Interview with Model Natalie Spivak
Tell us a bit about your story, did you always want to be a model?
I seemed to have been born with a love for fashion. My mom and two of her sisters had amazing taste and even designed stunning stylish dresses for themselves using a sewing machine at home. One of my dad’s hobby was a photography, he is the one who taught me to love it. I never thought about being a model when I was a kid. I was born in city with strict rules for girls and deep respect for adults. It is just happened to be what when I was 14 one of photographer came to school and I was selected and invited for professional photo shoot. The photographer was preparing her works for exhibitions. It was a success. After that, my parents sent me to modeling school. At the age of 15 years old I started to do my first steps at the podium. The same year I had my first catwalk; I was a bride in an amazing black dress accompanying me were two 5-year-old gentlemen in white suits. It was a nice show.
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a model?
I think it is a big addiction. Since you start it you can`t stop! It is such a happiness to do what you love and work with creative talented people. All fashion industry people are very unique. I love the atmosphere and all about it.
What do you enjoy most about modeling?
Of course each shoot is different and prepared by team of professionals. It is enjoyable process to create something new each time. But the most I enjoy fashion week`s shows. I love New York Fashion Week, of course Paris, Milan, London are also on top. Each show is amazing experience, source of unique energy and celebration of creativity.
What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
I love to present designer`s dresses not only at fashion shows, but also at red carpets of Cannes Film Festivals, Berlin Film festival and other iconic places. I have an interesting journey and life personally introduced me to Michael Jackson`s father Joseph, Sir Richard Branson at his private Necker Island, Dr. Edward Bosarge at his private Island Over Yonder Cay, Prince Michael of Kent in London, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and many more great personalities.
What do you hope to accomplish through modelling, do you have any big goals for the future?
I'm a perfectionist. I put my 100% into anything and everything I do and my endeavor is to reach the top.
If you could choose to work with anyone, your dream brand who would you want to model for?
It is so many talented designers in the world. Each is so different. If to talk about brands, I would like to work more with Chanel, Dior.
Are there any models you look up to the most?
I think is the best don’t compare yourself with others. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Each person is unique and extremely valuable, I guess is important so see yourself that way.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Well, the weight of models has been steadily declining for decades. From the 90s till now, idealized images of the female body have reached, on average, 13–19% below the average weight. Unfortunately anorexia still a big problem in international modeling world, and many models put themselves in eating disorders conditions, but it is not a solution to stay beautiful. Besides that images of very slim models lead not only millions of women, but also teenagers to eating disorders.
The laws on the ban on very thin models introduced in France and Israel are not valid in other major fashion capitals. Fashion is a business, and if full women would sell fashion, designers would use full women as models. But till now, extreme thinness is equated with extreme success and an engine in the fashion world. I think all types of bodies can present success.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Wherever you land, is best to cultivate a strong community. This is vital as modeling can be a very lonely occupation. In this business you travel a lot. Your days are spent running around the city going to castings or fashion shows, which does not leave a lot of time to meet people outside the industry. Be intentional about creating solid friendships. Surround yourself with life-giving positive people who can lift your spirits.
Do you have any tips for people who want to start in the modelling industry but aren’t sure of how to start?
The best way to start is from modeling school. It will give you all required base for modeling. Good school will teach also acting and present yourself at best way to public, what is very important if you present designer's dresses at such important events as red carpets of Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Oscars and Oscars parties. To get attention of photographers on such events are extremely hard. As they shoot only movie related persons. So if you got attention of photographers in red carpets of Film Festivals - events not related to the fashion - it is a good level of professionalism for the model.
Each designer want to see different walks, sometimes even acting at podium, so you definitely need to know all possible styles. Sometimes you must to present as one million dollars outfit a dress what you personally don't like at all. You must be ready for podium, don't walk with scared face as you just saw not a photographers with cameras, but a monsters. Needs to be confident and calm to get attention of hundreds of guests and professional cameras. Not everyone can handle it. Emotional expressions of new models sometimes looks really funny at runways.
A models role is to help make a product look it’s very best, in order to sell that product to the masses. A working model will get hired for print/ad work, e-commerce, online lookbooks, runway shows, fit jobs, showroom, and hair jobs, just to name a few. Usually people think what models do nothing and nothing to study about it, but these ambitions usually crashed when they do first professional shoot. It is looks like it is fun to shoot, but to get editorial pictures for magazines is not that easy. Noone will publish just a pretty smiley faces. Each shoot for the magazine require to show a story behind the picture. The photo must talk. It is important to express your emotions and be ready for acting on cameras including for video advertisements. Must say is it a hard job and sometimes not easy at all. Shootings during cold winter time in summer dresses is not that pleasant. Of course you will get sick after such. Each fashion week gets you so busy from early mornings till late evenings so you will not have time even to eat. Is needs to be ready for all of it.
Thank you so much for being a part of INTRA, how our readers can find you?
It was my pleasure, thank you too. Hope my story will help someone to achieve dreams! Best way to reach me on my Instagram @queenissima