Ivonn Novikova : Young, Beautiful & Sexy : Best Model of the Month interview
Did you always wanted to be a model, or did you stumble upon it, get discovered etc.?
Well, since childhood, I was very tall and skinny, my mom always said that I need to go to the agency and as soon as I turned 14 we went together to agency and boom! I was already a model in a second
How did you get started in the modeling business?
That time Russian models ruled the model industry and such big models as Sasha Pivovarova, Natasha Poly, Tanya Dziaheleva were on top and “burst” the podiums, so I was lucky enough to be in the perfect niche!!
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model?
Being a model has a lot of advantages and I take profit of it as much as I can! The coolest part is that every photo shoot or a runway show is such an inspiration , you are a part of the project and you should do the best to bring the plan to reality. Isn’t it amazing? Oh, for sure!
What do you like least?
Now, all the models will agree with me, the most exhausting part is that you can say goodbye to a long sleep, castings and work take most of your time. And it’s very hard to have a relationship with a boyfriend, as you never know where you go next and for how long ( do not lose a hope, I know a lot of friends whose relationship even strengthens)!
What has been your most awkward moment (of your modeling career)?
Well, the most awkward moment happened to me during my first trip to Osaka, Japan. I just arrived and the weather was really cold. I didn’t know too much about castings, thus I put like literally tons of clothes. I was so embarrassed when all casting were for the bikini shots and it took me like forever to change to bikini and everybody was waiting for me. Oh, hate that feeling, wouldn’t wish to be in the same situation for anyone
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
I don’t like to talk about myself too much, but I would say I am persistent, funny and outgoing-too simple)
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
I love all the countries where I have been, but the most memorable was my stay in Bangkok. I adore warm countries and fine foods,it was a paradise to work there and all the people were amazingly kind.
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
Awesome question about photographers. Everyone has its own style. A quick tip for all models( especially who are novice) Google the photographer with whom you will have a photo shoot, learn the style and try to “match” the concept! That’s important. I love the works of Ellen Von Unwerth, she shows amazingly the beauty of women and the curve of the body- simple and classy, in one word , just wow.
What makes a photot shoot hard for you, and why?
Usually the hardest for me is a photo shoot of swimsuits when it’s extremely cold, as I started to focus more on the temperature rather than on the job. I perfectly know that the models should work in any conditions, but it’s always a torture for me)
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc… If so, what did you do?
Fortunately, none of my agents never asked me to change something in my appearance and I adore it. However, my long hair, causes minor problems for several hairstylists and it’s hard to take care of it. But my hair is part of me, so I couldn’t even imagine myself with a short haircut. Better to cut my arm than my hair, of course joking)
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
My advice for those who just starting modelling: bring always a positive atmosphere to the backstage and during the photo shoot, it helps to create formidable results. Also make connections with everyone! No, literally with anyone- starting from the stylist, hairdresser, casting director, makeup artist and of course photographers. You never know who can give you the job!
Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
My future goals may seem very obvious , however, would love to share with you. Currently I am studying business administration and aspire to get a bachelor. Concerning the modelling sphere, Victoria secret is my major dream. I will do anything to become an angel, isn’t it amazing to be an inspiration for the whole world?
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
Relationships between the mode and agent should be trustworthy! Always! An agent is your mother in this industry , don’t be shy and share your feelings or doubts. They are not monsters)
Who is your favorite all-time model?
My favourite model is Gemma Ward. It was one moment when I was spending hours learning how to pose and how to play with the light and she was my teacher. Her angel look and slim body can not be ignored. Her style is out of the discussion , she perfectly combines femininity and youth.
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
Fashion has a huge impact on me. I always try to follow the trends and following my own style simultaneously, not an easy task.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
When I am not working I love exploring the cities. But in reality, I study, as exams and teachers do not wait long till you come back and be ready to pass the exams. That’s why I always go to work with my books- a good big backpack is indispensable!
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Recently I became obsessed with Olivier Rousteing, Balmain collections impress me. I love every piece of it and proudly wear its clothes. Wearing Balmain I feel sexy, powerful and stylish without a doubt. Olivier is a genius of our time!
Don’t like wearing jeans, but you can’t avoid it living in Canada I found my perfect jeans in Burberry on a sale. Perfect shape, perfect length and perfect colour. By the way guess makes good jeans too.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
Black T-shirts are my must have! I always buy them when I shop. I even do not know the exact number of it, but I think I could wear everywhere. Simply obsessed.
Your favorite store?
My favourite store is Kenzo. I love the sweatshirts they make for everyday life. Comfortable, warm and stylish. Also I adore sport style and with the help of kenzo clothes I feel comfortable and confident.
What are your best beauty secrets?
I must confess, I have no idea how to do a professional makeup by myself. The most I can do is just to put a mascara and a foundation. After a photo shoot and a runway my skin always needs a good hydration, therefore a dior moisturizer is the only makeup I do.
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
There is no miracle how to look good in the morning. A good sleep and a right nutrition are a key to success. As for me, I take a cold shower to look fresh and rested.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural?
I pay a lot of attention to my nutrition and sport exercises. 4 days a week I run 10 k in the morning and then go to the swimming pool. I eat meat, seafood every day. I am not a sweet tooth, but meat is my weakness. I also consume a lot of berries and nuts, they help to have an energy during the day. And I drink innumerable cups of coffee -yes, a caffeine lover.
What makes you feel sexy?
Nothing makes me sexy as expensive lingerie does, it even influences my catwalk.
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
I would change nothing about myself. Yes,I am a dreamer. Yes, I am not perfect! But perfection is in the imperfections, isn’t it?
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
It’s hard to say what I am expecting in ten years, as a couple of months could change my life. Living unpredictable I have difficulties to answer to this question.
Do people act different around you since you’ve become a model?
When I became a model my entourage divided into two groups, the first one admired me and asked questions about everything and I answered with a desire. However, the second group started to list the negative points which they read in the social media and “advised” me what to do.
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
Favourite movie is 99 francs. Favourite book is windows on the world. I read a lot of books and would say Frederic Beigbeder knows how to be provocative and grab the attention. His books wouldn’t leave you indifferent.
What’s your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
I do not read many magazines, but I would choose Love magazine, simply love their editorials.
I’d like to meet … Jim Carrey
Happiness is … is to love and being love
People have said I look like … a doll