Michelle, bring me back to the start of your modeling career. When and how did it begin?
I was scouted, in my hometown, around the beginning of July 2019. To be honest with you, I’d already been asked to model, but I feared it’d mean changing who I was, so I always turned it down. On that occasion, I really felt accepted and seen as a human being, and that’s why I said yes. Back then I put all my trust into Manuel Scheper’s hands, and I don’t regret this decision.
Michelle, your Instagram is like an open book of your resume and life in the most eccentric and well-captured way. Would you say you use it that way, as a sort of casting to further your career?
Yes, of course! I think Instagram can be such a great platform to form a community, find inspiration and, at the same time, inspire others. I’m not the best person when it comes to Instagram, and how to get a large following. However, I find the opportunity to share your feelings and views on pretty much anything and everything simply wonderful. Whoever wants to read and truly listen to what you have to say, will. So you don’t have to feel like you should limit yourself in any way. Going back to your question, yes, I’m trying to push my carrier with Instagram. On social media a lot of people try to show a better version of themselves, but I strive to give authenticity to my community. Put more plainly, I’m a crazy person, and I don’t hide it (Laughs, E.D.)! Instagram is my hiding space, as well as my stage somehow!
The fashion industry is, or can be, a very cut-throat industry where one minute you’re in and the next you’re out. Do you find that to be true?
Very short answer, yes! You need to be a fighter, a survivor, to stay. That can be fun, but also very tough, if you’re not one of the lucky ones.