Klara Landrat is a public figure, actress and a model from Northern Africa. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with modeling?
I started doing shows in Milan and New York later on also started working as photographer which was both enthralling and challenging. I was lucky to be able to work with amazing photographers and industry people which stayed till today my very good friends… I would say the relationship I have with modeling is more like a bond. We learned together and we grew together. It allowed me to pursue acting and it helped to develop my confidence.
How were you discovered?
On Broadway in New York.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
One of my first shoots was a campaign for a beauty line which was shot by Nancy Brown. From that moment on most of the shoots were interesting! I got To shoot in the islands of Cambodia or Thailand for swimwear lines or in studios in New York…on one shoot for a Japanese photographer I got to carry a fake gun which completely drew an attention of NYPD !
How would you define your personal style?
I love mixing up pieces of independent designers with big labels. I also like ethnic pieces for the beach or casual outings.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
First part of my life I was growing up in Northern Africa. Perhaps that is what developed my affinity of ethnic fashion. When I moved to New York it was like a playground for grownups and my style went from hippie chic to upscale to ethnic to all of it combined. I think being in New York makes you in a way a fashion icon. You work with your imagination and because Fashion is so available in the city you just can’t help it but to wear it out. It’s the freedom of expression that so many places lack that makes you fierce with your style whatever you might choose. I liked to quote Caleb Carr who once said : “New York is a city of multiple realities and partial comprehensions” a universe in itself which opens all your senses and abilities which obviously affect your style.
Who is your style icon and why?
Oh very difficult question. There is so many: Debbie Harry, Madonna, Paulina Porizkova, Iris Appfel. I think we all know why. These ladies have created a culture, influenced so many of us! They practically reinvented us. I think they made us create! Madonna once said; You have choice you can be other part of creation or part of destruction.
Who is your favorite photographer and why?
Richard Avedon. It’s a combination of elegance and intrigue. Simplicity with avant-garde.
What advice would you give to aspiring models out there?
If you are under age have an adult with you to guide you. So you can avoid being in compromising situations. Most of all be diligent and strong and clear about what you want and why you want it. It’s a tough business and being pretty isn’t enough to get you to the top. Be professional and kind at all times.
Do you edit your own photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
I do often. Photoshop. Lightroom.
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