Florenta Popa is an international model born and discovered in Romania. Besides modelling, she loves all that means a healhty lifestyle. She has walked the runway in shows and graced print ads for Marithe & Francois Girbaud, Hugo Boss, Valentino, L›oreal, Christian Lacroix, Simone Perele, Sonya Rykiel, International Salon de Lingerie-Paris, Lanvin, Jolidon, Wolford, Instituto Secoli Milano, Irina Schrotter, MNG, Miss Sixty, Patrizia Pepe, Gai Mattiolo, Toni Ward, Addy Van Krommenacker, Frey Wille, Balenciaga, MAC Cosmetics, L›oreal Paris, Hugo Boss, YSL, Marie Claire Arabia, Elle, Lanvin, Jolidon, Christian Dior, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, FHM, Men›s Health Australia, Penti, David Morris Jewelers and more.
Dolce Vita : Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Florenta Popa: As you know, I’m a romanian model. Besides modeling, I work as an editor for a fashion news magazine. My no 1 hobby is traveling and discovering new places. I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff, I really mean it! In life/ in general I seek to enjoy what’s rare and special, not ordinary. I simply love to feel alive!
What was it that captured your interest in modelling when you were a young teenager and gave you such intense determination to succeed as a model?
I remember I wanted so badly to give it a try, even though I wasn›t too confident with my body, with my look. My dad and one of my cousins believed in me and convinced me to go to
Metropolitan Top Model and Elite Model Look competitions. So I did.
At Metropolitan Romania contest I was first accepted and then eliminated for having a few extra centimetres/inches on my hips. After a short while, I went to the Elite Model Look Romania
competition and I won it.
Was winning the Elite Model Look in Romania what initially launched your career or had you already been booking lots of work prior to winning it?
Yes, everything started to change after winning the Elite Model Look competition.
First of all, I understood that being different is an advantage and all I had to do was to move to the right place for me and for my potential modeling career.
Was it more difficult finding work when you were in your teens due to living in Romania or did you begin to travel in search of opportunities?
I wanted to travel in search of opportunities – very well said. And in starting to travel, I›ve discovered my number one hobby: to travel.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Physically, I woudn’t change anything. I have learnt to accept and love myself the way I am. I had self confidence issues in my first years of modeling. Hard to believe, I know!
Concerning what’s behind the look, I would change some things… I wish I’d be less sensitive, first of all. Sometimes I care too much, I think and rethink too much so I’m trying to change
that. I’m also working on controlling myself when I’m upset/ annoyed. The truth hurts and sometimes I simply tell it… and then I regret it. I should somehow shape it, to make it more digestible.
I mean, I should always do that! I can be better and stronger.
How did you start modeling?
I was super skinny when I started. That sounds like a cliche, I know! What’s not a cliche is that my dad advised me to be a model, saying that I’m made for that and I should follow my path. He found a local agency for me, talked to my booker, then he joined me to few important castings, in the capital. He was the happiest dad ever when I won the Elite Model Look competition in my country. Then he told me “go travel the world, I’ll be here when you get back!”. He added, of course: “don’t forget to study for your exams”.
What do you think of the work as a model?
There are advantages and disavantages. In order to be successful or to simply work well, you have to make sacrificies. More exactly, you need to invest more time and effort. It depends how you see the glass, half full or half empty. In my opinion, the glass is refillable.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Stay natural, do your best, don’t become full of yourself.
What is your beauty regimen?
70% healthy food, 3L of water daily, long walks in fresh air (or half fresh! haahaha), little bit of gym, playing tennis from time to time (when I have a good partner).
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
Chameleonic, punctual, I take my job seriously. Or when an agency decided to send me back home because I gained few kilos. Then I realized that the real failure is not trying.
And being successful means to do what you love without compromising, being able to rise again after you fall, being able to support yourself.
At some point you may decide to retire from modelling – or at least only do exciting gigs – do you have other interests career- wise that interest you?
True. I›m working in e-commerce.