Bella Oelmann is our June 2017 Model Of The Month.
Born January 7th, 1997 in Berlin, Germany she was inspired to be a model by the past of her mother. Since she was 12 years old, Bella developed great interest in art, film, music and fashion. When she was 13, she stumbled upon pictures of her mother who modeled during her university days. Bella fell in love with the images and decided that she wanted to become a model herself. She contacted an agency in Berlin who signed her straight away. Later in 2011 when she was about to turn 15, a photographer discovered her and introduced to Iconic Management, which is still her mother agency.
Fast forward to the present and Bella is causing international waves having been working steadily within the industry. Self-describing herself as Disciplined, authentic and happy, she has plenty of potential and is living her dream as a model.
Bella also loves that every job is a new experience as one gets to know new people and see new amazing locations. She also has a charming social media presence and her preferred social media channel is Instagram, where she shares personal as well as professional posts. She likes to keep her posts real so people can identify themselves with her.
She considers Kate Moss as her all-time favorite model but at the moment is a big fan of Doutzen Kroes as she is extremely authentic and she manages her personal life as great as her professional career. With her million-dollar smile and striking demeanor, Bella is poised to make an impact and we won't be surprised if 2017 gives her a breakthrough moment aka landing a beauty contract this year.
We caught up with Bella to talk about herself and future goals. Learn a little bit about this 20-year-old German beauty in this month’s inspiring interview below. Later, check out her profile on FMD. http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/models/bella_oelmann/
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?
When I was 13 I stumbled upon pictures of my mum when she modeled during her university. I really fell in love with the images and from then on I wanted to become a model myself. I personally contacted an agency in Berlin and they signed me straight away. When I was about to turn 15, a photographer discovered me and introduced to iconic management, which is still my mother agency.
In your own eyes, what was the moment that your career took off?
When I left Germany and went to Australia, sydney. There I started to become very independent and I worked with a lot of great photographers which resulted in a boost of my Instagram following. In 4 months my following increased from 5000 to 25000, which was a great success.
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)?
My favorite thing about modeling is the traveling. I love to travel the world and live in different cities. It allows me to learn about different and new cultures and religions, as well as the different mentalities of the people. I also love that every job is a new experience. You get to know new people and see new amazing locations. I have gained a lot of knowledge through that and I think traveling is one of the most valuable things in life.
Yes I have encountered a lot of surprises. Positives and negatives. People always think that modeling is only a luxury and that you only have the best times. But there are a lot of challenges that you have to overcome. You are always judged my your look and there are not a lot of people that care about who you actually are. You also receive many denials, which can get really tough. Its hard to not take things personal in this job, although its really important you do.
What’s the funniest thing that happened to you on a photo shoot or fashion show?
Thats hard to tell. There are always funny things happening at shoots. Some are more funny than others, but we mostly always have a good laugh.
How would you describe your use of social media?
Daily use. I try to post pictures as much as I can. Although I place a lot of value on the quality. I don't like posting something random, just to post something. I think a lot about my posts and I really have to like them.
What are your views on social media? Do you think it is a good way to control your image?
It definitely is. It shows your daily life and what you do during your free time as well as what is important to you.
Is that what one of your Instagram accounts (@bellaoel) is about?
Yes, @bellaoel is an authentic account. I like to show where I am and what I do in my free time as well as during my jobs. I think its very important that they pictures are not to edited, so the people see who you really are. I also like to keep it very real so people can identify themselves with me.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Disciplined, authentic and happy/ chatty
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
Sydney. Its just a city that has the best of both worlds!!
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
I did a couple of shoots outside. But the hardest are the ones, where its freezing cold and you have to pretend its summer. This is really tricky for me, as I am a personal that gets cold really quickly and for me its the worst to freeze.
What’s the one job that would get you out of bed no matter what?
Cover shoot for a big magazine: Vogue, Elle, etc. or Victoria Secret of course. Actually also any job for a big designer.
