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Issue33 - March 2018

Model/Singer Donna Zed

Model/Singer Donna Zed (Switzerland) Can you tell us a little about you? I’m a young swiss artist, still living in Switzerland in the French part. But I would love to move to a bigger city soon! My days are never the same, I switch between being a model, singer, teacher, photographer and other stuff everyday! If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be? If I could change something, I would like to be a little bit less hard on myself. I sometimes push myself way too hard to the point I become physically sick. How did you start modeling? I actually started modelling by accident almost. I bleached my hair to platinum blond, I naturally have very dark brown asian hair, and a photographer, Maria Grazia Grasso, approached me in the street because she wanted to do a photoshoot with me. It all started with her. What do you think of the work as a model? Working as a model is pretty fun, I really like it. It is almost a revenge on what people used to tell me when I was younger. Kids are cruel, they use to call me names, really racist sometimes, it was all about my looks and I never felt confident about myself because I thought my self worth was in the hands of the people judging me. Until the day I woke up and did not care anymore for their comments and just stayed my weird self. And my true self is what people like about me as a model. What is your beauty regimen? I eat healthy, a whole foods plant-based diet, 95% of the time and always remove my makeup before going to sleep and apply coconut oil in a thin layer on my face + moisturiser pretty often on the entire body. Nothing really special. What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others? I’m also a photographer/artistic director, which helps me while I model to actually communicate with the photographers more easily. I’m also a singer-songwriter-pianist so most of the times people like the fact I do not only do one thing. What are your plans for the future? I would love to walk / perform with my band at a fashion week! But as a real plan, I’m focusing on my next EP with my band and gaining more and more experience in the art world. As a model I’m planning to work more frequently as well. Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling? Just do it, for anything in life: better regret trying it than regret not even trying! - 88 -

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