Each week, we take the time to highlight one of our favorite emerging models. Previously, we profiled Greta Dumenil and this week we’re turning our attention to Nike Fortmann. The German beauty is a versatile commodity with an elegant and poised presence. With her pore-perfect pale skin, and incredible bone structure, Nike is an original beauty who will stand out from the fray. We caught with the talented model to talk about her career so far, her passion for modeling, and her plans for the future.
Have you always wanted to be a model? If not, what did you want to be growing up?
No, I never thought about becoming a model. Back then I had no clue what I wanted to do going forward.
How were you scouted?
A scouter discovered me on the streets of Hamburg while I had a sunny day with a friend in the summer. A few months later I signed my first contract with my mother agency Modelwerk.
How would you describe yourself as a model in three words?
Ambitious, reliable, and open.
Your first modeling job?
At my first modeling job, I shot sportswear for an online shop.
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model?
Meeting nice people, traveling around the world, and the variety of it. Every job is different, and you never know what to expect.
Is there anyone that you admire as a role model and why?
I like Toni Garrn a lot. Although she is a very successful model, she seems to be very likeable and does a lot of personal engagement in social and charity projects.
What’s been your biggest OMG moment to date?
That was definitely walking the Haute Couture show for Dolce and Gabbana last summer. Everything was just magic. The atmosphere, the live music, the location at the temple at Sicily while sunset, the people, the clothes, the hair, and makeup – just everything!
Biggest lesson that modeling has taught you?
Always be yourself. Unaffectedness is one of the most important things! Everyone is special in his own way… Nobody is you and that is your power – never forget that!
What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received?
Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.
How do you stay in shape?
Eating healthy and being sporty, that’s all you have to do. I played basketball for a long time and I love going for a run in summer.
What do you think about fashion? What does it mean to you?
Fashion is a huge thing. You can get creative and inspired by other people, express your feelings, thoughts. There is no right or false. Everyone has the chance to be individual and fashion is one thing with what you can express yourself.
How would you describe your style?
Denim or leather?
Heels or flats?
Vintage or contemporary fashion?
What is your guilty pleasure?
I could eat too many carbs at once sometimes…
If you were an emoji, which would you be and why?
Haha, I really don’t know…
When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I do love sports and spending time with my family and friends.
What are you working on now and what do you dream of happening in the future?
The next step will be finishing high school next year. I would like to travel around the world in combination with modeling afterward and live a happy and healthy life.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Uff… I hope I have found my profession. And maybe I think of building up slowly an own family with a man by my side and someday enjoying life at our home with a huge garden, our kids and a dog.
Check out Nike’s profile here and check back next week to find out who our next ‘Model of the Week’ is.
Thank you Nike, for taking the time to talk with us!
Interview by Clinton Gonsalvez
Special Thanks to Cindy Klein @ Modelwerk (Hamburg).