we are more than happy to have got the opportunity to introduce you to a real sunshine ... curvy model Alessia Santi, who is based in Tuscany, Italy. With 6'1 she is an imposing appearance and convinced us immediately with her beautiful smile. Take a look at her photos and learn about her by reading the following interview:
I'm Alessia Santi, from Italy ... hi everybody! :-) I was born in Grosseto on 1989 so... I'm 27, I'm becoming old!!! I always lived here in Tuscany with my family (i went out only for studying and working in Perugia for 3 years) in a farm with lot of animals: I'm a model but i love working in my farm, this is my other job!!
What do you love most about modelling?
I really love traveling in lot of places: My job makes me go to lot of cities and to other countries, this is what i love most!! and i love modeling for another reason too: I started for having some photos to show to my grandchildrens when I'll be a grandma.. and now i have a lot of photos where I'm beautiful (thanks photoshop ) and I know that when I'll be older I'll remember these years with joy!!
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
It was when I worked for Miroglio's group (the most important italian Group of plus size fashion): I was a model for them at a show in Milan and then I made a shooting for their brand Fiorella Rubino! They made two castings in one year and i won both!! so proud of this....
What really goes on behind the scenes as a model?
Being a model isn't simple: A curve model need like other ones to be everyday on top... so you need to eat healthy (if you're a curvy model too), use tons of moisturizing cream, treat your hair and nails ... sleep a lot, especially when you're going to work.. no matter if you took a plane or a train and traveled a lot, you must be smiling and fresh or you'll loose your client! So don't say that it's one of most easier jobs!!!
Tell us about some of your recent shoots.
My latest shooting was unique! I've broken one of my knees and than I need to use crutches... i had a mail exchange with agencies in Europe and i needed fresh polas to show so i needed to make a little set for shoot them ... can you imagine make a shooting in these conditions?!??! I made it walking with heels and crutches... throwing them and striking a pose... it was hard but really funny!!! I made it with my friend and photographer Francesco Lutzu so it was a really nice afternoon!!
Another one of my last shootings was my first international work: I took a plane and went to Bremen (Germany) for made photos for Bonprix, a really important international brand ... it was so exciting!!!! I shooted for 3 days making photos with a lot of outfits and working with wonderful photographers, stylists and make up artists... and now they are on Bonprix's online shopping!!!!! love it!!
What’s the biggest misconception about curve models?
Lot of persons think that curve models are nice girls who love eating and don't like to go to gym so they started modeling with lot of kilos on their body. This is a superficial way of thinking!! I always say that, first of all, curve model don't need to be obese!! More kilos than size-zero models yes! but healthy!! A curve model need to be tonic more than normal models! Because of this I go to gym 3 times a week (and sometimes i play Volleyball) and I eat according to mediterranean diet...
SO DON'T SAY CURVE MODELS ARE LAZI GIRLS!!!
Which photographers in the industry do you most enjoy working with?
I really loved Oliviero Toscani's anorexia campaign and I would like to partecipate to some project like this with him ... but ... the photographer I love most is Tim Walker!!! I LOVE his style and his creativity!!!!
Define your personal style.
My style?!? It depends on how I get up in the morning!! Sometimes rocker, sometimes sporty, sometimes urban chic, sometimes retro.... I can define it a MIX! :-)
Who would you say is your 'style muse'?
I don't have a muse, because of my lot of styles at the moment... but I can say that when i'll be older, my style will be inspired by Michelle Obama! I love her outfits!! Really gorgeous, sporty woman.. and really nice clothes for formal occasions!!!
Your favourite designer is… ?
My favorite designer for plus size fashion is Marina Rinaldi, an italian brand... I hope to work for them one day!!!!!! I really love their dresses: Formal or not, fresh and with lot of colors!!! And for "normal" fashion Giorgio Armani!!!!!
Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar?
Vogue of course!!!! it's the most important fashion magazine all over the world.. being on their cover is the crown of a career!!!!
Is there any particular designer piece you are crushing on right now?
mmmmh.... no... there is't I'm sincere...
What do you hope to be doing in the next 5 years?
I hope to continue my career like curve model and find other agencies all over the world ... i hope to work with most important Italian and international brand, walk on most important catwalks and (it's a dream) be famous like Candice Huffine and Ashley Graham!! I started modeling late (only when i was 25 years old) but I made a really nice career in a few years.. so... I hope!!!
If you could be anywhere else but here, where would you go?
I would like to travel all around the world, see Bahamas, Caraibi, Asia, Australia.. see all most important cities and places ... but after every trip... I want to return home... I love my places... and first of all... my Mum.