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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Samantha Hopkins

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Internationally published, photographic/promo model Samantha Hopkins is another lovely young woman we are spotlighting from New Zealand. Samantha is 20 years old and originally from New Plymouth, now settling in Wanganui. She has been modelled for a relatively short time but already has worked with a number of photographers around New Zealand and for Australian magazines. Promotional work has kept her busy also, with many jobs, including motor sport events over the past twelve months. Samantha has a terrific future ahead of her.

Q & A

Q. What is your family background?

A. I am originally from a beautiful little town called New Plymouth. My parents were farming around the coast & it was amazing having both beaches & the mountain right at our doorstep! It then came time to expand so my parents brought a few farms in the Manawatu region, which has lead to where I am now. I have been in Wanganui for a number of years now but at some stage plan on going back to New Plymouth.

My family consists of the six of us - Dad, Mom, a 14year old sister, a 12year old brother, a 3year old sister & myself. I grew up on a small dairy farm, spending my summer holidays helping out on the farm for a bit of pocket money & even now when my parents need an extra hand I trade in my high heels for my trusty old red bands & help out where I can. Everyone helps out & does their part to contribute on the farm. We are a pretty close knit family. Growing up on a farm taught my good work ethic from a young age & it has definitely helped me get to where I am today.

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

A. Yes, as most young girls do I used to dream of being a model, wearing sky high heels & beautiful clothing, with fabulous hair & make-up like Barbie. My first encounter with modelling was when I was 10 years old, when competing in my first ever beauty pageant. This pageant consisted of fundraising for charities, speeches advertising your sponsors, learning to dance, catwalk events & photographic challenges. As I grew older I decided that wasn't really a dream I would be able to achieve. I needed a more realistic goal. I have always had a passion for the fashion industry so I left school at 16 to start my career as a hairdresser. I was half way through my apprenticeship when an old school friend of mine approached me to help her with her photography portfolio. I hadn't given modelling much thought after my beauty pageant days, but thought “why the hell not, this will be fun!” The images from that very first shoot on the beach opened many doors for me! After that shoot I then got offered promo work at local Motorsport events, as my name got out there. I was given opportunities to work with photographers from all over New Zealand. By this time I had fallen in love with the industry.

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

A. I think one of the most important things that I have learnt from the modelling industry is you can not please everyone & you are also not going to get every job you cast for. Each job has its own criteria, so while you may be the perfect fit for one job you may not be what the next job is searching for. That doesn't mean you are not good enough. It just simply means that you weren't right for this particular job but keep trying because you will be perfect for another!

Q. Career highlights to date?

A. To date I have had 11 published features in international men's magazines & modelling magazines. I have also competed in the New Zealand ASMY Maxim bikini competition & placed in the top 10 for New Zealand. I've modelled for local New Zealand & Australian clothing companies. These have all been major highlights for me in my career so far, & I can't wait to add more to this list!

Q. Favourite hobbies?

A. Favourite hobbies….. Does sleeping count? One of my favourite things to do when I have some down time is bush walking. I find it so much easier to do long walks/runs when I have no idea where the track ends. Bush walking is always a great way to clear your head after a long week at work also.

Q. Favourite music?

A. I am a total rock girl. My first concert that I went to was a New Zealand rock band named Devil Skin. It actually says in my baby book that at the age of 2 years old my favourite song was “Thunderstruck” by ACDC, so I'm a rocker from way back & I guess you could say my taste in music has not really changed. My love for rock music has actually played a part in my modelling. When I was first starting out I had a local band named “My Damned Kind” approach me & ask me to be in their music video which was then aired on Juice TV & C4.

Q. Favourite films?

A. My all time favourite movies are Fight Club & the Never Back Down movies. I'm not sure if it's because of all the ripped guys with no shirts on, but I could watch those movies on repeat for months!

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. To sum it up in three words: Rocker, simple, casual. I would say my style is simple. I don't do bold or patterns. It's black or it's white. I tend to lean more towards a rock/grunge look. Black jeans, a baggy singlet, jacket & a nice pair of black high heel boots. I'm a simple kind of girl!

Q. Beauty tips?

A. The few beauty tips that I actually live by are:
1- Drink lots of water throughout the day.
2- Moisturize Daily & use a good eye cream (it'll pay off in the long run, I promise).
3- Whether it be sunny or cloudy make sure you have sunscreen on! It can be so harsh on the skin.

Q. Advice for young girls aspiring to be models?

A. Be Confident. “Fall down 9 times, get back up 10”. This is a quote that I think fits this perfectly. Chances are with the modelling industry you are not going to get your dream job first shot & probably not the second. It's an industry with a ladder & we all start at the bottom & need to work our way towards the top. As we do more & more opportunities will start appearing. Just be sure to keep your goals in sight & keep on working towards it. If you want it bad enough you can make it happen.

Q. Do you think a man should treat a woman like he does his car?

A. This is a bit of a trick question. I know some guys where their car is their pride & joy & is always well kept, but then I also know some guys that are a bit rough & just thrash their cars. So I'm just going to say they should treat their women like a queen & they will most likely return the favour.

Q. Favourite place visited?

A. I haven't yet left New Zealand, so my favourite place in New Zealand would have to be Bowen Town. It has a beautiful little beach there with starfish, hermit carbs & other sea creatures. It is such a peaceful place - with a beach like no other.

Q. Do you have a role model/s?

A. Without sounding totally cliche, my Mom is my role model. She has overcome so much in her life so far that some people will never have to experience. If I were to put myself in her shoes & had to go through what she has, I'm not sure I'd come out the other side. Despite it all she has always put her family first & always provided us with a loving home. That to me is one strong woman & if I end up half the woman she is I'd be happy.

Q. People you've admired generally?

A. In the modelling industry I really admire Candice Swanepoel. She is just incredible! Having walked many runways for big designers, gracing the covers of a number of magazines & as most know her a Victoria Secrets model. She has achieved so much over the years & is still racking up more publications.

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

A. One of the most common issues that really bothers me is “Body Shaming”. Body shaming comes from both sides, Skinny people being told they aren't beautiful by bigger woman & bigger woman being told the same by skinny woman. I have very little tolerance for bullying & that is exactly what body shaming is. I understand that this is an issue that will always be about, but what I don't understand is why people do it! We are all quick to jump to our own conclusion, but we don't really know the story behind it, whether that be mental health issues or a rough life at home instead of shaming one another compliment & encourage each other.

Q. Future ambitions?

A. I hope to get a magazine cover in the next year so watch this space because I am going to make it happen! I am planning on getting into a bit more commercial work as well….. but for now you'll just have to keep following me to find out what is next!

Social media
Model IG: Samantha_Marie28
Model Twitter: @Sammie_marie_H

Bust; 30"
Waist: 24"
Hips: 35"
Height: 5'4
Dress size: 6
Shoe size: 7