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc… If so, what did you do?
Yes, people always want you to change your looks. They have asked me to bleach my eyebrows, cut my hair short, etc.
But I have denied everything so far, as I wanna stay who I am. Either the people book me because of who I am and because they like my look, or I'm just not the right one.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
Don't take things personal!!
Have you had any negative experiences with model agencies, talent scouts? What are top 3 warning signs to look out for?
No I have always been really lucky. My mother agency (iconic management) always have my back and they have my complete trust.
Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
Go and see the world. Try to never say no. Enjoy every aspect in life and always stay positive. I try to do everything I can. Because you have nothing to loose.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
A lot of trust and honesty. The agent needs to trust the model, that she always stays professional and does her best and the model needs to trust the agent that he/her always looks out for the best and what is best for the career. Honesty is needed to both sides understand the other.
Who is your favorite all-time model?
I have a couple... I think Kate Moss is amazing, as she is very special. But at the moment I'm a big fan of Doutzen Kroes as she is extremely authentic and she manages her personal life as great as her professional career.
Do other models inspire you?
Yes, for sure.
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
It definitely influences the result of wether i feel comfortable or not. I think it shows a lot about you and your personality
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Continue traveling, enjoying the sun and beaches and most of all spending time with my family and friends. I am very close to my parents and siblings, so whenever i get the chance to see them, I go and do it.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
I don't have a specific one. I like a lot. But to be honest, I mostly wear Zara.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
I am really bad in throwing away in general. I never do, which is a very bad habit of mine. Therefore my room is a total mess.
Who is your style icon?
I don't have any specific one. I always look at different people.
Your favorite store?
the corner berlin, COS and a couple others
What are your best beauty secrets?
Sleep and drink a looooot of water. Also eat healthy. Green juices!!
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
No, I don't have anything specific. Although, what I love is the glow cream, that you put on below your moisturizer from Charlotte Tilbury. Its amazing.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I love doing yoga! I have an app and I try to do yoga 3-5 times a week for an hour. It keeps me in shape and it just makes me feel great. I also like going to the gym, but I'm most productive with a personal trainer, which is not always available.
What makes you feel sexy?
Nice makeup and hair, as well as my outfits. I love wearing dresses and high heels
What is your favorite part about your body?
I don't really have any... thats a tricky question. I'm unfortunately not a 100% happy with any body part! Although I really like my lips and eyes
Favorite kind of food:
Fruits and Vegetables. I could it them in masses. Although I also really love any kind of asian food!! Could eat it everyday!
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
I think that means that they have a balanced diet. They try to eat a lot of vegetables and greens and that if they eat more on one meal, that they try to eat less on the next. You can eat pretty much everything, as long as its not too much sugar and you don't forget to exercise.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
happy, talkative and adventurous
What’s controversial or unique about you?
It very hard to get me into a bad mood. Im actually always positive.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
Cure poverty. Make everyone smile
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
be more self confident in your job and believe in the good things to happen
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
travel, go out for dinner, work out, meet friends and spend time with the family
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
My parents, my two best friends and my agent. Each one of them is a mentor in their own way. They support me and always give me great advice.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
I have no idea... I just want to go with the flow. Do whatever makes me happy. I am studying nutrition at the moment, so maybe I'll do something with that
Do people act different around you since you’ve become a model?
Yes. Some became slightly weird and judgmental, others are fascinated and ask me a lot of questions. It always depends. But there is always a lot go jealously
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
R'nB and old school hip hop. No I don't watch a lot of TV, although I was obsessed with Homeland for a while.
Never stop smiling.
What’s your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
I'd like to meet …
Karl Lagerfeld. I don't know why, but I think I would just like to experience him life once.
Happiness is …
doing what you love.
If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
Be more disciplined
People have said I look like …
Angelina Jolie in blond
Thank you Bella for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Interviewed by Iva Mirbach and edited by Clinton Gonsalvez