Models1 is home to a multi-faceted crew of beauties. Florence Kosky is a model and filmmaker, utilising her talents and social media platform to shed light on issues facing her peers today. From mental illness to feminism, Florence doesn't shy away from the hard topics and her words are a reminder that even in an often superficial industry, there is room for thought-provoking discussions. Read on to hear about her introduction to modelling and her hopes for the future.
M1: How did you get stared in modelling?
FK: I was scouted when I was 16 at a music festival called 'Freeze Fest' that used to run at Battersea power station by one of the New Face's bookers at Models1 named Luka. I love her, she's the best. I'd just had my phone stolen so when she asked me for my phone number and I couldn't give it to her I felt bad because I felt like she thought I was lying (laughs) but we traded e-mail addresses and after a little bit of back and forth I came in and signed with the agency.
M1: What does it mean for you to be a part of an agency celebrating 50 years?
FK: Being apart of Models1 is really special because not only is it an institution in the London fashion industry but it's a family and I've grown up being apart of it. I've grown with all the bookers and yeah it feels like home.
M1: What has your experience been like so far as a model?
FK: It's been good - I mean I've been full time now for over 4 years and like any job, for that length of time you're going to have mixed experiences but I've got really supportive and really wonderful agencies. I've had really amazing opportunities with travel and the people I've met so it has been positive for the most part I would say.
M1: Did you get any really good advice when you first started out?
FK: Yeah...call your agent! If anything is going wrong - anyone makes you feel uncomfortable or anyone puts you in a situation that isn't professional. Just say "excuse me I need to use the toilet" be super lovely, super polite and go into the toilet, call your agent and be like "Help me" because that's their job and it's saved me a few times.
M1: Have you ever had any super weird moments on set?
FK: Yeah, I think considering it's a physical job and you're working with your body it always gets a little bit awkward at times. Whether it's a comfort thing and you're in a bikini in the sea in England pretending it's summer in November or wearing a leather dress in the Arizona desert in August. I think sometimes people forget that they're dealing with actual human beings when they're asking you to do stuff.
M1: We know that Feminism is something that you feel really strongly about and often use your platform to speak on. How do you respond to people that feel being a model and feminist are at odds with one another?
FK: You must be aware of who you're working with and whether you want to work with those people. If someone's done something/behaved in a certain way or you hear rumours that they're doing something that you don't agree with then you have to stick to your guns and be like "cool I'm not going to put myself in that situation because I don't want to support that persons work". It's cool because modelling gives you a platform with the media, press and social media allows you to really push the issues that you're passionate about. Whether it's feminism, racism or homophobia we now all suddenly have a platform and I think it's important that we use that platform.
M1: Tell me about the job you're most proud of or your most favourite moment so far?
FK: There's been a lot of really amazing jobs in my career that I'm really proud of that have taken me to some insane places. There was a job where I went sky diving in South Africa - that was insane! Then I went on a little water plane in the Maldives, that was amazing but I think probably my favourite job, location wise and job wise, was doing Raf Simmons last pre fall collection for Dior in Tokyo. It was so fun because 'Blade Runner' is my favourite movie and they used the sound track from Blade Runner as the sound track to the collection. There was all this fake snow falling and I closed it so I was very happy about that. It was in this massive sumo arena in the middle of Tokyo - it was terrifying because the shoes were big and I couldn't really walk in them and so I was thinking please don't fall over the whole time. It was amazing to go to Japan which is my favourite place I've ever been to and be in a well-recognised cultural place there with such an amazing designer, for such an amazing brand. It was special, I'll never forget that one.
M1: Tell me about how you'd like to see your career progress in the next ten years?
FK: As well as modelling, I also do acting and directing so my ideal situation would be to win loads of Oscars and that someone gives me a beauty contract, a fragrance contract, a hair contract and a Vogue cover (please...thank you.) In all seriousness, I would love to keep expanding my network with other creatives within the fashion and film industry and carry on working with all the inspiring people that I've been working with, behind and in front of the camera, so the same but older I guess..