Saturday, December 15, 2012

Exclusive Interview - Franzi Mueller

Twenty-one year old Franzi Mueller heads the new battalion of German models who made serious inroads at the recent Spring/Summer 2013 collections. Mueller was initially scouted on the streets of Berlin while in high school but held off on pursuing modelling until completion of her studies. With schooling done and dusted, Mueller sent her pictures into mother agency Seeds Model Management and was signed on the spot. In the 15 months since, Mueller has quickly ascended modelling's ladder with her stealth-like runway presence, her striking angular features, and a chameleon-like quality in front of the camera's lens. Mueller debuted at the Fall/Winter collections in February 2012 and landed on Inoubliable Model Army's List of Top Ten Newcomers for the season, ticking all the right boxes with appearances at Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton. Mueller's runway traction converted into editorial gold via appearances in a diverse range of publications including Dazed & Confused, i-D, W Magazine, Interview, and the German and Italian editions of Vogue. I met Mueller at the recent Spring/Summer 2013 collections and discovered a young woman with an astute mind and a compelling beauty that has the fashion industry at her beck and call. Inoubliable Model Army caught up exclusively with Mueller for a chinwag about her love of Berlin, the harsh realities of being a model, and channeling David Bowie at Jean Paul Gautier.

Franzi Mueller
i-D Magazine - Fall 2012
Photographer - Josh Olins
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Inoubliable Model Army: Hi Franzi, congrats on a great Spring/Summer 2013 season! How are you feeling following the show season and are there any highlights that come to mind?
FM: This season was easy and fun, because I had a break between New York and Paris so I didn't work like crazy. I really enjoyed seeing my friends again and I loved every show I did. The Jean Paul Gaultier show was definitely one of my favourites, it felt like huge dress-up party and I jumped into the role of David Bowie!

Inoubliable Model Army: You're a fellow Berliner aren't you? What are your ethnic origins?
FM: Yeah, I was born and raised in Berlin! My whole family is from Germany.

Inoubliable Model Army: What is it that you miss and love most about Berlin?
FM: What I definitely miss are of course my family and friends, because they all still live there. I also miss the Berlin lifestyle. No one takes themselves too seriously and it doesn't matter what you have or who you are. People say straight what they think, so you can always tell if someone likes you or not.

W Magazine - August 2012
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
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German Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Greg Kadel
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Another Magazine - F/W 2012
Photographer - Viviane Sassen
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Inoubliable Model Army: This past season saw the emergence of a new German model army led by yourself, Kati Nescher, Josephine Van Delden, Esther Heesch, Lena Hardt and Hannah Wahmer. Do you feel there are any factors contributing to the industry's current infatuation with German models?
FM: I can't really say what this is about actually, German girls just seem to be doing really well right now. Maybe it's because we don't complain a lot so it's easier to work with Germans.

Inoubliable Model Army: Where do you think modelling trends are headed and did you notice any discernible trends this past season?
FM: I can't really tell, I guess it changes from season to season without any logical sense. It's fashion... it's unpredictable!

Inoubliable Model Army: The show season can be pretty stressful. How do you cope with the month long fashion frenzy and did you bond with any other models this past season?
FM: The best and most important tip is to make friends with the other girls. Don't stay alone! The girls are what I really love about this job. We are all dealing with the same challenges and fears, and it makes it so much easier when you have someone to share all of that with. I got to know a lot of girls really well and some are now really close friends of mine.

Image courtesy of Production at Art + Commerce
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Lara Mullen & Franzi Mueller
Photographer - Neill Seeto
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Inoubliable Model Army: You are having phenomenal post show season with editorial interest in W, Bon Magazine, Chinese Numéro, German Vogue, Dazed & Confused, and i-D to name but a few. Do you have any preferences when it comes to runway or editorial work?
FM: I prefer editorials. I love shoots because it's more personal. You have a small team you work with the entire day/s, so you have the time to get to know each other and most of the time everybody gets along really well!

Inoubliable Model Army: Are there any past editorial jobs that you reflect back on with fond memories?
FM: There are a lot of jobs or editorials that I really enjoyed and all of them for certain reasons. Either I was really proud to get the job, or the team was amazing, the location impressed me, the shoot was super organised and so forth. I couldn't really pick a favourite though.

Inoubliable Model Army: What are your post Spring/Summer 2013 season plans?
FM: I just want to keep on working, have a good print season and prepare for the Fall/Winter shows in February.

Numéro China - November 2012
Photographer - Jan Weiters
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Vogue Italia - November 2012
Photographer - Ben Hassett
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Inoubliable Model Army: You debuted as a Calvin Klein exclusive during the Fall/Winter 2012 collections. What was involved in the casting process and when did you find out that you were confirmed?

FM: To be honest, I didn't even have a real casting. I was in Paris shopping for groceries when my agent called and told me that I had to fly to New York the following morning, just 3 days before the show! So I arrived in New York and had a super short casting, the next day went in for fittings, and the day after was in the show! I was crazy yet just so easy!

Inoubliable Model Army: Do you feel that "exclusives" are good or bad for a new model's career?
FM: I think exclusives in general are pretty amazing for a model, because they can kinda make your whole career. Of course, there needs to be more than an exclusive to be successful but it's a great opportunity to get into focus for a while. In the end, it's up to you to make something out of it.

Inoubliable Model Army: What are the biggest misconceptions about models and the modelling industry in general?
FM: Well, I think there are a lot of misconceptions with the first being that all models are anorexic and starve themselves. The only thing I can say is - being skinny doesn't necessarily mean you are sick. None of my friends has an eating disorder! Of course, we have to take care of our bodies and measurements, but girls are doing this by doing sports and trying to eat healthy. In  the end, this is the only thing we have to do - taking care about mind and body. Another misconception is that a model's life is so fancy. All in all, it involves a lot of waiting, flying, being alone in hotel rooms and tough work.

Opening for Calvin Klein F/W 2012
Photographer - Monica Feudi
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Natural Beauty
Image courtesy of IMG Model Management

Karlie Kloss & Franzi Mueller
Jean Paul Gaultier - S/S 2013
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Inoubliable Model Army: Do you have any modelling likes or dislikes?
FM: I like the challenges the job offers, because this way I have the opportunity to prove myself. I also love to see different cities and experience alternate cultures that I probably could never have seen without this job or perhaps not as easily! But of course modelling is really, really tough... it's hard to be alone so often and I miss a lot of birthdays and important events of my family and friends, but everything is worthwhile in the end.

Inoubliable Model Army: How would you describe your street style and if you had to choose, who would be your three favourite designers?
FM: I think my street style is just cool and easy. I'm not a person who dresses up a lot. For instance, if I go out to a nightclub I'm usually wearing my converse sneakers. At the moment, I love Givenchy, Celine and Rick Owens, but it changes all the time!

Inoubliable Model Army: Complete this sentence. I am happiest when...
FM: I am happiest when someone makes a really stupid joke and no one starts laughing for about 5 minutes then you can't stop laughing for 15 minutes because it was so awkward!

Inoubliable Model Army: What makes you Inoubliable?
FM: Oh, you should ask people around me!

Intermission - F/W 2012
Photographer - Patrick Sehlstedt
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Zen Sevastyanova, Jasmine Tookes, Franzi Mueller, Liza Golden
& Anmari Botha
W Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Emma Summerton
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Franzi Mueller & Josephine Van Delden
German Vogue - November 2012
Photographer - Max Vadukal
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