First own fashion show – Fashion Week Finals Berlin

As a guest at a fashion show, theatre play, concert or similar, you hardly notice anything about the backstage area. Behind the scenes a lot happens in the last minutes before the event. In 2019 Cocaine Models in cooperation with FIV Magazin and Haubentaucher Berlin organized the last Berlin Fashion Week Show with the following Aftershow Party. Starting with the location and equipment, models and designers, up to music and catering, employees and invitations. A task you have to grow into first. We interviewed our team member Dilara after the exciting weeks and asked her to organize, plan and realize a fashion show.

Fashion Week Finals – Fashion Show Planning

CM: Dear Dilara, the exhausting weeks are over. Despite the rain the show was a great success and the invited guests were satisfied. Looking back, what was this experience like for you?

Dilara: As soon as I start to review everything, I first notice what we have achieved in the shortest time. It went differently and even better. I can’t thank the team enough for helping me so much in those stressful moments! For having planned everything in such a short time, it was a complete success. The next shows can only get better.

CM: How did it all work out? Who organized what?

Dilara: Well, if you ask me, we all worked through everything. It would be wrong to say that was my job and that was his job. I would even say, I was thrown into the cold water but it was a lot of fun! First of all we, the main organizers, made contact by phone and wrote down the general ToDo’s. These points were still relatively well distributed. In Berlin we worked together for two weeks on the spot every day with meetings and office time.

CM: The ToDo’s, how did you work them out? Or did you have a ready-made plan that you could simply work through?

Dilara: It would have been nice but no we didn’t. As a private person we simply asked ourselves: What do you need for a fashion show? Of course, we didn’t think of everything in the first moment. But many points simply build on each other.

CM: How did you come up with the location?

Dilara: I’ve been taking part in the Berlin Fashion Week for 2 years now and have always had fun. But I don’t find the E Werk as a FW location so exciting after the second or third day. With the Great Crested Grebe we simply got one of the most exclusive event locations in Berlin. The catwalk on the pool was simply perfect and fitted well to the designers of Nil & Mon and LinArt Project.

CM: What kind of fashion week planning is the A&O?

Dilara: You should be able to work spontaneously, creatively and organized. All three components work together in the end, of course, but everyone in the team is important and should be able to complete their tasks independently. And if there is a problem – then you get creative! Communication within the team is also incredibly important. If problems arise 2 hours before the start of the show, which could have been solved much earlier, everyone in the team is stressed. Just to avoid that, you can talk about everything and discuss little things at any time.

CM: So you’ve already worked in event management. There are also a lot of instructions on the Internet. But what distinguishes the Fashion Week Finals?

Dilara: Fashion Week is the event of the year for those interested in fashion. Everywhere designers, stylists, actors, models, magazines and the press travel to see what’s trendy this year and report. The pressure to present a good show is correspondingly high. I think you shouldn’t work completely according to instructions. Of course the structure is the most important thing, but you should get along with spontaneous ideas and changes in the last minutes.

CM: Can you list once – what did you mainly take care of?

Dilara: The accreditation and guest list with the seat coordination was definitely a lot of work. As a model agency we did an open casting for models before and were able to win some more boys and girls for the show. Since I was in daily contact with the designers, I took on extra sponsorships. For example, I organized accessories and make-up sponsors, all of course on WIN WIN situation. We are definitely looking forward to new projects, more fashion shows!

CM: It was a complete success and we wish you a lot of fun!

3 days of a models life! Short film with Chand Smith

Today we present a short film about the life of a model! We have accompanied Chand Smith, an international top model, for 3 days and documented the model day. Chand is distributed in 8 different agencies all over the world. The fashion- and sportmodel was now in Germany for a job and tells us about his exciting life. Chand is very professional and experienced in front of the camera. Have fun with the short film! More about our model agency on Youtube.

Whatch now Chand Smith on Youtube!

Johanna – USA, TV commercial and back to Chicago

We met with our Johanna. A model who had already experienced an exciting journey with us. How important a balanced and healthy diet is for a successful model and that fun and discipline are essential for success are just a few of the points she communicates to us with conviction.

