The first shoot I did was a beauty shoot. It was for a make-up artist’s portfolio and I had to do 3 different concepts which for me, as a beginner, it was scary. I thought I wouldn't make it, or they wouldn't be happy with the final results, but actually the photos turned out pretty good I must admit.
Never! I was modelling since a very young age but in high school I had to stop, so after that I never thought I was good enough to start modelling again. Right now, I still cannot believe that I became a professional model and that I am living the model life I was dreaming since when I was a kid
Q. What was your first shoot?
At the age of 16, a good friend of mine asked me if I could model for her since she was building up her portfolio and needed models. After our shoot together, a big fashion photographer in Cyprus, Louis Loizides Mitsu, discovered me. He saw a potential in me, as he said. He asked me to do few shoots with him, and after that he got me under his wing.
Q. I have to ask you the official model question - how were you discovered?
Q. Did you imagine yourself as a model before your first photoshoot?
"Modeling allows me to express myself with no boundaries"
I think the most important thing models have to understand and keep in mind is that a model is a plain canvas; whoever hires you decides what they will do on your face, to your hair, what clothes you will wear, etc. I have seen a lot of models going crazy in photoshoots or fashion shows because they don't like the hair, the make-up or even the clothes. You have to always be professional and accept what they ask you do or wear (and by that I don't mean to let them undress you or do something to you that it is inappropriate).
Definitely, I believe that's something all models should have! I was asked a lot of times on doing nude shoots and 'kinky' shoots but my answer was always, no. That's my limit, although, you can never say never; it depends on the circumstances.
Q. Do you have any limits when it comes to more demanding photoshoots?
Q. How do you understand and see modelling in your life and what does fashion and modelling mean to you?
Q. What difficulties did you face at the beginning of your modelling career?
The first difficulty was the feeling of rejection, my self-esteem was low and I had no confidence so I had to do something and change all that, otherwise I would have never made it in this industry. The second difficulty I faced which I had from a child and that was the reason why I stopped modelling in high school, was mental bullying. I would get a lot of negativity, bad comments, and mentally bullied by others. It was a hard and difficult beginning for me, but by having the right people next to me I got through it.
Q. What work are you most proud of? Why?
I am very proud of myself on how well I am doing in the Asian Industry, especially in England. On the 7th of June I did a charity fashion show for Teenage Cancer Trust to raise money for awareness in Leicester, UK and I would definitely say that this is the most important job I did until now in my modelling career. I was doing what I love in order to help and that is one of my goals in life and my career.
Q. Give us an advice in doing modelling that you believe all models should keep in mind.
Q. Who is your model icon and why?
My model icon will always be Tyra Banks. She is a role model, and a real inspiration. She knows how to carry herself and she has both beauty and brain. She has also a different look from all the other models that makes her stand out, and what I love the most on her is that she is not model thin and she embraces her body in the fullest.
Modelling allows me to express myself with no boundaries. Modelling and fashion are both my two biggest passions in life, and in my mind fashion and modelling are connected. I can't see the one without the other. Also, modelling is my escape from reality, I can be whatever and whoever I want because everything you do it's never the same, even if you do 5 beach photoshoots, none of the concepts or the final pictures will ever be the same and that is the reason why I will never get bored with it.
My goal is to inspire people, not only as a model but as a human. As a model, I want to book jobs in other countries and be able to travel the world doing what I love. I am definitely looking for agencies in other countries to book and who knows? What’s for sure is that I will never stop progressing in modelling and I will never quit.
Q. What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progress in this field?
Interview by Nikoletta Georgiou