Beatrice Brusco is our September/October 2020 Model of the Month.
The Canzo native's foray into Fashion was not intentional as she always wanted to be a volcanologist and lawyer. However, on the advice of some Scouters who had seen her pics on Facebook she participated in the Elite Model Look contest in Milan back in 2013 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Fast forward to 7 short years and Beatrice has already proved to be an achiever and more recently walked a few Fashion Shows back to back during the 2019/2020 season.
Bright, Bold, and Beautiful. Beatrice is charging full steam ahead with her career. Below, she shares with FMD about pushing her own boundaries, achieving success on her own terms and her aspirations for the new decade.
Read on to learn what the top model had to say, and later read her cover story here
How did you get to be where you are? How did your modeling career start?
It all started with the Elite Model Look contest in Milan back in 2013 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Did you always want to be a model? Prior to modeling what were your career aspirations?
No, I always wanted to be a volcanologist and lawyer in reality. I can say that modeling happened because some scouters told me to participate in the EML contest after seeing my pics on Facebook.
What was your first big break in the industry?
Probably working with Dolce and Gabbana.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
Actually no. At the beginning I was super shocked about literally everything especially because I came from a small place, so my reality is millions of kilometers away from the fashion world.
What do you think are the main challenges in modeling today?
Staying sane LOL.
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model? What do you like least?
I love to express myself, my emotions, and my personality through the camera. I hate that I can’t plan anything because everything is last minute lol.
What do you believe is the key to success for a model? What qualities does one need to succeed?
For me this world (fashion) can be a pleasure but it is still a job first of all, so I think the key to success is perseverance, personality and professionalism. And luck too sometimes.
You walked a few Fashion Shows back to back during the 2019/2020 season and we congratulate you on this success. How did that happen?
I actually walked for 2 big brands (Dolce and Gabbana and Philipp Plein) because I recently changed my mother agency and we were working on changing my look and giving a new fresh look for the future.
Did you attend a lot of castings last season (19/20) or how did you get involved in many Fashion Weeks?
I didn’t have to go to casting, they already know me because I worked a lot with them already.
Which show was your personal highlight?
HaHa hard to tell with so little shows on my list LOOOL.
How do you prepare for a show? Did you have to do a special diet or a lot of exercise?
I have to admit I do not do anything different from usual. I’m natural skinny, I always eat healthy (but I don’t give up on sweets and junk food once occasionally) and do lots of exercise and yoga. I think the best thing is not to deprive yourself because life is beautiful and so Nutella is, you only have to find your balance. And genes count a lot, I can’t be a hypocrite.
How do you recover after the Fashion Weeks?
Sleep, eat, Netflix, repeat.
Do you like runway or print modelling? Why?
I’m in love with both. They are two ways to show your personality.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?
Dolce & Gabbana Campaign
What is your dream shoot?
Who is your favorite Fashion photographer? Why?
Peter Lindbergh because I love how he portrayed women and his black and white signature.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
The rock desert in Oman.
How do you deal with all the traveling required to be a model? How do you cure jet-lag?
Lots of face masks and water… and sleep.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Professional, hardworking and chameleonic
Give us 1 fact about you people may not know.
I’m a nerd who loves to study haha
Are you a morning person or night person?
Neither. I love to sleep, always LOL
What does a perfect day for you look like?
Sun, relax, friends or family and nature.
How do you stay in shape? How do you get rid of the calories?
As I said before thanks to my mom and dad for the genes. I eat good, exercise and do yoga. In one world? Balance
How do you stay body positive working in an industry that makes you feel the pressure to have the perfect body?
I have to admit that when I was younger I was told to be fat, that I had to lose weight and stuff. I didn’t do anything, I just grew up and my body and metabolism changed, I lost that cute baby fat and became a woman. I’m positive now because I don’t listen to anybody who disrespects us by calling us fat or being rude FOR NO REASON. Sometimes it happens that you’re not at your 100%, but it doesn’t mean that you’re not worthy or ugly or whatever. And I have to say that the perfect body doesn’t exist, its perfect only if YOU are happy in it.
How do you stay happy and healthy? How do you stay in shape?
Thanks to my family and friends I’m happy. Thanks to where I live (basically in the middle of mountains, surrounded by nature) I’m healthy in my body and my mind.
What is your favorite form of exercise? What do you like about it?
Cardio like running and Zumba make me feel powerful and yoga on the other hand makes me feel relaxed and more self-conscious.
What’s your beauty regime? Any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
I follow a similar skincare for day and night with different products. For my morning routine I wash my face, then apply the toner, the serum, the moisturizer, the eye cream and SPF. For the nighttime I do double cleaning with oil (to remove makeup) and a cleanser used with the Foreo which gently exfoliates, then I do black charcoal masks or homemade 100% natural masks once or twice a week, toner, serum, moisturizer and eye cream again.
Name your five essential items you wouldn't leave the house without?
Phone, Air Pod, a book, some snacks and rose water.
What’s the 1 outfit that makes you feel sexy and confident?
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
A good vintage pair of denim, a black leather jacket, silk blouse, long black coat, a cute pair of sneakers and a vintage bag.
