Frederikke Winther is our October 2018 Model of the Month.
The Copenhagen native never dreamed of becoming a model but made her foray into the scene when she was 12 years old, after being scouted at a shopping mall by her agent.
Self-describing herself as Professional, healthy and nice, Frederikke has lots of potential and is wise beyond her years. She considers getting to work with people from all around the world as the most exciting aspect about modeling. When she is not busy modeling, she loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Frederikke is wonderfully talented and has appeared on the covers of Elle Denmark and Elle Sweden. She also has a charming and candid social media presence especially Instagram @frederikkewinther_ where she shares personal as well as professional posts. She likes to keep her posts real and authentic so people can identify themselves with her.
With her million dollar smile, striking demeanor, and great personality, Frederikke is on a fast track to make an impact in the Fashion world and we won't be surprised if she turns up on the runway of Victoria's Secret next year.
Learn a little bit about this Danish beauty in this month’s inspiring interview below. Later, check out her profile on FMD
How were you discovered and how did your modeling career start?
I was scouted at a shopping mall by my agent when I was just 12 years old. I was very shy and had absolutely no interest in being in front of a camera. But eventually I said yes, and that was the best decision of my life.
Did you always want to be a model? Who or what inspired you to become a model?
I never really thought about it, I kinda just fell into it.
What was your first big break in the industry?
My Danish and Swedish Elle cover – we went to a small island named Reunion and shot 3 beautiful stories when I was 16 years old. After that, I started working internationally.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
Not at all! There are so many prejudices about the industry, but most of them are not true.
What are the main challenges in modeling today?
Not getting too affected by social media I think.
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model? What do you like least?
The best thing is getting to work with people from all around the world. To work across countries and cultures is very giving. The worst thing would be all the waiting time: at airports, on shoots, at castings etc. – if you aren't a patient person to begin with, you will DEFINITELY have to start learning how.
What do you believe is the key to success for a model? What qualities does one need to succeed?
Just be yourself. Don’t change anything in order for other people to like you.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
Once I went to Namibia in Africa, and on my day off I went to meet a completely isolated tribe. Experiencing the way they lived, completely self-sufficiently, was a total eye-opener and one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had.
What has been your favorite job so far?
Shooting a video commercial in Thailand – one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, nature-wise.
How do you deal with all the traveling required to be a model? How do you cure jet-lag?
I always bring a good book and my iPad to watch documentaries. Jet lag is cured by maintaining your meals the right time of day and staying hydrated.
How do you stay in shape?
I like to swim and work out in the gym. But honestly, I’m not a fanatic about it. I work out when I feel like it.
What’s your beauty regime? Tell us some of your best beauty secrets?
Hydration, hydration, hydration! Day and night – always use a good lotion. Personally, I use one from the pharmacy.
Do you have any beauty/skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
I always curl my eyelashes before a shoot – it makes your eye seem bigger and therefore more awake – you’re welcome!
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
Everyone eats differently – so it’s not possible to generalize what healthy stuff models eat. I’m sure every model eats fast-food and not so healthy stuff once in a while as well.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
My cashmere sweaters! Once you go soft you never go back.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Professional, healthy and nice, Haha!
Give us 1 fact about you people may not know.
I love all sorts of plants and flowers! I have SO many in my apartment in Copenhagen, I even have my own little kitchen garden with loads of different herbs and chilies.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
What is your favorite snack?
Nutella must be my biggest guilty pleasure! No doubt, I love it a little too much. I also loooove avocado but who doesn’t…..
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
Invisibility. Would be nice to be able to spy on people and discover government secrets, Haha!
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
My mother. She keeps me grounded and has a really calming effect on me. Fun fact, she is actually half German.
Do you ever get shy in front of the camera?
No not anymore. But I used to in the beginning – you get totally used to it though.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Missoni. I love the way they play with colors and patterns.
When you're not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
To see my friends and family! That is always my first priority when I go home. I also find it very important just to unwind sometimes.
What are your favorite hangout spots in the city you live in?
We have so many good spots in Copenhagen! But definitely one of the many beautiful parks or cafes in the center.
How would you describe your use of social media?
I’m probably not as active as I should be Haha. I only post stuff when I want to – for me, it is very important to stay real on social media and not get too affected by everyone else.
What are your views on social media? Do you think it is a good way to control your image?
As a model, it is a great platform for clients and photographers to see you. As long as you stay true to yourself: You see people on social media and when you meet them in real life they are unrecognizable because they edit their pictures. And that is definitely not a good way of controlling your image.
If you weren’t modeling what would you see yourself doing?
Since I was a kid I’ve always dreamed about becoming a marine biologist. Maybe one day!
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
Just be happy and be you. As simple as that.
What are your future plans? Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life?
My biggest dream is to have kids one day! My life motto is “what goes around comes around”.
Thank you Frederikke for this great interview!
note: Special Thanks to Patrick Lazhar @ Model Management (Hamburg, Germany). Interview and text by: Clinton Gonsalvez