lisa grace exclusive interview

Lisa Gracwe

You have a very unique look and when looking at you one tries to find out where you are from. Can you tell us where this unique look is from?
Thank you very much, I am very flattered. I think I will disappoint you when I say that I’ve heard this a million times? I was assumed to be from so many different countries and told that I can show so many different looks e.g. Mediterranean, Asian, Mixed African, Middle Eastern, it almost covers it all. That is why people never really know where I am from. I usually have my fun with it.
You are making it even more interesting to know where your origin is from. Will you share this with Vogue in Pakistan?
This is always an interesting question. My country Kurdistan hasn’t been on the world map for many years. Only until recently in the news there are discussions about separation of the Kurdistan Region from Iraq. At this moment the Kurdish people are the biggest nation in the world without an independent country. We are all hoping for a positive change as my family and I never identified with a homeland. As for where I was born, I come from the Kurdish region of Turkey, was raised in Germany and now live between Germany, UK and Malta.
How old were you when you started modelling?
I was 16 years old; I had just finished High School. I was curious about the fashion industry, just like any other teenager and entered the competition for Miss Germany.

Lisa Gracwe
How was your experience competing for Miss Germany?
I didn’t even win the round for the finals but it gave me the drive to never give up. It was an interesting experience and I will forever cherish it. I also continued to focus on my studies while modelling abroad. My determination led me to an opportunity in 2009 to work for Nigerian designer, Angel Sadel, as the face of her clothing line.You were modelling during your time at Oxford Brookes University. Please share with Vogue in Pakistan your experience in doing both.Studying in a foreign country is always a challenge for young people. I had a great time and I am proud to say that through hard work and determination, I graduated at last year with a Bachelorette degree in Real Estate Management. During my studies, I was further engaged in many catwalk shows in both Oxford and London. I also managed photo shoots for many different designers. It was a good practice to get to know the fashion and modelling industry. Yet this achievement came also with the reward of learning a new language, meeting new people from all around the world, and making new friends.
What projects have you worked on recently?
I was recently a part of the PFW6 London Weddings of Asia show and also worked with London based designers Tina Lobondi and Omar Mansoor.

How have you heard about the Pakistani Fashion Week in London?
I heard about the PFW in London about 3 years ago. I saw some images on the internet, and social media and wanted to be part of it at some point in my modelling career. I enjoyed following the show over the years.
What made you want to participate on the Pakistani Fashion Week in London?
I was fascinated by the collections, the colourful and elegant designs. I completely fall in love with the bridal couture. I love the sparkling sequins and fine details of the designs. I have great respect and admiration for the designers who try to bring ethnic clothing to a Western audience.
What was the most interesting experience for you during the show?
The fact that most of the designers were coming all the way from Pakistan to the UK to present their collections; total of 30 designers. You will understand that there was a lot of energy from everyone wanting to deliver a brilliant show to represent Pakistan. I must say I do understand the hard work of everyone involved, wanting to show Pakistan as a country in a different light on the catwalk. I my view, they delivered a great show.
Will we be seeing you again on the Pakistani Fashion Week in London?
I cannot confirm anything at this stage but I would be interested in participating again. I was told that the next PFW will be opening the doors for designers worldwide to showcase their collections. I am excited to see the show in November in London.
Who have you worked with in the past?
I’ve worked with designers, Angel Sadel, Saknia Ali and Lenie’s Revival. I also had the pleasure of working with various photographers and of them, Photographer Adrian Krajewski. I also worked with French hairdresser, Anne Veck and Samantha Oshea; who I have had the pleasure of modelling for in the launch of the, AE Paradigm in Malta.
I am fortunate to have met all these people in this industry. They all have been inspirations to me and have encouraged me to take my modelling career further.
Are there any interesting projects you are working on at the moment?
I have several things lined up but wish to not be too revealing at this time. What I can say, I was asked to model for a jewellery designer in London along with another competition in August. There is the London Fashion Week in September. And last but not least, I was recently approached to be part of a choreographed show at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October and another show in Rome in December.
How do you feel about the fashion industry?
I love the fashion industry but one must bear in mind it is a trillion dollar business and must be observed as a business. Being a model is a creative art form and I am a very creative person. As a model you have to be able to express, inspire and capture the concept of the designer, the allure of the product and the heart of the people. Like in any other industry, there are both negative and positive aspects. I choose to focus on that which is positive and spread that energy to those I am working with.
Do you have any recommendation for young girls who want to become a model?
My recommendation is that young girls today who are thinking of becoming a model should also think to become a manager, director, gatekeeper in the area they dream of. Diversifying ones interest provides stability. Though beautiful, the world of fashion can be very rocky and one can easily miss a step. So often, many young women come into this industry with little or no education, where in the end they face a reality where they find themselves at a certain age, unable to attain work.Modelling should serve a greater purpose; it should be a catalyst for growth. That is my message to young girls out there.