Greta Axente is our April 2017 Model Of The Month. The Hungarian-born beauty, whose classic features and feathery brows captivated our editors, who tapped her to star in the editorial ' Enchantress' for LoveFMD's Spring/Summer '17
in issue #6.
Her eldest sister Benedetta is also a model while Vanessa is more established having appeared in multiple Calvin Klein ads, on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Vogue, and a regular on runways from Cťline and Valentino to Givenchy.
Watching her sisters model inspired her to try it as well. Greta has what it takes to get to the next level. Unquestionably adorable with a charming presence on social media, she considers the ability to travel to new places and meeting new people as the most exciting aspect about modeling.
Greta ranks within the top 1500 on the IFDAQ index - a pioneering real-time industry monitoring system that provides the first real Fashion Intelligence Unit http:www.ifdaq.com. She is one of the most interesting new beauties on the scene and her artsy, elegant, cool personality makes her appealing on and off the runway.
We caught up with Greta post her LoveFMD editorial shoot to talk growing up, sibling rivalry and future goals. Learn a little bit about this Hungarian beauty in this month?s inspiring interview below. Later, check out her profile on FMD.
What was your experience like growing up having a sister who is heavily involved in fashion?
It was good to grow up with a sister who is heavily involved in fashion because Iíve become more creative in this area. I can follow this whole fashion thing a bit better and I can understand it a lot more as well.
Has your sister been an influence in your career. Whatís one piece of advice sheís given you in this industry?
Well, she has inspired me and this is the reason why I started modeling. The advice she gave me was: ďBe yourself and donít let people affect you.Ē
Modelling sister acts aren't unique Ė although they are rare. Do you look forward to modelling together with your sister Vanessa, just like Ruth and May Bell or Edie and Olympia Campbell?
Sure, it would be great to work together with her but we have to achieve our goals alone first.
Your sister, Vanessa is also a model and is very successful. Is there any sibling rivalry?
There hasnít been any rivalry between us. I am a beginner, Vanessa is on another level and sheís my sister. I am very proud both of my bigger sisters and there is no jealousy between us in modeling.
Do you trade modeling tips and tales with your sister Vanessa?
Yes, sometimes I ask her a few questions, for example about posing.
Can you tell us one thing that most people wouldnít know about you and your sister?
We are obsessed with food.
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?
Actually, I had no idea what Iím going to be when I grow up but my sisters started modeling and when I was around 14-15 I began to be interested in it. My sisters were my inspiration.
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)?
The most exciting things are travelling to new places and meeting new people. What I like the least is skipping school. I thought it is way easier than it really is.
Whatís the funniest thing that happened to you on a photo shoot or fashion show?
There is always something to laugh at so I donít know what has been the funniest thing.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Funny, serious and open minded.
Whatís the one job that would get you out of bed no matter what?
Iím always happy when I get a job but a Vogue cover shoot would be the No.1.
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
Patrick Demarchelier does some really great shoots. I like his pictures a lot.
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
My hardest shoot was the See by ChloŤ look book maybe but in a good way. That was one of my first jobs and Iíve been a beginner in speaking English as well. We were shooting all day long and at the end of the day I was exhausted but we did some really beautiful photos.
How would you describe your use of social media?
My social media is quite random and itís not just about me doing some modeling thing.
What are your views on social media? Do you think it is a good way to control your image?
It is a good way to control your image but in my opinion, we all should show our real personality. We shouldnít post the pictures we donít like just because it matches our feed.
Is that what one of your Instagram accounts (@gretaaxente) is about?
Yes, it is absolutely about that.
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etcÖ If so, what did you do?
Not yet but if someone would ask me, I would say a hundred percent no because thatís me and you should accept it.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
Just be yourself and do not overcomplicate it. Donít compare yourself to other girls.
Have you had any negative experiences with model agencies, talent scouts? What are top 3 warning signs to look out for?
No, luckily I havenít got any problems with agencies. I think you should check their clients and heir photos.
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 future goal is to be happy and keep looking forward.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
I guess it should look like a friendship because your agent is going to be the person who helps and protects you.
Who is your favorite all-time model?
Do other models inspire you?
Yes, but not as much as my sisters do.
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
Iím more self-confident in the fashion area. Iíve become brave enough to show my own style and wear clothes that look more extreme and not so typical.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
No it isnít. It is a lot different than I expected.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
My favorite thing to do is being around people I love.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Alessandro Michele and Anthony Vaccarello.
Leviís or Paige.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
I would never ever throw away my black bodies.
What era would you like to bring back?
I donít know I am happy with the current one.
Who is your style icon?
My style icon is Chiara Ferragni.
Your favorite store?
I like to mix my clothes from different stores so I donít have a favorite one.
What are your best beauty secrets?
My best beauty secret is putting some body oil on my cheeks and using a little bit of my highlighter.
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
Use a daily scrub and wash your face with cold water.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I do exercise more times a week and Iím trying to eat healthy but once a week I do a cheat day when I eat a slice of cake or some sweets.
What makes you feel sexy?
Red lips or a winged eyeliner make me feel sexy.
What is your favorite part about your body?
My favorite part about my body are my eyes.
Favorite kind of food:
I donít have a favorite kind of food because I am obsessed with all of them.
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
They donít eat fast food, white bread or sugary products.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
Food is love.
Whatís controversial or unique about you?
My sense of humor.
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?
I would change my hair color because I want to be slightly blonder.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Listening to music, reading or singing, although I have a terrible voice.
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
My ďmentorĒ is my boyfriend. He motivates me like no one else does and he is always by my side.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
I see myself as an interior architect.
Do people act different around you since youíve become a model?
Some of them do but my friends are still the same.
Do you have any model friend that you would suggest for the next model of the month on FMD?
Itís kind of weird but I donít have any model friends.
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
It depends on my mood but I like pop music. My Favorite series are Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars.
Beauty gets the attention, Personality gets the heart.
Whatís your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
My favorite fashion magazine is Vogue. I donít know it is just special.
I'd like to meet Ö
Happiness is Ö
Ö to love and being loved.
If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
I would be more self-confident.
People have said I look like Ö
Ö my sister Vanessa. What a surprise!
What would you ask yourself that we havenít asked you in this interview?
What does success mean to you?
How would you describe FMD in one phrase? Your quote about FMD?:
FMD is professional and it is a great chance to show people who you are. It was a pleasure working for them. Thank you!
Thank you Greta for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Interviewed by Iva Mirbach and edited by Clinton Gonsalvez