LUCJA KRZAK - COVER OF QP FASHION MAGAZINE
OCTOBER 2022 - PHOTOS BY OSCAR PICAZO
Lucja started modeling when she was only 14, inspired by the classic standards of beauty. After having represented Poland in beauty pageants all over the world, and thanks to her great body and face features, she is willing to continue pursuing her career in the fashion world stronger than ever.
Hi, Lucja! It is such a pleasure for us at QP to have you on the cover of our magazine. We have so many questions for you. Let´s start with your early years as a fashion model, how did you get into this industry?
Hello. Thank you for inviting me to this interview. My early years in the business started when I was 14 years old and I took part in local photoshoots in my home town in Poland. I was pretty tall for my age and I got interest from photographers because of that. At that time I was busy at school and it was my priority to have good grades, move to bigger city so I stopped my early career for few years until I went to the university. Then unexpectedly I became a face of my university and my modeling adventure started again.
Who were your role models back then? Are they still the same?
I love natural beauty and my type were mostly models that somehow reminded me of me. I especially admired Claudia Schiffer, Doutzen Kroes, Karen Mulder. Nowadays, there is a lot of emphasis on models as role models and taking active part in charity events, non profit organizations ect. I think it is a positive and empowering change.
How would you describe yourself?
I believe we are all different depending on who you are asking...lol. I think I am joyful, adventurous, goal-oriented, and with the ability to uplift people around me. I can’t sit still, I love changes and what comes out if we actually take those chances in our hands.
Tell us about your experience as Miss Poland. Was it a dream come true? Did it help to develop your career as a fashion model?
I represented Poland in a few beauty pageants over the years. It is always my pleasure and honor to do it. I take it seriously and I give my best. I have participated in beauty pageants in Europe, Africa, and North America. My next step will be Miss Bikini in 2023.
How do you think the industry has changed since you started modeling?
When I started I remember there was a policy to look as natural as possible- no hair dyes, no nail polish, natural shape eyebrows, and definitely, no facial fillers or plastic surgery. Over the years, I have noticed the industry opening up a lot to all of the above. There has been a time when daughters of famous people like Hadid sisters, Kendall Jenner, etc had obviously work done but they became new modeling icons. I feel like it all depends on the audience and, more importantly, on who is paying for the campaign. The social media following seems crucial and companies pay more if you have a big following. After all, photos are marketing tools to sell a product.
In my opinion, there isn’t any strict model standard these days because of the body positivity movement.
What is one of the most memorable moments as a model that you would like to share with us?
I loved my photoshoot and, overall, the whole project of Shape Romania magazine. It was produced in Los Angeles and I was 2 months pregnant at the time, but you can't tell from the pictures. It was a great job done by many people and I loved the results. I never dreamed before of being on the cover of Shape...I was inspired for years by people who kept discipline with their nutrition and gym regimen. Those people did what had to be done in order to become who they wanted and being on the cover gave me that feeling myself.
Do you have any fashion designer or brand you would love to model for?
I love European brands for casual wear, my favorite is probably Elisabetta Franchi. As for gowns and formal attire, Arabic designers win. When I attend any charity event I usually wear Tom Ford and have something customized.
I did catwalks for Arabic designers such as LaBourjoisie.
What is your definition of beauty?
Beauty is a very broad term. Every single person has something beautiful about themselves. There is beauty in all sizes, ages, and cultural backgrounds. After all, we are all different and beauty standards vary from country to country.
What are your favorite activities to do in your free time?
My favourites are probably winter sports like snowboarding and skiing, I have fair skin so I don´t do many outdoor sports in summer especially in Las Vegas where I live. I enjoy fitness and fancing, dancing.
In what ways do you hope you can inspire others?
I hope I can be an inspiration for young girls that anything is possible and they shall be bold and brave in this world. Following your dreams is so energy giving.
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects you would like to share with us?
As I mentioned before, I will be attending Miss Bikini in 2023 and few more surprises I can´t disclose yet also bikini connected.