What is unique about me is that I am a petite model. I want to represent models who are diverse and represent all body types.
Emina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I love art, fashion, and constantly educating myself in a variety of fields. I enjoy learning and being creative. I started entering modelling competitions and sending photos to agencies in junior high, but faced a lot of rejection. Eventually, I settled into doing extras work, stand-in work, and promotional modelling, eventually moving to Korea and now China.
Who is your inspiration in life Emina? How do you keep inspired?
Education and fashion inspire me. I love challenging myself and constantly learning. I'm inspired by people who love what they do and live what they love.
We all make mistakes Emina; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
There was a time when I allowed the words of another model to impact me negatively and impact my overall performance during a modelling gig. I wish I had handled it differently because, in this industry, things can be very competitive. Just because she had harsh words to say about me and the job didn't mean I had to allow it to impact me on a personal level.
Emina, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I don't think it's difficult to deliver excellent service to my clients. I make sure that I don't overwork myself and keep a healthy balance and know in advance expectations of any job I would be taking on.
Please tell us Emina, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Being a petite model, I have to be strategic to determine my niche and where I can use my personality and business skills to be the most successful in my modelling endeavours. I love interacting with clients and doing diverse types of modelling, so I do my best always to be doing something creative.
Emina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I don't think I've ever been in a position where I had to persuade someone to see things my way at work, at least not in the modelling sphere.
Emina, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My favourite moment as a model was being asked to be in a bridal runway show in Busan, South Korea. It was just flattering and the first runway offer I was given. Unfortunately, I was already booked for another event, but I was very proud of myself, nonetheless.
Emina, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
For my first commercial in Korea for a clothing brand, I didn't understand any Korean. The commercial was for the Korean Home Shopping Network, and I definitely had to laugh at myself a few times. I had a hard time taking a direction not knowing the language. Thankfully, my positive attitude made the client very happy, and they booked me again for their next commercial.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
My advice would be never to get discouraged no matter what anyone tells you or how often you feel personally discouraged. At the end of the day, you are the only person responsible for your career and how successful you are. It is a tough industry, but the work is rewarding.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am open to any types of collaboration. I love doing what I do.
All photos are credited to Studio 1989 in Seoul, South Korea as well as It's Me Photo Studio Kim Taeoh.