B.J. You have both had interesting journeys into the modeling scene, an industry that is well known for its tough agenda and need for constant dedication. Can you tell us a bit about your journey into the world of modeling?
S.A. My modeling journey has been really different and, honestly, I pushed myself to this stage. At first, I was lied to and stolen from but now everything seems fine. I am hungry for this! I don’t hope to be at the top, I want to be.
N.Z. I started modeling in 2018. It all started as a hobby due to my friends always pressuring me as a joke to apply to a modeling agency. Eventually, I started talking about it more seriously and began to work with different models and agencies. I had the opportunity to travel to several countries like Mexico and Italy. It hasn’t always been easy but all this experience made me who I am today. It definitely built a strong personality and took away my introverted side. As modeling requires a lot of professionalism, hard work and reliability, while we chase our dreams we are also building a better version of ourselves.
B.J. You both featured in this shoot with Sasha Olsen for Yummyzine 4. The images are beautiful and really tell us a story of friendship and companionship. How was the experience? It must have been quite different to the campaign you did together previously?
S.A. It was very different from the AC Milan campaign because we were naked in nature - the ground on our feet with no fear of being seen! [Laughs] That kind of freedom came from Sasha letting us share our ideas. I also got to skinny-dip for the first time! Thanks Yummy! [Laughs]
N.Z. The shoot was amazing. Sasha is a very talented photographer and Stephan is an amazing model. Even though the idea of the shooting was something totally different from what we have done together in the past, I felt free and there was a good energy during the entire session.
B.J. The images are raw, real and also nude. Are you both quite comfortable and confident with your bodies?
S.A. To be honest, I really feel comfortable in my own skin but, a while ago, I had an accident that left me with a scar on my hand that I was a bit insecure about. But now, I realize that it doesn't really matter and shooting nude for the first time in nature was fun! I loved the experience Sasha made me feel really comfortable.
N.Z. I am comfortable with my body and believe that everyone should be comfortable in the way they are – we are all different and that’s what makes us special. Of course it is important that we take care of our body and health but always alongside accepting ourselves.
B.J. Nichita, you have spoken about how much music allows you to connect you to yourself. Often it allows us to resettle, reevaluate and take a step away from reality around us. What about music makes it something so settling?
N.Z. Music has always been a big part of my life. Everytime I connect my AirPods and play my music, it feels like I enter a different world. Music allows me to feel different emotions and feelings – it lets me escape reality and connect with myself. Music also motivates and helps me to focus. I normally say, “If you had a lot of fun doing something, you should try it with music.” [Laughs]
B.J. Stephan, you have similarly mentioned that writing books allows “your soul to find its voice.” Can you explain what you mean by this?
S.A. I often think that I don’t know how to express myself, how I feel or what I feel. I tend to think of myself as a broken soul. But, when I write or when I paint, I just do it. No thought of the next word or the next slash of my brush. It comes from within my soul and I feel everything in my bones.