The Italian fashion model
Third and final part of our first encounter with Federico, director of scouting at The Lab Models in Milan. Let’s talk about Italian fashion model. Not Fugger, to those who attend the modeling agencies for work, the fact that there are so few Italian models – although in Milan in comparison to foreign models.
Why are there so few Italian models, not to mention the top models? Because the Italian models, in my personal opinion (which, however, is shared by many in this environment), they want to be famous in Italy, they want to be known by their group friends, their family, in the country where they live. And then working as a model, now that is no longer the time for the top as Claudia in the 90s, is seen as a job sector that gives a fairly limited notoriety.
A famous model like Mariacarla Boscono for example, know so many, but it’s not like the days of Claudia or Naomi Campbell, even if it is at the same level, we talk about the fashion world. So to answer your question, it seems that the Italian girls prefer to try to make the tissues, working in television so all their friends and family can see. It is a mindset rather provincial. This is perhaps the first reason.
Then to become a model at a certain level, in addition to meeting the requirements of which we spoke earlier, you must be willing to travel. Very much. You have to detach yourself from your family, friends, make sacrifices. Abroad, the girls leave home at age 16, you say “go to study, found an apartment, working and studying.” Here live at home until they marry. It’s a cultural thing.
But it is not true that the Italian fashion designers do not want to, as they say the Italian models? ‘s not true. We’re a little thermophile, I agree, but also very spoiled. If an Italian girl begins to be famous, it can happen that it becomes a bit ‘too difficult to manage. It also happens with models of other nationalities, of course, but from experience I can tell you that it is perhaps a bit ‘more likely to happen here 🙂 Compared to when I started doing this work, the Italian supermodel are very few. Maybe Mariacarla Woody and Bianca (which is a very particular kind with her alternative lifestyle, the punk look) are the only two real Italian supermodel at this time.