When Nikol Stachwas around 12 years old, her Aunty asked her if she could be a model just for her assignment at a makeup school. She did a shoot after her makeup was done and the photographer asked her if she does any modelling as she “knew how to move” in his opinion. This got her interested in modelling but she never acted on it at the time. It was only when her Instagram started to grow and she received an email from a photographer asking to shoot her that she took it seriously. Ever since then she just continued networking and finding modelling jobs regularly.
Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Nikol to discuss her journey in the modelling world and here’s what went down:
What do you like most about being a model?
The thing I like most about being a model is the fact that I get to create and be creative. I especially love shoots where I get to style and create little scenarios which tell a story.
Downside to being a model?
The biggest downside, in my opinion, would probably have to be that we constantly get compared to one another as models. Even though the industry is becoming more and more inclusive, I still feel as though you really need to have thick skin when it comes to certain aspects of this business.
What has been the most memorable experience of being in the modelling industry so far?
There have been many memorable experiences throughout my career, but at this moment I am most grateful for my move to Melbourne, where I’m loving the change in work.
Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
I honestly can’t choose, I meet so many different people every day and I think all are equally as interesting, and I love getting to know everyone.
What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the modelling \ industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned being in the industry is that, if you believe in yourself and really portray that energy, others will also believe in you, sure, looks play a part but confidence is equally as important.
Is your family supportive of you being a model?
My family is supportive of me being a model but still wishes I chose a more traditional career.
If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?
I don’t think I’d do anything differently as my past has led to my current life.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I’ve ever been given would have to be “No one works harder for you than you working for yourself.”
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
My future career plans consist of getting into the acting business, and travelling as soon as we can.
The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Moana.
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? All things nature, because it makes me feel connected to the earth and gives me energy.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Travelled around the world, especially to tropical locations.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d ” be a stunt person.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I wouldn’t change anything about myself.