Sunday, November 10, 2013

Exclusive Interview - Natalia Siodmiak

Polish model Natalia Siodmiak possesses that rarest combination of quirkiness, off-kilter beauty, and smouldering sensuality that sends casting directors, designers and model aficionados into a spin. The 177 cm angelic blonde with pale baby blues and an irresistible gap toothed grin is not a newcomer in the true sense, having first emerged on the modelling scene in 2006 appearing in editorials for Marie Claire, Polish Elle, and Jalouse. Siodmiak floated discreetly under modelling's radar honing her craft while modelling extensively in Japan and Europe. Signs of a discernible shift in Siodmiak's modelling options were jolted earlier this year by a change of representation to IMG Worldwide and an ensuing exclusive appearance at Givenchy during the Fall/Winter 2013 collections. Fast-forward to the recent Spring/Summer 2014 collections and twenty-five year old Siodmiak is the model earning accolades for her sensual womanly allure in appearances at Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Christopher Kane, Giles, Gucci, Versace, Emilio Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Chanel.

One glance at Siodmiak's breathtaking runway imagery evokes an overriding sense of an individual whose path to success has been paved through a breadth of industry and life experience. Siodmiak's stunning versatility on the runway and in print runs the full gamut of wide-eyed doll-like innocence, sensual bombshell, to that of a fully evolved woman with true relatability both on and off the runway. Siodmiak's mature sophisticated beauty is in sync with fashion's current predilection towards models with the personality, beauty, and industry knowledge to truly embody a design house's high fashion aesthetic. It would appear that as fashion returns full circle to models with individuality, star quality, and a powerful runway presence, Siodmiak is poised for an epic Spring/Summer 2014 campaign and editorial season that has been a long time in the making.

Natalia Siodmiak
Dossier - S/S 2012
Photographer - Van Sarki
Source - models.com


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Natalia, congrats on a phenomenal Spring/Summer 2014 season and on making it onto IMA's list of Top 10 Newcomers for the season! How are you feeling in the aftermath of the shows and were you bowled over by the industry's positive response?
NS: Thank you. I'm incredibly happy and proud because I proved to myself that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself.

IMA: You're not exactly a newcomer having modelled from as early as 2006. Would you mind filling IMA on some of the gaps?
NS: Well yes, I started quite a while ago. I'm almost 26 now. I finished high school and then left to work in Tokyo where I stayed for almost 4 years. After Japan, I moved to Paris but I couldn't really work for the first two years because of health issues. Everything started as a new beginning for my career this year when I signed with IMG Worldwide. Since then my life has changed ;-)

IMA: Chanel, Givenchy, Emilio Pucci, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana! Did you ever envisage that you would be walking for all of these iconic fashion houses one day let alone in one season?
NS: No I didn't. It's hard to describe how happy I was receiving every confirmation for each show. I am truly grateful to all the casting directors, stylists, and designers who gave me the chance to shine.

IMA: Success in modelling is a combination of having the right look, at the right time, and in the right place. Describe how IMG Models have been instrumental in strategically masterminding your career trajectory to its current nadir?
NS: The agency has to believe in you. I got support from IMG from the first day I arrived. We waited for the right time to strike, which was Fashion Week. From my side, I was concentrating on being in the best shape possible.

Gucci - S/S 2014
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Marc Jacobs - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Emilio Pucci - S/S 2014
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Alexander Wang - S/S 2014
Photographer - Uncredited
Source -thefashionspot.com


IMA: Individuality and diversity seemed to be an overriding theme for the Spring/Summer 2014 season. Did you notice any discernible modelling/casting trends this season while at castings and during the shows?
NS: I've seen lots of new girls getting their chance to be seen this season, many Polish girls ;-). However I haven't really been following the casting trends.

IMA: With so many models vying for key runway slots each show season, what do you feel are the distinguishing factors for making a favourable and lasting impression at castings?
NS: I just stayed myself, relaxed and happy, always professional. I guess it's easier to work with a model that is positive, happy and ready to work.

IMA: What were your favourite highlights of the season, and was there a particular collection which you cannot wait to hit the stores?
NS: I had so much fun at Jean Paul Gaultier, he is filled with such power and joy! I was crazy happy to walk for Stella McCartney. I could wear every piece of clothing she designs. I love luxurious and chic clothes. They make you feel super cool and powerful.

IMA: You're a blonde but not in the conventional Barbie doll sense. Did you feel beautiful growing up and was there a stage when you felt pressured to alter the gap between your front teeth?
NS: My tooth gap is a part of me that I would never change. It's my lucky gap, I feel sexy and special because of it. However, at the beginning of my career I had situations where clients would photo-shop my gap away. I looked like a rabbit with big teeth!

IMA: What do you find most fulfilling about modelling, and what industry would you like to segue into in the future?
NS: Modelling give me the chance to meet lots of talented people, and to learn from them. This will open my eyes for whatever I decide to do in the future.

French Marie Claire - March 2012
Photographer - Thiemo Sander
Source - thefashionspot.com

Martha Hunt & Natalia Siodmiak
Vogue Japan - December 2013
Photographer - Boo George
Source - wearesodroee.wordpress.com

Kyur8 - August 2012
Photographer - Viktor Vauthier
Source - thefashionspot.com

I Love Fake - F/W 2012
Photographer - Jolijn Snijders
Source - allaboutmodels.me

French Marie Claire - March 2012
Photographer - Thiemo Sander
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: Modelling presents many challenges, the biggest perhaps being subjected to continual scrutiny and assessment by others. How do you maintain a clear sense of self on the face of modelling's critical microscope?
NS: I don't take things personally when people are critical. Every person has different tastes, I can't be liked by everyone.

IMA: There appears to be a growing trend among models in their mid to late 20s, hitting their stride professionally at an age when they would have been previously overlooked. Do you feel better equipped to handle the pressured of modelling now the in your teens, and what are your thoughts on the push to increase the age limit to 18 years on fashion's runways?
NS: With age we learn about ourselves. We know more about our body and its needs. With experience I have learned that I can play with fashion, I know how to behave and what to give to the client. I'm more self confident, I guess that was the key in my case.

IMA: What are your interests and passions beyond modelling and fashion?
NS: Photography, art, cooking, gardening... and hot yoga!

IMA: You recently posed for Driu & Tiago in some stunning black and white portraits. How was the process of collaboration with this exciting photographic duo, and are there any key photographers that you dream of working with?
NS: The shoot went really fast, Driu & Tiago know how to show a woman's beauty. I would love to work with Steven Meisel one day, I don't need to explain why :-). I like effortless and beautifully simple, full of fun pictures of photographers like Cass Bird - hopefully we will work together one day.

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable" (Unforgettable)?
NS: My smile ;-)

Megawatt Smile
Source - tumblr.com/NataliaSiodmiak

Photographer - Dru & Tiago
Source - druandtiago.com

Pulp Magazine - Issue 4
Photographer - Manolo Campion
Source - thefashionspot.com

Photographer - Troels Jepsen
Source - thefashionspot.com

Special thanks to Kyle Hagler at IMG Model Management. For more information on IMG Models, please log onto www.imgmodels.com

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