Miluniel is my most recent Instagram discovery. Even though she was a new face to me, I realized she is very much known by her peers and photographers from around the Globe. Her modeling resume goes back to her hometown where she won a beauty pageant and includes publications in various magazines including Playboy Netherlands. Enjoy her story:
Where were you born and would you describe your childhood as happy?
I had a nice childhood =) I’m the eldest of a family of 4 children and my parents are still together. I love my family and I grew up with them in the french speaking part of Belgium.
At what age did you begin modeling and what inspired you?
When I was younger, I wasn’t really self-confident. A beauty pageant was organized in my hometown and, every year, my friends would tell me that I should do it. When I was 19, I finally accepted, as a personal challenge, and I won the contest. Some photographers saw me and asked me if I would be interested in a photoshoot. I thought it could be a nice experience. Alongside that, I started to study computer graphics design and photography. It soon became a passion and I wanted to explore different styles. I realized that I loved glamour photography as a model and as a photographer. I’ve worked with many photographers, but I also love doing self-portraits =)
What is the biggest challenge that you face as a model and what is your favorite part of being a model?
I love playing with the camera. While I pose, I don’t think about anything else and it feels good because my mind is usually overactive. The bad side of being a model is that you are really aware of your weaknesses and compare yourself to other models. But I think that it’s important to learn how to love yourself as you are!
Have you ever experienced any judgement regarding the nude modeling?
Unfortunately yes. I didn’t dare to tell my relatives at first because I knew they wouldn’t like it. Eventually they found out and it took a while for them to understand and to accept it.
What quality attracts you in people and what attributes are most important in a man?
Kindness and open-mindedness are essential for me.
What do you do to stay in shape?
I try to eat as healthy as possible. I used to exercising a lot, but it’s really hard for me to keep on doing it since I started traveling most of the time. Any suggestions are welcome here ^^
What is your favorite place to shop?
I don’t have a favorite place to shop. I love going everywhere and discovering new brands. I have a thing for emerging designers that I meet along the way =)
If you did not model, what profession would you choose?
It’s so hard to choose only 1 profession. I think I would love to work as a photographer and as a fashion designer!
Photographer: Stefan Rappo