Naemi Schink is our Model Of The Month For July 2015.
When it comes to up-and-coming she has been there, done that and is making it big. The 16-year-old German beauty has walked for labels such as Givenchy, Maison Martin Margiela and Vivienne Westwood. Discovered by a scout from Modelwerk through Facebook while being on a student exchange in Rennes, France in Spring 2012 she has become everyone’s favorite model due to her striking resemblance to Toni Garrn.
With her blond locks and cool and captivating look the Hamburg native considers Kate Moss to be her favorite all time model and Peter Lindbergh her favorite photographer. As she works her way in the world of fashion her future goals include getting a driving license and finishing school. 2014 was a great year and we can’t wait to see what she has coming in the future.
Naemi took the time to speak with The FMD in an exclusive interview in which she dishes out on her life as a model and her plans for the future.
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 got discovered and contacted by a scout from Modelwerk through Facebook - while being on a student exchange in Rennes, France in Spring 2012.
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 love doing shows! The backstage atmosphere is so exciting!
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
Paris is amazing and I am glad that I can enjoy that city quite a lot.
Other than that, I really enjoyed Hyères this year. It was so beautiful there and like a big class trip - so much fun!
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
Peter Lindbergh. He’s iconic.
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc… If so, what did you do?
Even though I have a pretty unusual name no one ever asked me to change anything - and I am happy about that! :)
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
Try out as much as possible and to be open for everything!
Have you had any negative experiences with model agencies, talent scouts? What are top 3 warning signs to look out for?
Luckily I had none!
You should always feel comfortable and respected, trust your agency, they only want the best for you!
Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
My main goals at the moment are to finish my driving license, finish school, have as much fun as possible besides that and travel a lot.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
Friendly, caring, open and professional!
Who is your favorite all-time model?
Do other models inspire you?
Yes, but mostly in their fashion style.
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
I became a lot more confident, probably because of meeting so many new people. As a model, you have to connect, socialize and network a lot.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
Yes and no.
I didn’t think that the biggest part of my job is waiting, but I did have an quite accurate idea of what it is like to walk a show.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
The usual; eating, being outside with my friends. I also love being super lazy laying in the sun.
DrDenim „Plenty“ in black
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
My Acne Studios leatherjacket, my Givenchy sweater, just any white T-shirt and my favourite little black dress I wore to my sisters graduation.
What era would you like to bring back?
Who is your style icon?
I enjoy checking other models’ Instagrams, looking at the clothes. Tilda Lindstam’s for example, even though I would never wear what she wears… :)
Your favorite store?
Zara, Urban Outfitters
What are your best beauty secrets?
Moisturize every morning and evening and always take off your makeup before going to bed. Also try to prevent too much direct sun!
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
Wash your face with Ice cold water. I don’t know if it does anything to the skin but I feel a lot more awake after.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I do work out, but not more than two times a week. I also play a lot of tennis. Recently, I started to eat vegetarian and think about going vegan, because being vegetarian works so well for me!
What makes you feel sexy?
Wearing minimal makeup and a nice dress.
What is your favorite part about your body?
My hands and my freckles!
Favorite kind of food:
Mango, I’m obsessed!
Describe yourself as human being in three words?
funny, spontaneous, thoughtful.
What’s controversial or unique about you?
I love to plan and organise stuff to the max but I also like being spontaneous…
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
Being fluent in every language.
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
Getting a quicker tan! :)
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
A possible post-modelling career could be somewhere in the geography and biology field, but I don’t really know yet!
Do people act different around you since you’ve become a model?
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
I listen to musicians like Etta James or Aretha Franklin!
What’s your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
I really like i-D and also love their videos!
I'd like to meet …
Happiness is …
feeling good about yourself no matter what other people say!
People have said I look like …
Toni Garrn, even though I do not see the resemblance at all! :D
Thank you Naemi for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Intro: Clinton Gonsalvez - Editor: Iva Mirbach - Special thanks to Julian Niznik from Modelwerk/Hamburg