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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Melissa Koenig

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

It's not all straight forward for a young woman to become an internationally published model. Melissa Koenig is from Chicago, United States and, at age 23, has matured as a top model in commercial, fashion, glamour and swimsuit work. But it has not been an easy ride for Melissa who battled her own fears and insecurities in getting to where she is today. She battled low-esteem, thinking she wasn't good enough to strut stages and magazines.

However, Melissa was determined to prove her doubters wrong and changed her outlook on life and began working hard on her modelling. Self confidence would soon come, through working her poses, chasing the right opportunities and believing in herself. In the last two years, success has come her way and this has helped overcome any negative aspects of her thought processes. It is therefore a great pleasure for us to profile Melissa and demonstrate how one can overcome any adversity and grow to succeed in modelling.

Q & A

Q. What is your family background?

A. I come from a family background of German ethnicity.

Q. Did you grow up in your early teens wanting to be a model?

A. I had many dreams growing up but, yes, one of my dreams was to become a fashion model.

Q. What have you discovered / learnt from the modelling scene?

A. One thing I have learned for certain is that there's a great deal of persistence required in the modelling scene. You have to constantly keep pushing forward in order not to lose your place.

Q. Career highlights to date?

A. I was recently signed with Posche Modelling Agency and I am now working with L.A. Tan as well as becoming the next cover model for an international print magazine.

Q. Favourite hobbies?

A. My hobbies outside of modelling include athletics, writing, and animal care taking. I'm a huge outdoors person and love to travel.

Q. Favourite music?

A. I love almost all music, but nobody would suspect me to be in love with punk/alternative/heavy metal rock.

Q. Favourite films?

A. I wouldn't say I have favourite films, but I am a big fan of Steven King and the movies made from his books.

Q. Beauty tips?

A. I think the most important beauty tip I can share is to drink water. Water heals all and is so important for your body. The first thing I do when I wake up is drink at least one cup to start my day off feeling great.

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. My fashion sense is always changing. I cannot say I fit into one particular style, although I do love heels.

Q. What do you feel sexiest wearing?

A. I feel very sexy in my stilettos. Almost any outfit can be uplifted by a pair of nice shoes.

Q. Advice for young girls aspiring to be models?

A. One piece of advice I would give to aspiring models is to never give up. The industry isn't easy and you need to believe in yourself in order to succeed.

Q. What's the craziest thing that you've done?

A. The craziest thing I have done. Let's see. Off the top of my head, I would have to say walking eleven miles in heeled boots.

Q. What's the funniest pick up line you've encountered?

A. To me all pick up lines are humorous.

Q. Favourite place visited?

A. California has been my favourite place to date. The weather is beautiful.

Q. Do you have a role model/s?

A. Shakira is a role model of mine. She's so multi-talented, it's incredible. I also love Cameron Diaz. She's beautiful from the inside out.

Q. People you've admired generally?

A. Generally I admire anybody who can get back up after being pushed down. Strength is a huge admiration of mine.

Q. Are there any issues that you feel strongly about and would like to briefly discuss?

A. There are so many issues going on in our world, but one that specifically fuels my fire is the amount of bullying that takes place in everyday life. I don't think society understands the negative impact bullying has on its victims. If we learned to be more supportive of one another instead of bringing each other down, the world would be much less chaotic.

Q. Future ambitions?

A. I hope to become more successful with each day and to be a positive role model for my friends, family, and fans.

height 5' 5"
shoe 7½
weight 125

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