From Germany to Chicago – International commercial model

We were happy to see Johanna again and took the opportunity to get more interesting information about the model world and how to be successful as a model. In the interview you will find a lot of interesting information about modeling from a model’s point of view.

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Here still the contact lenses commercial of Alcon

 

 

About Modeling – Video interview with Paris girl Charlene!

Charlene, one of our models from Paris visited us at the agency. She works internationally very successfully and inspires with her extraordinary look! We took the opportunity to ask her a few questions for you. What she likes best about modeling, how did she start modeling and everything around the frequent change of her hair color. Charlene is especially exciting because she not only loves to stand in front of the camera but also works behind the camera and shoots and produces short films. Watch the video in full on YouTube:

Charlene from Paris about modeling – video interview

Modeling Abroad – René Vowerk as a Male Model in Istanbul

Modeling Abroad Part #1 – Rene Vorwerk was 45 days in Istanbul! With model flat-sharing and everything that goes with it, a real experience: “You meet models from all countries”. Rene has shot for JACK & JONES, Lescon, Under Armour and Nike. Go abroad as a model? For many models, both new comers and professionals, a constant theme. With a stay abroad, some plans come your way, you will be rewarded with plenty of experiences – no matter where in the world you are.

Many young models are concerned about whether they can cope independently abroad, what exactly awaits them and which country or city is the right choice. René von Cocaine Models was just on the road as a model in Istanbul. I talked to him about his stay abroad in the Turkish metropolis.

René says Istanbul is a real experience: “You meet models from all countries”

CM: René, what attracted you to Istanbul?

I generally wanted to go abroad for modeling and since my mother agency in Germany was looking for models for Istanbul, I contacted them directly! Since I was already on vacation in Istanbul before, I knew that the city is super beautiful – I didn’t have to think long!

CM: How did you prepare for the “big trip”?

I prepared myself by training one or two extra days in the gym to really be physically on top level – that is very important for me as a model to be and remain competitive!

CM: Your stay was not only a “great adventure”, but above all of a professional nature, what experiences did you generally have as a model in this city?

New experiences for me were definitely the jobs for the music videos and the internet advertising film! Acting was completely new to me, but I really enjoyed it, because I always had super nice teams! Another good experience was that you meet models from other countries every day, talk, exchange opinions and experiences and make really good contacts and friendships. Being among’like-minded people’ every day feels great, there is always a lot to laugh about and it never gets boring!

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Jack&Jones, Lescon, Under Armour and Nike: Model René on his success in Istanbul

CM: What types of models have a particularly good chance of success in Istanbul?

In my experience Central European blond model types have great chances in Istanbul! I was very successful there and was able to get three to four jobs every week!

CM: What kind of jobs did you get? How did they go off?

In the beginning there were some webshop jobs. After the first two weeks came the first jobs of castings, like music videos or catalog jobs for Turkish companies. After four weeks I was able to add webshops for well-known sports brands like’Nike’ and’Under Armour’. The longer I was there, the better the jobs. Towards the end I was in the top 2 for the new ‘Türkish Airlines’ commercial and did a campaign job for LTB jeans – the shop posters will also be released in Germany, of which I am very proud! Generally I have to say that I always had super nice people and teams around me. It was not always possible for everyone to speak English, but it was still possible to communicate by hand and foot!

CM: What was your daily routine in Istanbul like? What was difficult about everyday life? What was pleasant?

On days when you had a job, you were picked up by our driver between 7.00 am and 9.00 am and driven to the customer. Mostly the jobs were finished at 4 pm to 7 pm. Some of the jobs were followed by castings or fittings. If you weren’t home too late after all, you still went to the gym. Of course there were also completely free days, where we went shopping in the city or did a little’sightseeing’! It was difficult to concentrate on casting after a long job (often 10 hours) and smile at the customer, but it is absolutely part of the job! Long waiting times at castings were stressful – when you have to wait three hours or more with 60 models in one room and everyone tries to occupy themselves somehow. It was a pleasure to make new contacts again!

