I started my hairstyling apprenticeship straight out of Highschool. I trained as a European stylist, and he was very creative, and we worked a lot on fashion shows and photoshoots for models and designers. I opened up my first studio when I was twenty years of age. I continued working behind the scenes of a fashion show as I love creative work. I only got scouted much later in my life. I now own a hair studio where I still work as a stylist. I model and train models for Mobile model management. I will be forty-one in a short while, and I feel most models peak only at a later age when they are more confident to express and portray more creative images. Experience is knowledge.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Janine. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am not only a model, but I am a stylist and runs her studio. I also help train inspiring models. I surf to keep fit and love the outdoors.
Janine, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
A designer friend of mine asked me if I would model his new swimwear range. I gave it some thought as I was not experienced in front of the lense and only used to working behind the scenes. I said yes. As soon as the images were uploaded multiple agents tried to scout me. I was flattered as I was not a young twenty-year-old girl anymore. I decided to sign up for Mobile model management where I model and train models now.
Who is your inspiration in life Janine? How do you keep inspired?
I love Noami Campbell. She is a seasoned model and has dominated her field for years, and I believe she will do so for a lot more years. She was one of the first lady's of colour to become a super model and is fierce and passionate about her work ethics. I love her confidence, and it proves again that seasoned models don't have to hold back as we have the knowledge and confidence to shine.
We all make mistakes Janine; 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.
I was in a line up behind the scenes of a fashion show when I overheard a few male models make sexist remarks. I immediately spoke up. Although I don't feel it was wrong for me to defend the woman, I do feel I should have waited for after the show. Timing is everything.
Janine , 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I like to get to know my clients before the time a bit better before I take on a booking. Every designer is different and to know what their vision for their show/product or shoot is will save time and frustration. You are more likely to do a better service to your client, and he/ she will book you again.
Please tell us, Janine, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
As a hairstylist that runs her own business, I had to learn fast to keep the balance. When my studio goes through its busy season I will book fewer model events as I believe quality is better than quantity and my clients appreciate that and understand that my studio does not take all my focus all the time. Balance is essential to be able to deliver your best work.
Janine, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I did private training for a young, inexperienced model, and he was very nervous but was entering his first competition. I explained to him that modelling is like acting in slow motion. You should play the role you want your audience and judges believe you are. He kept this in mind and placed the first runner-up in his first competition.
Janine, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I entered Model of 2017 last year. I was forty years of age already and was competing against a few beautiful ladies younger than myself. I decided that if I were going to enter, I would walk and pose like I already won the title regardless of my age. I won Model in 2017. I am very proud of this as it proves again that you are what you believe you are and some models only peak later on and are as gorgeous as the younger generation.
Janine, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I was booked by an award-winning designer. She only took my measurements, and I had no idea what the show was about. Normally I would do some homework before hand. When I arrived, I was stunned by my garment. I was a floral goddess. I was dropped in floral silk, and a black bra with silver spikes was the real winner of this incredible outfit. My head was crowned with flowers. As I stepped on the stage, I felt like a goddess. It was an amazing feeling.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
To be a successful model you can not be impatient. Success does not come overnight. Work hard at it and stay focused. Get to know your clients and their requirements. If you get criticized then learn from it and don't take it personally. It means there is room for improvement and that means you can be better and rise to the top.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would like to do more magazine work with makeup brands and creative photoshoots. Also streetwear.
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