Model of the Month

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Kim Valerie Jaspers
Kim Valerie Jaspers
July 2016

The bold and sunshine-bright beauty started modeling when she was only fourteen. She never thought of being a model but was scouted when her niece (who is a photographer) sent some pictures to an agency and they invited her to come and a few weeks later she signed her first contract.
Kim took a three year break because she wanted to study but started again one year ago. The 21 year old is well known by Giorgio Armani and his team after walking his shows six times. She has worked for many cool brands: Hermes, Armani, Hogan, Dries van Noten, Drykorn and Supertrash to name a few and has also appeared in magazines such as ELLE, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, Grazia and Glamour.
A self proclaimed socialite, Kim says that the most exciting aspect of being a model is the element of surprise that each day. In addition to modeling she loves to write and is also a fashion blogger and runs her own blog We Heart Fashion http://we-heart-fashion.com/ with her sister Kelly. The blog is a fashion platform for all kind of posts, street style, trend-updates and lifestyle. Kim also shares weekly diaries about her modeling work on the blog.
With her pretty poise and brilliance, she considers Isabel Marant as her favorite Designer and hopes in ten years to have her masters degree in International Business and working in a big international company. Given her energetic personality, positive outlook, and infectious mix of humor and positivity, The Dutch native is sure to be a designer’s dream this season as she makes use of her versatile look.
Learn a little bit about the inquisitive mind and adventurous personality of this glam gal in this month’s inspiring interview below.

What was your first memory of fashion?

My mother used to have a clothing store for children and sometimes they organized a runway show and me and my friends loved to walk that runway ha-ha!

Did you always wanted to be a model, or did you stumble upon it, get discovered etc.? Who or what inspired you to become a model? How did you get started in the modeling business?

I never thought of being a model until I was scouted several times when I was on holidays. So that’s why I was like, yeah let’s give it a try!

What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model? What do you like least? Have you encountered any surprises along the way? What has been your most awkward moment (of your modeling career)?

The best thing about my job is that every single day is a surprise. One day you think you’re free for the whole week and the day after you might be packing your bags for a huge job in Paris. I’ve to admit that this was hard in the beginning, I used to be a real control freak :-)! Ohhhh, and my most awkward moment. I’ll never forget that one. I was sitting in the make-up already in a studio when the photographer walked in and said: Our model is blond, who are you? I ended up being in the wrong studio with the wrong team. The other team where I supposed to be was waiting already for a long time. Woeps.

Is there a difference in posing when you are doing a cover and an editorial?

No, you’re just doing the same thing. Mostly it’s a surprise which picture they use for the cover.

Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc… If so, what did you do?

No, luckily not.

What is the best modeling advice you have been given?

To stay yourself and to see everything into perspective.

What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?

They should have a relationship build on business, but also some personal contact is important.

How do you feel fashion has empowered you?

I feel more confident.

Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?

No, not at all. It looks like the perfect job for outsiders, but only people in this business will understand that nothing is perfect.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I’m at home, I really like to hang out with my friends, family and boyfriend when I’m not working. Just doing normal stuff like going to the movies, going to the beach, shopping and drinking some good Gin Tonics with nice company :-) If I’m in another city without anyone and I’m not working I’m trying to go out and visit all kind of nice little places where they serve the best breakfasts and lunch, my favorite meals of the day.

Who are your favorite fashion designers?

Acne and Isabel Marant for sure.

Best Jeans?

Acne Jeans!!!

How would you describe your personal style?

Casual and simple. When your basics are good (bag, shoes and jacket) you’ll always look well dressed.

Your favorite store?

Renaissance, It’s a store in Antwerp. They have the most amazing brands; I always go there every season to buy some new pieces. Since I don’t have a lot of time to shop, So I like to buy everything I need in one time so I can easily combine with stuff I already have.

What are your best beauty secrets?

Make sure you hydrate your skin, don’t use to much make up, always clean your face and make sure you use some good day and night cream. (And don’t forget to use sun protection since summer is starting!)

Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?

Yes! The Chanel day and night cream is so good for your skin.

What do you do to stay in shape for your job?

Nothing special… I go to the gym 3 times a week, walk a lot and I’m trying not to eat too much shit!

What makes you feel sexy?

Wearing clothes that make me feel comfortable.

Favorite kind of food:

The Indonesian food of my grandma :-)

When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?

It depends on the model; everyone has its own meaning by eating health.

How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?

Social, ambitious and optimistic.

If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?

I would choose to Fly! Would be so amazing if you could just fly anywhere to anyone you want to be at that time. (Also much better than spending hours on trains and plains).

What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?

Nothing. I’m happy with myself.

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

Hanging out with friends, family and my boyfriend. Doing normal girly things like going to the movies, going to the beach, shopping and not to forget; Having nice diners with lots of Gin Tonics!

Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?

In ten years I’ll have my master degrees and I’ll be working in a big international company.

Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?

I love to watch series, like Homeland, Breaking Bad and the Walking Dead! (And I love to read books, even more than watching movies or television series!) About music… I don’t really have a typical kind of music which I like the most, it depends on my mood I guess.

Favorite quote:

‘’If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there’’.

What’s your favorite fashion magazine? Why?

Vogue, Why? because it’s Vogue! When I was younger my goal was always to have at least 1 Vogue of every country. I achieved that goal and stopped saving them because there was no room anymore for more ha-ha.

Happiness is …

It all starts with being happy with yourself.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I always read magazines from the end to the beginning… the other way around. I don’t know why; I just think it’s more fun? Also because in the beginning you always have tons of commercial advertising pages, which are boring to begin with.

How would you describe FMD in one phrase? Your quote about FMD?:

FMD is much fun, informative and interesting to read to keep you posted on the latest fashion related topics.

Thank you Kim for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Interviewed by Iva Mirbach and edited by Clinton Gonsalvez

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