CM: How did you live there?

I lived in our Malemodel Apartment with three models at the beginning. In the end, there were only two of us. Our apartment was purposefully small, but from the location super good, we could reach everything under 10 minutes on foot!

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Model flat share, gym and city: Istanbul has a lot to offer

CM: What have you done and experienced in the city besides casting and jobs?

After the model’s everyday life we often stayed in the huge shopping mall in Sisli, which is one of the largest in Europe. It took 10 minutes to walk from our apartment. There you could really buy everything you could imagine! There was a big casino with two roller coasters inside, that was breathtaking! One day we took the ferry to the Asian side of Istanbul and searched the streets and shops there! We walked a lot and took the subway.

CM: What are your personal highlights of Istanbul? (Also especially for models)

One of my highlights is Istanbul itself! It is an unbelievably beautiful city, both in the snow and in blue skies! Sitting in a café with friends, drinking Turkish tea and enjoying the best views of the Bosphorus and the other side is a super good feeling! For models it is very interesting, because it is a completely different model everyday life than I am used to from Germany, because you live together with other models and always have someone around you!

CM: What can you recommend to other models for a stay in Istanbul?

In any case, it is recommended not to crumble on the couch after a long and hard day, but to go outside to see something of this wonderful city! Generally, of course, it is very polite to be on castings and jobs – if everyone is happy and in a good mood, it’s even more fun!

CM: What did you particularly like as a model in Istanbul? What wasn’t so great?

I didn’t like the pay for the jobs so much less than you know it in Germany! Otherwise, if you have to say that you have a lot more jobs a week and it pays off in the end! I liked the team spirit and the people from my agency, we were like a family among each other. The jobs were similar – always very polite and nice people.

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René recommendation: An extra tube of Face-Cleaner & cream!

CM: What problems and complications can German models encounter in Istanbul?

Some models have problems with Turkish food. If you don’t like that and don’t eat anything from the canteen at work, you always have to look after yourself and take something from home with you. The water from the pipes is not as clean as we are used to from Germany and so some models had problems with their skin – an extra tube of cream or cleaner from home is not wrong!

CM: What did you take with you from modeling in Istanbul for your future?

I have many friends and contacts to photographers and brands from all over the world! You are brought back to the ground a bit and you notice how good you are as a model in Germany when it comes to working hours! In general it was a super nice experience and I would never decide otherwise. I will definitely fly back this year and work there!

CM: What should models who want to come to Istanbul prepare for? What do I have to pay special attention to?

You can’t really prepare yourself, as I said, physical fitness is important – like everywhere else, even if you have chosen your profession as a model! You should pack plenty of creams and cleansing agents that you always use and prepare yourself for a hard everyday life! Istanbul is a 23 million city, there are 12 castings in one day, with travel times of up to one hour! In some areas you should not leave your apartment in the evening, as it can be dangerous! As in any big city, there are poorer areas that should definitely be avoided! We had really done everything right with the location of our apartment in Sishane!

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In Istanbul, respect counts

CM: Cultural differences: Do foreigners in Istanbul and Turkey in general need to pay attention to anything? Are there certain “rules” and “customs” that everyone should respect / What is different about life there than in Germany?

In Turkey, people always treat older people with respect, get up in the metro for older people and leave them sitting down. Some Germans should be aware of that! Typical customs are people wiping their plates with bread to make it clear that they are full! In my first days I was surprised that people still wanted to give me a second helping until someone enlightened me!

CM: Would you recommend Istanbul for working for models from Germany? Why yes, why no?

I would definitely recommend Istanbul to the German models, because we can really get many jobs and are extremely in demand there! You gain a lot of experience for the job and get very good pictures from top photographers to expand your own portfolio! For me there is no reason not to work in Istanbul!

Model Johanna in Athens: Greece – modeling, living and working abroad

Going abroad as a model – a constant theme for many models, both New Comers and professionals. With a stay abroad, some plans come your way, you will be rewarded with plenty of experiences – no matter where in the world you are. Many young models are concerned about whether they can cope independently abroad, what exactly awaits them and which country or city is the right choice. Johanna von Cocaine Models is currently on the road as a model in Athens. I spoke to her about her stay abroad in the Greek capital.

