FRIEDEN RIKE

If you don't believe in yourself, how can you expect anybody else to? I generally stay away from pessimism and thoughts that pull me down. Even to fake being confident can help at times. The source of my personal confidence is trust in myself.

Being able to step out of my comfort zone is one of the most important things I learnt so far as a model. You can only get where you want to go if you enjoy what you do and are willing to do what it takes to get there. Sometime you just have to do things that feel a bit weird at the beginning in order to get a good photo. And the more often you do that, the more natural does it feel. But I would never agree on something that makes me feel very uncomfortable. Still, I love to challenge myself and do something that normally isn't my style. So yeah, staying true to myself is good but what does that really mean? In order to find out who I really am I have to explore different sides of me.

 

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From being a kid to my early teenage years,I was a really chubby, shy and awkward girl. I had just a few friends and the friends I had always made me feel less worthy. I remember my mom taking pictures of me on a family vacation in a bikini. My belly, my legs, my arms - I was so embarrassed about myself. When I got into puberty, everything changed. I got so skinny that my parents were very worried about my health. Now, I can say, that with the help of a good eating habit and sports, I'm at a stage where I can say: "I'm proud of my body" I feel comfortable showing it, even though it's not perfect.

When I look in the mirror, I'm proud to not have to wear makeup all day. My skin is naturally pretty good and I never had problems with acne. That saved me a lot of money I would have spent on face creams (laughing).

 

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I dont have crazy stories yet, cause I just started modeling this year, but I'm already waiting for that day someone wants me as a model for their bikini line. That would be a pretty awesome compliment to my body. I can feel comfortable in almost everything but for me, there's nothing better than a jumpsuit you can literally jump around in and still look good.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: Honestly, the most challenging part is being criticised. Being too curvy, too small, too thin, too ordinary - it's so hard to meet up with agencies and get rejected all over again for different reasons. After visiting a lot of agencies in LA without any success, I got really unsatisfied with myself. But in the long term it made me stronger and I'm now able to accept criticism and motivate myself to achieve change.

 

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I can't wait for the adventures the future holds for me. When I look back to 2015, I can't belive how much I achieved and how much I grew as a person. I'm really excited for more possibilities in my modeling job even if that means I won't go back to Germany (my home) for a long time.

 

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The end of civilzation will be caused by: The mistrust in people referring to current events is something that really scares and saddens me. People will get so withdrawn and anxious that they start fighting each other. So dear reader, spread some love! The world needs it right now!

 









Frieden Rike // frieden_rike // friedenrike.wordpress.com

Manny Canseco // mannycanseco.la // mannycansecophotos.com // junnnktank.com/mannycanseco

 

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