Riccardo Simonetti in an interview – entertainer, bestselling author, model, activist and presenter! He has entered the media world with his successful blog and is one of the most popular TV faces in Germany. He has written three books “Mama, ich bin schwul”, “Mein Recht zu funkeln” and “Raffi und sein pinkes Tutu”, with which he wants to give people inspiration and hope. In addition, he has already participated in several shows, such as “Das Supertalent”, where he was part of the jury. Now he has his own show “Glow Up”. With this show he wants to show that make up has no gender and it’s not just about beauty, but a way to express yourself.
Glow Up: Germany’s next make-up star
In this interview, Riccardo talks to us about his show and its background, what we can expect and what goals he is pursuing with it, because make up in Germany is still associated with pigeonhole thinking, although it is so much more. That’s why Riccardo has set himself the goal of creating respect for people who deal with Make Up In addition, Riccardo shares tips on the subject of Make Up and the realization of dreams.
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How it all began… Glow Up!
FIV: Hello Riccardo, how nice that it worked out with the interview today. You are writing brand new stories in Germany with your 10 Talents: How and where did you find out about Glow Up becoming “your” show? What was your first spontaneous reaction, can you still remember it?
Riccardo: Yes, I can actually still remember that. It was around the German Television Award last year – my manager and I had a great conversation there with Thorsten Haas from ZDF, who told us about the idea. After that, there were further talks, all of which convinced me to help implement this project in Germany.
Destruction of drawers thinking
FIV: Why did you decide to do “Glow Up”, what convinced you about the concept of the show?
Riccardo: I think that, especially in Germany, we still stigmatize the subject of makeup a lot and put people who wear makeup or design makeup in a box that they often don’t fit into. I hope this show helps to show that behind this topic are often very personal motivations and a lot of creativity is required.
Challenges and personal stories
FIV: What can we expect in the first season of Glow?
Riccardo: I must say we really have a great cast that is very brave and convinces with absolute creativity. I am totally thrilled with the results they have achieved in the various challenges and can already say: It will be spectacular!
FIV: What was your favorite challenge, in which episode did you have the most fun and why?
Riccardo: I especially liked the challenges where our MUAs told personal stories with makeup, because I feel like it really makes you realize what a brilliant art form makeup can be.
Cover Boy! FIV #27 with Riccardo Simonetti
Now online! The new issue #27 with entertainer and Everybody’s Darling Riccardo Simonetti. About the first season Glow Up, the candidates and simple beauty tips for men.
FIV #27 with Riccardo Simonetti
- FIV #27 read online
“Make up goes so much deeper than beauty.”
FIV: Positive messages are always important to you, what do you want to achieve with the show?
Riccardo: With Glow Up, I want to create respect for people who wear make-up or do make-up themselves, because I often have the feeling that we in Germany look at such people and often think that they must be superficial because they are passionate about make-up. I think what many people need to understand is that make up is not just about looking more beautiful, but also sometimes about creating something interesting. To tell your own stories. To process what you’ve experienced. Make up goes so much deeper than beauty. And I think this show will definitely make that clear.
FIV: What do you and the Glow Up jury use to decide which make-up will advance on this day, in this challenge, and which unfortunately will not? Is it speed, implementation of the theme, own creativity, a real wow effect?
Riccardo: Fortunately I’m more Team MUAs and I don’t have to do any evaluations and I’m not involved in the decision, that’s done by the jury and they are much stricter than I would be.
Riccardo’s Make Up Must-Haves
FIV: Your show is all about make up, also on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and in real life. What are your 3 personal makeup must haves?
Riccardo: When I’m not on TV and do my makeup in private, I focus on the eyes. I find with a black kajal or eye shadow you can very quickly turn into a rock star, otherwise transparent eyebrow gel and concealer.
FIV: I brought another question from the editorial office, from Stephan who really has no idea about Make Up: Especially for men who think with Make Up, where do you start?! As a simple start, what would be a basic that can be next to the razor in the bathroom or in the business bag?
Riccardo: I think concealer is a great tool because it’s easy to apply, you don’t need any skills for it and you can easily make dark circles or shadows disappear.
Tips for the implementation of dreams
FIV: What would you tell people who have a dream, whether they’re a makeup artist or an entertainer, but don’t quite know how to make it happen yet?
Riccardo: I would always recommend people to gain as much experience as possible in the field they want to enter. And that even on a small level. That way you find out very quickly if you really enjoy it or if you’ve projected something into the profession that isn’t actually there.
FIV: Thank you for the great interview! I wish you a lot of success on your way!
Glow Up: Show, candidates & dates
Are you interested in Riccardo’s show and want to know more about it? In this article you will find all the important information about Glow Up.
Glow Up: Here Make Up Dreams Come True
On Glow Up, ten make-up artists (MUA) compete against each other. In over eight episodes, the participating make-up talents have to prove their skills. The prizes are 20,000 euros and a contract with a renowned make-up agency. Here you can find all the important information about the show. We have also watched and summarized the first two episodes for you.
Broadcast dates: All episodes in ZDFneo + ZDFmediathek
All 8 episodes and their broadcast dates on ZDFneo + always available in the ZDFmediathek:
- Episode 1: Thu., Sept. 22, 8:15 p.m.
- Episode 2: Thu., Sept. 29, 8:15 p.m.
- Episode 3: Thu., Oct. 06, 8:15 p.m.
- Episode 4: Thu., Oct. 13, 8:15 p.m.
- Episode 5: Thu., Oct. 20, 8:15 p.m.
- Episode 6: Thu., Oct. 27, 8:15 p.m.
- Episode 7: Thu., Nov. 03, 8:15 p.m.
- Episode 8: Thu., Nov. 10, 8:15 p.m.
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