The late, great Karl Lagerfeld once said that, “the secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new.” With this sentiment in mind, for many seasoned models, they know that success as a model comes from more than having a pretty face. ForAga Wojtasik, after nearly a decade in the modeling industry, she has amassed invaluable experience. But her biggest takeaway has not been related to how to look pretty, but rather, how to become an engaged, vibrant model on set that translates to beautiful, interesting photography. In New York, models come from near and far, aspiring to be the next face of the industry that grows into a mega supermodel. But as the industry continues to evolve, so do the trends of fashions and desirable models.
As a signee of New York Model Management, Wojtasik knows what it takes to become the model that Lagerfeld spoke of. Through the years, she’s worked for major name brand designers like Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake, French Connection and Uniqlo, helping her develop her style and rhythm as a model. After working and closely collaborating with various prestigious fashion photographers, Wojtasik was able to develop an invaluable skill—learning how to turn on her energy while in front of the camera.
Through a series of fluid movements and practices, Wojtasik comes to life on camera, helping her clients capture the exact essence they are after. Following the refinement of this unique skillset, Wojtasik managed to earn opportunities to work for even bigger names like Calvin Klein, LaQuan Smith, Rebecca Minkoff, Derek Lam, Pat McGrathm Anthropologie, Opening Ceremony, and Urban Outfitters in New York City. Despite her young age, Wojtasik managed to successfully prove her value and appeal as a model to casting directors worldwide.
“I quickly realized how important attitude and energy are on set,” Wojtasik say. “People love to work with people they like, so many times, my personality and simply being nice to everyone helped me rebook jobs.”
Having this experience and skillset in her arsenal, Wojtasik now looks ahead at her career with excitement and eagerness for more. Today, while she is grateful and humbled by her past opportunities, she now looks forward to a challenge, one that presents different obstacles and complexities. And despite the disadvantages that come with being a model, whether it be facing rejection or adversity, to Wojtasik, the benefits far outweigh the downside.
“I have learned how to take and respect criticism when it is constructive,” Wojtasik said. “It makes me a better model. However, some people’s opinions are not worth a second thought, and I have recognized how to differentiate the two, and ultimately this has made me very aware of my self-worth. I think a lot of models lose their sense of it, and their self-esteem drops. I am aware of who I am and what I stand for, and this has helped me maintain ground in the industry.”
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