Elise Crombez a supermodel and rated by Models.com as Icon of fashion industry. She is world leading model. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Your chance decision to enter a fashion contest (Miss Mannequin) in 1999 at Belgian town of Roeselaere took start your career in modeling. It later propelled your modelling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of fashion and glamour modeling and has been featured as the cover model for W, British, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, German, and Turkish Vogue, and twice on the cover of French Elle and six times on the cover of Italian Vogue. Tell us something about this fairy tale journey?
Ms. Elise Crombez: The reason I participated in the contest was for fun, to feel a bit more feminine than I did at the time and to win to prizes to be honest. I walked on heels for the first time and had fun doing it. One of the prizes was a photo shoot and that was the beginning of my passion to be in front of the camera and portray different women.
I’ve had the great fortune to work with amazing photographers and it allowed me to grow as a woman, by discovering all kinds of facets in me. I used to be very shy and being on set gave me permission to push my limits.
So in a way it has been a fairy tale, not because I always dreamt of being a model or I love clothes and make-up. But because I became the person who always lived inside me, in my head, in my dreams.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You move from Belgium to other parts of Europe and to United States for your professional career. For a model adjusting to new countries with their own cultures it must be difficult and then to adjust with modeling career in the new foreign land, what advice you can give to fellow models in a similar situation?
Ms. Elise Crombez: When I moved to the States and I had to travel a lot, I could only keep in touch with my family over the phone. Not easy with time difference etc. Nowadays there is Skype, FaceTime, iPhones and email wherever you go… So my advice is to keep in touch with your home base and the people who know you and understand you even if they don’t understand the world you’re in. It kept me grounded to hear and see what my friends and family were doing. It’s all about keeping a perspective, that’s how you can appreciate and learn from other cultures. I would go home whenever I could.
Expand your view, go to museums, music, take dance classes, keep your hobbies… That’s a great way to meet people who are not in the business and you learn so much about the place you’re living in. It also makes you appreciate the chances you get as a model. Because sometimes the crazy traveling and the harsh rejection makes you forget the advantages of this job.