UZURI: How did you start with modeling?
A friend of mine noticed an audition announcement in the local paper she suggested that I should try my luck since they were looking for many different types of profiles. I attended the casting but did not think that anything would come of it. A few days later, I was informed that I had been selected for the job. I was seventeen years old when I signed my first contract with a modeling agency
UZURI: Tell us something about the beginning of your modeling career
When I started modeling I found it very hard to walk in high heels. I was not used to wearing those types of shoes and I had to learn how to walk with heals. That was very difficult for me; I used to practice for hours until I was able to balance correctly on the shoes. These days I am much more comfortable and it is no longer a problem
UZURI: Do you prefer to work on fashion shows or photo shoots?
There’s a big difference between working on a fashion show and shooting a photo section, I must say I do enjoy being in front of the camera more than working on a fashion show. It’s great because I get to meet the staff better and the pace is more relaxed.
Fashion shows are very speedy sometimes much too fast.
UZURI: When you walk, do you ever notice who's sitting in the first row?
When I walk I usually hold my head up high and look straight ahead so I really do not notice the people in front row and besides I think its better since it might distract me.
UZURI: What was your favorite job that you have worked on?
One of my favorite jobs was for a fashion show in Dubai. The team was absolutely inspiring, the stage and location incredible and the food was regal! I worked with a very famous French choreographer, the rehearsals were long and extremely difficult but it was such an amazing experience to participate in such an event
UZURI: What is your favorite photo of yourself?
My favorite photo shoot was for Elle magazine and the photographer was André Rau. It was shot in Paris, I poised in front of French monuments, and it was simply magnificent I love the architecture that Paris has to offer
UZURI: Would you change something about yourself?
Not really. It is important to accept yourself. I believe that it is the key of success.
UZURI: We know that you were Miss Paris, and then you quit the beauty contest
It is true that like most little girls I was fascinated by beauty pageants. I was fortunate to be able to participant and to have been awarded the role of Miss Paris. Today, I have chosen fashion modeling and I have no regrets.
UZURI: How do you feel about the use of photo shop in fashion photography?
The use of Photoshop in fashion does not really bother me, but the excessive use can be annoying. Really it is strange not to be able to recognize ones face or body in a photograph. I often hear clients complaining about models looking completely different from the photo especially on fashion show auditions
UZURI: Models have beauty secrets or at least beauty tips. Can you tell us some of yours?
I think most women have their beauty secrets not only models.
For myself, I pay special attention to the shape and design of my eyebrows; I also love to use plenty of mascara to intensify the look. I like to wear Terracotta bronzing powders such as Guerlain Terracotta; it gives a fresh healthy natural glow.
UZURI: How do you maintain your skin?
My skin is very dry; my main goal is to keep my skin well hydrated. I use Embryolisse cream morning and evening. I go often to the sauna and Hamam helps to keep the skin soft and beautiful
UZURI: How do you stay in shape?
I jog every morning and I walk a lot.
I try to swim as much as possible, and I sleep quite early.
UZURI: Would you like to model in New York?
Yes I would love to have a career in the USA, that would be a dream to follow in the tracks of Iman and Naomi, who knows what the future holds
What is your advice to new models?
My advice to new models is not to take everything so serious and enjoy their lives and live each experience fully
UZURI: What do you see yourself doing in the future?
Unfortunately in the modeling world one cannot predict anything
It is others who decide if you work or not. Right now I am very busy and enjoying the moment
UZURI: Thank you for the wonderful interview. We wish you much success in all your endeavors!
Thank you very, very much. It's been so much fun talking with you. Much success to UZURI also…