What is the most challenging
the shoots I did during my remission,
part of your job?
relapse and then recovery phases. Every shoot is paired with a short
I think the most challenging aspect is
story about what I was going through
working with people from outside the
while creating it. I hope this book
model world. It is never about how
will help other people with mood
person looks, but how confident he or
disorders – as well as their loved
she feels in front of the camera.
ones – look at their diagnosis a bit
Professional models are trained to
not question the creative process, but people who don’t work in this industry
What are your resolutions for the
often think too much about the little
year to come?
details. My two main hopes for the next year
Who has influenced you most
are to move to San Francisco and
this past year?
publish my book. I love California. Somehow, I feel much more free
2015 was not easy for me. In spring, I
there. People are open and warm, and
was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
the business is much more dynamic.
At the beginning of the summer, I lost my job. I had to deal with a very new
A word of wisdom to share with us?
reality. The person who inspired me was Kay Redfield Jamison, a leading
I would choose my favourite quote by
psychiatrist and researcher who also
Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore
has bipolar disorder. Her book An
you, then they laugh at you, then
Unquiet Mind helped me through the
they fight you, then you win”. This
quote reminds me that to achieve something, you don’t have to fight –
Throughout this time, I put together
you just have to be persistent. ∞
a book of 13 photo stories. It contains
DECEMBER • WINTER 2015
Published on Dec 14, 2015
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