It’s about time we get our features back to the roots! This week we are introducing Jenny from Girls Club Management, a new boutique agency run by women for women actively scouting on the streets of Berlin. Jenny’s story is one of many places and radical changes, one that is essentially European, and one that really strikes a chord with us. So we took the chance to chat about living within different cultures and languages, packing a life in one suitcase, meeting new people, embracing new perspectives, and basically all that is good about this freedom of movement of ours. Here comes our talk with some pics of our walk through the streets of Prenzlauer Berg, enjoy!
Thanks for meeting us, Jenny! Would you say, you’ll go wherever life takes you?
I’ve always enjoyed discovering new places, especially when traveling. However, if we are talking about settling down somewhere, I wouldn’t say I would go anywhere. I’m quite attached to the European lifestyle, and I do like the idea of being able to go to my home country within a few hours and see my relatives.
Everything started in Lyon. Since you are the first Lyonnaise we met, would you mind telling us a bit about your city and give us some tips on where and when to go when visiting?
Lyon is definitely a city one should visit when coming to France. We call it “the little Paris”, as the architecture is very similar but life is more enjoyable due to the human size of the city. The best spots are of course the city centre, the old town with typical restaurants called “Bouchons” (meaning “corks” in English), and the hills of Fourvière and La Croix Rousse to see a beautiful panorama of the city. Besides, there are a lot of young people and Lyon is becoming a really good place for culture and music, especially with the new district called Confluence.
You have recently moved to Berlin, a magnet for all sort of people from all over the world. What was your first impression of the city? Has it lived up to your expectations?
The beginning was not as easy as I expected, since I arrived in deep winter, when it’s so cold and so dark that everyone just prefers to stay home. All people I met were telling me that spring and summer will uncover a brand new city. And they were right! I really enjoy the fact that, although it’s a capital, you don’t have this sensation of having too many people around you (which is the case of Paris for instance), thanks to the wide streets, the parks, etc. There are also lots of nice cafés, bars and cool cultural events to attend. I think Berlin is such a big city with so many different atmospheres that it just takes time to get used to it, and find your place.
Before you have been living all over France, in the UK and in Spain. Is leading such a nomadic life and constantly adapting to new cultures and languages something that you have always been attracted to or rather something you got to learn and appreciate with time?
The more I grew up, the more curious I got regarding other countries and the more languages I wanted to learn. I enjoyed my first move abroad and it probably triggered the other ones.
I think once you have had a good experience abroad, some part of you will probably want to try it again, either by going back to this specific city/country or by discovering another place.
Within all the experiences you’ve made, is there anything special that positively surprised you?
What comes out from all those experiences is that even though the cultures and ways of living are different, you can always manage to make a couple of real friends. Some will just be friends with who you enjoy to spend some time with, party etc, but with a few of those, you will have a real connection and will keep this friendship for long.
What do you feel you have learned from these years on the move? Would you call yourself adventurous today?
Moving abroad helps you to open your mind, to see things from a different perspective, especially when you have friends from different nationalities. It also enables you to realize what is actually good in your home country; things which you took for granted whereas they should be valued, as not every country has it.
I wouldn’t say I am adventurous, as I did not move to challenging places such as some countries in Asia or Africa. I think I’ve just learnt that I should take good opportunities when they come, even if it means going to a place which is not familiar.
Has your style actually changed with the places you have been living in?
I don’t think my style has changed, some people even told me that I “looked so French”! The only thing which could have influenced it is the habit of Spanish women to always wear colors.
Have you ever considered working as a model before being street-scouted here in Berlin?
I was scouted for the first time when I was a teenager, nevertheless my objective has always been to study and get a degree. As I did not study in Paris, I could not do both – modeling and studying – so I chose to get a Master’s degree instead, and I don’t regret it. We are all aware that fashion is a really tough industry, and one’s success can end from one day to the other. Having graduated offers me a solid back-up and I’m really grateful to have this opportunity again.
Is working in the fashion industry something you were ever interested in before? What are you most looking forward to now?
I’ve always been highly interested in fashion. As a student, I have always tried to get working experiences in this market and did several internships in fashion companies. This new perspective is really exciting and thrilling! I am looking forward to have more jobs as a model, meet new people, discover new places and get even more insight in the market.
Models, as all people who constantly move, don’t usually carry much with them – it’s often just a suitcase. What is the possession you treasure the most?
I’m indeed very familiar with the 23kg suitcase which must contain all the necessary things you will need for months! I would say that my jewelry is what I treasure the most. Not in the sense that they are precious but in the sense that they either remind me of people who offered them to me at a specific time, or of the places where I bought them. Treasuring an object is often more related to a memory than to the object itself.
If you could settle down one day and have plenty of space, what would you start buying?
Nice contemporary furniture and decoration accessories, as they are the items I couldn’t really buy so far as I was always on the move.
Is there one thing that you hope will never change, no matter how many turns your life may take?
I hope I will still be just as eager to meet new people, and that I won’t be afraid of moving again if it happens to be the best choice to make.