Through my years of modeling as a hobby, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some very talented models, photographers, fashion designers, and makeup artists. My encounters with these individuals have inspired me to begin a series of interviews called “Causal Conversations” in order to share their unique stories. Everyone that I’ve met came from very different paths of life, but I’m incredibly grateful that my path was able to cross theirs. Now, without further ado, my first “Causal Conversation” is with someone that I tremendously look up to, model and co-owner of the amazing With-Meraki blog, Sophia Korm.
H: So tell me, did you always have an interest in modeling?
S: Yes, for as long as I can remember. I have these pictures of me when I was just a toddler dressed up in my Chinese traditional outfits, posing with my brother. My dad made a mere dining table look nice and my mom did my hair and changed my outfit multiple times. They’re some of my favorite pictures from childhood.
H: What was your first time modeling like?
S: My first time was back in October of 2012. It was a runway show and I was brought in by a friend to replace a model that had dropped out. I was very, very excited but also extremely nervous. I was also in complete awe and a little intimidated (okay, a lot) by all the people involved in the show who knew what they were doing. I loved my look and walking came natural to me, but you could see in the photos that I was nervous! My hands were balled up in fists!
H: What do you think is the best part about modeling?
S: The best part about modeling to me is seeing an artist’s vision come to life – whether it’s the designer’s outfit, or the photographer’s idea. Being able to be a part of that artistic story is so cool! I’m not artistically talented so I consider modeling as my creative outlet.
H: If you had to pick, who is your favorite photographer to work with?
S: You know, I haven’t actually worked with a photographer multiple times. It’s hard to say who my absolute favorite one is based off of one session. But I will say that Selycia Yang and Jenna Mahr are fantastic.
H: Do you have any tips on walking the runway?
S: My tip is to just be confident! I always tell myself that I’m Beyonce (laughs) I give myself a pep talk in the mirror before any type of shoot or show. Also, just practice! Practice a lot! It really does wonders.
H: Who’s your favorite designer to work with?
S: My favorite designer to work with… again, I don’t have just one! I usually get along with all of the teams I have been a part of. The ones that have actually developed into friendships are my favorite such as Oskar Ly, Maria Dang, Dina Penaloza, June Yang, and Vanessa Vu.
H: What was your favorite design that you’ve ever modeled?
S: Ahhh! All these questions are so hard to answer! Probably the latest designs I got the chance to model by Jacqueline Amissah Addison of Akua Gabby. All the lace and detail were phenomenal. I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to meet the designer since she couldn’t come to the actual shoot. Pictures aren’t up yet either, but I am so ecstatic!
H: Do you ever feel insecure about yourself?
S: Oh, all the time. But I’ve come to terms with it and understand that everyone has insecurities. I’m still learning to love myself, every part.
H: Do you have any embarrassing moments from a fashion show/photo shoot?
S: I’m always hesitant when someone asks me what my shoe size is (which is a 9) because it’s a lot bigger than most Asian girls. But I really don’t care anymore. I also have really watery eyes in the morning so if my makeup is done early on, it most likely will be frustrating for the makeup artist to work with (sorry!).
H: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
S: Honestly, probably retired from the modeling life. I really enjoy what I do right now but it’s not something that I can see doing in the future, partly because it’s extremely difficult to get into the industry with my height. Hopefully I’ll still partake in fashion events in the future, but as for modeling? I probably won’t be pursuing that 10 years from now.
H: Finally, do you have a favorite memory associated with modeling?
S: My favorite memories are definitely the friendships and lots of laughter that come along with modeling. And to know that little Sophia grew up and did what she always wanted to do.
Once again, I would like to thank Sophia for letting me interview her. If you would like to hear more from Sophia, please check out her blog! Aside from modeling, she’s also a very talented writer. Well, that’s it for today’s blog post! As always, I appreciate each and every one of you for taking time out of your day to read my blog.
**Photo Credits (from left to right)
- Maria Dang designs, photographed by Seamless Media
- Leslie Lee designs, photographed by Jeramie Neth
- Oskar Ly designs, photographed by Cam Xiong