Exclusive Interview With Top European Fashion Model - SKOMANTE.

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Fashion Model Skomante Also Known As SKY is staging a fashion industry takeover. Blonde, Creative, and Beautiful she takes our breath away with her amazing creativity and personality. She is Originally from one of the Baltic Countries in Europe “Lithuania” and can be described as a “Globe Trotter”, she finally decided to move to the United Kingdom in 2013. She enjoys Modelling, Learning, and gaining new experiences and above all, she enjoys one of her biggest passion which is “Fashion Design”, In her own words “ I started reinventing one of my biggest passion in life which is to create clothing and design them in my own unique way, while also putting myself into new concepts".
(Read The Full Interview Below)
Photo By - Kris Talikowski
OTSM: How did you decide to become a model? Who or what inspired you?
Wow!, It all started long ago at the age of  4 years my Mum took me to Foto atelje in a not very well known Lithuanian City called Mazeikiai, I had my first photo modeling shoot there and I felt like “ the fish into the water “. That was when I decided that I would love to do this again and enjoy as much of this experience as I can, it just gave me that right feeling and vibe that this is what I was meant to do, you know what I mean right?
OTSM: Oh yes I know exactly what you mean, Can you tell us about the people who may have influenced your life and career?
Yes sure. First of all, I was a child who had her own opinion and I was a little creator who liked the things her own way and some of them were very specific as I do create my own rules that included inspirational sources too. Other than that I guess one of the people who inspired me the most was my Mum. She always told me to set my own goals and standards high, love myself, and be kind to others and this is where all magic began.
OTSM: What do you enjoy most of the modeling?
I think it’s a Challenging career, and I enjoy challenges very much, I enjoy discovering new things about fashion and modeling and reinventing myself every time.
OTSM: When you were a child, what career/job/field did you want to go into?
Growing up I had a big dream and goal, I wanted to be a Boss a Queen, and a Dancer. There is never one dream job in my mind even till now, it just never stops as I keep thinking of new ideas and concepts daily, I want to be my own boss and be an inspiration to other aspiring Boss Queens out there.
Photo By- Julian Burr
OTSM: What do you think about the state of fashion today?
I think the state of fashion is in massive produce levels ( If I may include fast fashion into it) I love it but also it scares me because many bad things come to fast fashion including labor, underpaying their workers, etc- and this needs to be fixed. But In terms of Couture creations, the designers are more cautious when they order garments, they are looking into new ways to reinvent and use sustainable materials, and much more, that is why at this point I’m very proud of that.
OTSM: So, has your perception of the industry changed over time?
Yes, it did change indeed. Even though I know that changing Perceptions not as easy as you think, especially because most people are pretty skeptical when it comes to the modeling industry, so you can’t change their perception about something by just telling them to think differently, it's by what people see and experience and due to the experiences I have had in the industry my perception changed. I love how fashion showcases women in a different and unique way.
OTSM: What is your personal style? And what are some of the Hobbies you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Hm! When it comes to my personal style I always say I am still yet to decide because I am in search of something "Unique". I want something personalized to my liking so that when I see it I can say to myself "Yes This is Me" and I need to make sure I am comfortable in it.
My hobbies? I love to play piano, Playing tennis, Reading books, Practice the act of Meditation, and also exercising. Lastly, I do create dress designs and love to recycle old clothing.
Photo By - Lina Ruzauskiene
OTSM: What does “Women’s Empowerment mean to you?” Is this about gender equality, or is it more than that?
Women empowerment means a lot to me. It’s way much more than Gender equality personally for me. Women need to rise and stand together, taking back all that belongs to them, and I am not saying this in a condescending way, I just mean women need to stand together in solidarity, Women's empowerment is about promoting women's sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others.
OTSM: What are the qualities of an empowered woman? 
And how can women be empowered while maintaining their femininity?
