Many models would have a lot to say during an interview with the press, but UK based model, Bernice Holmes, described her personality in the simplest of terms when asked during her interview with Globe Entertainment UK. “There’s not too much to tell really, I’m just a normal girl. I have a huge passion for animals. I am very active and sporty. I’m very friendly, outgoing,” she disclosed. With these words, Bernice seem to have painted a complete portrait of her personality.
The questions that followed this ice-breaker and the corresponding answers leant more meaning to those simple words she’d spoken.
How did you get into modelling?
It is sort of random the way I got into modelling. I was scouted by this agency, and was asked to come down to London for a test Shoot. So, I went along and after the shoot, I had an interview, and they were so excited, they said they loved my look and how I connected to the camera, and told me if I paid for my images I could use them for my portfolio, and I would go on their books. My boyfriend paid for the photos for me. That was the last time I heard from them again. However, I found the website “StarNow” and uploaded the photos and I started applying for jobs and decided to take control of my own career, finding my own work, and making sure that I was successful.
As a model, what is the one feature that sets you apart from other models?
I don’t feel like I am any more special than any other models out there, I mean these girls are gorgeous. But I believe that my determination, my dedication, my drive and my motivation are what set me apart from other models.
Until recently, most models were required to be of average height. Has your height been an advantage?
Fortunately, I am very tall (5ft 9in), with long legs and a long neck (like a giraffe lol) so my height has never been an issue for me. I believe I have been very lucky.
Do you have any other talent that people are not aware of?
I used to sing quite a lot. I also used to dance when I was younger, I used to compete for trophies and surprisingly quite often I would win. I have also been told by pretty much everyone I meet that I should be a stand-up comic lol.
What do you get up to when you are not modelling?
I spend a lot of my time with my boyfriend and my family. I also spend a lot of time on my hobbies.
As a model in high fashion, what was the weirdest location you had a shoot?
The weirdest location I had to shoot was for a music video. They wanted it took look gangster, so they had us filming at night in this weird industrial estate…they decided they wanted to shoot the girls walking towards the camera between TWO LINES OF FIRE!! So, they brought out this gas canister and poured it in two lines and lit them on fire. Then suddenly, the man holding the canister decided to pour more gasoline over the flame (bad idea for anyone that knows basic science, right?). So of course, the flames shot up the line of gas into the canister and then up the poor man’s arm. I left straight away after that, because I knew the car was going to blow up, and I didn’t want to die.
You come across as a tough lady. How do you cope with the pressure that comes with modelling in high fashion?
I have had some tough times growing up, and I think that the situations I have been through have made me a strong person. Also, I try not to take rejection too hard.
There have been many accounts of coloured being side-lined…has your colour ever been an issue in your career?
Of course, but you must just pass past it and move on. It is hard being a model of colour, because when you go to apply for a job, you will see that most will be requesting a “Caucasian” girl. However, saying that if I read the job description and I truly believe that although I am not Caucasian I am a perfect fit for the job, I will still apply for it, and a lot of the time I get the job.
What have been some of your achievements?
Every job I have had whether it being paid or unpaid, has been an achievement towards my career. But to be specific, some of my BIGGEST achievements have been:Walking for House of Ikons at London Fashion week September 2016 & February 2017, working with the Telegraph and Shorso on a modest fashion video, becoming the face of the up and coming brand: Moda Kasa Fashion House,
Training with the likes of Toya Styles & Jasmia Robinson and being featured in multiple videos on Link Up TV.
If I wanted to be a model, what would you say to me?
I would say, sit and think about if you are ready to fully commit yourself to this career. Are you ready to change your lifestyle, change your mind-set and essentially open your life to fans and followers? Are you ready to be getting up at 4:30am and working all the way through until 23:30 at night? If you can answer yes to all these questions, then you already have what it takes to be a successful model.