MEET

FLORENCE OLIVEIRA

We met Florence at one of our The Model Cloud casting days which she attended in London, earlier this year. At our casting day, it became clear very quickly that this young woman has many more talents up her sleeve than we originally scouted her for. Next to being stunning and talented in front of the camera, Florence is also a very creative make-up artist as well as fierce kick boxer! And this beauty is surely out to pack a punch into showbiz!

Photo of Florence’s make-up creations.

Tell us Florence, how did you get into modelling? 
The first time I modelled was for my cousin. We decided to work together because I needed some images for an acting agency I was applying to, and we ended up having so much fun! We got some great images that we both used in our portfolios, and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do more modelling. I uploaded a few photos of earlier work to a casting platform and made some contacts on there, which really got me started

What is your background and does this affect your work as a model? 
I trained at the Guildford School of Acting for three years. I’ve always had a love of performing and have always seen myself as being on screen. Naturally being very comfortable in front of a lens gives me an advantage. My background in acting also helps me to tell a story or channel an emotion on camera, as well as work well creatively with a team.

Photo by Raluca Babos/HMUA and styling by Sophie Turner

What was your favourite photoshoot? 
My favourite shoot so far was with a fabulous lady who goes by the name of SillkJ Photography. She was so sweet and lovely to work with. Before we started, she asked me what I wanted to get out of the shoot. She was really invested in the shoot and even made some suggestions, such as for me to come with my hair curly, which made me nervous as I always wear it straight. In the end, the images turned out fantastic and she really helped me to fall in love with my natural hair. She helped me go out of my comfort zone in such a friendly and professional way!

Do you have an idol? If yes, why this person? 
It has to be the actress Katheryn Winnick! You may have seen her as Lagertha in Vikings. She’s so intelligent, driven, and talented, and she’s the reason I started kickboxing and Muay Thai. She started training from a really young age, and had her own boxing school by the age of seventeen! That’s determination and talent and I really admire that in her. I’d love to be as good an actress as her one day

Photo by Digital-Flow

How do you use social media and has it been helpful in your modeling career? 
Social media is super helpful because you can connect with like-minded people, share your work, and learn from one another. I love seeing other people grow in their careers and it gives a great feeling when someone likes your work and would like to collaborate with you on future projects. I try to post regularly on my social media. This way my account stays active and maximise the amount of people who see my work. To be honest, I sometimes don’t like the pressure of the need to post all the time in order to become successful. Sometimes the industry makes it seem like the amount of followers you have is the be all and end all. Which of course it is not, but I definitely do see the benefit of an active and good amount of followers

What do you think of the current state of fashion and the industry around it? 
It depends on what part of the industry, to be honest. I don’t always keep up with the latest trends unless it’s make-up. I understand that the model industry is still problematic in terms of unrealistic expectations around dieting and body image, but I also think there has been a lot of progress in recent years. Of course we aren’t there yet and we still have a long way to go, but the industry became so much more inclusive of race, gender and sexual orientation. It is really becoming an exciting and beautiful community to be a part of. Years ago, I never would have thought that the people I would look up to right now in my work as make-up artists, would be men or transgernder make-up artists! It really makes me happy that these are things that we can now talk about openly. This all goes to show that makeup and fashion are for everyone

Photo and make-up by Valentina Mitroi

What do you do when you’re not modeling? Any special hobbies, passions or untapped talents? 
I’m currently trying to build up my showreel as an actor. I’ve recently been filming for a lot of short films. I did a short film called Duffel, where I play the lead character who has accidentally killed someone while trying to carry out a small-scale robbery. It is a pretty intense film! Next to that, I do a lot of immersive theatre, so when we re-emerge from isolation you can hopefully see me perform at some festivals during Summer! 

Isolation has given us a lot of free time. What have you been filling your days with during the confinement? 
Actually, I’ve been using this time quite productively! Each day of the week I challenged myself to come up with a new makeup look, which had a great response. Next tot hat I’ve written a short play which I’m hoping to submit to the BBC, so fingers crossed! Being in isolation has also given me a chance to really get back into fitness. For quite a few weeks I struggled due to stress and the repercussions of COVID-19. During trying times like these I find that keeping active, and getting creative in the kitchen really helps with my mental health

Photo by Rodney Pedroza

What is your life motto, and how do you apply it during these trying times? 
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose”. by Robert Byrne. It really keeps me going when things seem a little bleak. You need to give yourself something to pursue that you really feel passionate about so you don’t end up stagnating. As long as I keep myself busy and productive using my talents, I’ll be okay

What are your dreams for the future? 
My dream would be to star in my own art house horror film which of course I will write myself. Stylistically, I think it will look like the film Midsommar. It’s so beautiful and a little trippy, making the real horror aspect of it the way it plays with your mind. Another dream of mine is to direct films one day

Any advice or quote that inspires you which you would like to share with fellow models and readers? 
Here’s a great quote by RuPaul Charles “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”. Self-love and acceptance is incredibly important, and you really need to take care of your own physical and mental well-being during these crazy times. Go out there and live your best lives! Or not actually, you’ll have to do it from home for the time being

Photo by SilkyJ

Florence is a great example of how the world of modeling and the world of acting go together perfectly. Oftentimes, these two crafts are two sides of the same coin. Working well in front of the camera, whether it be film or photo, has a lot more to it than just having won the genetic jackpot. Many of us think you need to have the ideal body measurements and desired look to be a successful model. But the success of a model comes down to being able to communicate with your audience, through the eye of the camera. And this is exactly where acting comes into place. Talents such as Florence show the importance of communicating a character or an emotion in each shot to captivate the audience, much like in acting. 

So far you have only seen Florence in her captivating photographs as model, if you are also interested in seeing more of her work as actress make sure to check out the links below!

www.instagram.com/florencexoliveira/
www.spotlight.com/4938-8979-9240