We go back a month ago as I receive a call from my friend Karlien Seegers. She is telling me about this Stills job she is doing. Well by now I know if Karlien tells me about something like this she knows I would want to be apart of it.
It is a normal Friday evening and as usual if I work with Karlien and we are doing a job together I am crashing at her place for the night. After having supper and catching up on the latest news in both our lives we start to talk about the job. Karlien is showing me mood boards and the models that we will have the privilege of working with.
Out pops a photo of this mermaid. She has the most beautiful blue eyes and long blond hair. Well my friends will know by now this is the perfect look to attract my attention. So we are busy putting looks together and Karlien photographs the looks so that we are prepared for the shoot the next day.
Saturday comes and we have our morning coffee and off we head to Camps bay, Cape Town. After climbing down a thousand of stairs with all these boxes and wardrobe we finally arrive at the location that we will be prepping the models at.
As we start setting up I realize the mermaid is there and she introduces herself “Elisa”
So as we realized from last week models don’t all live the life like Kendall Jenner. But Elisa is from Canada and isn’t she just a real mermaid out of the water? I mean she is just incredible. She travels the world with Modeling and she is becoming more and more popular on a daily basis. Follow her and take a look at what she has done.
HERE IS HER 21 Question answers.
Name and Surname : Elisa Alarie
Age : 24 years old
Agency : Ice genetics Cape Town
- How did we meet?
We met at a shoot while I was in Cape Town, Alto was assisting the stylist Karlien Seegers on a Stills Photography shoot.
- What is your latest big achievement?
I have recently completed my health coaching certification.
- Where do you see yourself in 1 year?
I see myself starting my own practice in health coaching. It has always been a dream of mine to help others achieve their goals health and wellness wise a it is the key to a happy life. Possibly bring in health coaching in modeling agencies ? Considering these young girls and woman are under constant pressure of the industry to stay at a healthy weight and within measurements.
- What did you study and where?
I’ve studied exercise sciences in Montreal Québec which is where I am from, along with health and wellness coaching online while traveling for modeling.
- What is your favorite meal?
This is a hard question to answer… I love all foods!! I have to say one of my favorite things to eat is sushi and I seriously enjoy a nice steak.
- What do you do to keep your body in such great condition?
I eat a balanced diet while exercising regularly. My diet mostly consists of healthy proteins, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fruits and healthy carbs. Don’t get me wrong, like I said I do have a balance diet, I allow myself to enjoy wine, cheese, chocolate and deserts, I just don’t over do it. I enjoy eating healthy as it truly makes me feel good which keeps motivated and energized !!
As for exercise, I run 5km 5-6 times a week while incorporating it with a bit of yoga or bodyweight exercises to build muscle. I normally workout no more than 45 minutes to an hour and I take 1-2 days rest.
- What do you do for fun?
I like to stay active, go on hikes with friends, I like to go on outings or spend quality time with friends and family. I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes although I’m still quite new in the kitchen !
- What is a big no as a model?
A big “no no” as a model is not to be the type of model that says yes to everything meaning this attitude ” I’ll do whatever it takes as long as it gets me famous “. You want to portray a positive image, you need an attitude of self-promotion. You must figure out what it is that your portraying than stay true to it, people will follow AND respect you for it.
- How did you become a model?
I was scouted when I was in fashion marketing program at school. I never thought of modeling but I decided to open up to the idea considering my scout was so lovely and I had nothing to lose after all.
- What is the con’s of being a model?
Modeling can easily be exhausting emotionally and can hurt your self esteem. I believe it is important to have a strong mind set and be comfortable with who you are before jumping into this industry. Peoples comments about you can very well get to you constantly but you must remember that you wont be everyones cup of tea.
You Should be accepting towards the fact that you won’t get every job, clients are normally very specific with what they are looking for and their idea of beauty can be different to yours.
