LARISSA

Name: Larissa Bartolo

Age: 26

Location: Queensland, Australia

Website: www.larissabartolo.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/larissabartolomodel

Instagram: www.instagram.com/larissabartolo

Twitter: www.twitter.com/larissabartolo


Photographer: Dee- Lunar Pixx

Photographer IG: http://instagram.com/lunarpixx


1. What inspired you to get into this industry?

I've been in the modelling industry since I was around 16 years old, it's always been an interest of mine. I actually saw a model on the beach when I was quite young, she was doing a photoshoot and I remember turning to my parents and saying "that's what I want to do when I grow up" 

Ever since then I've been striving to achieve my goals in the modelling industry!

2. How long have you been modeling?

Since I was 16 years old, but my big break wasn't until I was around 19/20 when I was able to become a Painted Model for the first Australian Playboy party!

3. Who is your favorite model?

I really have so many fav models, but at the moment I have to say Gigi Hadid takes the cake! She's stunning & is the type of model I turn to when looking for new poses and attitudes to put into shoots.

4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?

HELL NO! Haha, I'm still not always comfortable, we all have our ups and downs with body image. But I think I've learned to accept my body! It may not be exactly where I want it yet. But it's MINE and it's the only one I've got! So I just look after it the best way I can.

5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?

In life, I'd say my parents. They really shaped who I am today. They were always pretty easy going, so I am lucky in that sense. But they always encouraged me to follow my dreams and be creative. I'm really lucky! 

When it comes to the modelling industry, no, I didn't have anyone who shaped my career. I did that on my own, and I wouldn't have it any other way... I feel that by doing it on my own I learnt from my mistakes and was able to grow both as a model & a person!

6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?

I really truly believe that to make it in the industry you need to be persistent, confident and dedicated. I always tell models who ask me about the industry to never look on social media and compare yourself to others, you are on a completely different path. I feel that using others as a comparison to yourself will only be detrimental to your self confidence.

7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?

Oh I have PLENTY! I have been knocked over by waves, bitten by jelly fish, lost my bikini in the ocean and had to run through a crowded beach naked back to my bag! It's always an adventure with me, haha

8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?

I've discovered many actually, but I think watching the increase of social media through my career. When I started modelling social media didn't really exist but now it's taken over & I think it's a great thing in this industry, we are now able to connect on a worldwide basis to brands, magazines, models. Now that's pretty exciting! I am really getting into it lately with snapchat and all the new apps!

9. Tell us something random about yourself.

I can speak 3 languages

10. What are you most proud of?

Never giving up on myself & always striving to help others.

11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?

I want to be remembered for being real & who I am. Yeah I LOVE to take a good photo, but behind all of that is a tom boy, who loves to laugh, and free dive & go motor cross riding!! 
That's what I want to be remembered for

Anything else we should know? 

I've only recently launched my website, a place where all my fans can connect to me. I add new digital photo sets every month as well as services like my premium Snapchat!