Hadessa Lima is a rising star with fashion fitness unlike any other. Hailing from Boa Vista, a city in Brazilian’s Amazonia, near Monte Roraima ,she is a 21 years old prized combination with her stunningly fresh and fierce looks.
Having won a model contest at 13 years she was unable to pursue modelling due to logistical reasons. However her dream was fulfilled when she was discovered by a French scout while organizing the “TOP Cufa” event in Rio De Janeiro. She made her unbeatable debut for Pierre Cardin which was followed by other designers like Tex Saverio, Ground Zero and Audra.
In January 2014 she was booked Christian Dior, Elie Saab and Ulyana Sergeenko for their fashion show and gained much attention with casting directors drooling over her mature, boyish, and hard-edged cool-girl look. Her amazing bone structure and striking eyes makes her a natural for editorial work. She's definitely one of the exciting faces you’re sure to be seeing a lot of in the coming months of this year.
In an exclusive interview with The FMD, Hadessa speaks about her early beginnings, the fashion scene and her ambitions 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?
When I was 13 years old I won a model contest, but as I still went to school I couldn’t follow up modeling as the City where I lived at that time was very far away from any modeling agency.
Then when I was 21 years old I was invited to help to organize the “TOP Cufa” in Rio De Janeiro. As my university was striking I followed the invitation and while I was there I was discovered by a French scout.
Short after I was booked by Pierre Cardin for my first runway season, followed by other designers like Tex Saverio, Ground Zero and Audra.
The next season, in January 2014, I was booked by Christian Dior, Elie Saab and Ulyana Sergeenko for their fashion show and at that time I was spoted by the industry and they start to follow at 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)?
Being a model gives me the possibility to travel around the world and learn other languages such as French and English.
What’s the funniest thing that happened to you on a photo shoot or fashion show?
Once while I was just walking out after a show in Paris, Will Smith asked me to help him to choice his shoes.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Thin, elegant, funny
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
It is Hong Kong, when I was invited by Dior’s to walk for his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show.
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
Giampaolo Sgura, because his pictures are very modern and I like the way how he capture the expressions of the model.
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
My hardest photo shoot was when once I had to stand on a surf board and I could manage it!
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc… If so, what did you do?
Yes, an agent suggest me to change my name to Pocahontas.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
Look at yourself, hang on and don't be affected by stress because it's a very challenging industry!
Have you had any negative experiences with model agencies, talent scouts? What are top 3 warning signs to look out for?
Yes, a few of them.
Once an agency pretend that they will pay for expenses but after they charge me!
Another bad experience I had was when a booker lied to me. He told me that he book me for a great show but when I arrived there it was for a car exhibition!
You should take care that your agency just book you for jobs which are also good for your image.
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 goals is to help children as I already did in a children s hospital in Amazonia!
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
Very respectfully, patient and professional.
Who is your favorite all-time model?
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
It gave me opportunity to meet great designers, photographers and actors.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
No, it not as glamour as it looks like!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Rest at home, read, study!
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Giorgio Armani and Riccardo Tiscci
I don’t like a special brand, just short jeans.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
My funny T-shirt.
What era would you like to bring back?
Who is your style icon?
Youceff Dilma lol
Your favorite store?
Flea markets and stores.
What are your best beauty secrets?
Argan oil, Acai cream, drink a lot, healthy food.
Do you believe in homemade recipes? Do you have one to share with us?
Cucumber for eyes, and acai cream.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I follow 8 minutes abs instructions on Youtube. ;)
What makes you feel sexy?
When I wear a very beautiful dress.
What is your favorite part about your body?
Favorite kind of food:
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
No fat food, no fast food but a lot of vegetables and fruits.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
Patient, caring and honest.
What’s controversial or unique about you?
I have been told that I’m the only fashion model from Amazonia with Amerindian blood.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
Be more curvy.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Sleep and read.
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
Humanitarian assistant or psychologist.
Do people act different around you since you’ve become a model?
Yes, they acknowledge me more!
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
Music: rock, reggae, music popular Brazilian
Movie: “Up” because it was done where I come from.
Love is my god!
What’s your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
Vogue, as I love to shoot with theme.
I'd like to meet …
Monsieur Jean-Paul Gautier
Happiness is …
Being around people I love.
If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
Nothing, as I don’t look back to the pass but into the future.
People have said I look like …
What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview?
Where I’m coming from?
I come from Boa Vista, the only city located entirely north of the equator, in Brazilian’s Amazonia, near Monte Roraima the land of waterfall and Indian. This is the less populated state in Brazil.
How would you describe FMD in one phrase? Your quote about FMD?: Very nice online s magasine for casual users and professionals, for everyone who love fashion!
Great platform to follow the world of fashion.
Thank you Hadassa for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Editor: Iva Mirbach ; Intro: Clinton Gonsalvez