A few months ago I had the pleasure to interview the beautiful Mariann Ami. We talked about her lingerie e-boutique - Vision of Femininity (read here). The young entrepreneur, who has also been modelling for the past year and a half, agreed to share her insider experiences and views on the profession.
You’ve started modeling when you turned 18 years old. What are your thoughts on the profession after 18 months?
I think I've matured and obtained a lot of wisdom since I have been modelling. It's a wonderful life experience and I enjoy what I do. I guess I feel this is where I belong - in a creative industry. It's what I've imagined and matches my ambitions in life. I welcome challenges of having to work hard. I know hard work pays off.
Many girls start their modeling career as early as 13 years old or even younger. How early is too early in your opinion?
13 is very early to start modelling, however it depends on how mature you are at a young age and what your attitude is towards your future. I first decided modelling was for me when I was coming up 13 but I didn't develop the confidence until I was 18. It's rewarding to get into modelling at a young age, you need to spend several years learning about how the industry works and your role as a model. There's a lot of hard work that goes into it and it's all about continually improving. An outstanding portfolio is a never-ending goal. I know a lot of successful models started modelling typically from the age of 15-18 which is probably the best age to get into it. There are successful models who even start older than this, from ages 19-23, it's always gratifying to see that happen.
How do you choose the projects you take?
The right projects arise based on my look, style, portfolio and my personality. I know what works for me and as would the talented people I work with. I get excited about the work I do, I've been considered creative and I'm inspired by fashion so I just know when something feels right. It's important to learn to follow your heart and listen to your intuition when taking on a project.
What is your favorite project you have participated in?
I've enjoyed working on many shoots and being a part of a team but I think the biggest project and my favorite up to date is founding Vision of Femininity. It taught me a lot about my self. I'm learning more about my own style each day which is continuing to influence the rest of my modelling career.
What’s the most memorable experience you've had thanks to being part of the fashion industry?
There are lots of little memorable experiences in modelling including working with talented people, travelling, etc. I think currently, one of the most memorable milestones in modelling for me, was having the opportunity to found Vision of Femininity, a luxury lingerie e-boutique. Without any modelling experience and a portfolio to attract companies, I wouldn't have made it to where I am now.
What are your goals as a model?
I plan to keep working hard and that is one of my biggest goals with modelling. Hard work always pays off. I want to continue to give my best and take on the right projects. My long term goals would be to inspire others through what I do, as I believe modelling can be inspirational, it involves developing a particular lifestyle that you can share with others.
There have been a lot of controversy surrounding plus-size models. What’s your opinion on the matter? What do you consider plus-size?
Plus-size modelling is becoming fairly common nowadays with a lot of regular and top modelling agencies having a 'curve-board' alongside their 'main-board'. I think it's great that plus size modelling exists because women come in all shapes and sizes. Women want fashion that suits them and fits perfectly so a lot of fashion stores are also catering for plus size women. I don't have a lot of knowledge personally on what plus size is, I've discovered that people have mixed views on what they believe is plus size. I think it keeps changing according to society and the environment we live in.
As a model have you felt pressured by the industry to look a certain way? If so, what was your reaction?
People don't realize that models can be self-conscious and some times feel they are not good enough. I think the most important thing here is to look how you want to appear and only change for yourself. If you're going to try and change for others, you don't have a motive you can focus on and it doesn't work as successfully.
What is your advice for girls who want to become models?
The main and most important thing is to believe in yourself and never give up. Modelling requires a lot of hard work and you should be able to welcome challenges in order to succeed. Modelling is also about creativity and having a good imagination. It's essential for a model to have a good understanding of themselves, their body and how they move.
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