Spotlight on Josseline Witkamp
Represented by Wilhelmina NYC
Find out everything you wanna know about a model’s life trough our exclusive interview with Josseline Witkamp.
Follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/josselinewitkamp/
What do you expect working as models ? What fascinates you the most ?
I expect nothing but hope for everything. This job gives me the opportunity to travel the world, during my travels I’ve got to know and see so many beautiful people and places and made forever friends. The beauty of fashion is that it’s always changing. A lot of the people you meet are just so creative and always thinking of something new. It’s inspiring to be able to work with them.
Which was the first picture that someone took of you? Your impression about the first picture, first photo shoot.
My first picture was a test shoot in Amsterdam, I remember my parents dropping me off in a little apartment building. I couldn’t speak English very well and the photographer couldn’t speak Dutch. I was extremely nervous and super excited. I remember the photographer told me to stare at the fridge haha! Anyways the shots were really good and I never felt more pretty in my entire life.
What have you learned from working as a model?
I learned to be fine with being alone.
What was the model that inspired you the most and among the models of today who you like the most and why?
When I was 14 my model crush was Natalia Vodianova. She is just so amazingly beautiful and she was on every single cover of every magazine at that time. Yeah, she made me want to be a model. She has something that is so pure it’s impossible for her to look trashy. Always classy and sophisticated. My favorite model now is Kate Moss because she is “forever” she will just always be there.
What is the thing you like the most and the least about modeling?
The traveling is addicting. The waiting is a drag. Your constantly in a fight with yourself to be perfect. I’m just a girl who got lucky enough to do his job and making the most of it. Perfection is an opinion of someone else. Who says what’s perfect? It’s frustrating to live up to changing standards of perfection.
Where have you traveled with modeling? What has been your favorite city to visit?
I’ve travelled to Paris, Milan, NYC, Sydney and Asia. A lot of these places have a special place in my heart. Since I was a little girl I’ve always had an obsession with NYC, when I saw it in the movies I just knew I wanted to live there.
Asia was a total culture shock. The first time in Japan “wow!” I can’t compare that to anything else. So many fun things to discover.
The weirdest or funniest thing that happened on a set?
I did a cover for a magazine once in Amsterdam and got to wear this Amazing Prada dress. My accessory was a newborn baby. We started shooting and I was holding the baby in my arms. After a few minutes my dress started to get a bit warm. I guess daddy got a bit nervous and didn’t wrap his diaper tight enough! The baby pied on my dress and we all had a good laugh. The stylist told me he would steam it out after! haha ew gross!
Modeling is also about waiting – waiting for you make up, hair done…. how do you spend your “waiting time” ?
I can’t live without my headphones. I like to close off and just listen to music. Sometimes I like to draw some stuff. I can’t read on set or while waiting cause I’m way to distracted by all the things happening around me.
What is your relationship with fashion? Do you have your own style, do you like to play with clothes and colors?
When I was younger I was a little punk, I was always wearing Baggy pants and skatepark stuff super grungy and goth. I would paint flowers around my eyes and feel so awesome haha. After that I went into some weird doll phase and wanted everything to be cute. Now I’m mostly in to basics. I do care about fashion and love it because it’s my job but the things that get me excited are mostly durable and timeless.
When I buy clothes and accessories I mostly look at fabrics that feel nice and comfortable. I’m addicted to hoodies (not really fashion) and like clothes that last for ever. I never throw anything that I once loved because it always comes back and the clothes for me just keep so many nice memories.
Your relationship with social media, photos, “Instagram”..? You cannot live without it or sometimes you prefer to be “offline”?
I wish I could live without it! But I can’t. we just live in an age that you have to be active on social media. It’s sad how all the babies don’t get to play outside anymore how I used to do. There’s no more excitement in doing research on something either. You just press one button and you have an information overload. It makes you lazy. There is just to much information and it’s boring. For me it kills my motivation to do new stuff because with one press of a button your somewhere else.
What are you excited about doing next? What is your next dream job?
I just want to live my dream and be forever on vacation. Hopefully one day I make enough money and a good name for myself so I can give back and be a good influence or role model for kids now. That I wanna work for.