Kristin Soley Drab is our February 2018 Model of the Month.
The German beauty got discovered at a Shopping center by Peyman Amin of PARS Management and the rest is history. Inspired by the modeling industry she was instantly supported by her family and friends when she told them of her decision to become a model.
In January 2016, following her graduation she went to Japan for 2 months and did a bunch of test shootings afterwards in Germany. Shares a close bond with her family whom she misses when away on shoots. She considers her parents as her mentors because they're always there to support and motivate her, anytime she needs them.
Unquestionably adorable with a charming presence on social media, she considers traveling to new places and meeting new people as the most exciting aspect about modeling.
Kristin has what it takes to get to the next level and is one of the most interesting new beauties on the scene. Her artsy, elegant, cool personality makes her appealing on and off the runway. In 2017, she walked for the Fashion Week SS/18 shows of Brognano, Msgm, And Simone Rocha. She has appeared in editorials such as December 2017’s Glamour Spain and Harper’s Bazaar Czech and March 2018’s Marie Claire Greece.
We caught up with the blue-eyed beauty to talk growing up, fashion and future goals. Learn a little bit about her in this month’s inspiring interview below.
Did you always wanted to be a model, or did you stumble upon it, get discovered etc.?
I got discovered at a Shopping center by Peyman (PARS Management).
Who or what inspired you to become a model?
I have been inspired by the entire modeling industry and my friends and family supported me when I told them that I would like to give it a try.
How did you get started in the modeling business?
After my graduation I went to Japan for 2 months in January 2016 and did a bunch of test shootings afterwards in Germany. That was such a crazy, exciting time full of ups and downs.
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model?
Traveling is one of the most exciting parts of it.
What do you like least?
Early call times and that I cannot have my family with me. I always miss them a lot.
Have you encountered any surprises along the way?
I am overwhelmed by the talent and the kindness of all the creative people involved in fashion productions.
What has been your most awkward moment (of your modeling career)?
When I tried to check in at a hotel in Spain and they wouldn’t let me as I was still minor.
What’s the funniest thing that happened to you on a photo shoot or fashion show?
There wasn’t any funny moment, but the best moment so far was when l walked the MSGM show and the feeling that followed the show. How happy everyone was and full of energy. That was amazing!
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Professional, serious and different.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
Japan because it is just so different. Tokyo is the best city I have been so far. Everything is crazy and Japanese people are so nice. Would love to go there again!
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
Mert & Marcus, because I just love their work!
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
I was shooting back in July for Marie Claire France and I was pretty excited as it was my first magazine shoot. At this time it was so hot outside (like 30 degrees) and at some point the air conditioning stopped working and we had to wear fur coats. It was so hard to stay in pose with and stay focused when the only thing that you want to do is take an ice bath. :D
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc… If so, what did you do?
No. The only thing that someone ever asked me to change was my hair length, but just to cut it like 8 or 10 cm. So…not a big deal. I like my shorter hair way more.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
Believe in yourself and don’t give up even on a tough day.
Have you had any negative experiences with model agencies, talent scouts? What are top 3 warning signs to look out for?
No never and I am so thankful for that.
Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
I want to work for Alexander Wang because I just love all his collections. I would love to walk a Chanel show and Dior at some point. My motto is always be yourself!!
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
Full of respect from both sides and deep confidence in each other.
Do other models inspire you?
Yes. For example I love Yasmin Wijnaldum’s walk so much. I adore Jess PW’s unique look and Adwoa Aboah is just everything! I love it when models are not just models but also personalities with their own specific characters and gifts.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
No, its hard to explain but it’s so different to what I expected it to be. I guess not as glamourous as it appears to be.
Which social media do you use and how can you be found?
I use instagram. My Instagram name is kristinsoleydrab.
How useful do you think social media has been for your career?
So far it has helped me to share my life as a model with the rest of the world; it gives me a good vibe knowing there are people sharing special moments with me.
What are your views on social media?
I like that you can share your thoughts and you can show the people back home what you are doing.
Do you think it is a good way to control your image?
Yes, I think so but throughout your posts you can show the clients your personality. You let people participate in your model life.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I love spending time in second hand shops. I love to just walk around and do sightseeing. Back home I love to spend time with my family: For example going shopping with my sisters, picking them up from school or babysitting my little cousins. Sometimes I just need a break and then you can find me in my bed watching Netflix.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
My favorite is Christopher Kane. I met him while doing looks for him and he is so nice! I love his collections so much. I can’t wait to walk his show.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
I don’t really know how to choose that Haha. I love to wear cool outfits. I rarely can get rid of anything Haha.
What era would you like to bring back?
98-99’s. I recently started to watch the fashion shoes from that time and the energy and the old runway shows are just incredible to watch. So different than the ones now. Would love to go back in time.
Your favorite store?
Monki is my favorite. Their stuff is just so cool and I hope they will open a store in Munich someday.
What are your best beauty secrets?
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
No if I am honest I don’t even wear concealer most of the time Haha. Just try to have a big smile on your face.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I never did any meditation so I don’t really know what it’s all about.
How do you stay in shape?
I do workouts at home or in the apartment that I am staying in. I don’t really go to the gym so I just look up for a YouTube video workout. When I am home I try to go for a run with one of my sisters.
What is your favorite part about your body?
My face and my legs.
Favorite kind of food:
That’s hard to choose. Hmm I like every kind of vegetable and a banana smoothie is my favorite thing. Sadly I love pasta over everything and I love every kind of pasta. It’s hard to resist.
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
Eating a lot of vegetables I guess.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
Honest, funny and impulsive.
What’s controversial or unique about you?
My eyes and my face structure.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
To be invisible. How funny it would be to be able to do anything you want without anyone noticing it!
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
I think my lazyness. I am too lazy sometimes. That is not a good thing, I try to change that.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Spending time with friends and family. Everything is fun with them. Also I love reading books. And on Sundays going to Church.
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
My parents, because they are always there to support and motivate me, anytime I need them.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I hope that I have someone by my side who loves me. Maybe I will be a mum. Who knows.
What could be your next career?
Working at the police sounds exciting to me but maybe something really different like acting. I am not really sure.
Do people act different around you since you’ve become a model?
My friends from school admire me for travelling so much and my parents treat me like an adult because I have become so independent.
Favorite kind of music?
One Direction, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa are some of my favourites. In general I like almost everything. I think it changes with my mood. Sometimes I really enjoy listening to Nirvana ans Elvis a lot.
Favorite television series or movie?
Movie is “The Greatest Showman” for sure. I recently watched it with my sister and normally I don’t like films with a lot of songs in it very much. This movie is just everything. The songs are so good!! I have a lot of series that I really like. I love Gilmore Girls, Modern Family and Stranger Things. Izombie is also one of my favs and a German show called Türkisch Für Anfänger which is so funny Haha.
What’s your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
Vogue, because it’s the bible in the industry.
I'd like to meet …
Harry styles. He is my favourite singer and he has such a unique style. I would love to chat with him.
Happiness is …
… enjoying the little things.
If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
I would try harder at school. I was really bad at math no matter how much I learned. I was always complaining and if I am honest sometimes I even miss school. I miss my classmates and some teachers Haha. But I still hate math.
People have said I look like …
… like the young Kate Moss. She is such an icon so that’s a huge compliment!
Normally everyone says I look like my dad cuz that is so true. :-)
Thank you Kristin for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Interviewed by Reimund Homann and edited by Clinton Gonsalvez