This is an interview on Modellist-ID. One of my uncles told me it’s my cousin but I’ve not met her yet – RJ Thomas, webmaster.
- Name: Danicka Riehl
- Nationality: South African/German
- Profession: Fashion Model and student (Bcom Economics)
- Agencies: ICE Model Management, 1085 Artist Management & Wiener Models
- Milestones: Schella Kahn show Vienna, Austria. Covers of Cheeky, Your Family and Wedding Collection Magazines South Africa. Miss South Africa finalist 2010.
- Current location: Western Cape, South Africa
How did you start modeling?
‘Growing up I was always taller than the other girls at school and seeing snippets of models on runways on television I had the idea that I might fit in there. When I turned 16 I had built up the courage to find email addresses of agencies in my city which I emailed my measurements and some pictures. I was called by all of the agents but chose to go with my mother agency (ICE Model Management) and one month later I was walking in SA Fashion Week for various designers and the rest is history…’
What does your career do for you?
‘More than anything, modeling has afforded me to grow in confidence and to raise opportunities. The opportunity to travel, network and experience wonderful adventures as well as the confidence needed to grab every opportunity with both hands and bravely tackle all challenges.’
What’s your most memorable shoot?
‘FHM Barcelona. A few girls from around Europe flew in to shoot a DC Shoes/Ken Block insert, it was a great experience, an extremely fun day on the set and overall a memorable trip.’
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
‘MODELLIST-ID can hopefully connect models on a global platform that is safe, trusted and reliable. Allowing inside tips and advice when visiting new cities for work or just to keep updated on all industry related topics can be of great help and a very convenient tool!’
Who do you admire and would you like to meet?
‘I had the honor of attending the 2012 ‘Breaking The Mould Gala’ dinner hosted by Venus and Serena Williams and was privileged to meet many inspirational people, like business woman Jenna Clifford, who is striving to create an example of success for young women worldwide. I hope to be able to meet many similar women (and men) fitting and breaking the mold of success in their respective fields in the future.’
What’s your beauty regime?
‘Applying sun block SPF15 in the mornings and never going to bed with make-up on are regimes that are not negotiable. I exfoliate twice a week and I am using a rich moisturizing night cream before going to bed.’
What are your favorite hang out spots in the city you live in?
‘Old Biscuit mill on a Saturday morning is a firm’s favorite for Cape Town locals and seasonal models.’
What is your favorite city and where do you like to hang out there?
‘Vienna, Austria. In the summer we spend many warm afternoons at the Museums Quarter district and evenings at delectable restaurants like 4eck. Frozen yoghurt from Koert in the inner city is always a joy after castings!’
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
‘Be yourself. Create a niche according to what suits you best and strive to market yourself around those traits while testing or building your portfolio. Be consistent with your health and fitness regimes and learn to maintain a balanced lifestyle; extremes are neither physically nor emotionally healthy.’
What are your plans for the future?
‘I plan to complete my degree while hopefully having the opportunity to continue travelling for work. Modeling opens doors to the world and should always be considered as a blessing job.’