Shardul Pandey: What inspired your passion for modelling?
Romanie Smith: I never intended to become a model. I love photography, fashion and especially make up. I was approached by a photographer back in February 2013 and it’s escalated from there. I have been incredibly lucky to have worked with some amazingly talented people.
Shardul Pandey: What excites & motivates you about modelling?
Romanie Smith: Every shoot is a new experience that in itself is exciting. I love working with inspiring people , it’s all the motivation I need.
Shardul Pandey: What does your career do for you?
Romanie Smith: Modelling has enabled me to travel around and meet some incredibly talented new people. It also allows me to think outside of the box and work as part of a team of creatives.
Shardul Pandey: What has been your best fashion look?
Romanie Smith: I love the urban street look, although I haven’t had much chance to model that genre, I’m sure I’ll get my chance very soon.
Shardul Pandey: Have you ever done any fashion mistake?
Romanie Smith: I’m hoping I haven’t had one yet!
Shardul Pandey: What’s your beauty regime?
Romanie Smith: I drink plenty of water and rest as much as I can between shoots, apart from that I don’t really have one.
Shardul Pandey: What are your favourite types of outfits to model in?
Romanie Smith: My favourite has to be the Latex, I love that it has become such a fashionable medium and evolved from having such a ‘fetish’ label. Even high street shops have started including it in their collections. I’ve worked a lot with Westward Bound, they hand make each individual piece of luxurious latex clothing to a very high standard.
Shardul Pandey: What are your least favourites?
Romanie Smith: I don’t really have a least favourite, I love all genres
Shardul Pandey: Any ultimate goal to fulfil as a model?
Romanie Smith: To be honest I have been so busy I haven’t had much time to make any plans or goals, I’m happy to go with where ever this path takes me and enjoy every opportunity afforded to me.
Shardul Pandey: How do you see yourself progress in this field?
Romanie Smith: When I first started, certain photographers kept mentioning quite a few names of high profile models I should aspire to. I’ve had my worked displayed alongside these models already, so I’m hoping I keep progressing in such a way, these models will feel proud to work with me as I do with them.
Shardul Pandey: What kind of shoots would you like to work on in the future?
Romanie Smith: I’ve covered a lot of shoots already, I’d like to do some more location work, I have a lot planned already.
Shardul Pandey: Tell me something about your city, your favourite hang out spots there ?
Romanie Smith: I live in a small village, so there’s not much to do there. I love going to the clubs in London, but as I work a lot and have so many early starts I don’t get to indulge much.
Shardul Pandey: Do you eat nutritiously?
Romanie Smith: I try to eat nutritiously, but have to grab what I can between shoots. I love coming home to my Mum’s home cooked meal though.
Shardul Pandey: Tell me about the diet you follow on a regular basis?
Romanie Smith: I don’t really follow a diet, I just try to eat sensibly and eat when my body tells me to.
Shardul Pandey: How often do you exercise or go to the gym, workout ?
Romanie Smith: I have a PT Luke Wilson who I regularly work out with – http://www.facebook.com/MuscleMASSter – Luke isn’t just a PT, he’s a fitness model, magazine columnist and physique competitor, his dedication and motivation is simply inspiring.
Shardul Pandey: What is your perfect day, morning through to night?
Romanie Smith: On a day off, there’s nothing better than waking up in my own time! I’d probably have a pampering session followed by a cheeky shopping spree. I love chilling with my family, I have 2 sisters and a baby niece who I love spending time with. We try as often as we can to spend time enjoying a big family dinner together, family is important to me. To finish my perfect day, I’d probably enjoy going for a drink or movie with friends in the evening.
Shardul Pandey: Excluding all complicated beauty & fitness mantra what do you think to be the easiest way to look pretty and glamourous ?
Romanie Smith: Nothing is prettier than a smile! Beauty definitely comes from within.
Shardul Pandey: Tell me about your favourites:
Romanie Smith: My favourites:
Favourite colour: Green
Favourite film: Anything that makes me laugh
Favourite Actor: Will Smith
Favourite Actress: Mila Kunis
Favourite Singer: I love all music, I would be so hard to pic one favourite artist or band
Favourite food: Chinese
Favourite holiday destination: Anywhere hot
Favourite hobby: I love drawing, I find it really relaxing and experimenting with make up!
Favourite festival: Christmas
Shardul Pandey: Do you own a domain? Do you blog?
Romanie Smith: Yes.
My Website: www.romaniesmith.com
Shardul Pandey: When and how exactly you get started?
Romanie Smith: I started modelling in February 2013, just by chance, as a very talent local photographer, Dan Tidswell contacted me. I didn’t go along expecting anything to come from it, but it literally took off and I’ve worked non-stop since.
Shardul Pandey: What do you think, Is it important to attended fashion modelling courses?
Romanie Smith: Does they really help newbies to get a foothold in Fashion Industry? I’ve never attended a course, I worked extremely hard and I’ve learnt fast from experience.
Shardul Pandey: How you communicate with other netizens, specially your subscribers? Are you patient? polite? friendly? How often you reply to them?
Romanie Smith: I always respond on on-line communication and hope I’m perceived as friendly and polite, unless of course, it’s a message on a personal level which I usually just ignore.
Shardul Pandey: Has modelling changed other aspects of your life?
Romanie Smith: I don’t think it’s changed me at all, I’m very grounded. The main difference is probably how much I have to travel!
Shardul Pandey: How you distinguishes a good model from a bad one?
Romanie Smith: I would never judge another model, we all perform to our own abilities.
