Monday, April 22, 2013

Exclusive Interview - Stina Rapp Wastenson

There are pretty girls and than there are models like Swedish newcomer Stina Rapp Wastenson whose incredulous beauty is so blinding that one could easily be forgiven for mistaking her for an otherworldly being. Eighteen year old Wastenson possesses a "Pretty Baby" Brooke Shields like quality that is simply breathtaking in its magnificence. Blessed with a sumptuous pillowy pout, dreamy baby blues, and angular features which the camera adores, Wastenson has quickly ascended modelling's ranks posing for key industry figureheads Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, and Mert & Marcus. Wastenson was scouted less than a year ago at a music festival in Sweden and has wasted little time in scoring lucrative runway spots for the likes of Prada, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Chloé, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Viktor & Rolf to name but a few. Wastenson's impeccable runway show list is matched by her stunning editorial resumé which includes appearances in the French, Italian, Japanese and Turkish editions of Vogue, Interview, Bon, and Love. With representation by Modellink in Sweden and Women in New York, Wastenson displays a stunning versatility and chameleon-like quality on film that is often lacking amongst models in possession of such astounding beauty. Wastenson took time out to bring Inoubliable Model Army up to speed on her whirlwind journey since being discovered, and shared her personal insights on beauty and the importance of staying true to one's self.

Stina Rapp Wastenson
Photographer - Kevin Sinclair
Source - models.com


Inoubliable Model Army: Hi Stina, thank you for chatting with Inoubliable Model Army. Congratulations on an impressive Fall/Winter 2013 season which included appearances at Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Jill Stuart, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Roberto Cavalli, Viktor & Rolf, and Valentino! How are are you feeling about the season overall and were there any personal highlights?
SRW: I'm feeling good. I'm now back a home and in school. My personal highlight would probably meeting so many great people in all of the cities!

IMA: Would you mind sharing a bit of your back story?
SRW: I'm 18 years old and was born and raised in a small city called Lund in Sweden. I was scouted at Hultsfred music festival by my mother agency in June last year. In July, I travelled to Stockholm for some test shoots and that's pretty much all the industry experience I had before being cast for Prada at the Spring/Summer 2013 collections.

IMA: What was your initial reaction to being scouted and had you given modelling any thought prior?
SRW: Haha, I was pretty freaked out and basically wondered if they were actually serious! I had thought about modelling but never really believed that it was something that I could actually do.

IMA: You were cast in the Spring/Summer 2012 Prada show by casting director Ashley Brokaw during your debut season! What was involved in the casting process and what was your initial reaction when you found out that you had been confirmed?
SRW: I never did a typical casting for the Prada show. Ashley Brokaw requested me directly through my mother agency and I was flown to Milan to meet with her two days before the show. I was in Berlin for the Berlin festival when my mother agency called me to tell me the news that I had been cast for Prada. I remember laughing a LOT, it was so surreal. It felt life-changing. I guess this was also the time when I started realising that it was actually happening, the whole "me being a model thing."

Prada - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Balenciaga - Spring/Summer 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Valentino - Fall/Winter 2013
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Viktor & Rolf - Fall/Winter 2013
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com


IMA: Over the past 12 months you have emerged as a strong editorial girl with appearances in Bon, Interview, Love and the Japanese, Italian and French editions of Vogue. Do you enjoy the editorial component of modelling and were you nervous working with Patrick Demarchelier and Karl Templer for Interview?
SRW: The Interview shoot was truly incredible. It was my first time in New York and I had flown in by myself the night before. I remember waking up on the morning of the shoot and looking out the window and seeing the sun rise over the Hudson river. It was such a memorable day for me and working with Karl and Patrick was really great. Patrick even spoke Swedish, who knew!

IMA: Your shoot for Japanese Vogue with Sharif Hamza and a cast of up & coming models looked like a lot of fun. How was the experience of working collectively on a shoot with other models and how did you manage to get into character for the different scenarios for each image?
SRW: This was my first shoot ever with so many other models on set, it is a completely different experience but it was a lot of fun. Each image had a different theme, so to make the change easier we set the mood through music. From David Bowie to the Back Street Boys and everything else in between!

IMA: Inoubliable Model Army's favourite shoot to date is your March 2013 Vogue Italia editorial lensed by super photographer Peter Lindbergh, highlighting the top new faces in modelling. Describe what it was like to collaborate with Peter Lindbergh and did you pick up any valuable insights into modelling as a result of the experience?
SRW: I feel really honoured to be part of that story, and working with Peter was unlike any other shoot. It literally took him less than one minute to shoot me. Everything about that shoot was pretty amazing actually.

IMA: You've recently cut your hair shorter for an editorial shoot in March 2013 issue of Paris Vogue with Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. How did you feel about the decision to go shorter and was it a blast working with Mert & Marcus?
SRW: I actually didn't mind the cut, it was more the fact that it would be coloured black that was the scariest part of it all. Now I'm back to my natural colour and am loving the cut! Working with Mert & Marcus was truly amazing, I feel honoured to have been included in the shoot alongside Suvi Koponen!

Interview - January 2013
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - picturemesweet.wordpress.com

Vogue Italia - March 2013
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - thefashionspot.com

Bon - Issue 63
Photographer - Julia Hetta
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sung Hee Kim,
Vogue Japan - February 2013
Photographer - Sharif Hamza
Source - models.com


IMA: It can be a nerve wracking process coming into the shows particularly for newcomers. Were you able to befriend any other models in between castings, fittings, and the shows?
SRW: Since I had never done any castings until after the Prada show in Milan, I was basically in my own, not knowing anybody at first and it was pretty tough. But as time went on I made friends with many of the other girls. It really makes everything so much easier and it is always good to see a friendly face during the castings.

IMA: The past few seasons have seen casting directors looking for an aspirational type of beauty that goes beyond looks. What is you definition of an aspirational beauty?
SRW: Simplicity, realness, and personality.

IMA: The modelling industry is overrun with beautiful girls. What is your secret to standing out from the pack at castings?
SRW: It's important to just be real and to be yourself.

IMA: What are the most valuable life lessons that you have picked up since embarking on your modelling career and how have you evolved as a result of your experiences?
SRW: The importance of staying true to who you are. In this industry there are always so many people telling you what and how you should do things. Of course, you should always keep people's advice in mind but if I felt like there wasn't anything in it for me, I couldn't do it. I guess it's all about knowing who you are.

IMA: What do you find most fulfilling about your profession and if there was anything that you could change about the modelling industry, what would it be?
SRW: The most fulfilling aspect would be just being in the presence of so many inspiring people who carry such beautiful visions. If I could change anything at all, it would be nice if I had more time to sleep, haha...

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
SRW: I was scouted less than a year ago and since then it's been pretty crazy trying to combine school and modelling. I still haven't realised or fully understood what I have actually achieved. It is so surreal that I have been given this truly amazing opportunity and the chance to work with so many incredible people. Therefore, it is a hard question for me to answer, but I guess I would say the fact that I know who I am and what's real and important to me. I could never change who I am as a person. I am who I am.


Stina Rapp Wastenson
Photographer - Kevin Sinclair
Source - models.com

Vogue Turkey - April 2013
Photographer - Cuneyt Akeroglu
Image courtesy of Modellink

Paris Vogue - March 2013
Photographer - Mert & Marcus
Source - thefashionspot.com

Elle Russia - January 2013
Photographer - Unknown
Source - fashioncopioustypepad.com

Special thanks to Mimmi Olsson at Modellink Model Agency. For more information on Modellink Model Agency, please log onto www.modellink.se

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