Sophie Grosser, StarCentral’s Choice and Miss Grand Australia’s 2017 Second Runner-Up, was just five years old when the modeling world beckoned. Her mother enrolled her at the then-Tanya Powell Modelling Agency (now Powell Models) where she did commercials for the South Australian department store, Harris Scarfe and Miki House, a Japanese children’s clothing brand. As a teenager, she took a break from modeling but at 21, the world called to her again, and she hasn’t looked back since.
Having studied both makeup artistry and interior design, and is a trained ballet dancer, the modeling industry fits into Sophie’s love for the creative arts. She reveals that what she enjoys most about modeling is “the different roles you are able to slip into depending on what your job is, you can go from feeling extremely glamorous to sporty or edgy, it’s kind of like acting, but without the pressure of getting your lines right, I guess. I love watching the whole creative process…so much work goes into getting that one perfect picture and I enjoy seeing how the stylists, hair and makeup artists, photographers and client all work together to come up with their idea of how they want the image to look.” And that variety in the modeling world was no more evident than at one of the 24-year old’s favorite photoshoots which involved urban clothing brand, Unfold. She shares that “they wanted someone with a dancer’s background for the role…it was really fun to lose the standard types of poses and just pretend I was dancing around in some gorgeous clothes.”
While the half Australian/half German’s love for the modeling world is absolute, she confesses to the challenges she faces daily such as the enormous amount of pressure she puts on herself to succeed and achieve “the next big goal.” The chance of rejection is also an ever-present hurdle. But Sophie has discovered an innovative way to get her through it. She shares that she was “told once when you are going for roles to think of yourself as an item of clothing not as the person that you are. So, you might be a green skirt. However, this season they are only looking for yellow skirts so don’t feel too disheartened if you don’t get the role as next season they may be loving green skirts again and that will be your time to shine.”
With the constant emphasis on one’s physicality, keeping a level head is another challenge that faces models every day. According to Sophie, “the key to staying grounded is to have a good mix of people that you surround yourself with, I have a beautiful group of friends that I can laugh and be myself with and not worry that they are seeing me without makeup or not how people expect you to look all the time.”
Sophie Grosser’s modeling career has all the hallmarks of becoming a successful one. Because she admits that she has the tendency to “stress myself out way too much…” when she plans too far ahead, Sophie is forcing herself to relax and enjoy her current modeling contract in Manila, Philippines. After she returns home, she says that she’ll see “what opportunities present themselves before I make any more big decisions.”
‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: On the way to Manila I watched “Why Him” with James Franco, and I thought it was funny
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? I’m slightly OCD, so things that are balanced and visually pleasing are beautiful to me. Or color coordinated wardrobes
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Travel to more countries
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d If I had no fear I’d make decisions without agonizing over ‘what could possibly go wrong or how this will impact other people.’
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I’m pretty black and white when it comes to if you know something is wrong or if it will hurt someone, don’t do it. I always think about the harmful consequences beforehand.