FMNYC - What is your greatest weakness, as a model? What are you doing to improve on it? MERLIN SEN - My biggest weakness is that I like to work alone with a photographer (solo shoot). In this way I have the space for myself and the assignment I have to process. But my performance is also much greater and more professional, my photos are also much stronger than when I work together with other models. - Of course I also enjoy working with other models. I'm also working hard to improve on that. And in the future I will be able to better radiate my professionalism together with other models.
FMNYC - Did 2020 affect your creativity as a model? MERLIN SEN- Of course, the year 2021 has influenced my development as a model. Certainly it had to do with the world pandemic, which limited me to travel. But luckily I can respond well to situations and have continued my dreams and modeling work in a different way and worked hard.
FMNYC - What does a “new normal world” post-pandemic? MERLIN SEN - It's too early to talk about that. I truly hope that our lives can become norma soonl, but that is certainly a long way for all of us and that also goes for modeling work. I hope we can get to work soon and travel normally as well.
FMNYC - What are you looking forward to in 2021 and 2022? MERLIN SEN - I am absolutely looking forward to the year 2022 with many beautiful moments and I hope that I can do more work as a model than last year. I already have quite a few of appointments/shoots in my agenda, so I hope everything goes according to plan.
FMNYC - When you’re not working, how do you like to spend free time? MERLIN SEN - I'm still going to highschool so I’ve a lot of lessons to attend to. In addition, I do modeling and when I have some spare time left I’d like to ride horses. I'm always busy planning with my agenda to schedule modeling activities. I also visit my friends regularly. I am a true family person: that is very important to me. So I also like doing fun things together with my parents, my brother and my sweet grandmothers.
FMNYC - Favorite photographers? MERLIN SEN - I’d like to shoot with Mr. Tjeerd Doosje from www.studiotjeerd.nl (Instagram account @studiotjeerd). This gentleman is a very nice person from whom you can learn a lot and receive professional directions about the poses and how to get the best out of you to show yourself in the best possible way. I have learned a lot from this photographer and it’s always a bonus in being a model for him. I have two other photographers that I enjoy working with. They are also very nice and professional photographers with a lot of respect and a lot of intentions. All these three photographers were the first where I started taking my professional photos. They are just toppers.
FMNYC - What is your personal style? MERLIN SEN - I think and am pretty sure that I am still developing my personal style. Sometimes I really like sporty clothes and sometimes I like to keep up with the fashion. I'm still figuring out what's best for me.
FMNYC - What is your favorite part of the modeling industry? MERLIN SEN - My favorite part of the modeling industry is definitely breaking through as a catwalk model in the future, but commercials are also fun to do, basically everything that has to do with modeling is always a nice bonus for broader insights and also for the experience as a model. All assignements are welcome. I like to travel and meet new people.
FMNYC - What is your dream campaign and why? MERLIN SEN - My dream campaign is to be able to work for major brands such as Prada, Tom Ford, LV, Victoria Secret. As mentioned before, the more assignments I have, the more experience I got and the better model I can become.
FMNYC - What are your goals as a model? MERLIN SEN- My goal is to grow up as a model, to work professionally and for the modeling industry. It's also very important for me to enjoy the work I do, and to radiate as a model. I would love that.
I am Merlin Sen and I am from the Netherlands. I am 13 years old and I live with my parents and brother in the province of Groningen in the north of the Netherlands. Beside my modeling world, I attent highschool. I'm really enjoy learning new things. My favorite activity in my spare time is of course modeling and everything related to it, such as an assignment, a photoshoot and advertising. I also like horseback riding, hanging out with my friends and doing fun things with my family. Cycling is another hobby I like, which I find very nice and relaxed. I am multilingual: I can speak Dutch, Polish, a little Turkish, English and at college I learn French and German. It’s especially learning English I’m busy with, because I will need it soon. Travelling is also something I enjoy doing, because you learn a see a lot and meet other cultures and people, which gives you a broader insight to better develop yourself and to understand other people better. As my parents say, it also makes you more intelligent and more understanding of people. I’m fond of animals in every way. I hope you can get a little idea about me. What more can I say? I am always cheerful and I always try to be nice to everyone. Being that way makes our world so much easier if we can listen to each other well and be nice to each other. That's my point of view as just being human.
MODEL : Merlin Sen @xxmerlin_senx
PHOTOGRAPHER : Studio Tjeerd @studiotjeerd
DESIGNER : RED AND PINK DRESS :Rosalie Boonstra Couture @rosalieboonstra