How was your relationship with your body when you started and what is it today?
Like everyone else I felt insecure about my body at first, but with age and experience I learned how to feel confident, strong and powerful in my own skin. The most important thing I have learnt in life is that inner beauty is much more important than physical beauty, and true beauty always comes from the inside.
How being pregnant and a mother does change your perception to your body ?
I found inner peace and balance and it made me feel more confident. Being a mother changed a lot in my life and now I am discovering a new dimension of women’s beauty as a mom. This special feeling started on a shoot with Peter Lindbergh when I was 5 months pregnant but no one knew about it. Peter made me feel so comfortable and so special, he truly nourished my inside feeling at this moment. I realised that being pregnant gave me a powerful emotion, it filled me with happiness and love. The pictures from this shoot are some of the best pictures I’ve ever done. Peter even printed some of them and gave them to me, so I had them framed and now they are on the wall in my house. He was a very special person in my life and I truly miss him.
For the issue celebrating the 20th anniversary of Numéro, Peter Lindbergh and Babeth Djian shot you with short hair, what are your memories of this shoot? How does it feel to change your appearance for a shoot?
I love changing my appearance for shoots and providing different characters. It’s always a great challenge and an interesting experience. When you’re in the right hands you have this feeling of true magic happening. The shoot with Peter and Babeth was definitely magic! They were asking my opinion about the looks, but I was always saying – “Whatever you guys think!” – as I completely trusted their impeccable taste and creativity. Sadly this was my last shoot with Peter, and I will never forget it.