ANDREA HÜTHER

One day I just woke up and decided: from now on, I'm gonna be confident and comfortable in my skin. That was obviously easier said than done. It was a whole process in which I basically pretended to be confident, and after a while it just felt natural. Being insecure just didn't make sense anymore. The key to confidence is adjusting your mindset and attitude, which everyone can, if they really put their mind to it. And if I ever feel bad, I tell myself, "Girl, people are paying you for your features... What are you upset about again?"

 

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Actually, I really wasn't [always comfortable in my own skin]! I've struggled with my appearance all my life. I was super self-conscious about my looks, even in primary school. Kids would pick on me for being extremely tall and skinny and I just hated how I looked, but I'm finally through with that. Sometimes I get told that I need to lose a bit of weight for my job, which is really weird to me. I just think. "Screw that, 'Anorexia chic' shouldn't be a thing anymore, let me live!"

 

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I recently shot an editorial for Marie Claire South Africa in which I wore streetstyle mixed with classy. My favourite item was a dress by Adidas; it was really casual and fancy at the same time, and super comfortable as well! My favourite accessory was a pastel yellow Adidas fanny pack because it just looked super nice. I'm a huge fan of stuff that looks good but is actually pleasant and practical to wear, like oversized hoodies, loose pants, and sneakers. That's my style and I'm always super excited when I get to wear streetstyle on a shoot!

 

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I try not to overthink things or try too hard. I just make sure I wash and moisturise my face twice a day and get enough sleep the night before a shoot (although that doesn't always work out because I get really nervous sometimes). After that, I just put all my faith into my own skill and that of the people I'm working with.

 

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[Shooting in public] is definitely an entirely different experience! I used to hate shooting in public because you can feel the people stare at you and judge you. But now I actually enjoy it; I feel like people are just staring out of curiosity or even admiration. It pushes me to perform even better because people are watching and I think that's really helpful. This has to do with the change of mindset and attitude I talked about earlier; the best decision I've made in my life so far!

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: taking criticism. It's a 'survival of the fittest' kinda thing, both physically and mentally. It is impossible to please everyone, especially in an industry this strict so you will always have to deal with criticism. That's why confidence is so important; if you're not sure of yourself it will devastate you! I never take it personal though, I look at it from a different perspective; I simply wasn't the right person for that particular job in that particular moment, but that doesn't mean that I, as a person, am not good enough. But I'm grateful that I get to deal with criticism, because if it's constructive, you can get something out of it. It also hardens you, makes you more tough. That's not only important in this industry, it's important in life as well. And if you can handle the comments you hear sometimes, then you can handle anything!

 

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I'm honestly not a very optimistic person, I prefer being realistic. People may like me now, but they might not like me a year from now. I am aware that everything can go super wrong - or super right. It's all a matter of time and the way the industry shifts is not in my hands, so I just go with the flow. No expectations, no disappointments! I'm always gonna give 110% of myself, and if it doesn't work out in the end, so be it. Being a Safari guide seems pretty cool too.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: people becoming braindead zombies who consume the media and everything that's on it like oxygen. I'm afraid having a personality won't be a thing anymore in the future, just an aesthetically pleasing Instagram account and thousands of followers and you're good. You know how people freak out when the Internet cuts off for ten minutes? Yeah... The end is already near (although I gotta admit I'm guilty of this myself).

 













01 // Linus McClelland // linusmcc
02 // Peter Methven // petermethven
03 // Stephen Mattues // stephen_mattues
04 // Peter Methven // petermethven
05 // Christine Rogge // christine_rogge
06 // Steve Marais // stevemarais
07 // Peter Methven // petermethven
08 // Linus McClelland // linusmcc
09 // Linus McClelland // linusmcc
10 // Peter Methven // petermethven
11 // Linus McClelland // linusmcc
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Andrea Hüther // andreahuether

 

JUNNNKTANK is an online zine which has existed in one form or another since 2006.
For over a decade, the focus has been on highlighting the efforts of inspiring individuals and artists from around the world.

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