I have been a model for 16 years now and consider myself incredibly fortunate to have worked with some of the world's most talented and inspiring photographers, stylists and designers. Right from the start of my modeling career I used my platform and the resources of the industry to raise awareness for things that matter to me, which range from environmental issues over animal rights to humanitarian causes. I have organized fundraisers, talks and movie screenings, published articles, blogged, posted, volunteered, hosted a fashion show for charity, and produced a documentary about an AIDS project I support in Africa.
I am passionate about the entire dynamic of the modeling work - I appreciate the art and craft of designers, the creative part of the photography, the technical aspect of lighting and editing, the meticulous planning of a production and set design, and the life that I can give to the picture through my energy, posing and movement. In this world where the focus often is on everything fast-paced, disposable and convenient, I find it so important to practice mindfulness and be aware of the impact we have on the environment and the people around us.
As a role model, I like to endorse sustainable and ethical brands, small and local designers, and companies who "give back". I inspire people to experience and enjoy our beautiful world through sports, travel and exploration, and to take a closer look at how the way we consume affects the environment. I want to challenge everyone to think about which changes we can make to help keep the planet healthy, and show through my work that being stylish or living a glamorous lifestyle does not have to be wasteful.