Wild Young Minds: June 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011


God, I think I just lost 10 kilos of stress, because of the fact I've finished all my tests and the prospect of spending my time in the sun, with music, magazines and lovely people is so overwhelming. Yes, I can finally live my life again ;)

And by celebrating that here's a peaceful song by Kris Berry, performing at North Sea Jazz in one week.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

First backstage photos WDKA Show 2011

What an amazing show! I had the honour to walk three shows and each show for four designers, so I've worn some incredible outfits, all hand-made and one of a kind. The photos by Peter Stigter aren't online yet, but I'm already very happy with the backstage photos. I hope the real photos are as good as the atmosphere backstage was.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Though we can't stand the rain, we definitely can stand Festival Mundial

To be brief - something I'm really bad at - Mundial was amazing again.
Me and one of my friends went on Saturday, we already bought our tickets before we even know who was going to perform.
A few weeks later we heard Wyclef Jean was coming (you know, the one from the songs with Shakira and a former member of the Fugees) so we were head-over-heels.
But of course, he cancelled it - so typical, those kind of things always happen to me.

Anyway, a few weeks later I received an email which said that we could vote on some artists to come. India.Arie was one of them! She's an amazing inspiration and terrific singer, and I thought I was going to pass out if she would come to Tilburg. But of course she didn't come either - Triggerfinger (some Belgian rock band) showed up. I was pissed off so I deliberately didn't want to hear one song of them. Blugh.

Other artists who came were Selah Sue (we saw here a month ago, but she was awesome as always!) and Paolo Nutini (you know, the wasted guy from 'Hey, I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything is right'). We also saw Mamas Gun, described as a funky soul band, but unfortunately their lead singer had lost his voice so the session was pretty disappointing.

Thank god the atmosphere at Mundial was amazing (lots of stalls with delicious food from all over the world and alternative clothes and rings) because the weather really sucked. It rained and it rained and it rained. God was with us during Selah Sue because the umbrella's were gone by then. I really enjoyed Selah Sue but you could easily tell a small and intimate concert fits her better. This concert few people in the audience actually knew her songs and could sing along. She was standing a lot further from the audience as well (because the stage was further away).

Paulo Nutini was exactly as I thought he would be. A sociable but quite odd person, he looked as if he was under the influence of I don't know what. He was mumbling all sorts of words but no one knew what the hell he was talking about. But when he sang it was a lot more clear, everybody knows 'Hey, I put some new shoes on!' and 'Candy' was brilliant as well. Conclusion: We can't stand the rain, but music makes everything good. It really does.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

''I want to make you feel free''

“I want to have fun.
I want to shine like the sun.
I want to be the one that you want to see.
I want to knit you a sweater.
I want to write you a love letter.
I want to make you feel better.
I want to make you feel free.”

Joni Mitchell

HKU Show 2011

Hi guys! Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I've been very busy with lots of things, especially with school. It's the last week of the year, in one week the testweek is finished and freedom begins (: And in 3 weeks I'll be at the beach in Bulgaria. Still kind of inconceivable when I think about it. Anyway, I've walked the HKU Show last wednesday again.

It was in an old storage in Utrecht and there were two shows. I was a model for Natalie de Koning, who made an incredible collection with beautiful colours (mintgreen, pink, cream and purple). Her collection looked futuristical yet also romantic. It was a search for a more sustainable way of producing. For me it was the most inspirational collection of all and that means a lot, since there was so much beauty in the creations.

The upper photos were taken backstage, by Peter Stigter himself (thé catwalk photographer).

'There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.'
(Benjamin Franklin)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Don't leave me this way

''See you in another life Brother''

Yes, I finished the total series of Lost last week.
Never expected it to be such a good show.

I still have to overthink my thought of the end, on one hand I find it very good, on the other hand it's a bit too 'happy end'.
But I'm not going to tell you anything, of course I expect you to go see it yourself.

And for thé question in Lost, which combination I prefer: Kate & Jack or Kate & Sawyer, I'd say: Kate & Sawyer.
Kate & Jack maybe fit the best together but Kate & Sawyer is just pure magic.

Isn't it? And of course I have to name Hurley (for he was the light in the show) and Ben (for he was the tension in the show, especially in season 2 and 3). Oh, and Desmond and Penny. I don't know, they were the most real, loved their story.

Damn, I feel bad to have finished it. I can't wait to see it again. It'll probably take me another year, since I'm not a frequent tv-watcher and I want to see lots of other shows too, like Sex & the City and Gossip Girl.
So maybe I'll do some marathons in the vacation, sounds like a great idea, right? (:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Johnny Cash's most beautiful song

“I remember everything
What have I become?
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know goes away in the end
You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt.”


Rachel Zoe

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Though I actually wanted to wait till I received a few more pictures from Modelcamp, I realized it can take a while (few weeks or more) and I'm afraid I would forget all the details from this fabulous weekend (though it was unforgettable, but you know me) so that's why I'm going to post about it now!

