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Mandee Woodford : Profile + Interview

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Mandee Woodford: Profile

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Full name

Mandee Woodford

Age

22

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Harare, Zimbabwe

Where you live now? (city, country)

Near London, England

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

My mum was born in Zimbabwe but with Irish parents and my dad was born in Zimbabwe but there’s African, Greek, Scottish.. Just all over the place

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Model

How long have you been doing it?

Professionally.. for about 3 years

Fav Song

Changes daily haha

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

I listen to so many types of music. You can’t compare artists from completely different genres so it’s hard to pick a fave. I’m listening to Regina Spektor one day and Biggie the next

Fav Movie

Alice in Wonderland.. The older ones though!

Fav Actor/Actress

Anyone who makes me laugh

Fav Clothing brand

I don’t have one, I don’t really shop specific brands.. Just if I like something I’ll wear it. Most streetwear brands just ‘cause I like to be comfy!

Fav Artist (in any art form)

Kate Conway, my mum.. She’s an amazing painter. Then obviously my husband, Luke Woodford. He’s a photographer so we work together loads.

Fav Sport to watch

I don't think I’ve ever sat down to watch a sport haha

Fav Sport to play

Running? To the fridge? I quite like to lift weights if that counts

 

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Mandee Woodford: Interview

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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Life. Determination. Women. Creativity.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I’m too complex to know the answer to that myself. I’m still learning. I’m not even tryna act mysterious haha

Why do you do what you do?

Because I love it.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I can’t think of a specific moment when I thought ‘I want to be a model’. I just always wanted to be creative and to work for myself. I used to have jobs doing office work and stuff and just found it pretty soul destroying. Each to their own.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

My anxiety and shyness. I just told myself, ‘if this is what you want to do, you’re just gonna have to get over it or it’s not going to happen’! In turn modelling has helped me because sometimes I’m thrown into really difficult situations where I feel put on the spot but I just have to act super confident. I still struggle sometimes but the enjoyment I get from my work outweighs any negative feeling.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

I'm inspired by everything and everyone in some way. My husband definitely inspires me now because he is so motivated and I really admire him as an artist. I really don’t know if I’ve ever inspired anyone myself!

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Spending my time on people who don’t appreciate it. Weather it be underselling myself near the beginning, or taking the time to give people modelling advice when they haven’t been there for me in return. Time is money as they say!

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I’ll be continuing with more music videos and shoots as always! I also do a photographic series with my husband called ‘two souls’, which we shoot all around the world. Lots of plans for that this year but you’ll just have to keep an eye out for us!

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

It sounds cheesy but follow your dreams in life! It’s all possible. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Don’t settle for anything less than what you really want.  xxxxxx

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Thanks for interviewing me and thanks to anyone who’s reading! Follow my Insta if you’re interested for more updates on what I do X

 

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Website // Instagram