Name: Nathalie Banks
Photographer: Simon Nadler
Makeup Artist: Nathalie Banks
Hair Stylist: Nathalie Banks
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
I've always had the desire to get into modelling but my parents never approved. Once I moved away from home I saw a casting to join a newer agency that accepted smaller models. I used that as my stepping stone to create a portfolio and build relationships throughout the Industry; and here I am.
2. How long have you been modeling?
This will be my second year of modelling professionally
3. Who is your favorite model?
It's very hard to pick a favourite because I take a little bit from all the supermodels to create my own. Every girl looks up to the famous Alessandra Ambrosio, her walk was what inspired my openness and strut but my top model favourite will always be Tyra Banks as she was the very first model I ever laid eyes upon. From her I learned personality and how to be fierce...all the little tricks of the trade.
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
If I may speak bluntly, I love attention so whenever I was in front of a camera I never held back. As for my own skin, no. I grew up very conservative until I was 18 which was when I moved away from home. Once I moved away and started living on my own, becoming sexualy active ect. that's when I became more comfortable in my skin allowing me to explore myself.
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
I never had a mentor or agent guide and mold me. However my biggest supporter is my significant other who defiantly pushed me to go for my dream and to never be discouraged about not getting the call backs or the lack of interest when I first began modelling. He has helped mold my view and opinion on myself. He can take all the credit .
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
Bring music! I always say the best way to feel the most comfortable, relaxed and achieve the desired feel is to bring your own music. Everywhere.
Practice your facial expressions and poses in the mirror and try to memorize the muscles you have tensed so when you're in front of the camera and you don't have a mirror you will still be able to pose to perfection.
Exclusivity breeds desirability-don't do every photoshoot or runway casting you see, pick a niche that works with your body type and personality and go for it.
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
Every now and then yes (laughs) it doesn't happen often but there are times where I just blank out. I forget what move to do next or the photographer will tell me to do something and for some reason I can't seem to understand what he means. It's never anything major.
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
The biggest thing I've realized was that you can do whatever you want- whatever you put your mind to. Becoming a model and doing what I've always dreamed , going off the path that my parents expected. I've even surprised myself by following through with my goal so that I thought were too high for myself. I've become my own person and found who I am through modelling.
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
I'm actually an amazing dancer. I currently teach advanced hip hop at the University of Ottawa and this is my 4th year teaching.
10. What are you most proud of?
I'm a very creative person by heart. So I am most proud of whatever creative work I come up with; a choreographed dance, a painting, a costume piece .
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
I just want to be remembered by my family and those who I've built relationships with throughout my life. Just as myself.