GET TO KNOW | Karmi Pinning
Beauty runs deep within M1 Curve’s Karmi Pinning. Blessed with a face to stop you in your tracks and a voice that charms the ear, Karmi is preparing to take on the future. Just as she’s wrapped up her time at University, we thought it best to check in as she transitions into modelling full time.
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M1: So Karmi, tell us a little bit about yourself.
KP: I’m 22. I’ve been modelling since I was 18 after a family friend recommended I contact Models 1. Not long after I was signed to the Curve division. I was just starting my A-levels at the time so I was transitioning into a different stage of my studies but it was great to be able to earn some money while at school – I had my first job the day I started sixth form!
M1: What is one thing you know now that you wish you had known when you became a full-time model?
KP: Instant success is something that is few and far between in the modelling industry. I have come to understand that you get what you put in, and you do need to invest in your career. Unfortunately rejection is a big part of the job, but it makes you appreciate the great clients you get to work with.
M1: Tell us a bit about your best moments in your career so far?
KP: I think becoming financially independent whilst at university has been amazing. A huge weight was lifted and it completely changed my life. In terms of jobs, I would probably say working with G-star and doing a European wide campaign with Primark. I don’t think I will ever get used to seeing my face in shop windows on Oxford Street – I felt so proud being in stores in my hometown.
M1: You’ve just finished uni, was it hard balancing modelling and school?
KP: It was definitely challenging but it was really great to be working on a career whilst simultaneously working towards getting a degree. I had a lot of support from Models 1 and the bookers which always made me feel better. I was lucky to have the encouragement of such good people around me. I felt a lot of gratitude when I finally graduated.
M1: Have you had any unconfident moments? How did you pick yourself up and keep yourself motivated?
KP: I have more unconfident moments than confident. Something I have always believed however, is that it is normal to have down moments, days or weeks. I think it is part and parcel of growing into womanhood – it is so easy to find something wrong with ourselves. I do however think that as I grow in my career in both modelling and completing university, I try and place value on myself in other things beyond body image. The thing what makes a confident woman is her mindset not her appearance.
M1: Do you ever find yourself needing a boost in motivation? If so, what gets you recharged and focused on your goals?
KP: I think I am quite motivated, but what continues to motivate me are my successes big and small. Every time I can check something off my list that makes me feel I am moving in the right direction, it drives me to continue striving for more.
M1: We know you love to travel, what have been some of your favourite places to visit?
KP: I think my favourite place I have ever travelled is Rio de Janeiro. Latin America offers something so special that I don’t think I have found anywhere else.
M1: What are some values/lessons you’ve learned growing up that you think help you as a model?
KP: I don’t think I have learnt half of what I need to. I always worry about commenting on values and lessons and coming across as naive. However, the most important thing I have probably learnt is to give thanks where it is needed and to treat people how you wish to be treated. I think when you’re a respectful person and take care of the people around you it comes across in all areas of your life – especially when you yourself are going through difficult times and need those pillars of support.
M1: You’re also a singer, how did you first discover your passion for it?
KP: I had a music teacher at school who encouraged me and a few friends to start a band. That never happened, but I started singing from there.
M1: If you could work with anyone in music, who would it be?
KP: Probably Robert Glasper – his music just melts me like butter I couldn’t think of anyone better.
M1: What song do you currently have on repeat?
KP: Mahalia – I Wish I Missed My Ex
Keep up with Karmi Pinning by following her on Instagram at @Karmi_OP