Model Johanna – modeling in relaxed Athens

CM: Johanna, you are a model in Athens until the end of February, how did you get there?

I was already working here in November 2014 for one month, now my agency asked if I am available again and I came back. My agency in Cologne has put me in touch with the agency here in Athens.

CM: Why Athens of all places? What attracted you to Athens as a model?

I didn’t choose Athens directly, it turned out rather like this. But it is a beautiful city with a relaxed working atmosphere & the weather is wonderful.

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CM: Would you recommend Athens as a model city?

I would recommend Athens as a model city so far away that you can get good pictures here. Most models come to Athens to take good pictures and gain experience, not to earn the big money, because the payment is rather meagre. But to make contacts and get good pictures Athens is absolutely recommendable.

Modeling Experience Athens – Preparations & Experiences

CM: How did you prepare for your trip there?

Actually one does not have to prepare oneself really great, the hotel is booked before by the agency for the model and one must actually only book his flight and fly off. It is important to plan your meals on site before your trip, as not all apartments have kitchens and you are often on the road the whole day. I always take a few plastic cans and plastic cutlery with me so that I can cook my food on the spot and take it with me during the day.

CM: What are your experiences as a model in Athens so far?

Firstly, the people in Athens are mostly very friendly. Everything is very relaxed! On the other hand, there is always work here. There are many good photographers in Athens and clients are loyal and book you back when they are satisfied with you.

CM: How would you describe the model target group in Greece, which model types are in demand?

Blond and brown-haired models are the absolute favorite here, Asian and dark-skinned models have it rather hard here. Besides, the Greeks don’t like “too skinny” girls that much. One of my friends was even cheated a few centimetres more on her hip for her sedcard.

CM: Which castings should you attend and which jobs did you get during your time in Greece?

There are castings every day for the most different jobs, there is everything. You go to castings for fashion shows, TV commercials, online shops, magazines, editorials or campaigns. Anything you can imagine. I did some shootings for online shops, for example for sunglasses or clothes, such shootings are enough for every model here, two campaigns +TV spot, web campaigns, editorial for a magazine and more.

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Johanna between Castings & Jobs – Breakfast, Coffee, Castings

CM: What is your daily modeling life in Athens like?

Get up, make breakfast, then on the way to the castings or bookings get a coffee, which is super cheap here, then it goes with the metro, the bus, the trolley or on foot to the casting. There you are usually five to 10 minutes and then you go on to the next casting. Bookings, on the other hand, are more relaxed. The model has a given arrival time, as a model you are usually on time and then wait an hour for the client or the make-up artists. Then, on average, eight hours or more are worked.

CM: How did you live and how did you get it?

Each agency has its own apartments/hotels for the models, in which you are automatically accommodated. I stayed at the hotel last time, too. There you share the room with another girl and if you are lucky you will find the bathroom in the room, otherwise you have to share the bathroom in the hallway with the other hotel occupants. There is also a small kitchen where you can make yourself something to eat. Accommodation in a hotel costs 17 Euro per night and will be deducted from the money you receive. But this time I live with friends, it’s cheaper and you have more space.

CM: How did you spend your time in Athens away from modeling?

In the evenings you often go out, have fun and have a drink. Otherwise you can of course visit the Acropolis and other sights. I also spend a lot of time in the shopping streets and when I have a day off I go to the sea.

Athens – Highlights & Recommendations

CM: What are your personal Athens highlights?

The Acropolis in any case, one should go up there once, alone to enjoy the view! This is completely free of charge for European students. Another highlight are of course the new friends and the hours together. An insider tip: The spinach feta pie which you can buy here in all bakeries is great and should be plastered on every visit to Athens.

CM: What do you recommend to other models who go to Athens for a while?

