Having walked the catwalk for designers Trelise Cooper, Zambesi, Kathryn Wilson, Decjuba, White Sands, David Jones and Gucci, Australian-born model Nikolina Kovacevic is living out her dream.
“When I was in my teens, I’d spend time constantly stalking out the top agencies to see the types of girls they were hiring. A tad obsessive, wouldn’t you say?!”
With her stunning Eastern European features and deep chocolate brown eyes, Nikolina is fast making a name for herself in an industry where few make the cut.
Editor, Michelle Larin, spoke with the stunning supermodel-to-be at Net-A-Shopper’s “Baroque Beauty” editorial shoot.
Q: Nikki, can you tell me a bit about yourself and your interests?
A: My background is Serbian, but I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. I love sports - it’s one of my biggest interests (I was a tomboy when I was a child). I also love fashion and working with anything clothing-related.
Q: When did you first decide to pursue modeling as a career?
A: I’ve wanted to be a model ever since I turned 14. I was first scouted by Vivien’s Models at a fashion show when I was 16, but they decided not to take me on board as I was still considered too ‘young’.
In the end, I sent my photos out to other agencies and eventually got signed with Chadwick Models.
Q: Who are you currently signed with?
A: I was with Chadwick Models for about a year and half before I changed agencies. I am currently signed with EMG Models.
Q: What type of modeling work have you done?
A: Mostly runway work so far – it is one of my favourite parts of being a model! I have also starred in commercials for GHD and Westfield.
Q: Describe the life of a model. Is it glamorous?
A: From the outside it looks really glamorous and easy. I admit to once being a person who’d look at a cover of a magazine and say, “All she’s doing is just standing there and smiling; how hard can this be?” It was only when I stepped into the ‘shoes’ of a model that I realized just how difficult it is. It can be stressful and tiring; and you also need to stay strong and believe in yourself, even after you’ve been rejected many times.
Q: What do you love most about being a model?
A: I love that it allows me to meet new people and make friends. I love experiencing new things with every job I work on. Everyday is something new and different and you’re constantly learning all the time and becoming better at what you do.
Q: Can you give me a rundown of what you do to prepare for a shoot?
A: It’s important I make sure my skin is glowing. I turn up to a shoot make-up free, with clean hair, no nail polish, nicely filed nails and moisturized skin. I definitely having to avoid sweet treats a couple of days before the shoot to ensure my skin is at its best!
Q: What does it feel like being behind a camera?
A: It can sometimes feel like the camera is in your face and that can create a lot of nerves. But once I get on set I get into a zone where it’s just me and no one else watching – not even the camera.
Q: What is the biggest pressure you experience being model?
A: Having to always look my best.
Q: What do you like to do in your down time?
A: I love hanging out with my friends and boyfriend, and just being able to relax and be me.
Q: Are you undertaking any studies at the moment?
A: Yes, I’m still at university. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) at the University of Western Sydney.
Q: Describe your personal style. What would you be wearing when not dressed-up for a shoot?
A: I love being comfortable! Normally, I’m running around in heels, attending castings in tight, fitted clothes. So when I get the chance to wear what I want, it has to be something comfortable. I particularly love my Converse shoes!
Q: Name a couple of your favourite fashion labels.
A: I love Bec & Bridge and the extravaganza that is Alexander McQueen.
Q: Whose celebrity style do you envy most?
A: I’d have to say Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Kate Bosworth
Q: What advice can you give to aspiring models?
A: The best advice I can give is to just be yourself, stay strong, believe in yourself and keep fighting if you really want it!
Q: What’s next for you?
I plan on finishing my degree, as I only have a year to go. As for modelling, I hope to be on a plane bound for London or Paris sometime next year - then I’ll see what happens from there!
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