The world of fashion modelling has always been alluring to many. However, do we know what it is really like behind the scenes? I chatted to freelance model, Francois Pretorius to find out more.
Tell us a bit about yourself? I heard that you’re a local boytjie!
Well, I’m from a small town in the Free State. I moved to the US about 6 years ago with a job placement in Integrated Global Services on a full-time basis and I book modelling gigs whenever I get the chance. I’m an extremely outgoing person and love to socialize. Naturally, as a model, I like to exercise and do outdoor activities whenever I get the chance.
How did you land yourself in the world of modelling?
I was scouted of Instagram. To be honest, at first, I never really thought that I would ever become a model. I went to the agency to get my Polaroids taken and to get some measurements done. The rest is history.
Strutting down the US runways is no small feat. Share some of that experience with us.
It’s really about how confident you are, I mean there is a lot of good-looking people especially in New York and Washington DC. competition can be tough. It’s not just about a pretty face it’s all about what else you can bring to the table.
Being away from SA must be daunting sometimes. What do you miss most when you’re away from home?
The first year or two was hard, I’m not going to lie. Its’ a whole different culture and a fast-paced lifestyle. I miss my family the most, not being able to go visit for a weekend is tough. Also, you know another thing is South African food lol!
What are some of the latest projects you’ve been involved in and what was your experience with it?
I haven’t been modelling for quite a while cause my regular job got quite busy, my last big gigs included being featured in New York and DC Fashion Week, respectively. There were big shows with lots of designers and celebs in attendance. Auditions can be hard because of stiff competition but fun at the same time because everyone brings their A-game and you get to meet some amazing people through it. The actual fashion shows are amazing with loads of glitz and glamour, I can’t really describe it, it’s something you have to experience yourself.
Being a model, a healthy lifestyle is priority. What are you too three tips for staying hydrated and healthy?
Well, I don’t really follow a diet plan it’s more of a healthy-habit lifestyle. I’m always trying to eat whole foods as much as possible. Drink a lot of water throughout the day, your skin loves hydration. I’m also a big fan of green tea and apple cider vinegar with lemon juice. I usually have these in the morning after my coffee. Exercise regularly as well, you need to sweat as this keep water weight down. Make sure you take care of your body from the inside as well as the outside.
Do you have any advice for our readers who wish to pursue an international modelling career?
Don’t go for expensive modelling classes. It’s a waste of time. Apply with agencies on open call days and web applications. If you fit the criteria, they will provide you with the training you need and get you ramp-ready in no time.
Apply with a good portfolio, there are a lot of YouTube videos that teach you how to snap chic Polaroids. Be yourself, authenticity is always favored. Your personal image is your brand, be sure what you want to portray and always remember that you are not going to get cast every time. You will eventually develop your brand and identity through experience.
Keep up to date with Francois’s latest runway appearances by following him @snoets92.
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