Day in the Life of an International Model, Iggy Van Dinther
By Livan Samudio
Day in the life of an international model. From morning to evening. (before a photoshoot, preparing for a campaign/runway show, etc)
Interview with Eighth “Iggy” Van Dinther, international fashion model, who has been a part of fashion shows such as Ralph Lauren and more. Through this interview, Dinther gave a unique perspective on being an international model. She gave us a look at a day in her life and told us what goes on before and after photoshoots or fashion shows. Dinther not only touches on topics like her skin routine and show preparation but she also provides advice for those wanting to be in the industry. She breaks down the stereotype that most have of what a model’s life looks like and gives motivation to those with dreams to work in the fashion industry.
Do you have a wake-up routine on days of shows or photo shoots?
“I definitely have a wake-up routine. I love structure in my life, I think it’s my Dutch background. On days that I have to work, I love to work out before. This can be a hot yoga class, a barre class, or any fitness training I can get at Equinox. I love all the classes there. Some people call me crazy, but I used to do the 5 am running class before I had to be on set for American Beauty Star. It just makes me more energized to have moved my body early in the morning. It’s the perfect start of my day.”
How do you stay active? Does that differ for working out or dieting for shows or shoots?
“Working out and eating healthy is part of my lifestyle. It’s not a diet anymore. I’ve become to love it. I live it every day. I try to treat my body as my temple. I love myself too much not to care about it. Working out every day in any form (yoga, fitness, cardio) makes me feel good. It’s like an addiction. I can’t live without.”
Do you have a skin routine for mornings and evenings? How do they differ, if at all?
“Lately I have been using a lot of ‘Retinol A’ products. My skin is getting more mature and I need to make sure that wrinkles stay away for as long as possible. Because this product does dry out some parts of your skin, I use Hyaluronic acid from The Ordinary. This makes my skin glowy and hydrated. Besides that, I will never go to bed without taking off my makeup. Doesn’t matter how many Espresso Martini’s I consumed the night before... That makeup doesn’t go into my bed!”
What is your process at home before going to a shoot or show?
“If I find the time, I love to meditate and do a cleansing ritual. There are a lot of energies going on at a showground. I need to stay centered and focused. When I’m working, I like to have peace in my mind, especially because show days can be very hectic.
Besides that, I try to prepare my own meals. Good breakfast is key and because the catering is not always healthy, I try to make my own meal prep.
In the years of my modeling career, I noticed that meal prep is for me the best way to stay in shape. I know I can’t control myself at the crafties. But when I know I made my food and prepared it with love, it’s easier to choose the healthy option.”
Do you do any preparation prior or do you let all the preparation happen at hair and makeup?
“It’s always like this; when I do my own hair/makeup prep at home, the make-up artist is fully loaded with products and has enough time to pamper me. When I don’t do my own hair/makeup Prep, the makeup artist/hairstylist doesn’t bring anything, and I have to do it all day without sunblock. So, I’ve learned my lesson over the years; just always bring a survival kit. Mine is full of sunscreen, lip balm, dry shampoo, and hand cream.”
What does a day of meals look like when preparing for a show or a photoshoot?
“I love food! And to stay satisfied the whole day, I have 6 little meals a day. I start my day with a green smoothie, followed by a snack, then lunch, another snack then dinner, and if I’m still hungry after that a late-night snack full of protein.”
Do your daily meals differ if the event is in the morning or the evening?
“I used to eat much less during working days. I always thought I had to be extra skinny for workdays so I would skip a lot of meals during shows or photoshoots. Now that I’m older and I’m working out a lot more I need food to survive. When you lift weights, you need the energy to fuel you up. I even feel less bloated now that I do eat. Because I have real abs from training and no flabby bellies from just starving myself.
I think that’s the message I want to bring to young models; that you don’t have to starve yourself to be a model. Loving yourself and taking care of your body by feeding it nutritious food is way more important and will bring you a longer-lasting modeling career. Trust me I learned the hard way!”
What was your first big modeling event? Were you nervous? Do you get nervous about events?
“Big events were working for Ralph Lauren and Monique Lhuillier or fashion shows for Oscar de la Renta. Those shows still make me nervous. But fashion weeks don’t give me nerves anymore. I enjoy them rather than being nervous. I can smile and enjoy the audience.
It’s funny what big designers can do to you, they make that little girl inside of you feel so small. I don’t know why that is... probably the old barbie habits come into play. We all just want to be loved and seen as perfect…”
What would you say is the hardest part of a day in the life of a model?
“Rejection after rejection. People judging you for your looks is hard. I developed a pretty tough skin during my years of modeling. But even now I still have trouble being accepted for who I am. It’s a daily practice of loving yourself. So please don’t take the fashion industry too seriously. Enjoy all the beauty of it but ignore the bullshit. You are Unique and nobody will ever be you.”
Livan Samudio is an editorial intern who's interests and passions include fashion, music, television shows, and pop culture.