Nothing should be taken personally while being in this industry. Just be yourself, show off that personality and energy because this is what is attractive! This industry can be very rewarding if your capable to not compare yourself in an unhealthy way because everyone is their own kind of beautiful, to be open to criticism and have a willingness to learn.
- What is the pro’s of being a model
This industry has made me grow immensely as a person, it’s given me self-confidence and it created thicker skin. It hasn’t been easy all the time but it’s forced me to stay true to who I am and to adapt while being out of my comfort zone. I’m able to truly admire beauty and it’s been a blessing to be part of this industry.
- When busy with a shoot what do you normally eat?
At a shoot I’ll eat what I normally eat which is healthy. I’ll try to stick to lighter meals and snacks like a nice garden salad with a bit of protein, almonds and fruits. I want to avoid feeling sluggish and keep my energy high during a shoot therefore staying well nourished with healthy foods is best.
- Your biggest secret of being a model…
I have to say that I have a couple of guilty pleasures that I’m not willing to give up even if I become “top model”. I love my wine and I love my deserts even MORE. I think it’s important to not deprive yourself from the things you love even if it isn’t the best for you, just don’t over do it and be reasonable with your portions despite if your model or not this should apply to everyone.
- What products do you endorse?
I’ve experienced some pretty serious issues with my skin recently which was very shocking because I had no problems before. These skin problems needed to be addressed right away especially considering the industry I work in.
I started using Nelly Devuyst which is a fantastic product that worked like a charm for my skin. By using correctly it replenished my skin and I got that glow back! I’ll always fully support these products because it is QUALITY.
- Which is your favorite product?
I have a couple of favorite products, firstly I adore my mineralized charged water face and body lotion from Mac. This gives me the perfect moisture and glow which is in my opinion the best product to wear before putting on your make up.
I do highlights consistently so it’s important for me to keep my blond looking fresh and vibrant during my travels, Blonde idol conditioner which is a custom tone conditioner for blonde hair by Redken. This conditioner/treatment is excellent it leaves my hair looking bright, soft and strengthens it.
- How do you keep your skin so perfect?
As I mentioned earlier, I use my Nelly products to keep my skin looking fresh. I use a milk cleanser, foam cleanser then I finish off by putting on Hygia multi-use oil which is what keeps my complexion looking clear and healthier. I’d like to add that my diet eating clean has a huge impact on my skin, I would say that a is what’s helping me most!
- Normal outfit when you are at home and chilling?
When I’m at home, I like to stay comfortable by wearing sweats or leggings with a hoodie and slippers. Outside of my house, regardless of what I’m doing, I like to dress well which is no effort to me and I actually enjoy presenting myself well. I absolutely love fashion and being part of different fashion trends.
- Your opinion about romantic relationships while being a model.
I’ve always been in a relationship through all my modeling so far and it goes without saying that if your with someone that’s not in the industry and not able to join you in your travels, this can get difficult and cause conflict.
It is definitely possible to maintain a relationship as long as you both support each others lifestyle and have a strong foundation. Compromise need to be done on both ends! The way I look at it, if you can get through the time apart, this proves a lot about the relationship.
- One of your favorite Movies/Series and why?
I adore a lot of movies but I have two that truly stand out for me which is “Grease” and “The choice”. I’m obsessed with musicals because they’re feel good movies and the choice is just a gorgeous movie that leaves you feeling speechless by the end of it. I adore feel good type movies.
- How is it keeping up with social media these days?
To be honest, I’ve always had trouble keeping up with social media. It doesn’t come very easy to me and takes a lot of effort ! It’s a full time job and I’m having a hard time adapting to it. Besides, I don’t completely agree with what social media has become therefore it makes it harder for me to be part of it but I know it’s good marketing and crucial for model to be involved.
- Do you enjoy being a model (Reason)
There’s good and bad in this industry but generally I do enjoy what I do !! Like I mentioned earlier, it’s benefitted me in a lot of ways and its taught me a lot about myself. I feel blessed to be able to even be part of the industry !
Social media accounts
Instagram : @elisaalarie