Noemi Jonas is our July 2018 Model of the Month.
The budding model never dreamed of becoming a model but made her foray into the scene when she was discovered by Attractive Models at the age of 14. As a relative newcomer to the fashion scene, she is wonderfully talented and has already worked with Marni and Ritsuko Shirahama.
Noemi's otherworldly prettiness caught our attention with added buzz as our cover model for the Spring/Summer 18 issue of our very own LoveFMD magazine. In addition to that she has appeared on the catwalk of 2017 Tokyo Fashion Week. 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 2018 gives her a breakthrough moment aka landing a beauty contract this year.
Learn a little bit about this Hungarian beauty in this month’s inspiring interview below. Later, check out her profile
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 discovered by Attractive Models while shopping with my mom when I was 14. I got interested in modeling very quickly because I thought it was a huge opportunity I shouldn’t miss. I started very slow, I had a test shoot every other month since I was still in school and we weren’t rushing anywhere. A year later I took my first trip to Singapore (during my summer break).
In your own eyes, what was the moment that your career took off?
I was in Milan last summer and I got to work with Marni. That was a very cool experience and it opened up lots of ‘gates’ for me.
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)?
Modeling helped me become so much more open to different personalities and cultures because I meet so many new people from around the world - that’s probably my favorite thing about being a model. What I like the least is the time you have to spend apart from your family and friends. The biggest surprise for me was seeing how much work actually is behind one picture that you see in a magazine or a 10-minute-long fashion show. Luckily, I haven’t had any super-embarrassing moments yet. I recently lost an earring during a fashion show, but I think I handled it well, so it wasn’t so awkward.
What’s the funniest thing that happened to you on a photo shoot or fashion show?
I once fell during a photo shoot because I was in crazy heels and I had to jump and dance around. I couldn’t stop laughing so we had to take a break.
How would you describe yourself as a model in three words?
Ambitious, easy to work with, communicative.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
I always say Singapore because I loved it so much but every city I’ve been to has a special place in my heart, so I couldn’t pick one.
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
Steven Meisel. He has helped to launch so many models’ carriers and he works with brands I would love to work with.
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
My very first test shoot because that was my first time being in front of a professional photographer. You can see in the images how scared and uncomfortable I was, especially my eyes.
How would you describe your use of social media?
I try to show my personality to the people online with keeping a balance in how much I share about my personal life. I also try to keep it as honest as possible.
What are your views on social media? Do you think it is a good way to control your image?
I find social media a very fun way to interact with people all over the world, but I also think it can be overwhelming and you can easily get addicted to posting every single moment and checking what others are doing. The same thing with controlling your image through social media, it’s very hard to find the balance. I think you have to remember to take it easy and don’t think too much into it. Everybody makes mistakes and you’ll learn what works for you the best along the way.
Is that what your Instagram account is about?
Yes, my Instagram @jonasnoemi and the things I mentioned before are exactly what I’m trying to do there.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
Be patient, it takes years to build a carrier. You’re not going to be Gisele in one night and that’s completely okay. Just keep on working, go to every casting and give 100% all the time.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
Luckily I had none!
Friendly but professional. I can always talk to my agents about anything, they are like my parents to me but at the end of the day it’s a job and that should be the main focus I think.
Who is your favorite all-time model?
Gisele Bundchen. She’s just the best.
Do other models inspire you?
Of course, they do. They all work very hard and seeing them getting jobs inspires me to work harder so that I get to that point as well.
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
It made me so much more confident. Being around so many talented and creative people, I got more open-minded and creative myself.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
Not at all, I never thought this much work goes on in the fashion industry. I always thought of it as something people do for fun like a hobby, not for a living.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Anything relaxing. I can let my crazy side out while modeling, by traveling all the time, going to multiple castings a day or doing fashion shows so when I’m not working, I like to lay back and just take time for myself and relax.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
I’ve had Dior as my favorite brand for a long time now, I love their collections, so I hope to work with Maria Grazia Chiuri one day.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
My skirts, especially my denim skirts. If I could, I’d wear them every day and every night, even to bed - that’s how obsessed I am with them.
What era would you like to bring back?
90’s because everything seems so fun and colorful and I love the clothes they had.
Do you have any beauty/skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
I sometimes rub my face with ice in the morning and it makes me look awake and makes my skin very soft.
What is your favorite part about your body?
My lips. I’ve had some people asking me if they were real which I find very funny since they aren’t even that big
Favorite kind of food:
Hungarian food is my favorite and will always be. It doesn’t matter where I am, I always crave Hungarian food. I ask my mom to make traditional Hungarian meals for me whenever I come home from long trips.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
Talkative, open-minded, funny.
What’s controversial or unique about you?
My sense of humor. I’m very sarcastic and some people just don’t get it and get offended by my jokes.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
I would love to be able to run very fast, I think it would make my life a lot easier.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Listening to music, talking to my friends but daydreaming is my favorite hobby.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
Maybe still modeling, maybe doing a completely different thing. I’d love to work in informatics.
Do people act differently around you since you’ve become a model?
Luckily not, everyone around me took it positively and nobody treats me different because of it. They sometimes ask me about my job obviously and they support me but it’s not the only thing we talk about.
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
My favorite type of music is rap and trap. I don’t like series or movies at all, I find all of them boring, so I don’t really have a favorite.
Hard work pays off.
I'd like to meet …
Lil Wayne. He’s been my celebrity crush since forever, so I’d die to meet him.
Happiness is …
being excited about the future.
What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview?
A place I want to visit, and the answer would be Mykonos and Australia.
Thank you Noemi for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Editor: Iva Mirbach in corporation with Virag from Attractive Models - Intro: Clinton Gonsalvez