Calmness! Even if you are a young model who is a little panicked for the first few days, you are never too late in Greece. Furthermore, I can only recommend a good contact to the local agency. I have seen that if you visit the agency more often and maintain a good relationship, you get a lot of help and the agency gives you some opportunities. Always take sunscreen with you, because I even got a little sunburn in February!

CM: What does the modeling industry in Athens and Greece look like?

She’s definitely big! There are many jobs, albeit for less money. Due to Greece’s financial situation, one can certainly imagine how people have to struggle with it to pay enough. Nevertheless, there is work for every willing to work! I haven’t met anyone here who hasn’t worked. Nevertheless, the market for Male Models is very narrow, because there are enough Greek boys on site.

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CM: Is a stay in Athens worthwhile for models?

Not necessarily to make big money, but for good pictures and a lot of experiences that really take you further. You can also earn money, but it may well be that in the end there is not so much jumping around when I look at the payment here.

CM: What did you notice positively in Athens, what rather negatively?

The friendly people are positive! Absolutely negative is chronic lateness.

CM: Are there any cultural differences that a German visitor should take into account?

One thing is very unusual: You can order coffee at the bakeries and it will be delivered to you wherever you want! this is super practical! Another big difference and for many probably a big change: Smoking is going on everywhere inside, whether at the shooting, in the restaurant, in the club or at the casting.

Johanna: “Now I’m a pro in posing”

CM: What do you take with you to Germany from your time as a model in Athens?

Many new friends and experiences. Also some pictures, which I can use for my book and fortunately also my earned money. I also take many new contacts with me, which I will certainly be able to use when I come back. One thing I can say for sure: After your stay in Athens you will be a professional in posing for online shop shootings! That’s something every model here takes with them.

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CM: For which models with what ambitions do you recommend Athens?

I think Athens is something for models with experience as well as for newcomers. Of course you should have a reasonably good book, but you don’t have to work so much to get a foothold here. You shouldn’t be shy either, because you are rather small for a model, because there are rather less fashion shows taking place here.

CM: Dear Johanna, thank you for your interview!

Modeling Abroad: Malia in Cape Town – Jobs, Castings and Models in South Africa

Going abroad as a model – a constant theme for many models, both New Comers and professionals. With a stay abroad, some plans come your way, you will be rewarded with plenty of experiences – no matter where in the world you are. Many young models are concerned about whether they can cope independently abroad, what exactly awaits them and which country or city is the right choice. Malia von Cocaine Models is currently on the road as a model in Cape Town. I talked to her about her stay abroad in the South African dream city.

Model Malia: “Cape Town was a coincidence”

CM: Malia, you’ve been modeling in South Africa for several weeks/months. What have you experienced there as a model?

Here you experience a lot – from shootings, sight seeing, surfing to shark diving. Cape Town is extremely diverse in every respect.

CM: How did you discover South Africa/ Cape Town in particular?

I’m honest, Cape Town was more of a coincidence. My friend wanted to spend a semester abroad at the university and I thought I could just come along and model there. Since we went on holiday a year ago and had an agency there, it was very easy to implement the plan then.

CM: How did you prepare for your stay in advance?

In the end you don’t have to prepare for Cape Town, the only difficult or “long” one is the work visa, so you should plan about 2-3 weeks until you have all documents together and drive to the embassy in Berlin. It’s also important what clothes you take with you. I say this quite explicitly because Cape Town does not offer good or high-quality shopping opportunities (in terms of shootings). So if you plan to test, you should bring some clothes.

Malia about the possibilities as a model in Cape Town

CM: What are your experiences in Cape Town as a model so far?

There is a lot of competition on the road, casting can be longer than you want and direct booking unfortunately doesn’t exist. The jobs are great and you have opportunities you wouldn’t have in Germany and the tests are great.

CM: From your experience: Which models are particularly in demand in South Africa?

Ü30 models with blond short hair. Also male models.

CM: What does the modeling industry in Cape Town look like?

There are extremely many agencies and in the summer (German winter) the customers make a pilgrimage to Cape Town and produce there, due to the low costs. Yes, the model fees are also about half as good as in comparison to Germany. You feel like in a German village, because there are extremely many German models/photographers/MUAs on site.

