Elisa Di Fina is an aspiring model from Bochum, Germany. Like so many other girls, she always dreamt of becoming a professional model and she really made her dream into a reality. However, it seemed almost next to impossible to get represented by an agency because of her height, but her determination paid off and Barisic Model Management gave her a break. Although still young, she's definitely got a lot to smile about as she has several years of experience in the fashion world.
After getting her diploma from German secondary school qualifying for university admission or matriculation, she now works fulltime as a fashion model and her career has taken her to places like Dubai and Singapore.
By her Instagram handle alone, it's easy to tell that this German beauty doesn't take herself too seriously. With her outspoken attitude and adventurous spirit, Elisa is on her way to becoming instantly recognizable. In this exclusive interview, she talks to us about staying in shape, model life and the fashion world in general.
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 always wanted to be a model. I first thought of it when I was at basic primary school. At that time, I was 7 or 8 years old.
Who or what inspired you to become a model?
I got inspired by fashion magazines and other people, since I was tall and skinny. It was a mixture of motivation from the outside and my own wish.
How did you get started in the modeling business?
I shot some polaroid photos and sent them to agencies. Some of them answered, but the problem back then was my height (1,70 m). Luckily, my mother-agency, Barisic Model Management (www.barisic-modelmanagement.com), gave me a chance and contracted me anyways.
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)?
Travelling and living with people from diverse cultures. I already lived with people from Argentina, Puerto Rico and Hungary. And it worked out. It was very pleasant.
Until now, I didn't experience any negative consequences.
My first casting in Singapore also was my first Singaporean booking. So I got my first Asian success in modelling at my first try there.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
On time, reliable and ambitious.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
Singapore has been a wonderful experience.
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
Kathrin Goblewsky. Because on her photos, a lot of personality is visible.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
I was lucky to find a good mother-agency right at the start. You need a good relationship to your booker and an agency that fits your character.
In general, just try your luck.
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 mother has always supported me and if you are working hard, someday someone will appreciate that. The harder your work, the faster you can get far.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
There should be mutual trust. You work more serene if you know that someone is there for you.
Do other models inspire you?
Yes, Kate Moss.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
Partly. It is harder than I thought it would be. But in general, my expectations were confirmed.
Which social media do you use and how can you be found?
How useful do you think social media has been for your career?
It hasn't been very important, but in general it gets more and more important.
Do you think it is a good way to control your image?
I think so. I already found many photographers by using Instagram. It is very easy for communication.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Travelling. Either with my family or alone.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
This is difficult to say since I got many. Most fashion I own is made by guess.
Diesel. But I am not very fixated on brands.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
My black favorite dress.
What are your best beauty secrets?
Coconut fat for whiter teeth and softer hair.
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
Sleeping a lot.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I go to the gym six days a week doing Zumba, body styling and yoga. On top of that functional electrical stimulation.
Favorite kind of food:
Whenever my grandmother is cooking. Actually, everything including pasta.
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
Some really eat healthily, but some exaggerate.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
Helpful, adventurous and spontaneous.
What’s controversial or unique about you?
I am an adrenaline-junkie. I do bungee-jumping and canyoning. I also do rafting from time to time.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
I spend a lot of time with my family.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I am hoping with family.
Do people act different around you since you’ve become a model?
You learn who your real friends are because it is difficult to keep friendships when you are abroad a lot.
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
Gossip Girl and Avatar.
'Fantasy is more important than knowledge because knowledge is limited.'
What’s your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Because I love the editorials.
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Thank you Elisa for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Interviewed by Reimund Homann and edited by Clinton Gonsalvez