Patty (fashion model at amongst others De Boekers): “We are not a product. We have feelings as well.”
Q: Why, when and how did you start modeling?
I think a lot of young girls like to have some nice pictures of themselves and so did I. In 2009 I got the idea to do a photoshoot and got in contact with Dick van der Niet and Marja Hermes. He is a specialist in eyewear and she is an makeup artist. At that time he liked to do photoshoots as a hobby.
After the shoot I wondered if it was possible for me to get signed with an agency, so I emailed a few. I got signed and after that it went very fast. Later on I also got scouted a few times in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam.
Q: Which agencies are you represented with?
Q: What are the biggest milestones in your modeling career?
I think the television commercial I did for Hershey’s, the biggest chocolate brand in the US. I had to eat chocolate all day! Too bad we didn’t have that commercial on Dutch television, but I got spotted by some family members in Las Vegas.
I had to eat chocolate all day!
Q: What are the biggest milestones in your personal life?
It’s hard to tell my biggest milestone for my personal life, because I had to deal with a lot when I was younger. I would say my relationship with my boyfriend Elias; he made me so much stronger and helped me to get more self confidence. We are together now for 5,5 years and since last year we got ourselves a dog, a Siberian Husky. She is our baby 😉
He made me so much stronger and helped me to get more self confidence
Q: Can you tell me about your bucket list job?
I would love to work as dietician. It’s so interesting what food can do to your body. It would be very satisfying for me to help other people with their struggles with food and nutrition.
Q: And how about your private bucket list?
I’ve got a long private bucket list! First of all I would love to see more of the world. Travelling for modeling is a lot different then travelling private. When you’re travelling as a model, most of the time you are by yourself and I miss the sharing of the experience a lot. Last month I went to Thailand with my boyfriend and I found it so relaxed and satisfying!
Q: Where do you want to be in 5 years in your modeling career?
I’m not sure wether I’ll be working a lot in 5 years, I’m 23 now and that’s already quite old. But if there will be jobs for me I would love to keep on working of course!
Q: And in your private life?
I want to have my study nutrition and dietetics finished and buy a house!
Q: What do you enjoy most about modeling?
I like the fact that you meet different people on every job. It can be very inspiring to hear about their lives and experiences. Travelling is something that is so special, nobody gets the chance to see cities like we do. You have to go through the whole city to get to your castings and most of the time we stay for a few weeks.
I like the fact that you meet different people on every job. It can be very inspiring to hear about their lives and experiences.
I also really love the way they transform me to something different, I never look the same.
Q: Which city do you like best for modeling?
I LOVE Barcelona, I can’t get enough of this city. When I’m at home I just miss Barcelona. It has great weather, beaches, food, people and some nice brands as well. Some big commercial clients go to Barcelona because they can shoot almost all year with pretty good weather.
Q: Do you have any dislikes about, or wishes for improvements regarding modeling?
Yes, I don’t really like to be alone while travelling, I get homesick pretty fast. I think that comes from having a nice home, boyfriend and a dog, haha! Also the way some people treat you is something they can improve. We are not a product; we do have feelings as well. Luckily most clients and agency’s are very nice andthey try to make you feel at home.
We are not a product; we do have feelings as well.
Q: What do you think about NY’s BMI 18 threshold to rule out models with eating disorders?
I understand that they want to do something about it, but you can not say that somebody with BMI 17 has an eating disorder. BMI is just a number and doesn’t say anything about the persons way of living. A lot of girls are ‘lucky’ to be skinny and they can eat whatever they want.
A lot of girls are ‘lucky’ to be skinny and they can eat whatever they want.
I think the agencies should keep an eye on their models when they are in town and give them advice about what they should eat during shoots or castings days. It’s not fair to tell skinny girls they can not work because they are too skinny if it’s just in their genes.
Q: What’s your advice for girls that want to start modeling?
Send some really basic pictures in front of a white wall to a lot of different agencies. If they invite you to come over, try so see all of them and choose with your heart. It’s very important to have a good mother agency and you have to feel comfortable with them.
Q: Is there anything you would like to say to the fashion industry? Speak your heart!
Try to book more models for you campaigns! A lot of actors and actresses are doing the big campaigns nowadays. I think they should just stick to their own career 😉
Q: Which model would you like to read here with an interview?
I am tagging my friend Marieke Blankenstein.
Thank you Patty, for this lovely interview! I am looking forward to hearing that you work in as a dietician in a few years! And, pssst: modeling doesn’t have to stop at 28 😉