Porcelain Raven is a 23 year old model based in the Midlands, UK
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Hey and thanks for your time today!
1. What made you decide to get into modelling and how did it all begin?
Hey! Thank you for having me. Ahh its quite a story but I used to be extremely overweight. I was UK size 22. 14 Stone. I had serious depression and one day, this flip just switched in my head, I began dieting and lost weight.
I got down to a UK size 10-12 (10 stones) and sat one day, thinking “what would be wildest way for me to celebrate this weight loss?” I applied to an agency in London and was given my first professional photoshoot, I became addicted!
2. Did you find this an easy industry to get into, or was it hard work?
This industry can be difficult, Ive found, if you have money.. you can throw it at photographers and you can work with anyone.. but you havent earnt it on merit. You have been truly accepted as a model. So it has been harder for me. As I refuse to pay.. but have been so lucky to make some amazing work experiences along the way!
3. Is modelling everything you expected it to be?
To be honest, No. I was naive, I knew bitching happened but I didnt realise it happened in the spectrum’s I have witnessed haha! But on the whole, its lovely to meet so many different people and travel all across the UK and Europe, its really pleasant!
4. You state in your bio that you’ve gone through some hard times in your past. Do you find this has made you a stronger person and helped you as a model?
Definitely. It literally came around recently. I realised, im not that shy 17 year old girl anymore. If I have a problem, I will say it to someones face, I dont bitch, I cant tolerate lying. I can approach anyone on the street and strike up a random conversation with them. It has been a gigantic boost in that sense, most definitely!
5. Who has been your favourite photographer to work with to date and why?
Ooh I have two really.. ! Haha! Paul Wisher.. he is like a father to me now. He is one of the first photographers I ever shot with and has created some of my best and most well known work. Then there is Nils Bratby, he is another fantastic friend of many years and we get along like a house on fire, Its brilliant!
6. In your opinion, what makes someone a good model?
Someone who makes a good model.. a very good question.. I believe its someone who doesnt get caught in silly childish disputes on social networking sites. Sources their own work and doesnt play the victim/complain about things… they get things moving and they see what markets they can represent and ALWAYS treat EVERYONE with respect. Never bitch/back chat/be cruel.
7. You have modelled for the London Fashion Week, how did this come about?
Well, I knew a photographer at the time and I had been applying to castings. He suggested I apply to that certain one. I did it, it was successful and I got through! Then returned the following season, by one of the co-ordinators show, own request and came back again because another designer wanted me. I feel very privileged and honoured to of achieved that.
8. Do you prefer to model at events or in the privacy of a photo studio?
I think it honestly depends on the company/the team involved. You can be at an event and work with some amazing designers and teams.. but the same can be done in a photo studio. So I am happy either way!
9. What are the pros and cons of being a model?
Pros have to be: Your confidence is boosted, you learn what you really want from life and you can celebrate working with fantastic people and making some lovely friends. Cons would be: finding out the darker side of the industry, the “perverted” older photographer men, who will hit on you like crazy. Or the bitchy models/photographers.. but you have to learn, from any industry in life.. stand your ground and know what “No” means!
10. If you could model for anyone or anywhere, where would it be and why?
I simply adore Neil Snape, he is based in Paris and I almost met him, whilst over there a few years ago. He is just sensational and his work is mind blowing!!
11. Lastly, what advice would you give someone wanting to pursue a career in modelling?
Ahh, this is where I come in, in real life hehe! I would definitely say, do a hell of alot of research! Anywhere saying “we are a successful agency” they lie. Anyone saying “don’t bring a chaperone to a shoot with me” run!
If you want to check out REAL agencies, like the ones I am with, go on a site called ALBA, click on the client list and it brings up Next/Models One/Storm etc. The real agencies. For shoots, ALWAYS take someone with you.. no matter who. And always let someone else know where you and your chaperone are.
Also have a warning word or phrase eg: “bathroom time!” it will alert your chaperone, that you aren’t feeling comfortable or something bad is happening. Just be sensible, this is a fantastic industry but there are many minefields to get through, in order to achieve what you want!
Thank you! x
Thank you so much for this opportunity my lovely! xxxxx