Kristina Sofia Innemee
Size: 8 - 10
Agency: KATZ Management
The first time I saw Kristina was at Gold Coast Fashion Week, the Launch Party actually. I remember I was sitting down (because of my broken toe) and saw this leggy striking blonde walking around in what my memory tells me was a pair of black leather pants. Once I got over the "chick envy" I recognised her as the model from the Coco Riche campaign but got confused once I overheard an American accent... Over the next few days we met and I got to know this bubbly friendly down to earth model and now I introduce her to you...
You’re based on the Gold Coast, but
you don’t actually live here, where do you live?
I find it kind of weird
too! I actually live in Alexandra Headlands
on the Sunshine Coast, about 3 hours away from the Gold Coast, and yes i do
that 3 hour travel every single
time I work!! I live with
my Boyfriend Gianni, of 3 years, in a beautiful apartment facing the
I love being
based in the Gold Coast. Ever since I started getting work there I realized how much I suited the look and lifestyle. In 6 months I
have found so many people who actually care about what I am doing and want me
It is also a
bonus because when I am in the Gold Coast I am either busy shooting, going to
events or having meetings, but when I am at home I am working out, eating
clean and I am really focused on my goals. Its kind of like a double life!
|Gianni & Kristina|
You’re of Dutch origin, how long
have you lived in Australia? Did you come here with your family?
I am a bit tricky when it comes
to exactly where I am from and especially where I have been.
originally Dutch, I was born in Japan, I lived in Singapore and grew up in
Australia. I have been all over the world I think twice and I am so
blessed that I have been able to travel as much as I have.
I came with my Family in 1997, we had
been here on my fathers working Visa but, long story short, we weren't able
to get residency. So my parents had to leave Australia and my brother also
decided to move to Holland. So in one day my parents flew to New Caledonia and
my brother flew to Holland and after 15 years and at 19 years of age, I was the
only one left in Australia..
situation forced me to grow up very quickly. I had gone through a lot of
situations that most 30 year old people haven't been through yet but
I have learnt so much and I know I am such a stronger person because of it all!
Where do you get your Inspiration from?
My Biggest Inspiration is Ellie Gonsalves. I know she is
a lot of other people inspirations too, which I absolutely love!
I had really
hit rock bottom with my health, I just didn't care anymore. I just sat on the
couch and watched TV all day. Once I baked a cake, iced it and then ate the
I used to be so jealous of everything she was doing. I so badly wanted to be
doing the exact same thing but I always believed that she was just luckier or
Then one day she wrote a status which was along the lines of "The
World only gives you what you give it in return"
All of a sudden, something just clicked.. I just had so much motivation. I
started going to the gym every single day, I started to learn about my health,
I started really trying my absolute hardest at everything and most importantly,
I started to become a really positive person!
helped me change my life and has given me the motivation to become the person I
am now. So if she reads this, THANK YOU!! :)
I also now am inspired by Sheridyn Fisher who is a fit and positive Model based in Sydney!
How long have been modeling? What
work have you done?
I have been an 'Amateur'
Model for around 5 years now. Although I probably
still wouldn't call myself a Professional Model. I had done a
lot of different shoots with local photographers and small up and coming
designers. However in the last 6 months I have been the face
of Coco Riche Swimwear, Park Shop Fitness Clothing and have shoots for Saucy Rose
Swimwear, Jaylah Kade Exclusive Fashion and Aquadiva Sporting Swimwear. I have
also had shoots with the amazing
photographer Trent Mitchell!
I have only
just joined KATZ Management, so the fact that I had done all this
with just my close friends help and my own hard work, just makes me so proud of
how far I have come.
Is modeling your full time job or
do you have other pursuits that keep you busy as well?
Modelling isn't my full time job yet
but my next goal is for it to be. My life long dream was to be a Professional
Model as it is just something that makes me happy and I want to live every day
doing something I absolutely Love!
I don't really
have other pursuits because I am so focused but I do have projects that I would
love to undergo BUT I can't let those slip just yet ;)
What has been your biggest struggle
as a model?
There are a lot of things that I
have struggled with that I never thought I would, mainly the process of
becoming a Professional Model.
started with me becoming a healthy and positive person and with that I felt
myself becoming motivating to others.
still don't think people today realise how much I actually eat and
how much work I put into my body. For me losing weight and changing
my whole lifestyle took over two years. I had to do my research. I had to
attempt things and fail.
I had to
learn to maintain everything I did because I didn't want to
go back to the way I used to be, and giving up my dream was not an option.
these amazing things that I was doing for myself I
obviously didn't realize i was showing other people what
they weren't doing. I had no intentions of making other people feel
bad, I just wanted to prove that you could do anything if you worked hard at
it. Either way, I had never lost friends so quickly.
In saying that, I had gained friends that I couldn't imagine not
having in my life now. I realised that its not the amount of friends I needed
to have, it was just the special people that made me really happy!
I have also
struggled not having my family around to witness what I am accomplishing.
Although I do email and send them photos as soon as possible and even going to
the length of making my dad a Facebook, it would always be amazing if they
could be here!
thing I do struggle with, which I don't really want to admit, is
being a lady...
I live in shorts, shirt and sweats. I don't have the best fashion
sense and playing Basketball my whole life has made me a little manly in things
I do. I am always very natural when I am at home, wearing no make up and just
my normal hair.
I have really learnt to love my body so whenever I can I just let everything
What are a few random things that most people wouldn’t know about
I am a little clumsy and forgetful but I try really hard.
I have a very sarcastic personality and I love a good belly laugh until I cry.
I am really
loud but love meeting new people.
I have learnt to read peoples personalities which can be really interesting at
I need like 10 hours sleep and I love Hazelnut infused coffee.
...And last but
not least I LOVE BAKING!! I am definitely a foodie!
I am also a Basketball-er and have
played since I was around 10 years old. I made State Level for 2 years and
played as a reserve for 2 years too. Playing at State level I learned a
lot about working hard and being pushed to my limits!
Everyone who I have met through
Basketball have been people that will be apart of me for the rest of my life.
They are like family to me! .
I have a
Canadian/American/Australian Accent. When I moved here 15 years ago it was
American, after living here it turned Australian and now having a Canadian
boyfriend has turned it into Canadian. I know! I am so weird!
What has been your highlight so
hard to say. Each and Everything has been a huge step forward for me towards my
in store for the future?
Expect A lot. This girl aint
stopping any time soon!
I just wanted
to thank everyone who I have met and who has believed in me..
I really just don't know how I would have done any of this without you all, I
feel so blessed.Especially
want to thank the Whiteheads for taking care of me every time I am on
the Gold Coast! Love Kristina xoxo
Labels: Coco Riche swimwear, Ellie Gonsalves, KATZ Management, modelling, Saucy Rose, Sheridyn Fisher, Trent Mitchell