Model: Katharina Michelsen | @kathi_michelsen
Photographer: Matthias Holst | @matthias_holst
“Moin Moin, that’s what the people saying in north germany. I am Katharina Michelsen, 31 years old (but I feel much younger) and work as a mobile merchandiser in a jewelry company.
Since the end of 2016, I regularly go to the gym, do pole dance training and at the weekends I often have dance performances in discos. The training and nutrition have given me more self-confidence, so I am happy with my body again.
After the transformation, I had a shoot and my passion as a model was rekindled. I just like to play with my charms in front of the camera. No one thought during my childhood that I am able to work as model because of problems with sickness, broken skin and breathing problems. That’s why I am very proud to have the opportunity to work with such great photographers. You should never stop working and fight for what you want to reach.”
What kinds of things were you into as a kid?
“Unfortunately my childhood was characterized by illness. There are no beautiful children’s photos of me, because I had very broken skin. My family and ballet have given me strength. The doctors never thought I would look like this today.“
Were you always happy to have your picture taken?
“I am so happy that I can make so many experiences with great photographers that I have the chance to do all this makes me so proud of myself. When I was a child I’ve never thought this could happened to me in future.“
What were your high school years like?
“I fought myself despite breathing problems. I did ballet in time, but in school, specifically in sports, I was not the best.“
When did you decide modeling was something you wished to pursue?
“At the end of 2016 I had a shoot with a photographer and the resonance to these photos was very good. Since then, I have gathered more experiences with other photographers to develop further. I take something home from each shoot.”
Who supports you the most in this journey?
“My mom… Since childhood, when I was sick, she has always been there for me and we have been like best friends ever.”
Do you have to deal with haters? If yes, how do you handle it?
“I am aware that not everyone likes me and even my pictures. But it’s my life. I am who I am and I can’t and I don’t wanna be someone else so I stand over it.”
Tell us about a typical day in the life of Katharina 🙂
“For almost a year my alarm clock rings very early, I make breakfast and go almost every morning to the gym. Then I work and go from store to store to decorate the jewelry. After the work I make myself something delicious to eat, mostly without carbohydrates to the evening. In the evening, it alternates between pole dancing training, smoking a shisha with friends or lying comfortably on the couch and watching tv. At the weekend I change the work against shootings and dance appearances. Every now and then, I go to celebrate with my friends.”
What are some pre-shoot rituals you have to help make a shoot go as smooth as possible?
“I go to the car to shoot and make the music loud and sing songs, even if I sing completely wrong 😀 At the shooting I entertain myself with the photographer and laugh a lot, laugh and fun belongs to it.“
Where do you find most of your inspiration when it comes to your creativity?
“I look at photographers and models from around the world on instagram and facebook and let me inspire with their location, expression, body position and the outfits.”