Which was the first picture that someone took of you, the first model job you had, which were the first impression you had you saw it published?
I remember the first shooting I did when I was already considered a model. It was a test shooting outdoors in a cloudy day and I remember the photographer wasn’t very happy to work with that bad weather. When we started shooting, she started to compliment me. She said I had brought light to her day because I could move so nice to be a new face. I was so happy!
When she sent me the pictures, I just loved it. I couldn’t believe it was really me! I wanted to send it to everyone I knew, but my mom wouldn’t let me because she said the pictures were for my work and wasn’t very professional to do so. When we were told that the more we could show, the better it would be, I showed it to everyone!
Which is the first rule you’ve learnt working as a model?
I would say being a model is all about discipline. With your body, with yourself and with other people. I learnt that if I wanted to get there, I would have to work hard for that.
How do you reconcile your life (studies, friends..) with your work?
I travel all the time. Literally. I have my family back in Brazil, my boyfriend in Italy, friends all around the globe and I am currently living in the USA. I always try to arrange my time according to the jobs I have ahead, because I always work in different countries, so I get to travel for a few days to other places. Sometimes I get to travel a little bit after the job is done or try to see if someone has time to come visit me. That’s how I make it work!
What is your relationship with fashion? You have your own style, you like to play with clothes and fashion?
I think I’ve got my own style. I like to dress very basic but sometimes I do follow some trends. I can say 90% of my wardrobe is made of black clothes and black shoes! I even try to buy other colours but I keep coming back to black.
Your relationship with social, photos, instagram ..? You cannot live without it…or sometimes you prefer to be “off line”?
I use social media mainly for work related things. I do like to share moments of my life, but only the ones I find appropriate to be shared. Whenever I travel somewhere, when I meet someone… mostly news related to to my work. It actually depends a lot on the moment or on what. There are things that I like to keep to myself.
What are your favorite hobbies?
I don’t have many hobbies. I can say I enjoy and spend most of my time reading and walking around. I love to go for a walk on a sunny day and just sit somewhere and read one of my books. It’s so relaxing!
I also love exercising. I take a work out at least once a day! It makes me feel good and sends the stress away!
What’s the thing that people don’t know about working as a model?
I would say people don’t realise how it isn’t all about the glamour they see on TV or in the magazines. There’s a lot of effort and work behind what is shown to the public. The pictures might look amazing, but it takes many hours standing on heels, on that same pose or trying not to move so everything is on its perfect place!
The weirdest or funniest thing happened on a set?
There was this time I made a video for CR Fashion Book with some scarfs flying on my face. I had to look serious but they were tickling me so bad! It was so funny between the cuts because I had to shake my head and move my face to make it go away. Of course I couldn’t scratch it all because otherwise we would have to retouch the makeup all the time – and it wouldn’t be any funny then.
What’s the thing you like the most about your job and what you don’t like?
The thing I love the most about being a model is actually what makes me feel sad sometimes. I love traveling and getting to know as many places I can, but at the same time that means I have to be far away from the people I love and that I won’t be seeing them for a while. But in the end that is what I chose for myself, so I’m very thankful for all the opportunities I have!
Modeling is also about waiting, waiting for you make up….how do you spend your “waiting time?
As I have friends and family all over the world, it’s difficult to find the time to talk to everyone, so whenever I have to wait for something I try to find someone who’s awake at a reasonable hour in another country! I also carry my books around and read them whenever I have a bit of time.