We are excited to have the opportunity to introduce you up and coming model Immie Bibiana. She's 21 years young and lives in Casablanca, Morocco. Currently she's doing her Bachelor in Entrepreneurship, but next to that Immie is trying to live her passion ... modelling. Follow us in the interview, we did with Immie, take a look at her amazing photos and, if you're convinced like us, don't hesitate to contact her to be at front of the queue of inquiries.
Being a model is the work I always dreamed of when I was a little child. Back then I tried my mom’s dresses and did the runway in front of my parents.
What I love most about my work nowadays is the self confidence, that it gives me in front of other people. Being remarked by everybody and having all the looks on you – that’s what I live for.
What impresses me a lot about this work is the impression that you’re able to give with the photos. Just with the appearance and the attitude of the model, and – of course- its look. Being in front of a camera is a huge pleasure for me. Each time I get to know another side of myself.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
So far, I had two highlights in my career: the first at the end of the African Pop Show Parade, when all the spectators came to greet me and take pictures with me, telling me that I was the best among all models participating in this parade. That was a great pleasure and it made me gain a lot of confidence in me and the work I do. The second point, which is also significant for me, was when one of the top glamour photographers in the world liked my picture on the social media. When I saw the number of persons who view my pictures, it was a huge surprise for me! And it made me want to succeed even more with my next pictures.
Tell us about some of your recent shoots.
My last shot was with a really passionate Moroccan photographer Amine Fassi. I really enjoyed working with him and we did some great shots in black and white. The theme was boxing, and it was one of the best shoots I have ever had. We did it in a studio, that was adapted to the theme and had the perfect light in there. I love the resulting photos and also got a lot of positive feedback from my friends.
What really goes on behind the scenes as a model?
Stressed! This is always the case behind the scenes. Waiting for the shoot to start, I always stress myself to give all my best to succeed. I try to keep in mind all the advices given to me. The first is to breathe well - it helps me enormously during the parade. Regarding the shots, it is very important to pay attention to the detail of the poses and the facial expression. Like always shift your hands, hide the thumbs, do not show the elbows and knees, and have an expression that goes with the pose. And always keep in mind: be as natural as possible. In the picture every detail counts. That’s the secret to do a good job.
Which photographers in the industry do you most enjoy working with?
In my career I had the opportunity to work with French, Moroccan, and other Senegalese photographers. But for me the most marking photographer, and with whom I have taken the most pictures, is the Moroccan one Mr. Amine Fassi. He is very passionate with his work and with him I took some of my greatest shots. He really has an eye for details and pays attention to everything you can imagine. He’s insisting on the tiniest thing, which can be hard sometimes. But in the end the result is just awesome.
Define your personal style.
My style is simple. I love the casual look: jeans and a t –shirt. But also dresses of all colors are part of my everyday wardrobe. Shoes in my private live have to be flat because…it’s just more comfortable! Heels are kept for special occasions, which are quite rare actually. Even on the runway I avoid putting them – not because I don’t like it, but just to be at the same height with the other models!
Who would you say is your 'style muse'?
I don’t have one.
Your favorite designer is… ?
My favorite designers are Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Carolina Herrera, Louboutin and Valentino.
Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar?
Vogue. My Favorite magazine.
Is there any particular designer piece you are crushing on right now?
No, not especially.
What do you hope to be doing in the next 5 years?
In the 5 years following, I intend to do my master studies in “Management of Enterprises” with a double degree abroad. This Master will allow me to create my own business and it is at this point that I try to do the link between my studies and my passion. My dream is to launch a modeling agency in Morocco one day.
If you could be anywhere else but here, where would you go?
The Maldives…and after that Rio de Janeiro !
Thank you so much Immie for giving us a glimpse into your world.