TOP MODEL SECRETS

Melodie Monrose

Melodie Monrose is a book lover, make-up aficionado and knitting pro. But she’s also a top model. Today she tells H&M Life about her top beauty tips and the best advice she ever received.

Melodie Monrose for Ralph Lauren S/S 2014, Getty Images.

Melodie Monrose was a shy 18-year-old when a local model scout discovered her in the tropical paradise Martinique. Almost immediately she was flown to New York City and landed in the epicentre of the fashion industry. After four years in the business she has worked with legendary photographer Mario Testino and walked the runways for fashion powerhouses like Lanvin, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent. 

The 22-year-old has wanted to pursue a career in fashion for many years, but growing up her objective was designing the clothes instead of showing them. That plan changed, but she still has several ways to let her creativity out – like writing, drawing and learning new make-up tricks. 

Melodie also has plans for when – or if – she gets tired of modelling. Read what they are in her detailed answers to our questionnaire.

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…
“It’s very hard to pick one but I would say Hans Feurer. I also love every single one of the rare shoots Fabien Baron has done so far, and also David Bellemere and Mariano Vivanco. I like photographers who know how to capture women’s strength and sensuality.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER…
“How far I’ve come and the person that I’ve grown to be inside and outside.”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT WAS…
“It was probably the one for Mariano Vivanco's book project. It was a personal challenge, and he is somebody I had always wanted to work with.”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOW WAS…
“I would say Prada during my first season. It was one of the most important shows for me that season.”

THE SONG/ARTIST WHO ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS...
“Any song from Disclosure or Nina Kraviz!”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS...
“I like to try to improve my drawing skills during time off. I pick a part of the human body and try to sketch it. Apart from drawing I really like make-up. I have an impressive amount of products that I like to talk about with make-up artists I work with. They teach me awesome tricks that I try myself when I’m feeling like going all out. I also like to write. A lot. Since I was very little I’ve been writing different pieces and showed my friends who have encouraged me to continue, but I’m still very shy – especially when I write in English.”

MY MODEL ICON IS…
“I like Daria Werbowy, she is cool, sexy and seems so carefree. Her beauty is so fascinating to me. I admire Karlie Kloss for her impressive business approach to modelling and of course her posing skills. And also Joan Smalls: Her beauty, brains and strength. And that island girl thing – sounds like a good mix to me.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
“The SUN! I never feel more beautiful than after a few days in the sun. It makes me happy and I have the feeling that it shows on the outside.”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY…
“I keep healthy eating habits and exercise three times a week with my trainer Marc Gordon. I also love to have a spa day from time to time. I use the sauna, sit in the steam room and take a cold plunge.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I…
“Tie my hair in a ponytail or run to my hairdresser. I hate doing my hair myself.”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS…
“Breathing! Then after a spa day or a swimming session everything falls back into place.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
“Well, I know how to needlepoint. I don’t know how helpful it is going to be to me in the future, but it’ll add to my resume!”

I SMELL LIKE...
“My man. I am very emotional about smells, so when he is away I put his perfume on. It feels like he is with me.”



MELODIE MONROSE

DISCOVERED: In 2010 in her homeland Martinique in the French West Indies by local model agency Your Angel Models. 

CITY: Melodie lives in New York.

AGENCY: Premier Model Management

FAMILY: Mum, dad and an older brother.

TWITTER: @melodiemonrose

INSTAGRAM: @melodiemonrose

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