CM: What jobs have you done in Cape Town so far? How did they go off?

Sport jobs, a lot is produced there in this respect, but also TV commercials. The process is no different than in Germany, perhaps one difference: after the casting there is always a callback, i.e. a second casting. If you are taken then there is one day only for fitting and then it is only produced. The days are long because you start shooting very early (because of the light). People rarely work over lunchtime because the light is too hard and it usually doesn’t continue until the afternoon.

CM: What are your typical daily routines in South Africa as a model?

The agencies communicate via SMS and send you the casting. Then you go to the different casting studios and hope that not 100 other people are waiting for the same casting. Waiting times vary from 10 minutes to 4 hours per casting.

There are normal castings (here the waiting times are 1-4 hours) and “requested” castings (there you are specially requested, have an appointment and usually come directly to it). Requested castings are always the ones where you have the best chances, because the customer has already selected you based on his pictures and wants to see you.

CM: How do you live and how did you get your place? What do you recommend?

The agencies help or provide accommodation. But I’m not a fan of model apartments and that’s why we chose Airbnb for our own accommodation. This was not directly in Cape Town City, but only 15 minutes away, cheaper and on the beach – which I personally like better. If you are an independent person and like to organize yourself, I can only recommend such a thing. If you are perhaps unsure, you should seek the help of the agency.

Malias Cape Town Highlights

CM: What are your personal Cape Town highlights?

My highlight was one of my last test shootings with the photographer Jacques Weyers (photographed for Elle Southafrica and World of Swimsuits among others). We shot an editorial, which was very important to me personally and in which I could find myself very well. Besides, I was the only model Jacques tested with, which was like a little knighthood for me.

CM: Which model hot spots would you recommend to other models?

The Food Markets in Cape Town are amazing, and I’m also a fan of some restaurants: Kloofstreet House, Cafe Paradiso, Simply Asia, Beluga and Black Sheep. Osumo makes the best smoothies and to celebrate: Era, Tschin Tschin Rooftopbar, Shimmy Beachclub.

CM: What do you like about modeling in Cape Town? What is more problematic?

I find the locations in Cape Town fantastic. If you want to do tests, you can have extremely many settings and improve your book very much.

Another problem is that the fees are unfortunately not so good and you have to be careful about the crime in Cape Town.

CM: What does a model have to pay special attention to in South Africa? (rules, customs, differences to Germany etc.)

Cape Town is very Western/European, but yes there are townships and crime is high. In the evening when it gets dark you should not go out alone or to the beach, you should not carry too many valuables around with you, carry too expensive clothes, get involved in conversations in the street or just go with people. You should just pay attention to what’s going on around you. When you rent a car, you have to expect people to drive extremely badly and uncoordinated. We had a little accident because someone drove into our car (only fender damage) and my credit card was stolen from the machine. You just have to be aware of these things when you are there and plan to fly there. Nevertheless, you don’t have to be afraid on the spot, because if you just pay attention to these things you are safe.

Cape Town for the Model-Book – Germany for the Model-Gage

CM: What do you take with you from your stay in South Africa to Germany?

Cape Town is good for the book and for the experience, however, one simply has to say that one is “on paid vacation” there and that Plus Minus Null will return to Germany.

CM: Would you recommend South Africa, especially Cape Town, to other models? Why?

I think for Newfaces Cape Town is great, you can build your book with great photographers, especially in terms of commercials. Then I also think that Cape Town is very good for models Ü30, because the market there is very versatile and as a model you can work there very well even in old age. If you fall into this grid or simply want to gain experience abroad I can recommend Cape Town, but if you think you will make the big money there I have to say, unfortunately, stay in Germany.

CM: Dear Malia, thank you for the interview!

Model Marie Dahmen: Sexy posing, sweet smile

Marie Dahmen had already dreamed of a great career in the modeling business as a child. The young student combines everyday school life with exciting photo shoots and model jobs. With Cocaine Models since 2015, she quickly made a name for herself in the agency, especially as a strong Beauy face. We talked to the talented beauty about everyday life between school and model business.

