Meet Melisa Gün, a model and an active lifestyle lover. The girl had some free time in between filming, so we did not miss the opportunity to meet and talk about her successful career and sincere love for herself.
1. Tell us how a girl from the resort town of Kusadasi turned out to be a popular model?
There is an opinion that it is necessary to start a modeling career early, but the age of 20-30 years old in a fashion business is considered to be a retirement. It seems that I have broken this stereotype. Over the past 2 years, I have worked as a model more than in my entire life (smiling). At the age of 25, I began to have a crazy rhythm: interviews and filming were scheduled several months in advance; constant communication with designers and work with photographers; fashion shows of clothes; collaboration with eminent brands.
2.What does success mean to you?
For me, the indicator of success is not necessarily receiving awards and prizes to feel recognized. It’s important my interview to be interesting for someone to read. It is important me to be surrounded by people like me – purposeful, with an active life position. Now I am a happy and successful woman, no matter how narcissistic it may sound. I never stop trying there, but at the same time I know how to enjoy the moment.
3. You have already had an impressive portfolio – you’ve been on the cover of GRAZIA, Harper’s Bazaar, FHM, LAZIN, GMARO, Playboy, TOUCH, L’Officiel, and the list goes on for a long time. Why, in the prime of your career, did you decide to create your own lingerie brand?
Life is in full swing: work, sports, a child. There is not so much time left for inspiration as we’d like to have. But what I wanted to do for a long time and what I have been thinking about for the last few years has finally come true. I’m starting to get to know the world of women’s lingerie, inspired by the collections of world brands and designers. Gradually I’m slowly starting to understand what a modern woman needs. So we can safely say that the release of my brand is “just around the corner”.
4. We are often unsatisfied with ourselves. We do not praise ourselves for success. However, self-love is often considered by society as selfishness. What do you think about this?
I am constantly working on myself, because in order to keep myself in shape, it is not enough just to go to the gym and not to eat flour. So why shouldn’t I be proud of it? To love yourself does not mean to become selfish. Self-love is a reflection of your self-esteem. It’s an unconditional acceptance of yourself. It’s harmony with yourself and your body. But public opinion is the opinion of those who are not asked. That’s when we speak about those people who are used to judging, preaching, teaching other people their lives and the like.
5. For you, is a modeling career just a job or is it a lifestyle?
Over the past few years, modeling has completely integrated into my life. And, in principle, it’s hard for me to call any business a job. So the answer is obvious (smiling).