The life of a model is a bit chaotic, not always knowing when, or even where, you‘ll have your next booking. How has that impacted your daily life?
It changed my entire daily routine! I started modeling when I was 19 years old. As much as I plan or anticipate, the fashion schedule is pretty unpredictable, but I love everything about it. Any day, anything can happen. It literally can be over for me tomorrow. So I try to focus on the positive and be present in every moment!
What do you do to manage stress? Do you practice yoga, blast music or take a walk?
Mainly, I workout on a cross-fit basis and like to reflect on my day right after, sometimes by writing thoughts in my notebook. Most frequently, I have deep conversations with my friends.
Small rural town or big city?
Big city! I like crowds, all the people, smells, noises and sounds. That’s not to say I don’t like and enjoy the quaint atmosphere of a small village or town, because I do.
Are you a big food enthusiast? What would your ‘last meal’ be?
‘Injera’, without a doubt! It’s an Eritrean (my ethnicity) dish, made of a thin pancake with a variety of toppings, beef/chicken, vegetables and salads, all cooked with Eritrean spices. You take a piece of the pancake and dip it in one of the toppings, with your right hand only!
What’s your biggest fear in the world?
I have two fears, to be honest with you. I’m afraid of disappointing people. Even though I’m highly aware that I can’t satisfy everyone, I really just want to live up to my expectations. Second sometimes, I need to wear contact lenses after shows. I always wear them if I have to, even though I absolutely hate contact lenses and the thought of them going in my eyes scares me to death! It simply doesn’t feel natural for me to wear them.
What was the very first modeling gig you had? Were you scared and uncomfortable?
The first time was for an Amsterdam-based brand called Ninamounah. I had to step outside of my comfort zone, as I didn’t understand what it meant to be a model yet. At first, I thought it was all about staying cool and with my expressions. I quickly found out that I was very wrong! I had to pose in ways I’d never seen, dress in clothes that I’d never worn before. So, yes, it was scary! Anyhow, working with that team made me push my own boundaries, extending my understanding and ability to evolve as a model and even the person I want to become.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever been asked to do while modeling?
Luckily, thus far, my career hasn’t brought such odd things as you’d expect. Yes I did some interesting shoots, so what would I call crazy? Probably getting my first reality check of modeling and the industry with just three steps. It was my first ever FW casting, in January 2019, for Palm Angels. I was super excited, motivated and ready to crush it. As I walked into the casting, I was full of expectations and thought they’d be happy to see me too. I was ready to do my walk, take photos and was already convinced I’d book the show. Then, after just three steps, they literally sent me away and called the next model. My ego was damaged for a minute. It’s how I learned how difficult this business really is. You must be on your best game every day and strong enough to deal with rejections on a daily basis.