Despite the fact that she is only 18 years old, she can proudly compare her impressive portfolio with the ones from very popular and older models. Being born in Lübeck in Germany she was living her teenage life simply enjoying her time with friends and family.
She would never have a thought that her life is going to turn up into a Cinderella story after she was discovered by the Hamburg based agency Modewerk in 2011 while doing shopping with her mother.
After being discovered the little beauty ended up at her very first fashion show for Dior Haute Couture in Paris in 2012 at the age of 15 which was then followed by Berlin Fashion Week. A year after, in Spring/Summer 2013, she has done 55 shows in total during the Paris, Milan and New York fashion weeks and 44 shows for Fall/Winter 2013.
Her measurements are the golden 32-23.2-35 with the height of 5'11" and she is said to have a mixture of cool and an angel type of beauty.
She has walked for Prada, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana, her face was featured on the covers of Vogue Italy, Germany, Japan and Turkey, not to mention about Dazed and Confused magazine, i-D magazine and Elle. 2014 is meant to be her year too as she is the face of Tom Ford and Valentino campaigns for the Spring/Summer 2014 season. Esther became famous in her country getting shortlisted at 'the most important German people' list by 'Die Bild-Zeitung’ in 2013 and getting to be recognized in the world of fashion too.
We feel like it's just the beginning for young and talented Esther Heesch, our new IT girl.
You are still going to school, how do you manage your modeling career with your school?
I have a very supportive school.
How do you parents handle this situation? You are very in demand in the fashion world. What is more important in the end for your?
My parents are happy as long as I am happy with what I am doing. School is important for me as I would like to go to university one day. But I also like modeling a lot. Sometimes it is really hard to handle modeling and school at the same time.
In Spring 2013 you walked 55 shows in total. Where did you have the best time, during which fashion week?
I enjoyed doing fashion week in all of the cities. New York is my favorite city and I love to be there. It was so much fun to take the motor bike in Milan to get from one show to another. My favorite show in Milan was the one from Dolce and Gabbana. Paris fashion week is also nice and walking for brands like Valentino or Chanel an unforgettable way to end the month of fashion week.
How was the atmosphere at the fashion weeks?
Everyone is happy to see each other again. Also it is excited and a bit stressed, too.
Was it hard for you to start as a 16-years-old model? How was it for you to travel alone?
I had my first job in Venice when I was 15 years old and I was really excited. But i have never had any problems to be on my own.
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 was scouted when I was looking for shoes in Hamburg. As I never thought about becoming a model, I was really surprised when I was scouted. I walked the Dior Haute Couture show as my first show and I will never forget it.
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 best part of being a model is to get to know so many different and creative people from all over the world. And it gives me the opportunity the travel the world. My life would be less stressful if I wouldn't be a model (because I am still in high school), but I love it.
What’s the funniest thing that happened to you on a photo shoot or fashion show?
Right now, a specific funny moment doesn't come to my mind but shooting in general is fun. And backstage before shows it is also really fun to hang around with my "modelfriends".
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Friendly, sporty and always on time. ;)
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
I will never forget doing the Chanel show in Scotland in an old castle. Shooting the Closed campaign in Sicily was also great and the island is such a beautiful place.
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
Patrick Demarchelier. He such a nice person and I love his work!
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
Shooting winter clothes like fur coats in summer can be pretty hard and exhausting...
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc… If so, what did you do?
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
Keep your head up!:)
Have you had any negative experiences with model agencies, talent scouts? What are top 3 warning signs to look out for?
Luckily, I have never had any bad experiences regarding my agencies. I am really happy with them.
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 now is to finish high school in two years and to continue modelling at the same time.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
They should trust and respect each other.
Do other models inspire you?
Yes, of course!
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
I didn't really have any expectations before I started. But I think the fashion world is different from the fashion world shown in TV.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I love to hang out with my family and friends. I love to go surfing and doing other sports like ballet or running. And when I find the time, I enjoy playing piano.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.
Closed and Uniqlo.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
What era would you like to bring back?
I like the era we are in now. ;)
Your favorite store?
I don't have a specific store, but I love to go shopping in New York.
What are your best beauty secrets?
Being outdoors and enjoy fresh air and drinking water, but that is not really a secret, I guess :)
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
I am using organic products for my skin. Getting a good sleep is always nice, but unfortunately not always possible.
Do you believe in homemade recipes? Do you have one to share with us?
I believe in homemade recipes but I don't really have one to be honest.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I do lots of sports and I eat healthy. At home, we only use fresh and organic products. I have never tried meditation, but it sounds interesting! My favorite sport is ballet dancing. I started when I was 6 years old and I still love it!
What makes you feel sexy?
What is your favorite part about your body?
Favorite kind of food:
Organic food. And I love all the fruits you get in summer!
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
They mean that they care about their food and its background.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
friendly, helpful and a summer girl ;)
What’s controversial or unique about you?
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
being in two places at the same time
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
Sometimes I am a bit too emotionally.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
friends, family, surfing, ballet, piano and reading.
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
My mentor is my sister Toni. She is everything for me.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
Before I make any concrete plans, I would like to graduate from high school first.
Do people act different around you since you’ve become a model?
No, I don't think so.
Do you have any model friend that you would suggest for the next model of the month on FMD?
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
I like to listen to lots of different kind of music. My favorite movie is 'the hunt' with Mads Mikkelsen.
Look at 'happiness is...' :)
What’s your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
I like the German magazine Tush, it is really creative.
I'd like to meet …
I have to think about that one for a longer time I guess.. ;)
Happiness is …
"Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." I found this quote on the Valentino moodboard for a show last year and I fell in love with it.
If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
I wouldn't want to change a thing.
People have said I look like …
What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview?
I liked your questions and I think everything is said now ;)
Thank you Esther for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Editor: Iva Mirach; Intro by Klaudia Ciszonek