Katherin Schlegel is on the move. She may have come into her modeling career late in the game, but she is not held back and is determined to see the world. We meet a few weeks back in a west village park while I was shooting for On Abbot Kinney and immediately I could see that this young woman was comfortable as herself. I would never have guessed she was from a small town and had only in the last few years been exposed to the world outside. After a day of shooting and talking I look forward to what Katherin will bring to world around her as she continues to expand her own personal life.
Born: Camden, TN
Agency: Major Models
How old were you when you started modeling?
I started when I was 20. Better late than never I say.
What did you do before you became a model?
Before I started modeling, I was a junior in college at Middle Tennessee State University. I was a mass communications major with a concentration in photojournalism. I minored in Spanish and art as well.
How did you get into modeling?
Well, I grew up in a small town, truly isolated from the rest of the world. I even went to university only a few hours away. While at college I met a friend who encouraged me to take a study abroad trip with her my junior year. I couldn’t even fathom what it would be like. I never knew anything other than what was around me in my small southern town. I spent two weeks studying museums in London. It was a major turning point in my life. I had an epiphany! I spent the first three days back home in complete restlessness. I knew my life would never be the same. I needed to travel, experience the world. I’d been told I could try modeling. So I joined a nearby modeling agency in Nashville. I worked with them for 6 months before I took a huge leap of faith and tried my chances in the big apple.
Since you started modeling, where are some of the favorite places you have worked in?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to travel to Japan. Asian culture has always fascinated me. I took a trip to Tokyo last winter. It was one of my favorite experiences thus far. While I was working in Paris I was sent to Sicily for a weekend to work an event, I had one of those almost movie like experiences. A friend and I rode bikes along the coast, next to crystal clear waters and through cobblestone streets that made you feel like you were experiencing a blast from the past.
Of the cities you have been to, which is your favorite?
They are all so amazing in their own way, but I spent 3 months in Paris and the friends I made and the experiences I had during that time make it one of my favorite cities I’ve visited so far.
What is your favorite part about New York?
First and foremost, there is nothing like a New York City skyline! It’s absolutely amazing if you’re in the right areas. The first time I came to NYC and came up out of subway I was shocked by the sheer size of everything. I also enjoy the diversity, all this culture in one place. It’s amazing! I love how open minded and free spirited this city seems to be!
Outside of modeling, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read. It’s my absolute favorite pastime. I’m a huge nerd and only really love reading fantasy such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. But recently I’ve been trying to expand to other forms of fictional writing. I also love to draw. My grandmother, mother, and several other family members are extremely accomplished in their specific talents. I happen to love charcoals, pen and pencil, etc. I just recently started becoming more physically active. I discovered I love rock climbing and am trying to make it happen more often this summer.
You had mentioned a continued interest in the art world, is that something you might pursue as a career?
Absolutely. I would eventually like to finish my last year at college and start working in graphic design. I have this desire to illustrate the covers of the books I read. And because I think music is life, it would be amazing to design concert posters, album covers, etc for my favorite singers or bands.
What are some of your favorite bands?
I listen to a little bit of everything and my interests change with the seasons, but there is one man who stays constant in my musical life and that is Ray Lamontagne. One of my all time favorite singers and more recently “bands”. He is timeless and classic.
Are you grateful for the experiences you’ve had while modeling?
Yes. Modeling has opened so many doors for me. I have never had a better outlet for traveling and meeting new people. I’m learning something new everyday, whether it’s about the career I’m in or the career I want to pursue after this. It’s the chance of a lifetime. I’m so thankful and appreciative for every moment of it.
Do you have any advice for new models?
Educate yourself. Constantly. Never stop learning about this trade. Learn about the business side of things and also respect your comfort zone at all times. This can be an amazing experience if you make the right decisions and hold true to your wants and desires.
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