Probe the Act – ‘Eeva Maria Karhunen’ talks (exclusively) to Deepstuff Magazine

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What made you first become a model?

I actually started out in England when I was studying and I started out in art school was a plus-size model.

 

What made you want to become a poet?

I started writing poetry as a child but I have been writing all my life. Once I learned how to hold a pen I learned how there is rhytm, melody and nuance in the words. Writing poetry was a way of perceiving the world without anybody telling me how to perceive it. It was a way of conceptualizing the world.

 

What is the weirdest colour yove dyed your hair in?

I don’t know if orange counts. It was a orange-orange. A orange mohawk. So it had a peacock sense on it.

 

How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photo shoot?

I love working with someone who has a passion. I was working in a studio in Helsinki, and was chosen among many beautiful girls. I did great but had a tantrum after the photo shoot.

The first fashion show I modelled was quite recent. It went horribly wrong. I was too big, couldn’t see without my glasses, it was awful!

 

Who was your role model as a child an how did that help in being a model?

I used to admire the Miss Finland and the Miss Universum competition. I also looked up to old Finish movie stars from back in the day. They were classically beautiful, well-achieved women with a strong will to become a Somebody that can make the things they love their profession. I still love that, even if my beauty ideal has probably changed quite a bit from the days I used to look at beauty pageants with an admiration.

What did your parent first think of you being a model and where they supportive?

They still think modelling is scandalous. My dad still thinks my heels are always too high and my clothes are too tiny. We are not talking anymore these days.

 

How do you feel about the controversy of the size 0 debate in the industry

I understand it to a point. I was a plus-size, a big girl, when I started modelling. So that has given me a though of body consciousness and feeling good about yourself. As long as you are happy and healthy, it’s fine. As long as you don’t make yourself sick with starving or get unhealthily obese, you are beautiful the size you are.

If your were not a model, what other profession would you have been doing instead?

I would still be doing my freelancing as a writer. It is my main profession, you know. I write copywriting and do work for newspapers and magazines, alongside with my poetry and prose.

 

What are guilty pleasures food wise?

English food! Cheap sandwitches in the supermarket I absolutely adore. It’s not the healthy vegan all-goods-packed-in but the unhealthy ones.

 

How do you cope under the pressures of being a model?

I reschedule my shoots if I get bad feelings. I have some photographers with great patience.

 

What beauty tips do you swear by?

I’m really bad at this. I am, like, the worst role model on beauty tips and someone taking care of themselves! Drinking water, that’s something.

 

 If a young girl/boy wanted to be a model what would your advice for them

I advice them to start young but at the same time remind them that it’s never too late.

 

 How would you make this world a better place?

I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer to this but I have trouble answering such a difficult question. Can I just recommend ya’ll be yourselves?

 

 Would you date someone who was, overweight?

Uhm… I don’t think I could have a life with someone who is noticeably very, very big. I don’t see myself with someone who doesn’t care about their health.

What are some of your favorite designers or stores? 

I don’t really follow fashion or know a lot about designers. Shame on me. I still think Alexander McQueen is awesome.

 Have you had anything done to your body or is your hair naturally coloured?

I have had my teeth straightened for aesthetic purposes. I also got them whitened, but that’s something everybody does anyway.

What are some of your beauty tips?

Drinking lots of water!

What is your favourite beauty product?

Make-up Blender. I am not good at naming beauty products or giving beauty tips, I don’t follow fashion or designers really all that much but a make-up blender is something I

Did your parents help you through this modeling experience at all?

No. They still think it’s a joke.

 

 Did you grow up rich and famous?

I did get bullied in school for being from a wealthier back round. Me and my brother talked posher than most, our Sunday brunches were posh and so were our clothing. We were definitely bullied in school for being “rich” even if we were just upper middle class. So, no, I didn’t grow up rich. And famous? I have had to work on my promotion myself, I have done all the work myself, so no, I wasn’t famous growing up.

 

 Did any of these questions offend you?

No. Not at all. Of course not!

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