Drop the stereotypes, Modeling has really nothing to do with age.

Friday October 21st, 2016 by


Being a model is not about about your height, your age or your hair color. With our video “I’m a Model Too”  we wanted to celebrate the diversity of today’s modeling world and showing how people like you can be models. Today, we want to prove that no matter how old or young you are, you can be a model!

Nina Stizi is a model from Paris, France. She’s only 16 and has been modeling since she is 14. Nina really thinks we should drop the stereotypes and just be who we are.

MM: You’re only 16 and you’ve been modeling for several years. Is it something you’ve always wanted to do? How did you know you wanted to be a model?
Nina Stizi: Yes, I’ve been modeling for a year and a half now. I’ve always been attracted by the modelling world but I never thought I’d become a model, somehow even if my family was nicely pushing me into this. I knew I wanted to be a model when I realized physical was something ephemeral.
To be honest, I was wearing braces till 13 and I felt really bad about this; then at around age 14 I had a dental problem and the bottom of my face was completely deformed. So when everything’s became normal again, I thought “Why not? Maybe I can be a model”… That’s why I’m here today.

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MM: What was your very first job as a model?
NS: My first job was a « off » runway during the Fashion Week in Paris in July 2015 for a young designer: Young Bergam Creation. I still remember how the casting happened. I had no idea what I was supposed to do, I had this big stomachache and I was late. Someone from my family joined me in Palais Maillot (casting’s place). I was running under 35 degrees and I arrived completely wet in the building so I immediately went to the toilets so I could fix look a bit and look correct.

I was really stressed while passing the casting. I almost fell down because Ruby, the artistic director, gave me heels which were a bit too big for me. I walked. Goings and comings all over again and when I went out, I was absolutely sure I wasn’t going to be chosen. 30 minutes later, Ruby and the designer Mr. Bergam, told everyone who was selected and who wasn’t and then they announced number 18, me. I was really surprised to be selected.
Then, I did rehearsal and I trained at home all week. Friday was the big day. Make-up, hair and fitting were fast. But when I had to walked, I was so stressed. There were stairs in the middle of the catwalk and my foot got stuck with my dress. I was quite unbalanced and furious with myself and I was sure the designer was thinking the same but I needed to finish the work. When I went backstage, the designer told me “It’s not a big deal, you were amazing”. Nowadays, this little story makes me laugh and it reminds me a really good memory

MM: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being 16 in the modelling world?
NS: The main advantage of being 16 in the modelling world is the future. Designers, organizers, brands are sure they can make me do stuffs for several years. Then, there is the kindness from people who are really taking time with young people and in the meantime they don’t forget to treat us like we were professionals.
In the opposite, the disadvantages from being 16 in the industry are principally the authorizations to walk « we can’t have minors » is a recurrent phrase because the parental authorizations are really really long and they don’t want to waste time with that.
I just turned 16 and I can tell you it’s a wonderful age in the fashion industry because I finally have the required age to be part of a French model agency. Before 16, in France, it’s uncommon to see girls in the agencies. It’s a real relief to have exceeded this age limit.

MM: You’ve got a Premium Unlimited account on ModelManagement.com, what did you get from this and why did you decide to join the platform?
NS: Having a Premium Unlimited account on ModelManagement.com allows me to apply to lots of castings, I’m also able to put more pictures and be contacted by recruiters. In the Fresh Faces contest, I also have the possibility to have 3 votes instead of one and I have many pictures.
I discovered the platform when I was trying to apply to a casting only available in the website. I read the website presentation and I created an account. Then, while discovering the advantages, my parents and I chose the Premium Unlimited account.

MM: ModelManagement.com has done a video called “I’m a Model Too” which is celebrating the diversity of today’s modeling world. Do you personally think everybody can be models?
NS: Absolutely! Everybody can be a model. The fashion industry is not limited to tall and skinny girls or big and sporty guys. Curvy girls, small ones, brunettes, blondes, gingers, white or black women, all of them have a charm. It’s the same for men. Modeling is first of all about capturing the target. How I catch the light with my face, with my body. So everyone has his chance. I really think that model’s diversity is essential in the fashion industry. And I want to denounce anorexia from models and young people who want to be like them. Just stay who you are and you can have your chance.

MM: What are your hopes and ambitions and why?
NS: Now, my biggest ambition in the modeling world is to integrate a model agency and be able to start an international carrier. My dream as a model is to stop this anorexia trend and have a diversity of models. In my real life, my main ambition is to integrate the well-known French school Siences-Po to be closer to my dream. My dream… Peace in the World! Yes it’s ambitious but as Oscar Wilde said “Make sure your dream is big enough so you won’t lose it while pursuing it”…

MM: Can you give some advice to models who think they are too young or too old to start a career?
NS: To all people who think they are too young, I’ll say that experience is something you learn no matter how old you are. If you think it’s impossible, just remember I was 14 when I started. Now I’m just 16 and my nickname with the Fashion Glam Couture team is “Baby”. So age is not a barrier but a strength. And for people who think they are too old. Sir, don’t we say that the most beautiful age is the silver hair’s one? And ladies, you all are beautiful. Maturity is not an obstacle, you can do it. I use to parade with a friend of mine who is 55 and she’s always having lots of fun. And it’s better to live your retirement fully if you’re already retired!
No, age is not a problem! So go ahead, you have nothing to lose!

On the other hand, Nora Beer is a 50-professional-model from Germany who’s been modeling since she’s 16 and think modeling has really nothing to do with age.

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MM: You’re a professional model. Is it something you’ve always wanted to do? How did you know you wanted to be a model?
Nora Beer: At the age of 16 I got the chance for modelling, it was a possibility to finance my study, no more, no less.

MM: What was your very first job as a model?
NB: It was a photo shooting for the company Quelle in Fürth for the catalogue.

MM: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being 50 in the modelling world?
NB: I cannot see advantages or disadvantages. If you are the right model, you will be booked, independent from age.

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MM: You’ve got an account on ModelManagement.com, what did you get from this and why did you decide to join the platform?
NB: I got some compliments from other members. The platform gives me some information about the development of model business.

MM: ModelManagement.com has made a video called “I’m a Model Too” which is celebrating the diversity of today’s modeling world. Do you personally think everybody can be models?
NB: A model will be booked, if the client thinks, that this model is perfect to sell his product, that´s it. From an ant until to a celebrity everybody has the chance to be booked as model.

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MM: What are your hopes and ambitions and why?
NB: I hope, that models realize for what they give their face or body and with which conditions. Model business is developed to a business without dignity in many areas, that´s sad.

MM: Can you give some advice to models who think they are too young or too old to start a career?
NB: You should make sure to keep your dignity. You should not be depend of modelling to earn your money.

Are you interested in modeling for Bridal fashion? Apply to castings now on ModelManagement.com!


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