What is your favorite snack?
If you were an emoji, which would you be and why?
A Unicorn, i know deep down they exist LOL
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
Fly. I think the sense of freedom would be indescribable
What’s been your biggest OMG moment to date?
When I prepared one of the biggest exams of Law school (1000 pages I swear) in just one month, while traveling the world and studying literally everywhere (plane, trains, backstage..). I took the maximum. Now that’s what I call a superpower LOL.
Is there a model's career that you admire and why?
Gisele. Because she did everything, from high fashion to commercial. For me the most important thing is to be able to fit and adapt yourself in every mood and character.
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that you admire and why?
Actually, no. I love some girls and their careers, but I do not have a mentor
Do you ever get shy in front of the camera?
NEVER. Fun fact: I’m literally fearless in front of the cameras or on the runways but in real life I am super shy especially with crushes haha
How do you define success?
When you find inner balance, surround yourself with people you love and trust, you love your job, live a happy life knowing bad things happen but still decide to stay positive, be a nice person, growing and learning every day. This is success for me.
Describe a scenario that makes you feel absolute bliss
Being a mother, having a lovely and caring husband and still being a powerful businesswoman.
If you had to be head to toe in one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Hard question. I feel like it’s impossible to say for me, because I love so many designer I cannot live with just one of them. But maybe Bottega Veneta.
When you're not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
Studying. Haha no I’m joking. I love to chill, listen to music, walking in the woods, hanging out with my friends, staying with my family and having me time.
What are your favorite hangout spots in your hometown? Do you have any travel tips for those visiting?
Well, it’s very small but still beautiful and full of places to go trekking or walking. You can find a cute little lake, beautiful paths in the mountain with amazing top views (you can even see Milan sometime when you rock the top of our highest mountain).
What’s the best thing about your hometown?
It is small and away from the city, but still only 30/40 minutes by car from Milan. It’s strategically perfect to work but still to enjoy peace and nature.
How would you describe your use of social media?
I have to admit I was obsessed till 2 years ago, especially when the social models like Gigi, Bella or Kendall started to model, because clients started to pay attention to your profile and the number of followers. Now, I personally think it’s crazy because I’m sure that the number of followers doesn’t define you or your skills. So, I decided to not care about social media too much, I still enjoy them but not obsessed AT ALL. Don’t care how many followers I have or like or whatever, now I post my jobs and everything I like. “Dear clients, can we return to meritocracy and to push model career’s based on their skills and capacity and not about their followers? Thanks xoxo”
What are your views on social media? Do you think it is a good way to control your image? How important is being authentic online?
As I said, sadly social media nowadays are important for a model career. I personally have always been very genuine and myself. Never pretended to be something I am not, I’m always very talkative and I usually speak about important issues like BLM, violence against women, LGBTQ+ community… if I have the power to speak or help even in my little way, with my platform, I’m happy and glad to do it. It’s important yes, for the image, but we should start to use our “privileges” to help others in need or to denounce injustice.
You had a small role in the tv show Gotham. How was the whole experience for you?
Omg, it’s been LIT. I enjoyed it so much and all the people and also the main characters were so nice to me. It was a long day, shooting a very small part. I’ve learned that sometimes it takes lots of days to shoot one minute on the screen. I would love to have more experiences like this. Modeling is a little bit of acting also, so I think I would appreciate that world also.
Do you have any ambitions of pursuing acting full time?
Actually yes. I would love if the right occasion would knock at my door.
In the course of preparing for this interview i read that you are pursuing a Law degree? What drew you to the pursuit of this?
Yes, I’m still studying, and I have to admit it’s very difficult to be a full-time model and studying Law, with hundreds and hundreds of pages to study for each exam. But it’s even more satisfying when you pass it ?. Hard work pays off. By the way I’ve always been very talkative and very attracted to defend injustices even when I was a child. Especially I would love to peruse an International path, fighting for human rights, climate change and equality.
How are your studies going so far? Do you plan on pursuing a career in Law full time?
I should have finished but still on my second year out of five LOL. I laugh just not to cry. But even if I’m going super slowly, I can say I’m satisfied and keep going on. Mmm, I can’t imagine my future for now, because as I said before acting would also be something very cool for me. It depends of what the future will bring me. If modeling or acting won’t bring me anywhere I have prepared a great plan B. But don’t get me wrong, it’s not simply a plan B, I’m very attracted to peruse justice and fight for rights, so when it will be time I will choose my path.
If you could give a new model any one piece of advice you wish you’d been given when you started out, what would that be?
Don’t cry over a NO, because you will get it millions of times during your career.
What are you working on now and what do you dream of happening in the future?
I truly hope for my career to get higher and higher, step by step, as it’s been in the past years.
What is your life motto? Is there a quote or mantra you live by?
'My freedom ends when yours begins'. Respect for me is one of the most important things in life. Respect for every human being, for Mother Earth, for animals...
Thank you, Beatrice, for this amazing interview!
Note: all answers are original and unaltered - Interview & Intro by: Clinton Gonsalvez - Special Thanks to Elena Ghesini @ Women Management (Milan).