My name is Natasha Peitersen, I’m a 16-year-old junior in high school, and I’m from Tampa, Florida. I was scouted at the age of 14 by Fox Models and participated in their showcase. Ever since then, my passion for modeling ignited. Modeling is a form of art; it allows me to express different emotions and movements through the capture of a camera and on the runway. It makes me feel unique because I’m able to tell a story through the different expressions and poses I project towards the photographer and viewers. Modeling is something I want to pursue in life and hopefully, I’m able to turn this into a successful career.
At the age of 15, I participated in the Florida Quince Guide Fashion Show (my first fashion show). I remember shaking terribly because of the nerves I felt like the hours for preparation of the show passed. A lady came up to me and told me to relax and that everything was going to turn out beautifully. That lady just so happened to be Gwen Nanna, the owner of Tampa Modeling Institute, the instructor that taught me everything I know about modeling, and if it weren’t for her and for this show, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Currently, I am with Alexa Models, I’ve participated in many fashion shows, casual bookings, photo-shoots, and have even been published in magazines like Ellements magazine and the Florida Quince Guide magazine. I’ve been able to work with incredible photographers such as Chalo Garcia, and Chuck Kovach. My goals and aspirations include signing full time with a major agency in New York, traveling around the world and participating in fashion shows and photo-shoots, and being published in popular magazines such as vogue.
Please describe your personality?
At first, I’m shy when I meet new people but as I get to know them I become more bubbly and outgoing.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about modeling. I love participating in fashion shows and not only gaining more experience but also getting the chance to meet new people. Photoshoots are so fun because of the story people can interpret from me and the poses and body movements I perform.
Please tell us some of your Hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include singing and dancing. I like to go running around my neighborhood and listen to music. I love spending quality time with my close friends and family, and watching a thriller movie.
What makes you enjoy life the most?
What makes me enjoy life the most is being a positive person. Looking on the bright side of things makes me more content and making the most out of adventures and experiences that come my way.
What else you do besides modeling?
I go to school and study a lot, I go running, I love to go shopping with my mom and enjoy a hot chocolate with my dad at Starbucks. My sister and I love watching movies together and walking around the mall.
Tell us one thing about yourself people might find surprising.
I’m a Viking! I have Danish blood in me. My dad’s side of the family originated in Denmark and we all love black licorice.
Top Destinations in the world you want to visit?
I want to take a big trip to Europe and visit England, France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, and Greece.
Why did you start Modeling?
I started modeling because it always interested in me. I fell in love with it during my first photoshoot at Miami beach with an incredible photographer.
How has modeling shaped your personality?
Modeling has made me more confident in myself. When I’m on the runway I project security and self-assurance. Modeling has also taught me to have a tough heart and to never give up on my goals no matter how many times I get rejected.
What are your goals for your modeling? What’s next for you?
My goals are to continue expanding my modeling portfolio as well as signing with one of the top modeling agencies in the world. I want to participate in the New York fashion week and model for Sherri Hill. I have always wanted to be on the shopping bags, modeling for Hollister or Abercrombie, and shoot a makeup commercial for Maybelline New York cosmetics.
Any recommendations you could give to new face models?
I recommend starting small and working your way up with local fashion shows and photoshoots, so that you have the experience and tools to make it big in the modeling industry.
What is your favorite photography style? Commercial, Fashion, Artistic, Glamour, Portrait, etc
My favorite style of shooting is high fashion and art, I love how you can tell a story with a scene and your wardrobe as well as the makeup you have on.
Which would be the perfect location for a Photoshoot?
The perfect location for a photoshoot would be in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower as the sunsets.
Which Brand / Designer would you like to Shoot for?
I think it would be so fun to shoot and model in the clothes Kendall and Kylie Jenner design for the store Pacsun. It has an edgy hipster type style to it, and in my opinion, those are the best clothes to have a photoshoot in.
Do you prefer Studio or Location?
The location seems more realistic and less staged.
Natasha’s Health & Fitness
How about you and Fitness?
I used to figure skate, however now I run track and stay fit by running around my neighborhood and doing abdominal exercises at the house. One day I’ll go for a run and the next day I’ll stay in and tone up my stomach and arms.
Favorite Healthy Food?
My favorite healthy food is avocados. I love to put them in my tacos, sandwiches, or as a side plate.
If you could interview a great person, who would it be and why?
I would love to interview Tyra banks, I love her show “Americas Next Top Model” and she is a huge inspiration to me regarding my modeling career. I incorporate what I learn on the show to the actual runway and photo sessions I participate in.
Follow Natasha on Instagram: @natasha.peitersen