Ms. Namita Nayyar: You had a nightmare experience when you fell at the Proenza Schouler Spring 2007 runway show due to sky-high heels, with immense confidence of a supermodel you took off your shoes and walked the rest of the runway barefoot. This episode took third spot on the “Top Five Runway Falls” list by New York Magazine. Tell us about this experience of yours and what lessons the new budding fashion model girls should learn if they experience a similar situation?
Ms. Elise Crombez: Actually, I don’t see it as a nightmare experience at all. I didn’t get hurt and I’m glad I fell at least once after 10 years of runway. I never felt nervous walking in front of people on the runway. I felt an adrenaline rush every time I went up because I imagined a story in my head. Who is she? Where is she walking? Who is she walking towards?
So my shoe fell off while I walked, I tried to get it back on in my strut and I twisted my ankle in the process of it. I fell down in a sprint departure pose. That’s it! This teaches me (and hope it teaches new girls) to not take yourself too seriously. One moment you are perfect, the next moment you’re flat on your face, you dust yourself off and keep your head up high. It is funny in a way. We’re all human. It is sad that this makes it to newspaper or a most-watched picture on the internet that day. There are far more important things happening.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you may wish to share? Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Elise Crombez: What took me years to learn, is that it’s all about food, the nutrients you put into your body. You can work out every day, not eat according to what your body needs and not see a difference (even worse, you blow up!) I went to see a nutritionist to see how much protein, carbs and fat I needed in relation to how many times I worked out a week. And in 2 weeks, I ate more than before, worked out the same and lost weight!
I love to run, swim, do pilates and try something new every so often… Hot Yoga with my friends, Boxing, contemporary dance.
As a model you don’t always have the possibility to keep a routine in your work-out. But I would find ways. Run up and down the stairs of my little hotel in Greece, exercise in my hotel room, run wherever I could, or just eat healthy and postpone the work-out until I could. The most important thing is to not hate the exercising you have to do… Make it a celebration and know how good you will feel afterwards. Reward yourself with your favorite healthy lunch, a sauna or a massage…