Nika is a simple girl born in the Ukraine and raised in Portugal. She is loves a good laugh while taking beautiful pictures to spread her message that dreams do come true when you believe in them and work for them …
1 – How would you describe yourself, who is Nika behind the camera?
I’am a very simple “normal” girl that loves to have fun and loves a good laugh.
I work has a hairdresser, nail artist, makeup artist on my mum’s salon. This year I wanted to try something new so I study and became a barber as well. I love my job, allows me to be creative while taking care of others.
2 – When did you start modeling and what lead you to Alternative/goth modeling ?
I always enjoyed having my picture taken, I think It’s family thing since my mum did the same (hihi), but I never thought of getting where I am and getting to professional photoshoots. I have several photographer friends that always encouraged and supported me but things got more serious when I meet the photographer Peter Karbs and the APOV project that he has along with Gothic and Amazing, we end up becoming close friends so from time to time I get the chance to be involved with one of there projects.
I feel that I fit on the alternative modeling like I would not on the conventional, I don’t have the so called “barbie look” so the alternative side allows me the freedom to be myself and enjoy myself with no rules except my own .
3 – Do you feel connected to the alternative lifestyle, and how is that like on your country ?
I live in the city of Leiria in Portugal. We have kind of an alternative community here we even have a couple of alternative fests, like the “Entre Muralhas” and “Vagos” and I do I feel more comfortable around the alternative community since I feel they judge less, in a way they welcome better someone that is “different”. I also consider myself a person with an alternative style, I do wear black a lot, I’m always changing my hair style and color , plus I love heavy well done make up I think my profession of hairdresser/barber influenced me a bit.
4 – You are also a make-up artist, do you think that helps you to be a better model ?
That’s how I started this journy. As a hairdresser and makeup artist I also have the sense of aesthetic that can be a good complement of modeling, plus I usually do my own hair and makeup and because I know what looks best on me that ca help a lot in a photoshoot project. Combining all my skills helps the photographer to get a better result on a photoshoot.
5 – Where do you go for inspiration ? Do you have and idol, someone that you look up to for ?
I have severed idols. I usually I follow creative inspiring personalities on Instagram. I like creative people who can put everything together. For exemple photography, makeup and hair. One person who can do many diferent things like @threnodyinvelvet , @pennold, @marinafesss, @beatrizmarianophotography Or ,@missqueen.gonnadie and @laesmeralda (that I had the pleasure to meet live in M’era Luna) have a lot of respect of them and the work they do.
6 – Every model has her own brand (the thing that makes her stand out from others), what do you think your brand is ?
On me I think it’s my hair, I try to be versatile so I change my hair a lot , I try different colors and different hair stylings so I almost look like a different person in different photos , and of course my personality my always “on fire” super energetic trying to have fun and making others happy .
7 – You have a few collaborations with some brands, is there some other brands our fashion designers you would like to work with in a near future ?
Yes, I´am a big fan of designers like @royalblack_couture, @videnoircouture, @alicecorsets, @angelique.by.cat and @kristineKosta, just to name a few, they have amazing unique pieces, they have something to match every style and every body shape plus they all put so much passion and rigor on every detail that it would be a dream come true if I ever have the chance to work with any of them.
8 – Do you have any concepts for future shoots that you’re just dying to try out ?
I love challenges. I like to try different styles, push my own limits. So as alternative and versatible model I think the biggest challenge right now would be bodypainting, this is something I never done and make me brake down some wall.
9 – What do you consider your biggest career highlights so far ?
For me modeling is just a hobby and a way to pass my message on so I would say that my highlights are everytime I touch someone with my message. Of course that I loved to be at M’era Luna as an alternative model, meting so many amazing girls and being considered one of them was super and made me feel special.
10 – What more can we expect seeing you do in the future, what are your biggest goals in life ?
I have more brands interested in shooting with me. I´am very thankful for these opportunities. I want to continue my versatility with different styles of photos to inspire people. My goal is to convince people that they can be who ever and whoever they want. People should stop being afraid to try new things out they should go out of there comfort zone. My message is “Believe in yourself”, look at me I´am just a simple girl whit 1.61 cm and 63 kg and I’m doing it I’m living the model dream and making amazing beautiful photos.
11 – Name three things you simply cannot live without every single day.
1st– I can’t live without… My Gopro, because I love to do photos and videos, all the time.
2nd- Coffee, I can’t live without my morning coffee, my coffee brakes are very important to me because they help me to keep my sanity.
3rd- my book schedule, yes I still use a traditional paper schedule because I love to write and fell the smell of the paper. hihi
12 – You look amazing in your modeling outfits! What do you wear when you’re “off duty”?
Thank you very much for your affection. Well, as I am a short person, I like to wear high boots with big soles and colorful backpacks, with different shapes. These are some of my passions. I feel very elegant and comfortable with black clothes, but I always have to have a colorful accessory or lipstick.
13 – What’s the part of your body you like the most ?
I think my best “trump card” is my hair. He is longer than ever, I am in love with him. Wait… ,hair can be considered as part of body? hihi
14 – Do you have some other passions besides modelling, any hobbies you really enjoy and can’t live without?
Yes, I do a lot of things, being a people person I love outside spots, going to the gym or dancing in a disco, but I also love to stay at home reading, panting or watching movies. My but to be honest biggest passion is traveling so I don’t miss a chance whenever i have an opportunity I just fallow my heart pick my bag and here I go … I just love to feel free plus meeting new places and new people.
15 – You know you have many fans out there, what message would you like to leave them ?
Take a chance, go ahead, experiment, explore, believe. Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today. Nothing happens by chance and nothing falls from the sky either so don´t just dream but make your dreams come true. Make time for what’s important and keep fighting for your dreams, because with work they can became true.
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