Going Home With Girls

Nina K

Berlin, Germany
Izaio Models
Briony Ridley
Valerie Oster
Hair & Make Up
Claudia Rotoli

How did you get into modelling?

I started doing a few shoots in Paris when I was 14, but never took it too seriously. When I decided to move to Berlin, I was advised to try at Izaio, which I did, and that’s how it started for real.

Are all your tattoos real? Which is your favourite?

Yes, they are all real… I think my favorite one is the tiny tooth I have on my wrist. It doesn’t mean anything, but maybe just having braces for three years made me a bit obsessed with teeth…

Three words to describe your apartment?

Not really my apartment, messy, cold.

What do you collect?

I used to collect elephants as a kid, it was all part of becoming a buddhist and being a vegetarian when I was 7 years old. Of course it didn’t last too long. Now I just live in a place with a collector so I don’t really feel the need to collect anything. For real.

Do you have any nicknames? What’s the story?

I have many nicknames. Ninoushka, minopu, yung ninja, nibs, pipu… They all have different roots and stories, and are all used by different types of people.

Maybe that’s what I collect actually.

If you had to choose one outfit to wear for the rest of your life, like a Simpsons character, what would it be?

I already dress with the same outfit everyday actually… White t-shirt, black jeans, nike socks, bomber jacket and reebok classics. And always a chocker around my neck.

Where were you born and how did you come to live in Berlin?

I was born and raised in Paris by a French mum and Swiss dad. Berlin was the first place I travelled to alone when I was 15. I loved it and kept coming back at least 2 or 3 times a year for 3 years. I have to admit I was a bit obsessed with the idea of moving here and studying here. When I graduated last year I booked my tickets and two weeks later I was here. That’s pretty much it, and I don’t regret it at all.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in Berlin?

Soft story or real story? I think it was probably on the U-bahn, the U8 to be precise, on any Sunday morning around 6 or 7am. It’s a real festival of weirdos, I really regret that I don’t have popcorn with me sometimes.

Describe your favourite food using only colours and shapes…

Soft and mild (sounds gross), green and orange.

What is the craziest thing that ever happened to you?

I ripped off my finger when I was 6. That was pretty wild. But it’s back now.

Summer, winter, or the ones in-between?

Winter for sure, when it’s snowy, icey, and it almost hurts breathing in.

Questions from Chloe

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?

I would definitely be sailor moon or the princess from “The Never Ending Story”. Just someone with a shining personality and good hair.

Would you rather, join a circus or live on a private island?

Probably join a circus, just to show off some of my magic.

What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?

I used to make drinks when I was a kid, mixing milk, ketchup, and spices. I was just into experimenting, or maybe I just loved throwing up.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Maybe a sloth, apparently they’re very friendly and smell like toasted oatmeal. What more could you ask for?

Nina K was photographed and interviewed in April 2014.

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