Mesmeric and Inviting Beauty of ICELAND and Beyond with today’s Icelandic Beauty MOLL MAG South Africa international MOLLBABE BABE OF THE DAY Arna Karls / Arna Bára Karlsdóttir , as she gets interviewed by our CEO Arne Schreuder
A warm Welcome Arna Bára Karlsdóttir
Give us a glimpse on who you are and where you reside from Arna ?
I’m a proud mother of 3 boys. Aged 5 , 22 month old and 4 month old. I have continued my modeling carrier while having a family which I am extremely proud of. Work life balance is really important to me which has helped me on the road to continued success.
I was born and raced in Iceland but I recently moved to Sweden to create a better life for my sons.
How did your Modeling career start to where you find yourself now ?
I was discovered at the mall by an agent from the modeling and acting agency Eskimo Casting and they gave me free acting classes and modeling classes and portfolio. From there I started in commercials and extra in movies and shows. I even got to take part in fashion shows even though I was 10cm shorter than the other models. My carrier has grown continuously through the years and changed in many ways. Now I am obliviously more mature than when I started so I have more confidence and that shows in my work.
Give us a sneak peek into your Modeling achievements thus far where have you been featured and published together with todays MOLLBABE modeling feature ?
Well it all started at the small age of 14 years old back then I was discovered by a casting agent , as I then got roles in commercials and as an extra in movies. At 16 years old I was signed by Eskimo modeling agency. The agency sent me to modeling school and created a portfolio for me. Soon after I started working as a runway model while continuing to act in commercials and TV shows. At 17 I was first published in magazines, at 18 I was asked to compete in Miss Hawaiian Tropic Iceland. The competition was filmed for a six episode TV show. I made it to the end of the series and was one of the top 3 models in the competition. The Playboy photographer Ric Moore came to Iceland in 2006 to shoot with the rising glamour models and chosen girls from the Hawaiian Tropic show. He came with a camera crew who filmed Hawaiian Tropic adventures and Playing in Paradise.
The Same year I was booked as a model at a Kanye West party. I traveled to London for a club appearance then on to Barcelona for the release of Kanye’s popular song AND music video ” Gold Digger”. From there the ball started to roll fast and everyone wanted to be involved with me. Photographers came from other countries wanting to work with me, the Norwegian artist Sarah Brown came to Iceland and chose me as her model for an art show on an island called Hrísey, located just off the North coast of Iceland. Large format photographs of me in Icelandic wool sweaters. The media coverage of Brown´s pictures spanned over Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. This landed me my first cover in a Norwegian magazine.
In January 2013 I then went to Los Angeles, USA for a shoot with American Playboy for their MOBILE Apps and web pages. This lead to Playboy around the world showing increased interest INTEREST in me as I then was contacted by Playboy Mexico and was featured as a model on their website. In May 2014 Playboy Mexico did a photo shoot with me in Cancun and in September 2014 I was published in Playboy Mexico as a Playmate with 12 pages and a centerfold.
Svartur á leik.
Sèð og Heyrt
Hér og nú
Bleikt & Blátt
Dirty Night Dj Óli Geir
Arnold Björnsson ( Playboy )
Ólafur Harðarson ( Playboy )
Þormar Vignir Gunnarsson
Ric Moore ( Playboy )
Joel London ( Playboy )
Luis Munoz ( Playboy )
Mann ( Playboy Mexico )
Adam Rindy ( Playboy USA )
Eric Di Giacomo
What is it about modeling you like the most ?
Modeling helps me maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating clean and exercise regularly. and the most fun is dressing for the photo shoots in some exotic location and seeing all my hard work pay off.
You also worked with a talented group of photographers in your modeling career thus far , so we would like to know which of those photographers are your favorite to work with and why ?
I have so many favorites for so different reasons. The once I have worked with most in my country is Ólafur Harðarson and Þormar Vignir Gunnarsson. Then the photographer that took my amazing playmate shoot Manuel A. Manrique. Jeffery Silva for capturing my most published photos. Gary Miller , Jerry Steele , Eric Di Giacomo , Ric Moore , Luis Munoz , Rob Sackfield, Sigurður Valdimar and Arnold Björnsson to name a few that comes to mind really quick. I could keep on going all day.
You also recently started a modeling agency and events and planning called ” THE ARNA KARLS SHOOTOUT ” to give up and coming models the opportunity to travel and do photo shoots in your home country ICELAND as well as worldwide , please explain more about what ARNA KARLS SHOOTOUT is all about ?
Yes I created a company with my husband that has the name Exquisite Events and first event we created with that was THE ARNA KARLS SHOOTOUT. The event was a big success and everyone was so happy after it. We also helped creating connections to magazines and did magazine collaboration with the RHK empire and Modelmania Magazine as well as MOLLMAG SOUTH AFRICA as well.
It is all about friendship and coming together to have fun and create amazing images in exotic locations to get more dept into the work. Lets say that black beaches and glazier lagons for sure pops up the photos.
If you can describe yourself in 3 words what would that words be and why ?
Smart – Because I have a brilliant mind.
Successful – Because I achieve my goals
Caring – Because the people that know me always say I care so much about everyone.
How do you relax with friends and family after a eventful and busy day in your schedule?
I love to BBQ something really tasty and then play cards or board games. Then take a relaxing bath to finish my day the perfect way.
Who is the people you love and care about most in your life please introduce them to us today?
My man , my sons and my mom are the people I am closest to and love the most. I try to keep my family private and only for closed group of friends on Facebook that know I have children. I have done that to protect them but hard to hide it when I have 3 now.
If there is one dream you wish or want to come true what dream would that be ?
That I would achieve financial freedom to be able to travel around the world with my sons and explore different cultures.
To be successful in life today what is the keys to success for you as a model , business woman and mother ?
To start with is to build up strong social media following because that is a really good way to get noticed and brands and companies want to work with girls that are so called influencer’s. Key to success in business today is for sure to master the online business , all the biggest companies today that are big success are online. I am in a online business as well and help others in that area to achieve their goals.
To be a successful mother is to love your children and give them time , attention , understanding , patience and healthy nutrition. Also just when you truly are trying your best to be a good parent and guide them to the right path in life. I think you can measure your success in that field by how happy and healthy your kids are.
What inspiration quote do you believe in and live by each day ?
Nothing worth having comes easy! I have this on my desktop so I see it every day.
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