Feature by Keran Look Loy
Natascha Verkaik began her modelling career in 2001 at age 13 when she was scouted at a modelling competition by Viviens Model Management. In 2009 Natascha joined Giant Models continuing her success as the face of multiple brands. She has been featured on billboards across Australia and has worked internationally as a model as well.
In 2012, Natascha Verkaik left Giant Models and took ownership of Vicious Model Management as Managing Director, rejuvenating the business to what it is today. The inspiration to run the agency came from the desire to ‘bring back the supermodel’, changing how agencies selected models based on conventional ‘standards’ and implementing one on one mentoring, training, portfolio building, and personal branding sessions to educate models during their careers.
Since 2012 Vicious Model Management has built a strong name for themselves as a superior modelling agency representing iconic models, discovering many exceptional faces, and launching several successful international careers. The agency is devoted to the discovery of iconic models with an emphasis in high-fashion/editorial models. From scouting and conducting model searches, Vicious Model Management is the only agency in Australia that conducts in-house one on one model training, mentoring, and portfolio building sessions. As stated in their mission statement:
“Our goal is to represent iconic and unique models regardless of industry height or size requirements”
Currently Natascha is writing a book about her experiences as a Model, Agent, and Business Owner, with an educational approach to creating a mindset for success as a female entrepreneur. Below are some powerful quotes taken from her novel:
“A decision is the most powerful thing you can do, decide to take every single opportunity, plan long term goals and take every step to be who you want to be.There is a big difference from saying you want to be a supermodel, a celebrity, an expert in your field, a millionaire, whatever it may be compared with someone who is relentless, and takes actions everyday towards their goals.”
“The more value you give to others, the bigger the return”
“I look back now on the impact that agencies have onto young girls, how I handled being too big & rejection as a 15 year old. The desire to be exactly the same as the other models was something I was taught, however this is the wrong way, its best to be completely unique and stand out. “
“Be Different, Be Iconic, Be you”