Art & Fashion: Ludmila Souffi
L'Officiel Arabia: When and how did you decide to become a model?
Ludmila Souffi: I started modeling at the age of 17 in Paris. It was a great opportunity for me to develop myself professionally and travel the world. However, I eventually decided to take a break from it to pursue my bachelor's degree. After completing my degree in business administration, I moved to NYC and resumed my modeling career.
L'O A: How has being born and raised in Paris influenced your interests and choices in life?
LS: Being born and raised in Paris, I was exposed to art, fashion, and beauty daily. This environment naturally sparked my interest in these areas from a young age. Consequently, it greatly influenced my choices and shaped my path in life.
L'O A: Who has been the most influential in your life?
LS: I draw inspiration from numerous successful self-made women who have never given up on their dreams. It's challenging to single out just one individual, as we are fortunate to live in a time filled with remarkable examples of inspiration.
L'O A: How do you manage to balance your art collecting and modeling careers?
LS: Maintaining the balance between my art collecting and modeling careers is a constant challenge, as both are demanding and time-consuming. I prioritize specific events and jobs rather than trying to juggle both simultaneously. By setting aside dedicated time for each pursuit, I can remain fully focused and committed to whatever I am currently engaged in.
L'O A: What are your aspirations in the modeling industry?
LS: My dream is to contribute towards promoting inclusivity within the American and European fashion industry, particularly by advocating for better representation of North African and Middle Eastern models. I strongly believe that modeling and fashion should be a celebration of beauty from all corners of the world, embracing diversity and showcasing a range of cultural backgrounds.
L'O A: Have you ever visited the UAE? If so, what was your experience like?
LS: Yes, I have! I've had the opportunity to visit Abu Dhabi and Dubai on a few occasions. I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences there. I was particularly impressed by the cleanliness of the country and the rich cultural heritage it holds. The UAE has become one of my favorite travel destinations.
L'O A: What does the future hold for Ludmila?
LS: I hope to serve as an inspiration for young women worldwide, encouraging them to pursue their dreams. I believe that the future will bring even more opportunities for women, and I envision myself playing a part in opening those doors as I continue my work in the modeling and art industry. I would like to express my gratitude to L'Officiel for providing me with this platform to share my journey. It has been a pleasure.