Nadine Silva is a London based model/thespian/professional tourist. She is absolutely stunning and is super inspiring.
By Justice Jones
Let’s start with the basics, how did you first get into modeling?
Well, I was actually doing acting at NIDA back in Sydney, and at the time, that was my main priority along with finishing school. One of my coaches there suggested pursuing modeling on the side for some extra dosh and so I did.
That’s so good. NIDA is the best, so you are obviously a really talented girl!
Who is your favourite model?
Kate Moss seems to be my only consistent one. She’s such an iconic and timeless model. There’s just something about her, she has such a fascinating presence.
Nailed it. She is brilliant, so stylish and so beautiful!
If you weren’t a model, what could you see yourself doing?
Travel presenting/writing or acting. Who knows! I enjoy having my foot in the door of a lot of industries and juggling a few jobs at once. It’s loads of fun. I know, ‘never say never’ but I’m pretty sure you’ll never catch me with a 9-5 desk job.
That sound’s exactly like me, I love to be busy. I like to have options and I find pleasure working at things!
What has been your biggest achievement thus far?
I’d have to say backpacking Europe solo for 4 and a ½ months.
That sounds like so much fun. It must of been such a great experience.
You have a rockin’ body, how do you keep in shape?
I honestly am (very) blessed with a ridiculously fast metabolism. Before my big trip, I was going to the gym regularly, doing body weight exercises and yoga but since travelling I haven’t really had the time to (or put the time aside for) keep(ing) in shape. I kind of accepted the fact that I would gain weight while travelling and eating loads and loads of yummy food, and also the fact that I’d have to work it off as soon as I got to London. But surprisingly and thankfully, my weight hasn’t changed at all. I’ve just become less toned but I’m about to get back into the swing of things. I miss feeling strong!
It would be fantastic to have a metabolism like yours. Unfortunately, when I go overseas my weight definitely changes … haha.
Okay, If you had to pass on one bit of advice to an aspiring model, what would it be?
Don’t let what anyone else says affect how YOU feel about yourself.
So true! You decide the type of person you want to be and what you want to achieve, life is too short to seek approval. One of my favourite quotes is, “A person who hasn’t set out to do what you’re set out to do, should never have the power to discourage you.”
Anyway, who is your favourite photographer?
Ahhh I can’t pick one! There’s Steven Chee and his stunning black & white portraits, and then there’s Michael Donovan and his fun, raw and sex-infused style, and then Max Doyle and his beautiful beautiful editorials.
Excellent choices! I am definitely familiar with Steven Chee, his portraits are beautiful. I have looked at some of Michael Donovan’s work too and from what I’ve seen he is amazing.
Time for some quirky questions!
First word that comes to mind when I say:
New York: Magical
So I agree with everything but the Cronut! A croissant/donut = heavenly.
What’s 3 things, most people wouldn’t know about you?
I’ve lived in 6 different cities.
I grew up living in hotels.
I have a simian line on my right hand.
You grew up living in hotels?! That is so cool.
Beach or City?
How do you feel about travel?
Pure bliss. I wouldn’t be able to live without it. I’m in love with travelling the same way people are in love with other people.
Oh so am I. I love that answer!
In your opinion, where is the most beautiful place on earth?
Italy; the entire country, excluding the city of Milan.
New York and Paris come pretty damn close though.
I felt like I was in a different world in Paris and New York. Both cities are so unique, there is really no where in the world that is like them.
Is there a place that you have travelled to, where you have been deeply impacted by the people, culture or history?
I’m going to have to say Italy again and how impacted I am by that wondrous place really can’t be put into words. I just met the most incredible people when I was there; locals and travelers. I learnt a lot and about people, and human nature. Something about being in Italy shifted something in my world and in me. Oh and the Italian culture comprises of pure love, passion and food. I never experienced any of those 3 things the way I did when I was there, everything was on a whole other level. Not to mention Italian history is fascinating. They have so many ancient wonders, the legendary Roman Empire, the history of creative geniuses like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo… I could talk about Italy forever.
How amazing, you can tell that you are well travelled and super passionate about experiencing the world. It’s so inspiring.
(Nadine’s travel snap in Turkey)