SUNRAY Magazine has the pleasure of interviewing the russian model Ekaterina Prohorova
Hi Kate thanks for this interview
Native City: Novosibirsk, Russia
Eyes colour: green
Languages that you speak: Russian, English
SUNRAY: Tell us about you
Kate: I started working in the modeling field a long time ago, about 9 years ago, when I was still studying at the institute. But after graduating from the institute, I was faced with a choice – to continue shooting or to go on a hired job. I chose the second option. I have worked in employment for about 5 years. After that, I quit my job and went to work in the freelance sector. This gave me the opportunity and time to resume shooting. I finished modeling school. Now I’m combining modeling and design work. Also now I am engaged in manufacturing of handmade jewelry and want to develop my brand.
At first, I was mostly involved in creative shooting. Then there were commercial orders for different brands (mainly clothing, catering, medical sphere, jewelry). I also continue to take part in creative shooting, various events and shows. In addition, I am practicing photography and fashion shows for children. I work in Russia. I haven’t been to international photography. A lot of girls and boys (models) come from my city to work in China, Japan and Korea. But in Asian countries my type, unfortunately, is not in demand. They need very young girls with the type «baby face». My dream of saving money and move to Europe permanently. And I hope to continue my career there.
SUNRAY: When did you decide to be model?
Kate: I decided to take modeling seriously a few years ago when I changed my main job and started working in freelance. I had some time. At a time when my peers were actively creating families and models working since childhood were retiring, I decided to climb to the top of the model business. * I laugh, my life schedule doesn’t match the usual notions and norms often*. To refresh my skills, I graduated from modeling school. At first it was shoots «for myself» to regain experience, and then there were commercial orders.
SUNRAY: Are you the first in your family who decided follow the fashion world? or do you have a fashion past?
Kate: Yeah, me first. You could say that. I was born late, dad was over forty years old. My parents were born in the Soviet Union, and then there was no talk about beauty contests, shooting, especially in bathing suits or underwear. The first official competition was held in Moscow in 1988. It was a different culture. I remember one day my mother saw a photo on my desk of me wearing a short shirt, and short shorts, we had a big fight over this picture, it was considered an indecency. But to be honest, my love of fashion and magazines came from my mother. She made custom-made things and always bought a lot of magazines with patterns. She was actively following all the fashion and style trends.
SUNRAY: What was the first brand or designer that hired you?
Kate: The very first commercial photoshoot I had was for a friend of mine. She makes costume jewellery and handmade items.
SUNRAY: In which runway have you been involved?
Kate: I took part in local designers’ shows. In summer we had a festival of flowers, with guest florists from different countries. I worked for a team from Spain.
SUNRAY: What runway in the world would you like to be participate?
Kate: What can a model dream about? Of course, the participation in shows of European or American designers.
SUNRAY: Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Kate: I really like Givenshy’s clothes. I love Michael Costello dresses very much. He makes gorgeous dresses and stage costumes for celebrities.
SUNRAY: What has given and give you the career as a model in your life?
Kate: It is probably more correct to say that the career of a model gives me the opportunity to self-realize, to be more confident in myself. I get a lot of pleasure not only from the result, but also from the shooting process itself. And when it also brings money, what could be more wonderful? Maybe it will be hard to believe, but in my childhood I was an incredibly shy child, and at school I was not paid attention by the boys at all, I was too skinny and studied too well. I dreamed of growing up and making I had a lot of admirers and people paying attention to me. I think I did it.
SUNRAY: What is the main advice you would give to guys who want to insert themselves in the fashion world?
Kate: The most important thing is to always remember that rejection is not the end of the world. Everybody’s never gonna like you, and that’s okay. But if you’re rejected in one place, you have to knock on two others and they’ll open up somewhere. And you always have to remember that in addition to appearances, you have to have such qualities as diligence, patience and perseverance.
SUNDAY: What do you prefer walk in runway or work in campaings?
I prefer work in campaings.
SUNRAY: Do you have any upcoming projects?
Kate: Yes, I have a few projects that are currently under negotiation. Advertising shoot for a city restaurant chain, brand shoot for one of the designers, a few lookbooks. The year just started and the customers started to be active only at the end of January.
SUNRAY: Tell us where we can find you? (web sites, social networks, etc)
Photo by Alla Nikitin
Interview by Maria Fernanda Capici
Owner Editor in Chief SUNRAY