Shardul Pandey: And what distinguishes a good photograph from a bad one?
Romanie Smith: That’s a very subjective question, what I like someone else may hate, but for me it’s looking at an image that makes me go wow and that I have to keep looking at.
Shardul Pandey: How you prepare yourself for a modelling shoot?
Romanie Smith: I don’t really have to do much. I regularly have my hair and nails done, but I don’t have facials, tans or anything like that.
Shardul Pandey: Where do you generally like to shop? Do you shop online? If yes then tell us about your favorite shopping sites?
Romanie Smith: I don’t really shop from sites, mainly because I like to try things on and make sure they fit properly. It’s ok to do that for leggings or tees, but for jeans, dresses etc., I want it to fit perfectly. My favourite place to shop has to be Oxford Street in London, I love the variety of shops and the little boutiques that offer unique garments.
Shardul Pandey: What are your experiences in fashion industry? What is fun and rewarding about modeling?
Romanie Smith: Modelling gives me an opportunity to be someone different every day. I love dressing up and having my hair and make up done, although it can be hard work, it is always very rewarding. It’s not always glamorous but it’s always great fun. I’ve met some wonderful, talented and incredibly creative people who have enriched my life.
Shardul Pandey: Do you have any advice for other aspiring models?
Romanie Smith: Just to work hard, know your limits and never feel pressured into doing anything you don’t feel comfortable with.
Shardul Pandey: What fashion magazines, weblogs & catalogs you read?
Romanie Smith: I love all the classics, Vogue, Harpers Bazarre are my absolute favourites, there’s always inspiration to be found. I also subscribe to FaceOn Magazine which is full of make-up and fashion inspiration.
Shardul Pandey: How you access Internet? What device you use: Is it tablet, smartphone or laptop?What according to you is more comfortable, quick and easy device for accessing Internet?
Romanie Smith: I have them all, iPhone, iPad, laptop – I live on my phone, it’s literally always in my hand and if it’s not, then the iPad is! For me that’s the easiest way to keep in touch, view the web, shop, play, communicate it’s an extension of me.
Shardul Pandey: Describe yourself in three words.
Romanie Smith: Creative, unique, modest
Shardul Pandey: How would you describe your personality?
Romanie Smith: I’m fun loving and happy go lucky. I try not to take life to seriously; I’d rather laugh at a situation then let it get to me. I’m focused, determined and hardworking.
Shardul Pandey: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in this Career?
Romanie Smith: I’m loving working as a model! I’ve done so much in the last year. It’s so rewarding to receive messages of encouragement or messages from young fans telling me how I inspire them. I love fashion and I love being able to have some input into how it’s perceived.
Shardul Pandey: What languages do you speak?
Romanie Smith: I only speak English, but as I’m about to shoot in France I think I need to learn some essentials!
Shardul Pandey: If you could change three things about yourself, what would they be?
Romanie Smith: I would be a little bit taller although I love nothing more than wearing killer heels and as I’d hate to be taller than any potential love interest, my height isn’t the end of the world. I wouldn’t be so sensitive, people are so quick to judge based on looks alone and often assume wrongly about me which can be really hurtful. Apart from that I’m pretty comfortable with myself so I don’t think I’d change anything.
Shardul Pandey: How would you describe working with the photographer?
Romanie Smith: I made some really close friends with some of the photographers I’ve worked with. There has to be a degree of ambience between model and photographer in order for there to be a connection with the camera.
Shardul Pandey: Who are some of your favourite fashion photographers?
Romanie Smith: I love Rankin, I would love to shoot with him. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, they are an amazingly talented team, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino the list goes on and on, I would be overjoyed to work with any one of them.
Shardul Pandey: Do you do your own hair and make-up? I have had to do my own hair and make up for a number of shoots for various reasons, when an MUA fails to turn up being one of them, but it’s something I’m confident with.
Shardul Pandey: What are some of the main differences between runway and photographic modelling?
Romanie Smith: In photographic modelling there’s just you and a photographer with a camera. Lighting people, MUA’s, stylists, hair stylists and assistants although present, don’t really infringe on the actual shoot. I’m confident in front of a camera, if an images isn’t quite right, it’s deleted it’s a simple as that. However catwalk modelling is a totally different kettle of fish! I get very nervous before a catwalk knowing there’s an audience and if it goes wrong, there’s no hiding it. Thankfully it hasn’t gone wrong for me to date and I’ve really enjoyed the experiences I’ve had with catwalk and the after parties are always a massive bonus.
Shardul Pandey: Describe the atmosphere when you’re on a shoot?
Romanie Smith: So far, every shoot I’ve been on had been very relaxed. There’s always been a degree of humour to. Usually there’s background music playing which is always up beat.
Shardul Pandey: Do you have any limitations? Would you model any kind of clothing at all?
Romanie Smith: I shoot most genres of clothing, I especially love beauty work. I don’t do glamour, nude, art nude, topless or adult work.
Shardul Pandey: Describe the ideal work environment for you.
Romanie Smith: Somewhere warm! I had to do a location shoot in shorts and a crop top in the SNOW one which was freezing! I still haven’t done a hot location shoot, so maybe that would be next on my agenda.
Shardul Pandey: What are you likes and dislikes?
Romanie Smith: I like honest, humble people first and foremost, I hate that people are so judgemental! I don’t like arrogance in anyone. I love music, movies, food, make-up, clothes and SHOES! Friends are a luxury, I love and cherish the good friends I have
Shardul Pandey: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Romanie Smith: Thank you so much for this interview!!