“The (fashion) industry wasn’t very open to or accepting of healthy, natural curves. I am happy that mentality has changed and I believe my time is now. I feel I am a symbol for millions of women around the world who have a body like mine: we should be proud and own it!”
Curvaceous Austrian model Nadine is aiming to change hearts and minds across the fashion industry and the wider public to get women to accept and celebrate, their bodies. Having established herself as a world-renowned model, she is the living embodiment of winning over doubters having completed her fourth Guess/Marciano campaign. “My natural curves are my unique personal proposition,” she added proudly.
Thanks for being our cover girl for the February issue of 2020. Did you always want to be a model?
This is definitely a YES! It was my biggest dream in my entire life.
What was your first experience as a model? Were you nervous?
I was in front of the camera for the first time at three-years-old. But as I got older, the industry wasn’t very open to or accepting of healthy, natural curves. But I am really happy the mentality of the industry has changed, and I believe my time is now. Even though I might be older than most models, I am happy I took the time to get a good education and develop my personality, both of which are invaluable qualities to me.
Was it harder to be a model growing up?
I am always positive. In my teenage years, the model industry was not open for girls like me. I was too special. But I took a chance, finished college and started university. That pause in my career was good for me. As my body differs from the “classic model” type, I’m incredibly proud to be a famous model today and break that mould. I feel I am a symbol for millions of women around the world who have a body like mine: we should be proud and own it!
Are you working at the moment?
I completed my fourth Guess/Marciano campaign shooting and a few single projects for different brands who want to get the extra glamorous touch.
You’re the first Austrian curvy model to make an international breakthrough, how does this make you feel?
It took me a bit longer to get to California than I would have planned, but I’m thankful I’ve stayed true to myself and my body. I am really proud of the woman I have become and am really in tune with who I am both physically and mentally. I love my body, and I feel good in it – no one can take that away from me.
What do you think about the message that the fashion world is giving to all women around the world nowadays?
Americans are more open and courageous to take chances and “go against the norm” than Europeans.
Did you struggle a lot to reach your goals?
Not really. There are always ups and downs in life, but I have a clear vision for my life and keep my mind focused on my dreams. Maybe this is one of my secrets for a happy life.
What helped you in your journey to become a famous model?
I found out that if I want to shine glamorous on the outside, I have to feel happy and
self-confident in the inside. Also, I’ve learned the importance of remaining true to myself, treating others and myself with complete respect and sending the love I want to get back.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
Interesting question. A secret? I love shoes – especially high-heels: the higher, the better.
Would you or have you ever considered plastic surgery?
No! My natural curves are my unique personal proposition. And luckily, I have amazing genes from my mother. I have no wrinkles screaming for botox or something else.
Do you choose the brands you work with or do they choose you for their campaign?
It’s important to me the brands are consistent with my values and my person. Glamorous natural curves I live, that’s me, and that’s what my clients feel. Normally the customers choose me because of my experience and what I send out. But I also have several brands on my wish list and hope I can represent them all soon.
What’s the most important catwalk you worked on?
Guess and Vienna Fashion week.
What’s the most important brand you worked with?
What’s the most beautiful compliment someone can give you?
That I shine twice. From inside and outside.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
As a role model for glamorous natural beauty in the world.
Do you travel a lot for work?
I do. I have 1 flight a week, for a European that is a lot.
What’s your favourite place in the world?
Monaco, I love the mix between new glam, lifestyle and historic buildings.
What do you miss the most about home?
What’s your message for all the women around the world who don’t believe in themselves?
Set clear goals and stay focused on them. And remember that sometimes it’s the things that
you don’t do to stay true to yourself and your values that lead to success in the end.
What are your goals for 2020?
One more Guess Campaign, Sports Illustrated Cover, Vogue Cover.
Where can our readers follow you next?
On Instagram www.instagram.com/NadineMirada.
What fashion advice do you have for curvier women?
Don’t hide or be ashamed of your curves! An outfit looks great when worn with personality and confidence, both of which have nothing to do with body type or measurements. When it comes to choosing the outfit, don’t hide your body with oversized, tent-like clothing. Instead, focus on really emphasizing your own, unique silhouette by highlighting parts of your body that you love and want to show off. Overall, a well-groomed appearance, great shoes and carefully selected accessories (especially jewellery) give every outfit that perfect touch.
You have exceptionally beautiful skin— What are the three key things you do for your beauty routine?
I always have a hydrating mist in my bag. I remove my makeup thoroughly with a good quality face wash and never forget to moisturize. Water is so important! I drink lots of water to keep my skin (and body) hydrated, looking young and fresh.
Who is your biggest role model?
My mom. She’s my heart and soul and greatest support.
A few words for CiiN
Thank you so much for choosing me as your cover model. It’s my first cover in the Middle East, so I’m thankful to CiiN for making this happen. I’m proud and honoured. It’s a big step for the industry that curvy women get so much attention and positive support.
Model: Nadine Mirada
Photographer: Helen Suleymanova
Dresses: Jean-Paul Benielli
Location: USA – LA – Downtown – Rooftop