Yana Bovenistier

Yana Bovenistier

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Here, Yana Bovenistier speaks to her dreams of becoming a mother, why she prefers editorials over runway, and the importance of speaking up. 

Hey! Could you introduce yourself to our readers? 
I’m a 26-year-old Belgian of Congolese heritage. I grew up in Belgium and Spain. 


How did you first get started modeling? 
I was scouted in my late teens by a photographer in Belgium who shot new faces for a Belgian agency. I was a bartender at the time trying to figure out if I wanted to study or travel. Right before the modelling took off I did go for the travel and lived in a van for 3 months with a friend. I came back and worked as a model but only around Europe, and then I got scouted on Instagram by a booker at Women Management NY and my career kind of took off. 

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In the past few years, you’ve seemed to pivot from runway (Alexander Wang, Public School) to mostly editorial. Do you prefer editorial to runway? Why?
I never considered myself a showgirl. I don’t know what happened that one season, I guess i just got lucky and all these designers wanted me for shows because my look was “in” at the time, or because i caught someone’s eye. I occasionally walked a show after, but my main focus is on editorial and commercial jobs. I love to shoot so I’m happy where I am at.

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What are some of your favorite photographers to work with? What are you most drawn to in a shoot?
I loved shooting with Harley Weir. She just asked me, “So what do can you do?”, almost as in a trick or an act. I loved it, because I could just express myself and be myself 100%. I love those kind of natural shoots that really show your personality. 

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, whether in modeling or elsewhere in life?
Don’t be afraid to speak up.

Who are some of your style inspirations / influences? How would you describe your style?
That’s difficult. I don’t have any role models and I don’t really follow trends. I feel like gypsies inspire me? I find it hard to describe my style, I just immediately know when I like a piece and when I don’t. And I love expressing myself through my style, so it changes depending on the day. I’ll dress all romantic or sexy one day if i wake up feeling like doing that, and then the other day I’ll wear all menswear. It depends. 

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What’s a dream that you’ve recently had? 
I dreamed I was about to become a mother. 

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