Natural beauty Noah Steenbruggen about her second family ‘Ulla Models’ and her love for vegan food in this online exclusive…
Agencies: Ulla Models Amsterdam, Trend Models Barcelona, Ice Models Milan and CapeTown, Premium Paris, MD Management Hamburg, Stockholm Gruppen, M&P London.
Milestones: Traveling to Japan for modeling, a goal I had set when I was 15 was to go to Japan.
Current location: Amsterdam
How did you become a model?
When I was younger I always wanted to work with animals, my interest in modeling came after I saw on TV how much models travel. I felt it would be the perfect way to know myself better and mostly of all see the world as much as possible. I just wanted to go explore and feel myself more free and travel to places I otherwise might not be able to go. When I was about 16, more and more people started telling me that I could be a model, which I often thought that was a joke because I got bullied a lot. I was quite geeky. But at some point I just thought; why not, why not give it a try, and prove some people that they were wrong too a long the way haha. I didn’t listen to what those bullies said.
I eventually was asked to take part in Elite Model Look, took part in the competition, where I honestly felt quite awkward and not really in place. Elite dropped me after 6 months and after a couple of months doubting if I should continue I went to Ulla.
What was your first big break in the industry?
My first big break I think was going to Milan. I was almost 18 years old and it was my first time going there. In the first couple of weeks I already got options to Vogue Italia and a show to Prada. Even though I didn’t get booked in the end because I was too young, it did sort of change things for me and also my own view on what I wanted as a model.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
One of the most interesting shoots I have done was in the Dominican Republic, it wasn’t a very big important job, but I was quite young still and it was my first job that was this far away from home. Also I always wanted to go there and shoot on this kind of place with white beaches, blue water and palm trees. It was so impressive to be there, because I visit a long part of the country. I saw how the local people live and they all were so friendly. I just fell in love with the country. During the day we saw so much from the local people and often a lot of poverty, then at the end of the day we went back to a beautiful resort with a jacuzzi on our balcony. Quite a contrast. That left a very big impression on me and I felt awful sometimes.
Who’s your favorite photographer you’ve done a shoot with and why?
I actually have a couple of photographers that I love to work with. I love working with Richard Bakker, everything he shoots is just beautiful. I’m definitely a perfectionist and picky when it comes to my pictures but with him it’s unlikely to have a bad one. He is also a really down to earth guy and doesn’t even know how good of a photographer he is.
I also love to work with Alejandro Pereira, he captures all women in a beautiful and pure way. He puts women on a pedestal. Also he is a really warm person and really funny and I love his drive about his work. Always excited to create something beautiful, Richard has that as well.
Tell us a bit more about your modeling agency: Ulla Models.
I’ve been with Ulla for such a long time now, they feel like a second family to me haha. You can always call them whenever something is wrong, and they will be there for you. They are more personally involved and think that makes an agency really strong.
Could you describe your daily routine when you do castings?
My daily routine when I do castings is different every day. I always want to see most of the clients in the morning, if it’s possible of course, so then I can have a relaxed lunch and afternoon to workout and work on some other stuff. I also take a time in the morning to have breakfast and wake up without any rush. I want to start my day off as relaxed as possible. I think you’ll do better at the castings then as well. Casting days can always change though; sometimes you suddenly get a call and get 5 more appointments in one day. You have to be able to deal with it.
What’s your favorite outfit to wear to castings?
My favorite outfit to wear to castings is definitely something black, and I like to keep it simple but elegant. To me something black is always the perfect color to wear. Then I love my white air force sneakers under that or my thigh high black boots. Depends on how I feel that day and I also want to be comfortable. When you do castings you’re basically walk around town all day, so that’s really important to me.
Which five words would your friends use to describe you?
People would describe me as; caretaking, loyal, goofy, compassionate, a little bit of a tomboy, spontaneous and (especially) unfiltered.
What is your favorite healthy snack?
I love too many snacks actually, I just love to eat, and eat a lot. At this moment I think my favorite snack is a vegan chocolate brownie. Vegan food is never unhealthy and just so delicious.
What is your favorite makeup product at the moment and why?
I actually only wear make-up when I have shoots, I love when make-up artists use nice highlighters and shapers. It brings your face out more. In my free time I just use mascara and I specially like it when it’s from an organic brand. The one I use now is from Dr. Hauschka. I like to keep everything as natural as possible.
What is your star sign and do you read your horoscope?
I’m a Gemini, sometimes I read my horoscope, but I don’t determine my actions on it. I really listen to what my gut tells me.
You are quite active on Instagram. How do you get the perfect Instagram picture? Do you use any effects or any apps?
What I post on Instagram really depends on how I feel. I think Instagram is a good way to reach people and on these days, to smart models, for self-marketing. Clients like to see what kind of person you are and they use instagram more often to find models for their brands. Besides sharing my pictures from jobs I did, I like to post things to bring certain subjects under the attention of the people, so in that way they can start to think about it. “Waking people up” as I call it. Things people may need to know more about. For example about animal cruelty and sexism.
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
I think Modellist-ID can reach a lot of (young) girls and tell a lot of stories where they can learn and profit from. A good and inspirational platform. Models usually start from a young age and the industry can be really overwhelming sometimes, it’s good to read stories you can relate to and keep you motivated as well. We need girls to have good examples.
Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Modellist-ID?
Definitely my best friend Deborah Schoutema, she inspires me everyday and you don’t meet someone with her 100% genuine character that often. She is one to watch.
Where can we follow you?
You can follow me on Instagram: Noah Steenbruggen