Profession: model / designer for Anniek Vermeulen
Origin: The Netherlands / Dutch
Why do you do what you do? Because I love being creative and thus create awesome things. I first started out modelling because I love using my body but wasn’t allowed to go to a dance academy by my parents. I slowly kind of broke free from the ‘art doesn’t make money’ opinion I was brought up with and I’ll never regret that. It might not
be the easiest way to go, but happiness is key for me in life. Always follow your heart, as cheesy as this
may sound 😀 Now that I’m designing leatherwear I’m even more happy! This is what I was supposed to
be doing all that time haha. Better ‘late’ then never!
Could you describe your style and how it developed? That’s though, but I guess sexy, rough, versityle, little bit on the dark side? The sexyness has always been there I think. The tough almost boyisch style I got too. Just one of the guys, woman can be so complicated… The soffisticated part of me just started developping. Not much to say about this yet as it’s still finding it’s way into my darkisch life 😀
Where do you get inspiration from? The body!
What is the best part about working within the creative industries? All the other openminded and creative people you get to meet! They come in all shapes and sizes, litterely and figuratively haha. I love it when people show who they are and are not affraid to do so. I used to look up to them, now I’m quite sure I’m pretty much there myself!
What do you wish you knew about your business before you got started? That designing is even better then modeling! Who knew! It’s a crazy feeling seeing other models(or normal people hehe) in your own designs, but in stead of the jealousy I was expecting to feel, the only thing I feel is Pride. It’s awesome!!
Has your style develop/change over the time being active? If yes, how? No, not really. That said, it does come out more easily then before. I’m more daring now.
Who would you like to work with? I seriously have no idea. That’s probably something to start thinkng about and setting this as an extra goal. Who knows!
What is your idea of success? Living by doing what you love most with people around you who you care for and feed my soul.
Is there a message that you are trying to portray through your work? Feel how you wanna feel, express what you whish to express and do it how you like it.
Do you believe it is important to raise artistic awareness in your country? I think we’re already doing a great job artistically in Holland. City’s besides Amsterdam are coming more and more in the picture by al kind of artistic people.
In your opinion, how important is it to culturally educate through art? Educating yourself in the field you’re working in is always important.