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Fresh of her exciting first shoot with Vogue Italia, we had a lengthy chat with 🇩🇪 German beauty, Leah Rodl, about valuable lessons learned since modeling and much more…

 

Insta-stories or Snapchat?
Insta-stories

 

 

NYFW, MFW or PFW?
NYFW

 

 

New York, Paris, London, LA or other?
New York or Paris

 

 

Top models?
Jessie Bloemendaal and Julia Nobis

 

 

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
My mother coming to surprise me in Paris, during fashion week for my birthday!

 

 

What’s the most important thing that you’ve learned since modeling?
I never thought modeling would be as educational as it has proven itself to be. The most important lesson that i’ve learned is not to stress. I am the biggest OCD planner and I like to have to control over everything. As a model, you never really know what your plan for the next day is, let alone what the next week has to bring. City, country, continent, it all becomes irrelevant. In modeling, there is no such thing as a concrete plan, just a windy path to success. Learning to enjoy and to live in the moment has helped me value today and not think too much about tomorrow. I’ve also learned not to care as much because the fashion industry is so subjective. When I started out, I was so stressed about being liked, getting jobs and being this perfect being… that I forgot to be myself and show my personality. If you go into a casting with positive energy, you are much more relaxed and able to show what you really can do.

 

 

What’s the most embarrassing thing that could happen to a model?
One of the most embarrassing moments of my career was when I totally flunked the runway choreography. Not too many people noticed and I caught myself, but those endless 2 seconds of not knowing where to go and relying on the audience (of this A-level show) to show me what direction to walk, was humiliating. This was last fashion week, and as it turns out, my booker was at the show and actually filmed the whole thing! She was right there! So now I have the most embarrassing moment on film…forever! But in the end, it happens and I can laugh about it now.

 

 

Best model job experience to date?
In the spring, I had a job in the Fjords of northern Norway. There was snow everywhere and it was around freezing all day long. I have to say, I hate being cold, so this was an interesting trip. On the last day, the producers asked if I was up for a bonus shot… sounds like nothing special, except that I was supposed to float on a glacier melt. I am an adrenaline junkie so I decided yes. I dove into the water head on from a small cliff, opened my eyes up under the crystal clear water and felt so alive. I started to float and basically lost consciousness. I had to be dragged out of the water (yes there was security there to help me get out.) I didn’t even feel anyone dragging me through the water. What I could feel was this incredible high. I don’t know if it was the adrenaline or hypothermia messing with my brain, but I felt incredible, just indescribable

 

 

Bucket list?
Free falling out of a airplane over the Norwegian Fjords or Chinese Himalayas

 



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