Interview with Neva Akdag – How you became a model at 18, how to succeed, how to get your first jobs in fashion and where to do it. All this and more with Neva Akgad, a young model who is triumphing in the international market.
Neva Akdag is a very young model currently living in Germany. She is now working with the best brands on the market and is making it big. Deva made her fashion debut when she was only 18 years old for the majestic Givenchy and now, one year later, we have her here at Fiv.
Germany As A Fashion Country
FIV: I saw that you are currently based in Germany. How do you find it here?
Neva: The atmosphare in Germany here is fascinating me a lot. I‘m the most impressed by its long and rich history, one that has put it at the forefront of European thought, politics, and art for over 1,000 years. This history has shaped a culture that combines predominantly Christian values with literature, art, philosophy, logic, reason, and, of course, a love of beer and sausages.
FIV: How is modeling in Germany different from your home country?
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Neva: The German market is very commercial compared to the main metropoles such as Paris, Milan & London where I am mainly working.
Paris: Perfect Place For Beginners
FIV: Is there a particular location that you can recommend to beginners or is it generally easy to start anywhere?
Neva: Personally I think Paris is an ideal city for a model to grow and develop, as it is the most “High-Fashion” city, but on the other hand every city has its own difficulties, but once you find the people who have your best interest at heart and challenge yourself to aspire for more, you have succeeded.
Neva: Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams. It helps that they know the business and can make things happen. Don’t give up on your goal; this is a beautiful career that many people dream of, but few have the opportunity to keep dreaming, work hard and have faith. In short, to have a good career I would recommend all New Faces to start in Paris.
Givenchy: Worldwide Exclusive With Neva
FIV: You now model for big brands like Fendi, Moschino and Balmain. How did you feel about your very first job for such a brand and which one was it?
Neva: My first job was the worldwide exclusive runway show for Givenchy by Matthew Williams right after my studies in Germany. I still get butterflies remembering it. It was an epic show: the atmosphere backstage was electric and walking the runway was an adrenaline rush. Plus, I got to meet and work with creative, talented and authentic people.
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Neva: As soon as the music played and the camera started rolling, my heart started beating to the rhythm of the music. It was one of the memories I will never forget. I am very grateful to everyone and especially to Matthew Williams, who gave me that unforgettable memory.
Modelling Takes Time: Patience
FIV: How long did it take to get there?
Neva: It has taken me years of hard work to get to the point where I am now. First of all, I did some test shoots for my book, in addition to my economics studies in Germany, as my school was very difficult and challenging, and up to that point I only wanted to focus on my school. Right after I graduated in economics, my agent called me to tell me that Givenchy wanted me for their Paris fashion show as a world exclusive, and right after that I started my international career as a full-time model at the age of 18 (I am now 19).
Catwalks Or Shoots: Neva’s Favorite
FIV: You are both on the catwalk and in front of the camera. What do you prefer to do running on a fashion show or photo shoot jobs, and why?
Neva: Honestly, I love doing both. On shoots it’s inspiring to work with someone who has a clear vision and cares about every detail. There is an overwhelming power that comes from working alongside titans of fashion. I don’t quite know how, but they have the power to transform your life with their influence. It makes you feel invulnerable to the scorn of others.
Your Energy Introduces You
FIV: There is certainly a lot of competition at castings for such big jobs, but do you sometimes find new friends there too?
Neva: I always love to meet new people, it doesn‘t matter for me in which kind of competition situation. I especially admire every people’s unique energy which they are emitting, it‘s so fascinating to me because everyone has an own kind of personality and soul.
Give your energy to the right people, be the person that spreads goodness, loves every soul, connects deeply, stays gentle, gives warmth and has compassion, and then everything will fall into its right place. There is so much beauty in being a good person with pure intentions.
Don‘t forget: Your energy introduces you before you even speak.
Our Differences Makes Us Beautiful
FIV: What changes would you like to be a part of in the modeling world?
Neva: I don’t think I am influential enough to be able to make big changes in the modelling world. However, if I could in the future, more than the modelling world, I want all models to have a healthy mindset and know that they are all beautiful in their own way. Many times, models are bluntly judged for their looks and they just have to take it in and laugh about it. I think these situations are unavoidable because we often work with our looks. I want all models to know that when we are judged it is only one person’s opinion. We don’t have to take it personally and try to change something just because of that person. We are all special in our own way and not everyone can love us.
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