A beautiful personal picture, Karmen sent to me to run alongside her Q&A
The top model featured today ( Currently No 4 on Models.com Rankings) is the lovely Karmen Pedaru, 23 years old, who hails from Estonia.
Karmen was discovered in 2005 at a drama theatre in Tallinn. A huge sports fan and participator, he was the goalkeeper on Estonia’s national U-19 football team for a year before she quit to pursue modelling.
It was in A/W 2008 that Karmen had her first killer show season, walking no less than 43 shows, in all the four major fashion cities. I’ve since worked with Karmen on numerous occasions, mainly at shows and a few shoots. She’s shy and a little reserved but once you get to know her she’s a lot of fun, always smiling and giggling. She’s super professional at work and an amazing model, so much so that she’s risen to and currently standing at No 4 in Models.com rankings.
Karmen got married in 2012 to an Italian man, and has since moved homes. I’ll let her fill you in about that below.
I managed to catch up with her recently in London on an advertising shoot and asked her if she would do my Q&A for me. she gladly obliged after looking at my blog and liking it. Karmen also made a friend in my dog Buster, who took a real shine to her.
So without further ado, I give you the biggest model to come out of Estonia since Carmen Kass, the sexy, sporty, chic Karmen Pedaru.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
I was very into sports while growing up so i was hoping to be a professional soccer player or a trainer. But something with sports.
HOW DID YOU GET DISCOVERED AS A MODEL?
I got discovered when i was 15 from Drama Theatre in Estonia. I went to see a play with my grandmother and after it was finished i went to take my coats from the wardrobe and bumped into my mother agent. She was asking if i wanted to be a model and i said maybe 🙂
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?
Im very happy being me but if then i think i would like to have been Audrey Hepburn. I think she was so beautiful and I loved her as an actress.
(Above: Some of Karmen’s beautiful Vogue cover work.)
WHERE DO LIVE RIGHT NOW?
I live in Rome.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I wouldn’t change anything. Rome is brilliant.
YOU’RE A HUGE SUCCESSFUL MODEL,WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE NEXT FOR YOU AFTER MODELLING?
I do have things in my mind but i try to go day by day and see.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
My top beauty products would be
Crème De La Mer moisturizer.
Bioderma Crealine H2O Ultra-Mild Non-Rinse Face and Eyes Cleanser
Frederic Malle Une Rose parfume
Sugar Lip scrub.
WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW? (FOOD,FASHION, MUSIC, ART ETC)
When i moved to Rome I got very into food and wine. Especially wine, I love trying new wines and knowing more about them.
Also i love going to art exhibitions and museums. I love ballet and opera. I could go and see different plays everyday.
(Above: Some more examples of Karmen’s beautiful editorial work.)
WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP AND ARE YOU STILL INOT IT NOW?
I was like every other kid from my generation i guess, into Britney Spears, Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys.
Now I love house music. I can listen to whatever music all day but i just love house.
IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE ONLY 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE?(AND EXPLAIN – IF YOU WANT TO- WHY YOU CHOSE THEM )
Miguel Campell: Something Special
Alicia Keys: Fallin
J Cole-Can’t Get Enough
Hi Tack: Say Say Say
Adrian Lux: Teenage Crime
Mr. Fingers. Can You Feel It
Chromatics: Tick of the Clock
Relight Orchestra: Elegibo
Axwell: Let it Go
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
London and summertime Ibiza.
WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
(Above: Some more of Karmen’s Vogue covers.)
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?
At the moment mostly i wear Celine, Saint Laurent, Givency, Chloe, Michael Kors, Balenciaga, Valentino.
Its really hard to say because everyone has something i like. But these are the basic stores I go to if i need something.
YOU’RE PACKING TO GO ON A TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS AND CAN TAKE 5 FILMS ON ITUNES OR DVD’S WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE, AND IF YOU WANT, SAY WHY YOU LOVE THEM IF YOU WANT TO?
Life Is Beautiful ( i was crying like crazy)
Any Audrey Hepburn movie
There is much more but these were the ones what really moved me.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?
White Chocolate melted and marzipan
(Above: Some more of Karmen’s recent editorial work.)
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD
hahaahaha, I dont know. I think I’m tough.
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?
Tiger or Black panther.
(Karmen at the Burberry Prorsum A/W 2013 show, hair by me.)
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
I love massage.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?
I’m in L.A and going to Miami in few hours.
Many thanks to Karmen!!! See you all soon!!