You have seen her already in our feature about photographer Joakim Fransson. Swedish model Karoline Davidsson is modeling for Acquo Boots. Learn a bit more about this sympathetic model with the beautiful smile and read our interview with her.
I’m 24 years old and I’m born in a town called Motala, Sweden. When I was 16 I started a school which was two hours away by train and bus and after a year of going back and forth every day I moved to Norrköping, which is where the school was. I still live here and so does my brother. It feels good to live here since it’s a bigger city than Motala, but I miss the closeness to water that I had in my hometown. During the last two years I’ve been working at different kindergartens, but I’ve decided do go back to school and get a new education. At the same time I’m working as a model for ACQUO boots of Sweden since last fall. And some days I go out with a friend who loves to take photos and we’re just goofing around, taking pictures.
The thing I love about modeling is how it makes me grow as a person. I have always heard that I should be a model, just because of my height (182 cm), at the same time I’ve heard that I’m ugly and unattractive, mostly by guys. That I don’t have any hips or butt, that I’m too tall, too skinny. It had an impact on me, so I’ve worked really hard to shake it off and nowadays I can stand in front of a mirror and be super proud and pleased of how I look and who I am. When I work with modeling and I get to see a photo of myself looking stunning, it helps me feel even more beautiful.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
It was last fall when I saw an ad that Acquo’s CEO had posted, looking for models. I gave it a day to think about it, since I’d only had been standing in front of a camera for fun with a friend. But I contacted her and that changed everything, and that is why I’m here today. That time we did a 50’s photo shoot and after that I’ve been working with Acqou every month. Now I’m even in one of their videos and on a lot of photos on their webpage.
Tell us about some of your recent shoots.
My last shoot was so much fun! Acquo is a fashionable rubber boot for everyday wear, so we had the boots on, nice-looking dresses and went straight down into the water. It feels really weird to stand in water in a pair of boots, but at the same time a lot of fun. We were splashing water at each other and having a really good time together, which you can tell from the photos.
What really goes on behind the scenes as a model?
First you have the preparation, what clothes to wear, how to do the makeup, the hair, the nails, the location. When there’s a plan I can start creating myself to the model-me. It takes some time, but I’ve learned so much the last year about makeup and clothing. It’s also a really good way to meet new people, get contacts and make new friends. And of course – there is a lot of time waiting for your turn to be in front of the camera, but during that time it’s just fun watching your friends work, looking around to see how you can use the location to make your best in front of the camera.
I haven’t been in the industry that long, so I haven’t worked with a lot of photographers, but I love working with people who I understand, so the picture becomes beautiful. And also people that I get along with, that I have fun with during the photo shoot.
Define your personal style.
I’m not very interested in fashion, and I’m more of a tom-girl than a girly-girl. Makeup is only for nights out and if I want to feel extra pretty. Other days I wear jeans, t-shirt and no makeup. It’s easier that way, so I guess you can say that I dress practical. But at the same time I love to dress in clothes that show off what I’ve got, like short shorts to show off my legs, tight jeans to show off my ass. Hahaha! I know what my body looks like and I’m proud of it. I just wish more people would feel the same confidence in themselves, no matter what their body looks like.
Who would you say is your 'style muse'?
My mum. No doubt. I dress just like her. I wear more dresses than she does, but that’s the biggest difference. We dress so that we feel comfortable about ourself and we dress for our self, not for anyone else.
Your favourite designer is… ?
I’ve always liked the accessories of Michael Kors, I mean, his bags are amazing. Even though I love them I don’t own one of my own. I’m so clumsy I would only be afraid I would lose it or break it. Hahah! I also love Victoria’s Secret. My biggest dream is to one day be an angel at their fashion show.
Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar?
Is there any particular designer piece you are crushing on right now?
I usually don’t follow what’s in, but I stay away from the things I don’t like. Right now, here in Sweden, the 70’s is coming back. We’re talking fringe, long dresses, flared jeans and some real details from the hippie-fashion and it’s just not me. I am more interested in the rock-aspect in fashion, and a top with my favorite band is much more interesting than buying fashion that doesn’t speak to me.
What do you hope to be doing in the next 5 years?
I hope to still be able to work as a model from time to time, at the same time working as a kindergarten teacher. It would be the perfect mix – fashion one day, children the next.
If you could be anywhere else but here, where would you go?
New Orleans. It’s my other home, but I’ve only been there twice. If I could I would love to live there for a couple of years. It has nothing to do with fashion - it has everything to do with the spirit of the city. It just feels like home.