I don’t think you ever stop learning with acting.


Is there anyone in the industry you would particularly like to work with?

I would really love to work with David Bailey & Wes Anderson! Brand wise Levi’s would be a dream.


Do you ever think you’ll stop modelling?

It’s a tough one, I know you can do modelling at any age. And especially now there’s no “ideal” in this industry. So I always think I’ll dibble and dabble but my focus has started to shift more towards acting, DJ’ing and I’ve always wanted to study psychology so I feel like that will be on the cards in the not so distant future. I’ve always wanted to help people and I find the mind fascinating.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m a mum of an almost 3 year old, so you can gather what my time is spent doing haha. But aides of spending time with Athina, I love playing music & painting!


What a stunning name! What’s next for you in your career?

Unfortunately the current situation (dare I mention Covid!) it’s hard to say. But I’m staying level headed amongst the chaos and leaving myself open to new opportunities. I have amazing regular clients and I balance it all quite well with doing some creative shoots with other photographers. My focus has taken a turn however, so who knows what the future holds for my career! I can never see myself not doing anything creative, even if it’s in my spare time or part time. But I love learning new things and I like a challenge. So let’s see..

They say a creative can turn their hand to anything… Do you have any advice for aspiring models?

Don’t have any high expectations that it’s all glamour and that you’ll be shooting for Vogue straight away. It’s a hard industry to be in, more so because there’s a lot of models nowadays so there’s a lot of competition. It’s not so much about looks I’ve found, but more about personality. So make sure that always shines through your pictures and at castings. People will rebook you if you’re fun to work with! Don’t be scared to be yourself, that’s what it’s all about. Take risks but also be smart. When you book your first big job, save that money as best you can. It’s difficult to not spend it straight away! We have all been there! Despite the graft, don’t give up. If it’s what you really want you will absolutely accomplish it. Patience is everything!

Getting To Know – Layla Oresme

How long have you been modelling?

I’ve been modelling almost 10 years now. Kinda crazy when I think about it, but I never modelled full time so I guess that’s why it doesn’t feel like such a long time. Plus I started when I was really young.

You’re currently freelance. Do you enjoy being independant?

At the moment yes. Well I have a mother agent and we are in the process of agency hunting. This past year, due to everything that was going on, my focus has been mainly on my music and art. Modelling was pretty slow.

Do you find freelance tougher than being signed?

I think being freelance has an upside but I do think it’s a lot harder. Especially when the goal is to make a living out of it. I think it’s always better to work with an agency with an established clientele, rather than doing everything on your own. But, if you have a good social media following, being freelance is probably really good. It’s nice to have a freedom and be your own boss. It’s also tricky when you’re signed to an agency that is not pushing you because then you’re bound by a contract and it can be a waste of time for models. But personally, I’m just too busy, so having a good team around me is important. I do prefer being signed as it just takes a lot of stress away from me and allows me to focus on everything else that goes on in my life.

That’s really interesting to hear your view on that, goes to show there is no right or wrong answer. Modelling isn’t your only talent, Tell us about your other passions?

I’m a music producer, painter, writer and a numerologist/tarot reader. I like to keep myself busy and make the most out of all my abilities. I don’t believe in the idea that a person should stick to only one of their interests. It’s important to explore them all and find a way to somehow unite and combine them together. That’s what makes us unique. There’s always something you can learn from one of your interests and implement it into another area, even if it’s completely seemingly unassociated.

You clearly have many talents and stay really busy, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I don’t actually have much spare time at all lol. I’m always doing something, making music, painting, reading and studying, doing readings etc.

What’s your favourite shoot you have ever done and why?

Every shoot I’ve done with Sander Dekker has been my favourite. He’s an amazing person and a great friend and we always have so much fun shooting together. I’ve known him since the start of my career and he always makes me laugh so much! The theme for our shoots is always go as crazy and weird as possible. How can you go wrong?

What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened on a shoot?

There are so many things lol. I remember on one of my first shoots, I was really young and the hair stylist burnt my cheek with straighteners. I was low key traumatised because she tried to act like nothing happened. I was too shy to say anything. Luckily it didn’t scar. But there were other moments when I would turn up to test shoots with photographers that were really slimy. It would always annoy me because I would always be very professional but that wasn’t always reciprocated. I have learned to have strong boundaries so that no one can take advantage of me or make me feel uncomfortable. Aside from that, the countless shoots in freezing cold and being told to look “more relaxed” when you’re turning purple and can’t feel your limbs. Or when I did a photoshoot in the Californian desert in 45C heat. We were all literally melting and started to feel rather delirious at the end of it. But it was actually a really fun shoot so I can’t consider it “the worst”. I loved running around in the desert.

Ouch, we’re glad you were,’t scarred by the hair straighter. Slimy photographers are a reoccurring theme it seems. Can you see yourself ever not modelling?

I always go through times when I model less and then more, but I do love being in front of the camera so I do think I will be doing this for a very long time still.

Do you have any advice for people trying to get into the industry?

Yes. Number 1 is get comfortable with rejection – you will get a lot of it, sometimes in some really ruthless ways. It will break you if you take it personally. Number 2 is know that if you’re not comfortable doing anything, you don’t have to do it. And 3 is look after your health!!!

@laylaoresme

getting to know – Jasmine Jardot

So what came first… modelling or the photography?

Modelling was first and through that I realised my love for photography.

That’s really interesting. Which do you prefer doing?

Photography. I do enjoy modelling but I prefer the amount of control I have which you often don’t get when you’re the model.

How long have you been modelling?

Ten years.

What do you prefer when modelling.. taking self portraits or working with a photographer?

I love taking self portraits but when I work with an amazing photographer you end up with a completely different look from your own and there’s always an opportunity to learn something new.

Do you have a favourite experience with modelling?

Probably the trips abroad.

There’s nothing better than opportunities to travel. Do you think that having experience modelling helps you when photographing models? I.e is it easier to direct?

I think it’s the other way round actually, my photography experience has helped me with my modelling. I never try to direct too much when it comes to the models, I find the more relaxed and themselves they are the more real and pleasing the photograph.

What’s your worst experience with modelling?

Castings! I hated them

I hear you! Who would you most like to photograph?

Someone like Monica Bellucci or Charlotte Rampling, they are pros and they ooze presence. I find as people mature, they become more comfortable with their vulnerability and their honesty is what I want to capture.

Do you have any advice for anyone trying to get into the modelling industry?

Go to a reputable agency and shoot with photographers you like, don’t worry about fitting into a mould and find your confidence by accepting who you are.

@jasminejardot

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