Living on the west coast of Australia means Bianca Berto has some of the best beaches in the world in her back yard. It’s no surprise that she finds herself basically living in swimwear half the year! When Bianca is not enjoying the salt, sand, and sunshine, she’s still busy appreciating nature. She’s a conservation biologist currently working on her Ph.D. and she admits to being a bit of a plant nerd. She’s hoping that through her studies and living more sustainably she can help to leave our beautiful planet a little better off. She likes to balance out her study life with modeling, music, art, yoga, fitness, and horse riding.
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How did you get into the modeling industry?
I’d always been curious about modeling but I had no clue where to start and I was initially struggling to pluck up the confidence to put myself out there as a ‘model.’ On a late-night Insta scroll, I saw one of my favourite local hairdressers (The Hairnest Boutique) needed a model for a fun creative shoot they were doing. My heart was racing just at the thought of actually responding to this ad. I’m so glad I did because this gave me my first experience as a model. From there, I knew I could do this!
What do you like most about being a model?
Modeling is so much more than having a face. I love creating and contributing to ideas for photoshoots and learning about all the aspects from skincare, hair, and makeup through to styling and photography concepts. It’s a great creative outlet and project!
The downside to being a model?
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What has been the most memorable experience of being in the modeling industry so far?
Meeting the people in the industry and realizing how many of them are authentic, down to Earth, kind and supportive. If you think models and people in the modeling industry are superficial, competitive, or judgemental, think again!
Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
The hair and makeup artists and photographers. They are so creative, talented, and dedicated! So many of them have great stories and a wealth of knowledge.
What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the modeling \ industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.
About me: Don’t be afraid of taking a bad picture. They happen!
About the industry: You can never be too safe. There’s no shame in asking direct or ‘uncomfortable’ questions. Any true industry professional worth working with wants you to feel safe and comfortable (it’s the only way to get good photos) so will answer these questions without hesitation!
Is your family supportive of you being a model?
Yes! Honestly, I was surprised by how supportive they were because (despite having thought about modeling for years) I’d never mentioned my interest to my family. It kind of came out of the blue and everyone was so excited for me!
If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?
I would have let my thoughts about modeling become actions much sooner! I used to think I needed to wait until I was more comfortable in my skin before I could start modeling. But now I realize modeling helped me become more comfortable in my skin.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Be organized! The more organized and prepared you are for your shoot, the more confident, relaxed, and safe you feel, and the better your shots will be.
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
Future plans would be to continue modeling, creating, and collaborating while I work on my Ph.D. research! It’s all about balance.
The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Harry Potter (always)
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Nature. Nothing will ever be as spectacular and beautiful as nature.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Walk in a fashion show!
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d ” Skydive and scuba dive (maybe I just have a general fear of diving). Skydiving is something my best friend (Katie) loves to do, and scuba diving is my boyfriends’ (Nick) passion. I’d love to share these things with them but it’s just not happening for me!
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My nose! It’s not your typical cute button nose, but it makes my face unique and shows my Italian heritage.