Down to earth fashion model Marieke Blankenstein worked amongst others for Puma, tells us about her healthy lifestyle and has something to say to adolescent girls: “It’s ok not to look like the models you see in magazines! We don’t always look as great either without all of the make-up and great lighting and stuff.”
If I have enough time I’ll prepare a couscous salad or take some vegetables with humus.
Q: Hi Marieke! I’m sure as a model you have your favourite healthy food places. Please share them with us!
Q: Yum! And where do you work out? Where do we need to go to bump in to you?
I don’t go to the gym anymore. I prefer to work out outside or do my own exercises at home.
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Q: That’s nice! Multi-tasking: soaking up vitamin D and working on your body. Working out is not just good for your shape, but also for endurance, which comes in handy to stay energized during jobs. After all, traveling working with a team can be exhausting. Do you have tips to stay energized when you are on a job?
I love my job and the people I work with are usually great company, so it’s not that hard for me to stay energized during shootings. I usually don’t notice how tired I am, until I get home after a job.
Q: A well, even better! And how about bringing your own lunch. Patty and I do that sometimes to be sure of a healthy choice. Do you do that?
Honestly not always, since jobs are often booked very last minute so I don’t always have time to prepare something to bring with me. I do always take some fruits or nuts and water. If I have enough time I’ll prepare a couscous salad or take some vegetables with humus for example.
I run a few times a week and do Pilates and (hot) yoga. I also love kickboxing.
Q: That sounds like a good choice! Do you have advice for other models and women that want to eat healthy and lean regarding snacks to bring to work?
As a variation to the standard sandwiches you can take homemade (wholewheat/buckwheat/oat) pancakes or wraps with for example chicken and avocado, yoghurt with oats or fruits, humus with vegetables, homemade salads with quinoa/couscous/brown rice, etc. etc. There are so many options!
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Q: Seeing your Puma campaign picture, you are obviously very well in shape. How do you do that?
I’ve got a horse and a dog, so I’m always busy walking my dog and riding my horse. Besides that I run a few times a week and do Pilates and (hot) yoga. I also love kickboxing, so maybe I should start doing that again too 🙂
Q: And about the nutritional part: do you follow a diet or do have any nutritional habits that help you to stay healthy and in shape?
I don’t believe in dieting. I eat everything I want, but just keep my portions small and don’t overeat. I think if your basic eating pattern consists of healthy foods, you should allow yourself to eat something less healthy every now and then as well.
Q: I fully agree to that! So what does your typical breakfast look like?
Most of the time I eat oatmeal for breakfast. My favorite way to prepare it is to mix it with an egg, some cacao, honey, nuts and seeds and then put it in the microwave for a few minutes so it turns into a ‘cake’. Sounds kind of gross but it’s actually really good 😉
Q: No, I can imagine what that can turn in to. Thanks for the tip! Enough healthy stuff: what’s your favourite YOLO food?
I love to bake! My apple crumble with ice cream is delicious 🙂
Q: Something else in the field of health: mental health is something I focus on a lot on my blog. You know that society focuses a lot on the appearance of models they see in magazines and take their looks as an ideal. Is there anything you would like to say about beauty ideals and the appearance of models to young, adolescent girls reading your interview?
It’s ok not to look like the models you see in magazines! We don’t always look as great either without all of the make-up and great lighting and stuff. We’re all just normal people like you and your friends. Everyone is different and that’s fine, if we all looked the same earth would be a boring place right?
I agree with you Marieke. We have a lot of fixing before we appear in magazines, that’s not how we get up in the morning. Thank you for this interview, very interesting to read about your healthy lifestyle and message to young girls.
Psst: keep an eye on the blog, as next week Marieke will share her beauty & skin care secrets!