22 year old Juliet Godwin may just be starting out, but she has her mind set on a long career of modelling, fashion and film. In this age of Instagram and other social media, it’s rare to find someone who was scouted the old fashioned way, in the vein of icons like Kate Moss – by being spotted around town. While being scouted can be put down to a moment of luck, it’s Juliet’s commitment that will lead to a slaying model career!
What was the moment you found out you won the SA Lingerie cover star competition like?
I was completely blown away, other than the massive smile spread across my face; I didn’t quite know how to react. But the true excitement sunk in when I phoned and told my Mum.
Can you tell us a bit about your career history? How long have you been modelling?
I’ve been modelling for almost 8 months now. In January this year I was scouted by stylist Cally Palmer, one evening while playing bingo at a local restaurant in Vredehoek. She put me in touch with former international model Sam Pegg. Sam became my manager and mentor and to date has secured me some amazing work.
What inspired you to enter the SA Lingerie competition?
Sam suggested I enter, I followed her guidance, knowing that should I win, it would be a milestone in my career. Furthermore, I was inspired by the priceless opportunity to have my image associated with the likes of SA Lingerie, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.
What was the cover shoot like for you?
It was a big learning curve for me as I have minimal experience with studio shoots and it was the first time my image was being used for a cover. The photographer Mark Cameron and creative director Aletha Carswell gave me amazing direction and guided me throughout the shoot. But most of all I really enjoyed myself; it was a very exciting and memorable morning.
What’s the one thing you wish someone told you about modelling when you were starting out?
Catch Ubers to castings, parking spots in Cape Town tend to be like finding a needle in a hay stack.
What are your tips for feeling confident in front of the camera?
Let the whole world dissolve around you, in that moment it’s just you and the camera. You have been put there for a reason so embrace it.
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What’s your dream brand/designer to work with in the future?
In matric, as part of my Textiles and Design course, I studied fashion icon Christian Dior. I find both his life and original designs truly inspirational. It would be a dream come true to model for Dior, a brand still so prominent in the fashion world today.
What are your plans for the future?
Although I am currently focusing on my modelling career, I will spend my spare time expanding my knowledge in film production and screenplay writing. In the hope that I will one day be an established professional in both the modelling and film industry.
Juliet is on the cover of the SA Lingerie supplement with Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan October issues, on sale now!