Meet the Model: Niki Hajdu

What’s it really like to be a model? As the International Fashion Week’s draw to a close, we caught up with Hungarian model Niki Hajdu of Elite Management to find out.

Have you always wanted to be a model?
Yes, I’ve always wanted to be one. When I was little, everyone said I should be a model because I was so tall and thin.


How were you discovered?
I was on the beach with some friends in Hungary where I’m from, when a model agent came up to me and asked if I wanted to be a model. She became my booker, but after a year I switched to another agency.


What would your top tip be for those aspiring to work in modelling?
Make sure to find a modelling agency that’ s right for you. It’s so important to be in good hands.


Has modelling changed you at all?
Yes, I’ve changed a lot since I started working as a model. I’ve become more focused and professional and learnt an incredible amount from the people I’ve worked with over the years.

What do you do when you're not working as a model?
I’ve lived in New York for the last few years, where it’s always full speed ahead. I can get sushi in the middle of the night and see films as soon as they premier. There is always something to do.


What’s the best beauty advice you’ve learnt from working with makeup artists?
I don’t normally wear much makeup, but one thing I’ve picked up, is how to look after my eyebrows. I used to fill them in and draw attention to them, but now I leave them be.


What does your beauty regime look like?
I wash my face every morning and night, making sure to exfoliate once a week. When I’m not working I only wear mascara and lip balm.


What’s your signature party look?
A pop of red lipstick and voluminous hair.

How do you maintain your body and stay fit?
For me it’s important to stay in good shape. I have a personal trainer in New York and make the effort to eat healthily. But when I’m in Hungary I can’t resist the food – it’s just so good there!

Words by: Photographs by: Benjamin Vnuck