Australian model Talia Berman is our Model Of The Month for September 2016.
The Sydney native wanted to be surgeon, ever since she was in primary school and used to love watching medical shows on TV. Currently, in her first year of university studying Psychology, she was scouted a few times when she was young, but she chose to wait until she was mature enough to understand the industry. After meeting a few people from the industry she decided to give it a go.
Confident, Athletic, and Fun, she does not cave into pressure easily especially when it comes to keeping up with Social Media. She has steadily been making her rise in the fashion world having walked for Mercedes Benz fashion shows, and for Australian brands such as Bec & Bridge and Karla Spetic. Just this month she landed the cover of Autumn/Winter 2016 Issue of loveFMD and teamed up with one of Italy's most promising new comer models Giulia Manini for an accompanying editorial.
Learn a little bit about this all-Australian beauty in this monthís inspiring interview below.
Where in Australia are you from? Tell us a little bit about your home country/town?
Iíve grown up in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is a really amazing city with so much to offer! So many amazing beaches to explore and a relatively laid-back lifestyle.
What is the main fashion city in Australia in your opinion? Which city is the best one to start a career as a fashion model in Australia?
I would say Sydney for sure. I think to start modelling in oneís hometown is definitely a smart move though. It can be a difficult industry for girls to get used to, especially while theyíre young, and having the familiarity of home and the support of friends and family means everything. After some experience then Sydney is the next step.
If you weren't a model, what would you want to do?
I am currently in my first year of university so I guess Iíll see where that takes meÖ so far Iím really enjoying psychology so maybe Iíll explore that a bit more.
You are still going to school. How do you manage your modeling career with your school?
Balancing studying full time at university and modelling is a something that definitely takes some getting used to. Itís definitely not something Iíve mastered quite yet. I think one of the most important things to realize though is that I need to listen to myself and what I need. Sometimes if university is stressing me out I may need to take a few days of modelling to get it all under control because education is something that I think is really important. On the other hand, sometimes working in the middle of a stressful period of university really helps me put things into perspective and take a breather. I love working with people in the industry so it provides a distraction as well. Mumís always said to me, ďIf you want something done, give it to a busy personĒ so in that sense, sometimes having a lot on my plate makes sure that I use my time effectively.
How do you parents handle this situation? What is more important in the end for you?
My parents will always support what I want to do in my life as long as Iím happy and Iím trying my best at everything Iím doing. I think that in the end, education is invaluable, but at the same time, so are experiences and trying new things in life.
There is no doubt that it is a great honor to walk Mercedes Benz fashion shows, especially for the brands such as Bec & Bridge and Karla Spetic. Do you remember the feeling standing on the backstage and waiting for your turn for the first time?
It was definitely a moment of crazy excitement but also fear. Not going to lie I was really glad that my first show was in flats so that definitely eased some of my fears and allowed me to really enjoy the moment for what it was.
Where did you have your first jobs outside Australia and how would you describe your first international experiences?
My first time working outside of Australia was in New Zealand. It was a really great first experience because itís somewhere very close to home and definitely similar to Sydney. The people in the industry are really lovely which always makes it easier and enjoyable.
How was it for you to travel alone?
It has its ups and downs Ė Itís so amazing where this industry can take you and the opportunities you have and the things you learn about yourself along the way, but at the same time its sometimes hard not to have your familiar environment, Especially when youíre having a bad day or even when you see something beautiful and just want to share it with someone.
How was it for you to experience Europe for the first time? In which European fashion city do you like to work the most?
I really loved working in Europe! Iíve only been to Milan so far and it was absolutely amazing! I made lots of new friend from all over the world. Iíd really like to work more in Europe in the future.
Have you got any interests for fashion? Itís a well-known fact that the fashion models have developed their own ĎITí look.
Black, black and black
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 was scouted a few times when I was really young, but I definitely wanted to wait until I was old enough to start modelling and mature enough to understand the industry. So after meeting a few people from the industry I decided to give it a go and see how it went and where it took me.
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)?
I really donít like the stereotypes and the ideas that amodel is nothing more than her looks.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Hundred percent goofball!
Itís not a secret that social media such as Instagram are as important as building up professional portfolio these days. Some of the most famous models are well-known for sharing their private life on social services to gain more fans and contracts. How do you feel about social media?
Social media is something that divides a lot of people. I completely see its advantages from a work perspective. Clients are becoming more and more interested in a girlís charisma and how they express themselves through social media, but at the same time
I think its important to remain true to yourself and your values, I for one sometimes find it hard to put myself out there on social media all the time.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
Definitely Milan! I got to meet so many amazing girls and travel around Italy a bit too which was a first for me.
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
Iíve enjoyed working with all of the photographers Iíve worked with. I cant say I have any clear favorites as of yet.
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
Probably a shoot I did in New Zealand. It was a really freezing stormy day Ė rolling black outs in the city and we were on a beach shooting in summer clothes. Totally worth it because it ended up being a really fun day and the shoot turned out really well.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
Try not to take it all too personally. I know its easier said than done but ultimately itís a business. Also stick to who you are and your values, its your biggest asset.
Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
The poem ĎDesiderataí by Max Ehrmann is something that I always go back to when Iím having a hard time with anything. My friend sent it to me when I was sad a few years ago and its stuck with me ever since.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
Trust and support.
Do other models inspire you?
All the time. Itís always inspiring how models are so dedicated to their jobs, and how a lot of models these days use their following to inspire goodness in others.
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
Working in the fashion industry has definitely made me more comfortable in my own skin. I feel more confident in myself and my ability to interact with absolutely anyone.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
Itís definitely not as glamorous as it appears from the outside! Often people underestimate how exhausting the work really is.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
A lot of the time Iím not working Iím studying. Otherwise Iím catching up with friends over breakfast or coffee. During summer I love to be in the water.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Alexander Wang and Celine.
Paige Denim or Rag and Bone. Theyíre so comfortable.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
My leather jacket for sure.
What era would you like to bring back?
Probably the 1800s. The fashion was so intricate and beautiful. Iíd also love to see what it would be like to live without all the technology which dominates our lives today.
Who is your style icon?
I really like Gigi Hadidís style. She always seems so effortless and confident.
What are your best beauty secrets?
Drinking lots of water and avoiding sugar does wonders for the skin.
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
Coffee definitely does the trick for me.
What makes you feel sexy?
Favorite kind of food:
Asian food of any type!
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
For me its all about balance. Eating healthy foods but also making sure your body is getting what it needs.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
Sensitive, caring and sometimes a bit wacky.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
Maybe the ability to freeze timeÖ give myself some time to breathe for a bit.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Catching up with friends or just relaxing.
Do people act different around you since youíve become a model?
I donít think so Ė I used to be really shy so if anything Iíve become more confident.
Bloom where youíre planted
Happiness is Ö
A brand new jar of Peanut Butter.
If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
I think Iíd rather learn from the past than change anything about it.
Thank you Talia for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Interviewed by Iva Mirbach and edited by Clinton Gonsalvez