Photographer; Mehdy Nasser
Meet Sam, Dominique Models’ former treasure. Although she was an excellent model, sometimes other things come first in life. And so was the case in Sam’s. While now she’s studying at Karel de Grote Hogeschool to become company auditor and make her life, I asked her some questions. Because honestly, who’s not just really curious about the everyday life of a (former) model? She’s just a girl like any of us, and I think that’s what makes her even more beautiful. The way she’s so down to earth. No bullshit, no fake stuff. Just Sam.
Enjoy the interview, and the pictures (including one of her very first shoot) which I think are really great!
How did you become a model?
I was shopping with some friends in Antwerp, when this woman came up to me. I thought she was going to ask for directions but instead she asked me if I had ever heard of Dominique Models. I said I did and she gave me her business card to send her some pictures. When I came home and told my parents about it, we took some pictures and sent it to her. A day or two later I got a response, asking me to come to the agency. So I did, and they arranged a test shooting after approving me. After this first shoot (with the same person that scouted me, Ulrike Fraussen) I got to sign my contract.
Photographer; Lauranne Crahay
This one is from Sam’s very first shoot! Photographer; Ulrike Fraussen
What do you consider as your coolest job ever?
I once did a campaign for WOODY’S, a pajama brand. The shooting was amazing! The clothes were really casual, I had a very sleepy look and all my poses had to seem very comfy. This made it all very relaxing and the team was great. They were so nice and friendly and we all kept on laughing and joking with each other. I really had a blast that day.
What did you like most about modeling?
I think the people you meet. You meet a lot of models, photographers, MUA’S… All very interesting people with their own style and their own idea of life. I made a lot of friends. Also the experiences of modelling are useful: you learn to deal with rejection. You learn to conquer the bullies and be who you are. And I think that is the best part. You learn to be you.
What do you do these days, in contrary to your earlier modeling years? Do you hope to get another job in the future? If yes, what kind of job would you prefer?
I don’t really know, I’m not really focused on modelling right now. I just started my first year at KDG (Karel de Grote Hogeschool) and it takes a lot of my time. I play hockey as well. And I like to meet up with my friends. If somebody asks me to shoot, I really have to look for a date because I have no free time at all.
Photographer; Claudia Raymat