Like many of today's top working models, Nadine Strittmatter was introduced to the modeling world after taking part in the Elite Model Look competition at the tender age of sixteen, finishing among the top five. With her stunning bone structure, intriguing glare and alluring pout, it did not take long for the statuesque Swiss beauty to begin popping up in the pages of major fashion publications including Harper's Bazaar, Jalouse, L'Officiel and Vogue, as well as making her high fashion catwalk debut at the Haute Couture Chanel and Christian Dior presentations. Proving she is still a force to be reckoned with following a runway hiatus, the Aargau-born head turner made a showstopping Fashion Week comeback this year, sashaying for Anthony Vaccarello in February and stomping the street at Chanel's feminist-themed spectacle just last month.
The last few years you restrained a bit from modeling and focused on acting. What was the deciding reason for you to have this change in your career?
I started very very young with modeling and wanted to evolve and see what other possibilities there where, I was always interested in acting and directing. I studied acting for 2 years got some small parts in films and I also made a few shortfilms/music videos as a director the past years. In the longrun I want to be a director.
How does it feel now to be back on the international runways?
I love being back working. I really missed it and all the amazing people i got to work with.
Couple years ago you had the privilege to open the Christian Dior Haute Couture fashion show and you also walked at the very famous Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Have you missed the international attention of the media you get at that time?
I didn’t really miss the media at all, I missed more the extraordinary people that I got to work with over the past years.
Accidently you discovered the shop, Fabric Frontline in Zurich and felt in love with the beautiful designs and the exquisite materials. Now you are the official ambassador of the brand. How does it feel to be the face of the brand?
I love being the face of an traditional Swiss brand and working with them the next couple of years as well as being involved in the design process. It’s great for every model to have support from their own countries I believe.
How would you describe Fabric Frontline as a brand?
Oldschool traditional Swiss with amazing quality and fabrics. They understand their craft.
After being a successful face of a brand many models get invited to create an own line. Would that be something you could imagine to do yourself?
I'm working on my own Sunglassesline with a Swiss brand called Strada del Sole, 2 models will come out for FW14/15 and 4 more for SS/15. We just shot the advertising campaign for it.
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 loved photography even as a Child and was into looking at Fashion Photos in Fashion Magazines. The models on the Pictures fascinated me. I sort of got discovered and then everything went very quickly for me when I was very young.
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)?
I love working with great artistic people. I don’t like that you can’t really plan much but I guess I got used to that and that has many benefits to it as you start to live more in the moment. Awkward was definitely when that PETA woman jumped in front of me at the Christian Dior Show and I was not even wearing fur.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
I love nature, the Amazon Rainforest, Tokyo, the Desert in California, Africa etc etc
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
I love Mert and Marcus, Peter Lindbergh, Hans Feurer, Walter Pfeiffer and non fashion photographers like Henri Cartier Bresson that i feel like have a lot to say with their pictures. I love oldschool photographers as I find they really understand the craft of photography.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
To stay true to themselves. To listen to themselves and their gut rather than other peoples opinion.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
Who is your favorite all-time model?
Christy Turlington, Lauren Hutton
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
It has definitely made me more confident.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I do a lot of yoga and trips to nature, and the sea. I love horseriding. This summer am going sailing in greece. I love spending time with my friends.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
At the moment Anthony Vaccarello and Hedi Slimane
Levis 550 Vintage.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
My Leather Jackets, Black Jeans, and some amazing Vintage pieces, Saint Laurent Boots
What era would you like to bring back?
I like the 60ies and the tones of the 70ies and i love some 90ies grunge.
Who is your style icon?
I like Jane Birkin’s style when she was young, I like Patti Smith but more for her philosophy. She seems to be a true artist.
What are your best beauty secrets?
I use Dr. Haushka and Kiehl’s cremes. I try to use as less as possible and only natural organic products.
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
The wondercream is Rose Arctica Leightweight by Kiehl’s
Do you believe in homemade recipes? Do you have one to share with us?
I love homemade fresh food. Im a vegetarian and I don’t eat Gluten
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I do yoga 4-5 times a week. I used to practice a lot of Kundalini Yoga which is a lot of meditation, but now I do more active Yoga and also boxing from time to time.
What makes you feel sexy?
What is your favorite part about your body?
I'm happy with all parts of my body. I got lucky!
Favorite kind of food:
Vegetarian, Gluten Free
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
Adventurous, Curious, Loyal
What’s controversial or unique about you?
I have both sides, the quiet and the rebellious. I can seem quiet at first but I actually have a temper. It surprises people.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Spend time with my friends, be in nature
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
I want to be a director for movies
Do you have any model friend that you would suggest for the next model of the month on FMD?
Magda La Guinge. She is the Bomb
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
At the moment I love London Grammar
I'd like to meet …
Lenny Kravitz. Let LOVE rule.
Happiness is …
To do what I love
People have said I look like …
Thank you Nadine for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Editor: Iva Mirbach; Co-edited by Theo Villegas