At first I'll tell you something about the background. Modelcamp was organized by Fresh Model Management, a growing Dutch modeling agency. Suzanne (an international model) and Mauro (photographer) are leading the company. Previous years Modelcamp was very expensive (not weird if you have to provide food, accommodation and activities for 50 girls) but this year it was free. Why? Because it was subsidized by international agencies like NY Models/L.A. Models and Nathalie Models (Paris) and L.A. Models. We all would have a casting for NY Models. Hundreds of girls signed in for the camp but only 40 made it to the selection. Awesome, right?

On Thursday I travelled to Putten, a small place on 'The Veluwe', alone. Of course all the girls were brought by their parents, but my parents thought it would be better if I'd go by train. I didn't really care, as long as I got there.

The place was beautiful! It was a sort of holiday park with big houses for groups. When I got there I was led to my bedroom, which I shared with around 13 other girls. It was the room for all the older girls. How odd, I am always one of the youngest girls, but suddenly I was with the 'oldies'! ;) There was one other big room and the other rooms were for two people, so they had their own shower and toilet. But no complaining, I was very happy with this opportunity! Our room was called 'Heidi', so after a little while thinking we found out it referred to Heidi Klum. Other rooms were called Chanel (Iman), Kate (Moss), Sasha (Pivovarova) and the other names I forgot.

The first evening we ate soup with bread, simple but good. Of course the food was very healthy because you have to take good care of your body when you're a model. After the dinner, we had to introduce ourselves in 1 minute, which is quite long when you have to talk about yourself. In the evening we played a game, called 'I love fashion' and we had to answer questions about models, photographers, designers, etc. It was awesome! It's really nice to have those girls around you with the same interests and dreams. Of course my friends from school know who Doutzen Kroes, Gisele Bundchen and Adriana Lima are, but I'm not sure they've heard from Freja Beha Erichsen, Karlie Kloss or Bambi Northwood-Blyth (more about her later!)

After the game we got some chips and cake (not really 'model'food, but we were only girls of the age 12-19 so we can't help we like cake). We didn't go to bed too late because everyone was really exhausted.

The next day we began with an intensive work-out by Marjolein, mother of Robin, a model at Fresh Model Management. Reminds me, I didn't tell you a lot of models of Fresh were also at the camp, to help Suzanne & Mauro with the cooking and cleaning. I definitely felt my abs after the work-out but I really enjoyed it! Early in the morning, sun on your faces and working out for a firm body. After the work-out we got some tips about nutrition because that's also very important.

After lunch we got a lot of really useful tips about posing. We also made a list of things we have to bring when we're going to a casting, shoot or agency. We could put the things we learned in practice because in the afternoon we were given the opportunity to shoot with 4 amazing photographers. This was so much fun! They were all really nice and helpful.

We also got a make-up workshop from Yudeska, a professional make-up artist and a magnificent woman, so we learned how to take good care of our skin, how to conceal your flaws and how to shape the bones in your face. In the end we got a head massage, that's one of the best feelings in the world (:

On Saturday we did an acting workshop and we had English class. During English class we watched a video about models, designers and photographers and afterwards we had to answer a few questions. I won the challenge, so I received a package with bodylotion and deodorant. I was very delighted! In the afternoon we did a challenge. We were divided in 10 groups. Each group had a leader (one of the Fresh girls) and each group had to pick a subject, like shoes, bag, watch, jewellery. We had to do a shoot and the best group would win. We had a lot of fun and it was good practice.

In the evening the two scouts of NY Models came by, so everyone had to look nice (simple dress or jeans and a top) and we practiced our walk. Everybody was extremely nervous because the winner would win a trip to NY and would be represented by NY Models. Once you are represented by them, you can be sure of a big carreer to come. Fortunately, the scouts were really friendly. I had to answer a couple of questions (like name, length, experience) and they made a few polaroids.

Once everyone had seen them, they went to talk to Suzanne & Mauro, so a few of the Fresh Models, like Maureen, Martine and Leontine, told us about their careers and especially working abroad. After a while Suzanne & Mauro came back and they pronounced the girls who had to be followed by Fresh (so that they could perhaps work for NY Models in the future) and the winner. Unfortunately, I didn't win anything. Of course I was a bit disappointed but I soon realized that this is only 1 agency, there are a lot more, so I still have lots of chances. Right? (: They chose for a lot of very young girls (around 14 years old) so that they could train them and they would be very experienced at the age of 18.

On our last day we had our fashion show. Stylist Yannick Kranstauber dressed all the girls (but he didn't dress me, my two outfits were approved!) and we practiced all morning for our runway walks.

At 3 o'clock all the parents were present and the show began. It was so much fun! We had to walk three times, two outfits and one final. After the show we all had to pack our stuff and make a quick group photo before we went home.

The days went by very fast and I had a great time. I learned a lot, met some fabulous girls and I hope that this experience can help me in the future.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Finale fashion show Modelcamp

I'm at 0.26 min, laughing at my parents haha!

Monday, June 6, 2011


Hi guys, sorry for the lack of posting this week! I've been at Modelcamp last weekend, which was an amazing experience! It is an initiative of Fresh Model Management (great modelling agency from what I've heard and seen) and was sponsored by some international agencies. I'll tell you more about it later when I can also show some photos! Anyway, here's some inspiration.