The Model-Sedcard from Marie can be found here. Also go to all female models.

Marie Dahmen in interview

CM: You’re still quite new and haven’t gained much experience in the modeling business, where does your interest in modeling come from? What do you like about modeling?

Marie: I am very interested in the variety, diversity and beauty. I also enjoy playing different roles.

CM: Was that already in your childhood a dream to become a successful model?

Marie: Yes, even as a small child I was very interested in it and it has always been my dream job.

CM: What do your parents think of your job as a model?

Marie: My parents have mixed feelings about this. They range from pride to joy to concern.

CM: You still go to school, how do you reconcile that with modeling?

Marie: I realize that it’s not easy to reconcile the two in the long run, but I can’t say much about it yet, as I’m still very new to the business.

CM: You’re still very young, where does your self-confidence come from? How do your classmates or friends react to you modeling?

Marie: I have two brothers, through them I was forced to develop self-confidence haha. My girlfriends and my boyfriend think it’s very good that I started modeling because I’ve always talked about it and they always told me to finally apply. You wish me that this life’s dream will come true.

CM:What do you think is special about you and how do you stand out among other models?

Marie: I just really enjoy being in front of the camera and that’s the joy I radiate in the pictures. Because I am very self-confident, I also express this in the pictures.

CM: What is your big dream, what do you still want to achieve in your future?

Marie: First I want to take my Abitur and then, if possible, study in Cologne. Of course I want to go on modeling and see what the future will bring.

CM: Dear Marie, thank you for the interview!

Fashion interview: Fashion & Lifestyle behind the scenes

With FIV Magazine we are realizing the new interview portal for fashion, fashion, lifestyle and VIPs together with editor-in-chief Michelle Hamacher. Already in the first weeks we were able to attract exciting interview guests. The two fashion designers around the fashion label holyGhost were guests just a few days after Fashionweek Berlin. Model and full-time Mama Shermine Shahrivar. Fashion blogger Kiamisu, and much more. From Berlin, Hamburg & Co. we are looking for new stories, bold collections and the most beautiful ideas, all around fashion and lifestyle themes. Fashion Interview, our new fashion online portal, is set to become one of the major interview online magazines in the coming months.

interview with fashion designers, media managers and photo models

Through our daily work with creative people, advertising agencies, film productions and fashion designers, we always come across new ideas and great stories. But not everyone is told! In order to change this, we wanted a website for fashion interviews that would run on the couch both in the underground and comfortably on a tablet PC at home. With great effort and great partners we have implemented our idea in the last weeks.

Now online: Fashion Interview – the fashion portal for designers, models & Co.

From today on you will find new and interesting interviews on Fashion Interview almost daily. Always up to 2-date and directly from the fashion metropolis. You can also find the interviews on Facebok and Instagram. Always & everywhere.

Fashion Photography – Fashion & Haute Couture

Since the turn of the millennium, the three top dogs Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar no longer dominate the field alone – today’s fashion photographer is increasingly working for independent magazines and has raised the artistic standards for his pictures. The boundaries between art and fashion photography are becoming blurred, while the previously rather uniformly commercial direction is becoming blurred. That’s what our fashion photographer Oliver Rudolph says about fashion photography then and now! You want to learn to take pictures yourself? Here you can find our book recommendation: Learn to take pictures.

Fashion photography today – trends, zeitgeist and high fashion

Even today, the profession is subject to the constant change of ideals and the development of fashion itself, which is why my job as a fashion photographer lives particularly from flexibility and adaptability, and also requires a lot of openness for new things and a feel for trends. Anyone who equates the profession of fashion photographer with the mere photographing of clothes is clearly subject to a socially widespread cliché. Even today it is important to sum up the dreams of a society, the spirit of the times and the personal desires of a decade, and to stage them consciously as a fashion photographer.

