Riley Anastatia: ” I had never dreamt about modeling until it grabbed me by surprise, So I’m still on a road of discovery about what it’s all about”
03 set, 2013
It’s an honor to be part of the family. I’m Riley Anastatia, a calm and relaxed person who loves sports and music. I was born in The Netherlands, in a small town called Terneuzen. It isn’t a very interessting place to live, but it’s quiet, calm and so it was a nice place to grow up.
Modeling: how did all begin
Well, it actually grabbed me by surprise. About a year and half back I had my ﬁrst photoshoot, which was just a simple shoot arranged by my mother. I would pose for some pictures together with my sister, which would be framed and given as a birthday gift to our grandmother.
But from this simple shoot it became clear I had a bit of talent for it. First expressed to me by the photographer that day, who told me to deﬁnitly go and do more with. Still a bit skeptical about the whole modeling thing, I went on to do another photoshoot with the same photographer a few months later.
There it became clear to me that I really wanted to pursue a career in modelling.Also from that moment all the pieces slowly started falling into place. Because the pictures got the attention of one of the best hairdressers of Holland, Berni Ottjes.
Through his experience and connections in the scene I came to do some great jobs as well meeting some great people. As a matter of fact I also met designer Allan Vos through him. For which I recently opened his Spring/Summer 2014 show on the Amsterdam International Fashion Week.
There are so many great things about modeling, I really enjoy all of it. But i must say going all these different places and meeting new people every time is really one of the best things about it.
Posing to photographers: just being one force of creativity together
Being on the same wave length with the photographer, not about what is to be seen on the picture, but what is to be felt by people who look at it. For me that is what I like the best, just being one force of creativity together.So, the best preparation for me is simply some knowledge.
Being fairly new to the business I’m still on the road of discovery for many things. Being completly naked in front of the camera is one of those things I still got to discover. But I’m certain that when that moment comes I won’t have any problem with it, I work hard to create a good physique, so to be able to show it in a fashionable way to the world I have to see it as a privilege.
The catwalks experiences
I actually got my ﬁrst experience with the catwalk only just a month back, when I got the chance to work with designer Allan vos, Which was an amazing experience. I was featured in his lookbook and then also got to open his show on the Amsterdam International Fashion week.
When I walk down the runway I’m just being focused on doing my job and enjoying it.
Male Models x Female models: who rules?
I think women deﬁnitly still reign highest in this business. But I also think the gap between male and female has grown narrower. But I have absolutly no idea if there will ever be a power switch.
Riley, a fashionista?
I’m not really that busy with what to wear. I just try to buy my clothes in the right ﬁt and I guess when having the right ﬁt you’re already looking great 90% of the time. But when buying clothes my eye always catches some standout pieces. So my warderobe does have some nice things to create a special look.
When i’m not working I’d like to go for comfort, so I go casual. Often a jeans, a sweater or t-shirt and some nice sneakers.
Imagine u a famous model surrounded by a huge crowd!
Well that would be something! I guess that aside from most likely being very surprised and overwhelmed by it, I would try to look out for my own safety, but still try to embrace the love they show me and giving it back as much as possible.
Fame, Sucess, show business….
I had never dreamt about modeling until it grabbed me by surprise not that long ago. So I’m still on a road of discovery about what it’s all about. Inspiration wise I can only hope to become as big a brand name as fellow Dutchy Doutzen Kroes
Dating X Loving
A mix of fun, passion and romance
Very competitive and driven
If you could have a super power what would it be?
Without any doubt to ﬂy.
Who’s your favorite superhero?
Atracting someone´s attention
I’d just go over and talk to her. No better way to grab someone’s attention than to let them know you exist, right.
Having fun, enjoying life
Just having dinner or drinks with family and friends. Just having a great time together enjoying life. Wether this be at home, close to home, like in Antwerp
or Rotterdam or on holiday far away, as long as I’m with loved ones I’m enjoying the best of life.
Craziest (nastiest?) thing in a summer time season
As little kids, my friends and I used to jump off these sound barriers, you know like a hill. We would jump of the top and onto some bouncy bushes a little
further down the hill. Really fun, but looking back real crazy and dangerous with a highway right next to where we landed every time.
Fav body part and why
I would say the eyes are my fav. They got so much to tell and are so exciting to read. And besides also being a gift to see beautifull things, they’re also
beautifull things to see.
Fav underwear for daily activities and for those coooool sexy moments
Boxers. Even for those cool sexy moments, cause you can’t be cool if you’re not comfortable.
What is the dumbest think you’ve ever heard a model say? (lol)
Asking the photographer to rework his nose, because he just had plastic surgery and he didn’t like the result
In your IPOD
You can hear all sorts of music in my iPod, but I love R&B the most. My favorite artist of all time is R. Kelly. And as well as he is the king of R&B, he is also the king of my iPod.
Aww men I’m a real passionate guy when it comes to food, I love to variate what I eat every time, experience new tastes every week. So to single out what I love to eat the most is difﬁcult, but I guess what never dissapoints is my favorite Indonesian dish Rendang.
Moelleux au chocolat. Got me working extra the next day, but worth it every time.
If you weren´t a model you´d be…
I would love to be working at a big sportsclub as head of nutrition.
I’m having a few shoots this week and the rest of the time I will be moving my stuff to Amsterdam, to take my career to the next level.
An unforgettable moment
My father saving me from a bee attack when I was little. I will never forget how fast he acted.
Limits exist only in the mind.
And when you´ll come to my world?
I’m actually planning on travelling to Brazil next year. When I’m there I’ll have no doubt I will enjoy it, and i’ll be sure to stop by at World of Models for a quick hello!
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