Hungarian beauty Tina Plantak is our Model of the Month for March 2017.
The budding model never dreamed of becoming a model but made her foray into the scene when she was only 15. A scouter from Attractive Models reached out to her on Facebook and after meeting with them at their office in Budapest, she made an instant impact and got signed. Fast forward to the present, and Tina is already making a name for herself.
With a charming social media presence, Tina has appeared in editorials for Cosmopolitan Mexico, Glamour Hungary, and Marie Claire Czech Republic. She considers Cara Delevingne as her all-time favorite model and Karl Lagerfeld as her favorite designer. And when it comes to the future, Tina is not afraid to dream big, and sees herself trying her hand at acting.
Tina's otherworldly prettiness caught our attention and she heads into the new year with added buzz as our cover model for the Spring/Summer 17 issue of LoveFMD magazine. With her bushy brows, perfect bone structure and adventurous personal style, she is poised to make an impact and we won't be surprised if 2017 gives her a breakthrough moment aka landing a beauty contract this year.
Learn a little bit about this Hungarian beauty in this monthís inspiring interview below. Later, check out her profile on FMD.
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?
Itís a funny story. One day my father came to me and asked if I want to be a model. I have never thought about being the girl in magazines and on TV screens before that. In that moment I was sitting in the kitchen eating something unhealthy and I just laughed at him, I thought he was joking. A month later one of Attractive Modelsí scouter sent a message to me on Facebook. They invited me to the office so I travelled to Budapest with my parents to meet the agency. I was 15. After weíve had a long talk with them, my father just looked at me proudly and said: ďI told you soĒ.
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 aspect is having the ability to travel around the world and meet new people every day. Making friends from other cultures and learning languages. The bad side of being a model? You always have to be on top, you have to give your best and make a good impression even if you have the worst day of your life otherwise they wonít remember or like you.
The most awkward thing in my life happened to me when I was flying to Arkansas for a one-week job and the airline lost my luggage. As a model, I needed a lot of stuff for the first day (nude lingerie, shampoo, body lotion, cosmetics, clothes to change and so on). I went into the only shop I found, a Victoriaís Secret store and I spent half of my money there. Luckily at the end of the day it turned out it was the best thing ever happened to me because they found my suitcase and they paid me some refund. So basically the VS clothes were free.
Whatís the funniest thing that happened to you on a photo shoot or fashion show?
Funny things are happening to me all the time, Iím always laughing and making jokes about myself so I canít recall any outstanding moments.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Ambitious, adventurous, amiable.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
I have favorites from all around the world, I canít say just one and I wouldnít like to choose.
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
Usually brands are shooting winter collection in summer and summer collection in winter. We have two options: freezing or boiling outside. I had both.
Is there a difference in posing when you are doing a cover and an editorial?
I had a cover once and it was a much bigger honor for me than a simple editorial but it was on the same day so there was no difference for me in posing.
Is there an artistic or general difference in doing editorials/covers in Europe opposed to USA
In the USA they pay more attention for the details but it always depends on the photographer.
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etcÖ If so, what did you do?
I used to look different when I started. After my first meeting with my agency I started to use way more body scrub because I was too tanned then we cut my hair and changed it to a more natural color. Iím happy weíve made these changes. I look much better now and I love changes.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
No one is perfect. No one should torture herself to be the best! Just be yourself, be kind, hard-working and people will love you!
Have you had any negative experiences with model agencies, talent scouts? What are top 3 warning signs to look out for?
Iíve never had any bad experiences.
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 see all the beautiful places in the world and to be successful.
My motto is: I never lose, I either win or I learn.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
Compared to my relationship with my agents, it should be like friends who can count on each other all the time.
Who is your favorite all-time model?
Do other models inspire you?
Of course they do!
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
It helped me to accept myself and become self-confident in front of strangers.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
No, itís more interesting and colorful than I expected.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Having time and making new experiences with my family and friends.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
High waisted, any color
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
My black furry coat
What era would you like to bring back?
Who is your style icon?
Your favorite store?
What are your best beauty secrets?
I used to color my hair and because of that it was very dry. Then I started to put castor oil on it for the night after every hair wash. It helps a lot.
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
Moisturize your face and body every day and not just before shoots and go to bed early. I always need a big cup of coffee to start the day.
Do you believe in homemade recipes? Do you have one to share with us?
Yes! Coconut oil is the best for your lips, skin and hair. Itís also good for cooking. The other thing I use is coffee scrub when I get suntanned.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I have to be careful with food and exercise a lot. I used to do a lot of sports before I started modeling. I was too sporty so Iíve taken back sports and became vegetarian. Now Iím running twice a week and eating healthy to stay in shape.
What makes you feel sexy?
Being sexy is all about personality. Sturdiness, humor and self-consciousness.
What is your favorite part about your body?
Favorite kind of food:
Thai and Italian
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
It means they are not eating fast food and sugary cakes every day like all the other people who eat healthy. Fruits, vegetables, whole grain, healthy fats but I think every model deserves cheat days.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
Positive, kind but not normal.
Whatís controversial or unique about you?
Iím always looking at the bright side of things. Iím not a pessimistic type.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
TELEPORTATION. Life would be just perfect with it.
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
My height. I would like to be taller.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
I love to go to parks or coffee places to study. And of course going out with friends. I canít sit at home for more than 2 hours.
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
My father is my mentor. He is the person who is telling me every day to be positive and cheerful. He sees the good in every bad situation and he is always pushing me to reach my goal.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
Iím not afraid to dream big, I see myself in a beautiful place with people I love. I would like to invest my money and try acting.
Do people act different around you since youíve become a model?
Some people are, which is funny, but I donít really care about them. The people who know me well havenít changed at all and thatís the most important.
Do you have any model friend that you would suggest for the next model of the month on FMD?
Cindy Gradilla, she is such a sweetheart!
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
Any kind of music, seriously from techno to classic music. Sherlock Holmes, Stranger Things but itís quite easy for me to be addicted to series with long distance journeys.
Aspire to inspire before we expire.
Whatís your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
Vogue. Clean, modern and real.
I'd like to meet Ö
the 30 year old me.
Happiness is Ö
making people proud.
If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
I wish Iíd have taken more pictures in my life to remember all of the things Iíve done.
People have said I look like Ö
Cara Delevingne because of my brows.
What would you ask yourself that we havenít asked you in this interview?
HmÖquestions like: ďWho is your hero?Ē or ďWhat is your favorite word?Ē
How would you describe FMD in one phrase? Your quote about FMD?:
Itís like a data sheet for professionals.I like the way the information about models and agencies are organised. Personally, I posted it right away when they put me on the website. I think it helps models to be seen more.
Thank you Tina for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Editor:Iva Mirbach, Intro: Clinton Gonsalvez