Fashion photography, especially haute couture, should not only be visually appealing and aesthetically inspiring, but should also encourage the viewer to participate and imitate and at best be one step ahead of its era. The representation of fashion merges here with the representation of an idea. In close cooperation, whether fashion advertising agency, art director or marketing agent – from Los Angeles to London. The result is ultimately the ultimate staging – not of the dress, but of the fashionably dressed personality.

Fashion photography back then – big idols & fashion magazines

The first fashion photographer Adolphe Braun to be regarded as such published the first “Fashion Magazine” in 1856: a book with 288 photographs of the Comtesse Virginial Oldoini, who was the first fashion model to present her robes there. Since photography was by no means suitable for the masses and reproduction was still in its infancy, not much happened in the following years until 1892, when the first fashion series was printed in La Mode Pratique.

Fashion photography took a step forward at the beginning of the 20th century with the “Harper’s Bazaar”, the “Vogue” and the “Vanity Fair”, which until then had had to resort to sketched drawings. You can find out who’s the trend today here: fashion magazines. More and more fashion sections are published, and at the same time the first photo studios for fashion photography are being set up in Europe’s metropolises. Thanks to these circumstances, fashion photography had become an art form until the 1930s.

Until then, everything had focused on European centres such as Berlin, Paris and Hamburg. During the Second World War, most fashion photographers relocated their creative centres to the USA, where the hottest fashion centre ever established itself: New York.

Changes, trends and zeitgeist influence photography

The next change is due to a generational change between photographers and models, which is why fashion photography developed into a younger, more dynamic field of art in the 1960s. A decade later, fetishism and pornography came to the fore, but during the 1980s this declined sharply again and photography now took place in aesthetic worlds and often in classical black-and-white.

Since the fall of communism, fashion photographers have also become more realistic in their expression. The “Heroine Look” is also developing into a subculture of its own, and fashion photographers such as David LaChapelle are promoting the glamorous style that is so popular today. At the end of the 90s, the field repeatedly took a step in the direction of more freedom of movement – and fashion photography finally became what it is today.

The perfect model folder for your next casting

Models in the job, on castings or in the agency – The own model portfolio is from experience the A & O for professional models. In your modelbook you have your best photos of different shootings. In it lies your sedcard and the business card of your booker. With her you present or ‘sell’ yourself and your portfolio in front of customers. With a good model portfolio, you increase your chances of casting.
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Candice – Model from Paris: Interview & Video

Being a Model or becoming a Model is the dream of a lot people. Candice lives this dream. Beautiful trips, amazing outfits and a varied daily life is standard for her. We talked to her and get interesting and exciting replys about being a model. You want to be a model too? Check out our Model Guide for more informations.  Read more

Chand x Stockholm Model | New In

Young, attractiv and sporty – Chand is born in a country, where the most people directly thinks about IKEA, H&M or VOLVO. We present you the young swedish boy and his homecountry. Read more

Model Lea in America – Working and Living in New York & Miami

America – the dream of many, especially models. Lea made it: She got to know modeling in the USA.

“The American Dream” – Lea got to know him

We talked to her and she told us beautiful and exciting details of her journey.

Why did you go to America?

“That was totally spontaneous. I decided to fly to the USA just two days before the trip. It has always been a dream of mine to see America. When winter really started and everything got stressful, I decided to visit friends in Miami.”

How long were you there?

“The plan was a three-week vacation. “In the end, it was six months.”

Where were you in the USA?

“I stayed in Miami for the first four months. Then I went to Chicago and spent the last two months in New York.”
The modeling in NY & Miami

Where did you live?

“In Miami I lived in a model house and in New York with friends I met during my stay there.”

What kind of jobs did you do?

“Very different. Starting with catalogue jobs, online stuff and editorial.”

What was your best experience in Miami or New York?

“The whole trip, actually. I met so many great new people from all over the world. That was the best part.”

How is the model market in America?

“It’s not really hard to get a foothold in Miami. It doesn’t matter if you are New Face or already professional. All agencies get the same castings, which means everyone has the same chance as a model, regardless of the agency you are in. It’s different in New York. The Modelling Agency plays an important role here. “The better your agency, the better your chances of getting a good job.”

Thank you Lea, for the great interview!