She started modelling when she was 18 years old. A scout from Elite scouted her when shje was shopping for groceries in a supermarket in my hometown Ostrava in Czech republic. She thought she might be crazy, because she didn’t think about modelling before.
Interviewer: What are your hobbies?
Monika Rohanova: I love reading and mostly read spiritual and self-development books nowadays. I also love music. I especially like going to gigs and summer music festivals. My passion is soccer. I’m a big fan of my local team FC Banik Ostrava and I always support them, if I’m at home. I also like to see soccer matches wherever I travel. I love running. I mostly run 10 km during the week and half-marathon on weekends. I love yoga especially the headstand. It’s really good for your health to do a headstand for 5 minutes every day.
I: So what was the first thing you learned as a model?
Monika Rohanova: How to walk in high-heels, how to pose in front of a camera, what I should eat and what I shouldn’t not for keeping or losing your weight and for a good metabolism. But with the time I realised that the most important thing is to be yourself and to love yourself as you are.
I: Have any of your notions of the industry changed since you’ve started out?
Monika Rohanova: When I started I didn’t know about curve/plus size modelling. I don’t know if I just didn’t realize it before or if it just has started to be fashionable. I just remember, when I started modelling, everywhere were articles about how the fashion industry is avoiding super skinny anorexic models to do shoots and shows. I found a lot of articles about fighting against anorexia and bulimia. Nowadays I see articles about how important it is, to love yourself and your body as it is in interviews of curve/plus size models.
I: Do you find it easy to keep a work-life balance?
MR: Sometimes it’s hard, especially for models with a boyfriend at home. Long-distance relationships are hard to manage. It’s also hard to plan something, because you might get confirmed for a job just the evening before and you need to cancel seeing your friends.
I: Have you got used to the fact that you don’t really know what you’re going to be doing in the next three days?
MR: I guess, that’s the thing I like the least about modelling.
I: Who have been your icons/idols?
MR: My idol is Candice Swanepoel. She is so beautiful. I guess I love her because I’m the same body shape as her. We both have a tiny waist and beautiful hips.
I: Do you collect all the magazines you’re in?
MR: es, indeed. I’m doing my best. I always try to get as many magazines as I can. I’ve got a lot of them at home.
I: When traveling what are the five items you must bring?
MR: My ID or passport otherwise I could not travel abroad. My iPhone to call, mail, to navigate, for social media, music or for audio books. Dr. Hauschka Eye Cream – that’s my favourite cosmetic product and is perfect for my eyes.
Chia seeds – I add them to my breakfast, soup or salad. I also need a credit card or cash to buy things.
I: What’s something you haven’t achieved but hope to?
MR: I’d like to start my own happy and healthy family.
I: What’s your favourite / most memorable direction a photographer has ever given to you?
MR: Just be yourself.
I: If you had to wear only one designer who would it be?
MR: Stella McCartney
I: What advice would you pass along to those starting out in the modelling business?
MR: Be and love yourself first. The rest will come naturally.