Germany’s next topmodel: nuremberg girl now models in paris

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Germany’s next Topmodel: Nuremberg girl now models in Paris

Anette Rockl

At 17, after the top ten for Laura Dunninger at

At 17 years was after the top ten for Laura Dunninger at "Germanys next Topmodel" No more, today the 23-year-old Franconian works full-time as a model. © Valeria Gordienko

Nuremberg – At the age of 17, Laura Dunninger from Nuremberg competed in the casting show "Germany’s next Topmodel" with and made it into the top ten. Today the 23-year-old lives as a model in Paris. In the interview, she talks about whether the casting format helped her and what she would do differently.

Laura, the last time we saw each other, you were 17 and living in a cute little apartment in Eibach. What do you do today?

Laura Dunninger: I live in Paris since February and work full time as a model. After "Germany’s next Topmodel" I moved from Nuremberg to Hamburg. That’s also where my management is today. I did my A-levels there and then studied media and communications management for a semester. Then I broke it off, because I was already busy with modeling jobs at that time. And my goal was to do it full time.

That worked out. How were your first assignments?

Dunninger: My first trip as a model was right away to Asia and then to different cities: Cape Town, Istanbul, Athens. My agencies are all over the world nowadays: in New York, Miami, L.A. and of course in Paris.

Topmodel candidate from Nuremberg: From school to the catwalk

Dunninger: That depends on the situation. In Germany it’s a lot of catalog stuff. A lot for online shops. It’s also quite pleasant, because it’s almost like a normal job: you start at eight o’clock and go home at five o’clock. I think it’s cool and it’s also good to earn money regularly. In Paris it’s more creative stuff, showroom presentations, catwalk or fittings. In Cape Town it was a lot of TV commercials, the focus there was more on acting.

Extravagant poses must have a model on it. © Tatjana Caserta

Makeover is always a big topic with Heidi Klum. Do you also have to change your hairstyle a lot for the jobs?

Dunninger: I adapt depending on the market situation: In Germany, blond is more in demand on me, in Paris rather brown.

So in that respect, you shouldn’t be squeamish as a model. What qualities do you think you still need?

Dunninger: You need above all a good self-confidence, because the industry can be really tough. If you take it very much to heart, then it can be really hard. Naturalness is also important and personality. That’s even more important today than it used to be. There are so many models, so many beautiful women. What distinguishes a? There is much more attention paid to it today. In the past you were more like a coat hanger. That has changed a lot. Friendliness is also important. And thinking for myself.

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In the current season of "Germany’s next Topmodel" (GNTM) also makes a so-called Curvy Model, so a model who has a few pounds more. Is there really such a trend emerging in the real fashion world??

Dunninger: Slowly it comes, depending on the industry. You also look after society. And some no longer want models who are too thin. When I first started, I was often told to lose weight. Now I always hear: "No, everything fits like that, don’t lose weight, you look great!" It is definitely more relaxed today. And if you have a good personality, then you can be smaller today, for example, and have success. Being healthy and looking well-groomed is important.

Sometimes a natural look is more in demand. © Valeria Gordienko

Dunninger: I take care of myself. I eat healthy, do yoga, meditate and go running. The nails and the hair should always be well-groomed. And you should look how you appear.

At GNTM you dreamed of being a model. How is the reality now in comparison?

Dunninger: It’s better than I imagined. I was afraid that it is always a lot of pressure. I think it’s great that you can travel a lot and I don’t have to worry about anything. I find that ultra luxury! I live in my own apartment, which I share with a girl who is also under contract in Paris. There are also model shared flats with seven or eight people. I have lived like this before. It did not bother me. On the contrary, I then think: cool, seven or eight new friends! I would not trade my life for anything.

What about family and friends?

Dunninger: I see my family about every three months. My friends are scattered all over the world, but through Instagram and co. you are also connected. Everything has advantages and disadvantages.

Do you still follow the show?

Thinner: I can’t watch it in Paris and I haven’t followed it in Germany either.

"I was not mentally mature at that time"

Would you participate in the format again?

Dunninger: I would participate again, but not at the age of 16 (Laura was 16 years old at the time of filming, 17 years old at the time of broadcasting, Anm. d. Red.). I was mentally still far from being ready for it. And it is a hard business, especially the television business. That was also the reason, that it was over. Everything just became too much for me. And I had no experience as a model. But if you really want something, you can’t be stopped.

What did you get out of participating in the show? Did it help you on your way?

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