Ieva Simkute / M4
shot in Berlin, July 8th, 2015 / published: Aug. 24th, 2015
We first worked with Ieva on a photo shoot in July 2014. One year later in the same city, we are glad she found some time to join us on a walk through Berlin Mitte for some portraits and a little chat about her experiences, her goals and her vision of life.
As I was sitting at our meeting point and looking around, I saw in the distance this tall slender figure with the longest hair, standing out from all the rest. And of course it was you. Is standing out something you get used to with time? Do you even realize it?
Well, I don't really know, I wouldn't call it standing out. I would agree that I'm a bit different, probably because I'm so tall – 180 cm is a lot for a girl. But I have been tall and skinny all my life. It was difficult when I was younger, kids can be horrible sometimes. But now I'm ok, I mean we all are different and there is nothing wrong with that. Despite my height, I still wouldn't say that I stand out from other people.
We took quite a touristic route through Mitte in Berlin and you told me, you love to travel and see new places. Do you take time out for sightseeing when you are working abroad?
That's right, I love to travel! Working as a model gave me this huge opportunity to travel and see new amazing places. Of course I find time to do sightseeing, but in my opinion the most important thing is not to see famous places, but to meet new people and learn about different cultures. People who are living there can show you special spots that would unlikely be mentioned in a tourist guide. When I’m able to travel I usually stay in one city for one or two months, so I have time to ‘feel’ the city better.
You have been to Milan recently, did you manage to see anything there?
Milan is small compared to Berlin. I love its architecture, the small streets. I have been in Milan before, so this time around I had the chance to get more impressions of other cities in Italy. One day, I was working on location near Castelletto, a small town on the beautiful lake Maggiore. The view was just breathtaking, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it. I hope I'll have the chance to go back there one day and enjoy that amazing view again.
You come from and are still based in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Is there something special about your country, that you can't find anywhere else? What are the best things to see and experience when visiting? And should we take some rain clothes with us?
It is special to me, because it's my home, my roots are there. It's a small country facing the Baltic sea. If you are ever visiting, you can see a lot of cities in a short time, since Lithuania is so small. I would suggest to visit our capital Vilnius, which has a beautiful old town, and then Trakai, a tiny town with an amazing castle surrounded by lakes. Furthermore you should definitely see our towns on the seaside. Lithuania is unique for the beauty of its nature. And talking about rain clothes... yes, you should probably take some, but I wouldn‘t say that it‘s as rainy as England, for example. We have nice weather, especially in Spring and Summer– not too hot or too cold, just warm, sunny and beautiful.
You have been modeling for five years now, while you are also studying and working in real estate management back home. How do you get it all organized? Would you say you are ambitious?
Life is short and we all should learn and experience as much as possible. I love challenges, I love that feeling when I accomplish my goals even more. I believe that people who are very busy find more time than others. I don't think that I do too much, I still have a few ideas I want to pursue, like learning more languages and taking jazz singing classes. I attended music school when I was younger and I miss my piano and singing a lot. I guess some may say I'm ambitious, I just think life is too short to be as simple and ordinary as everybody else.
Are there similar aspects in your work as a model and as a (future) real estate agent? Is there something you feel you learned working as a model, that will be useful for your future career?
Well, modeling taught me a lot of things that will help me in the future. I was shy and scared of everything, now I'm not afraid to be alone, I face challenges every day, I know how to fight for myself, how to communicate with people. I learned how to speak English, how to read a map, how to save money. I understood how hard my parents worked to give me everything they could, I value everything they did and still do for me. Modeling helped me learn all these things and a lot more which I didn't know before. I grew into a strong person because of that and I'm sure it will help me in my future job.
Due to your work and studies, you are probably very interested in architecture and design. So, if one day you would get to chose the home of your dreams, how would it look like?
Interesting question, I never really think about my future home. It depends on what I will be doing in my future. I'm still growing as a person and I think we all change every day because of the things we experience and the people we meet and our values change with that, too. So I can't say what my future house will look like, maybe I wouldn't even have a house, maybe I will be a traveller and I will wander all over the world for the rest my life, or maybe I will find the love of my life and create a family so all I would care about would be their happiness and where they want to live. We will see – that's the beauty of life! You can never know where it will take you!