One and only quality of an empowered woman is the real Boss statement that includes a lot of skills,  endless capabilities for various different things in life overall. Honestly. In my own strong opinion, I could say that women are already powerful because femininity is power and a gift that every woman has, obviously yes you have to maintain it. I think it's about choosing what's best for each and every one of us, Whether it about maintaining femininity by going to a beauty salon once a week or more or someone choosing to do yoga or daily run or breathing exercises. To me, I feel It’s a very personal thing with personal ways on how to maintain femininity that empowers you.
OTSM: Can you share your personal icons of empowered women and what sets them apart?
Honestly, I don’t have a single icon from the stars or well-known people. I couldn’t choose anyone from them. The only idol for me is a very powerful woman and she is my Mother, she is my number one Idol.
OTSM: How do you keep in shape? Can you share some of your favorite health and beauty tips
How do I keep in shape? I’m quite picky and actually, I'm very critical of myself. I do criticize myself a lot - I always start from looking within myself. Also, I do choose only foods that have low levels or no sugar, drinking a minimum of 1l cups of water daily, I also exercise quite often. My favorite beauty tip for gorgeous lips would be Lithuanian pure honey ( put honey on your lips before going to sleep ) it does nourish your lips overnight and stops them from cracking and they end up feeling/ plump for the rest of the day! Another one of my tips that would be connected to spiritual healing is meditation or breathing exercise daily if possible and if you can't do it daily try to do it at least 3 times a week, go outside if the weather lets you do that, Go to nature in the park and connect yourself to nature it does really help to maintain balance when it comes to keeping a clear mind and it really takes away toxins from your soul.
OTSM: I really love how you explain the connection to nature and how meditation and spending time with nature is healing for the soul, Can you name one of your strengths and one of your weaknesses?
Kindness is one of my biggest strengths and wanting to do many things in life. As for my weakness, I should say over multitasking.
OTSM: Do you think it’s fair that social media is a big part of these models’ jobs today?
I can’t say it’s fair but I think social media is a very huge thing when it comes to modeling lately, honestly, I couldn’t imagine modeling without it anymore.
Photo By - Lina Ruzauskiene
OTSM: What advice would you give other beautiful young women like you just starting their career?
My advice would be to make them aware of the fact that It’s so much more than modeling when it comes to the career of a Model - Always be very careful especially when you are just starting out as a model, there is a saying that goes- where there is beauty there could be loads of danger too. Other than that I would say stay bold and if you really know what you want in life keep going for it, don't stop, and don't give up on your dreams no matter what people try to say or do to discourage you, stay strong.
OTSM: Who are your favorite designers? And Favorite photographers?
My favorite designer brands would be -Chanel, Pierre Cardin, Dior, and Versace, and my favorite photographer is - Milton. H Green 
OTSM: What would be your choice of superpower and why?
What my choice of superpower would be? Hmm, that’s a good question… Flipping bad to good instantly everywhere I go, If I see or I feel it, I say this because there are too many bad things happening in this world and to many people become unkind - and being kind to each other Is exactly what we need more especially right now.
OTSM: I absolutely love your answer, I am very passionate when it comes to the topic of "Kindness", Kindness is free and I just wish many people in the world will practice more of it lately. What advice would you give to aspiring models in this day and age?
It’s always good to aspire to something If that is what you really want - Honestly I would say go for it, just don’t lose yourself in the sparkle, glam, and fame that comes with it.
Photo By - Kris Talikowski
OTSM: Why is it so important for you to run a business that empowers women?
I’m creating things at the moment that's why I’m taking time off from social media and from many other things - because I’m creating a product and much more that could help women feel and look their best and most importantly for them to feel Confident without any fear! It’s all about helping each other up as women. I think this is extremely important.
OTSM: What are your latest and upcoming projects?
As I mentioned earlier, I love creating new concepts and working on numerous projects, It's a surprise so all I can say for now is "Stay Tuned".
Interviewed By - Linda O Bella
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