You aren't a stereotypical model, what advantages do you think that might offer?
Since I'm not the typical mode, I don't have to be perfect. I don't have to fit into 90-60-90 and can be edgy. My nose doesn't have to be perfect and my but doesn't either. People don't pay so much attention to that. It is definitely a huge advantage, as I don't have to follow such an extreme diet. Besides that I think you will remember a tattooed model much more than a normal one. They tend to all look very similar, and you forget single faces. In my case that is more difficult.
As we are already discussing cult of the body, what do you do for your figure?
Well I definitely have to pay some attention to what I eat and how my body looks like. But mainly you have to be fit. Shootings that take hours and video shots that last a whole night shouldn't be underestimated. So I do have to do sports (although I hate it, laughs). But it is ok to have curves. That is part of me and makes me normal and probably more sympathetic.
What was the most spectacular event in your modelling career?
That was definitely the Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Show. That I got the change to walk in his show has always been a dream of mine. I'm a huge fan since I've been 14 or something, and to really get a request to walk in his Haute Couture and to meet him in person was my absolute highlight. I don't think anything can top that in the future.
Are there any designer/photographers that you would like to work together with in the future?
Designers? Karl Lagerfeld. I think he's amazing. Chanel. Awesome! (laughs). It would simply be great. In terms of photographers… (thinks)… I think I would also go with Karl Lagerfeld (laughs). If he would call and ask for me wearing Chanel for a Vogue Cover shoot I wouldn't say no (laughs).
Is there something you would like to do as a model?
I think it would be interesting to see how I would look without any tattoos. I thought about it already, and asked a few photographers, but I'm not sure if I would really like that. I think I am a really different person then. I wouldn't recognize myself.
When did you start tattooing yourself?
I started when I was 16 years old. Right from the beginning I knew that I wanted all of my body covered. I've always been into art and have drawn a lot my self. Especially these bodysuits they wear in Japan, have always fascinated me. These women are just so beautiful. Right when I turned 16 I didn't want to wait any longer. Faked my ID, and got tattooed piece by piece. Every 3-4 weeks I went to the studio with my whole body planned out.
Did you draw all your tattoos or are other artists involved?
I did a lot of them myself. But due to time issues and because I got to know great artists, they did a few of my tattoos.
Can you estimate how many tattoos you have?
I can tell you in which order I got them done, but it's hard to say how many… I like to call it one big one.
How long until your whole body will be covered?
I have to say, I'm a bit tired of getting tattooed at the moment. It does really hurt, and although people say you get used to it, for me it gets worse every time. Starting out I managed to sit through 6-8 hours, now I'm can barely make 3 hours. My legs and my belly are still empty but I'm going to take my time. I used to say I’d be done by 25. By now I think 50 would also be ok.
What does beauty mean for you?
It means first of all charisma! You don't have to have full lips or a perfect a face. Small flaws are great. I do absolutely look out for eyes and eyebrows.
Nov. 18, 2012
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