Meet the Model Squad: Victoria's Secret model Nadine Leopold talks about the importance of female friendships and cheat days

Nadine Leopold, one of the stars of E!’s newest docu-series ‘Model Squad, chatted with MEAWW about what really goes into the glamorous lifestyle admired by millions.


                            Meet the Model Squad:  Victoria's Secret model Nadine Leopold talks about the importance of female friendships and cheat days

E! is giving fashion fans an inside look into the world of competitive modeling with it’s newest docu-series ‘Model Squad'.  The show will follow the careers and lives of Daniela Braga, Olivia Culpo, Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Nadine Leopold, Caroline Lowe, Ashley Moore, Shanina Shaik and Devon Windsor.

MEAWW got the chance to chat with Leopold, an Austrian beauty who has graced the covers of Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar Serbia, editorial spreads for Marie Claire UK, Self and Elle Bulgaria.  However one of her biggest accomplishments to date is walking the runway at the 2017 Victoria Secret’s Fashion show in 201.

One would expect a show like ‘Model Squad’ to focus on catty drama and cut throat competition, but that isn’t necessarily the case. While those things can certainly be a part of the reality in the world of modeling, that isn’t the narrative that the series provides, focusing on female friendships and women supporting other women. Leopold was actually friends with several of the ladies before even getting cast in the show, which made for a fun and positive experience.

“With some of the girls, I was already very good friends with them before the show. In general, it’s such a competitive job, and it’s important to have other girls around you who are also in the industry because they understand what you are going through.  It’s a very personal job, and there is always drama in everyones lives, but all of us sticking together, at the end of the day, is so important because it is a very tough job.”

Shanina Shaik (L) and Nadine Leopold attend the cocktail at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2018 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Anthony Ghnassia/Getty Images for Chopard / amfAR )
Shanina Shaik (L) and Nadine Leopold attend the cocktail at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2018 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Anthony Ghnassia/Getty Images for Chopard / amfAR )

 

When asking Leopold what she hopes audiences take away from the show, she spoke about the hope of people getting a better understanding of how difficult their job really is. The truth is, the glitz and glamour are only a part of this arduous, life-consuming career.

“There are so many moms and young girls that reach out to us and say they want their daughters to model, and the young girls ask what they can do to become a model, and now it’s so nice to actually give girls an insight into the industry. And to also show them how it can be difficult in regards to having a personal life.”

Contrary to what many may think, models, do have cheat days! Leopold spoke of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, but also how imperative it is to let yourself eat what you want a couple of days a week.

(L-R) Model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, models Nadine Leopold and Jasmine Tookes celebrate Intrigue Nightclub's One-Year Anniversary party hosted by Perrier-Jouet at Wynn Las Vegas on April 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
(L-R) Model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, models Nadine Leopold and Jasmine Tookes celebrate Intrigue Nightclub's One-Year Anniversary party hosted by Perrier-Jouet at Wynn Las Vegas on April 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)

 

“It’s an all year round thing,  you just have to adapt to a really healthy lifestyle. I mean we all have our cheat days, I cheat two to three times a week with pizza and pasta. But for the most part, I’m just trying to stay healthy year round.  You could get a call at any second saying you have to shoot tomorrow, so we always have to be in shape.”

With that being said, modeling of course has it’s perks.  For most models, working for Victoria Secret’s is the end all, be all.  And for Leopold specifically, working for Victoria Secret’s changed her life, making her feel empowered and accomplished.

“I did the Valentines Day in-store campaign two or three years ago, and that was all over Times Square.  Honestly, that was probably the coolest day of my life.  There is something that makes you feel so empowered in doing Victoria Secret’s and walking the runway for them, too.  It just makes you feel so powerful and sexy.  Every day you are excited.”

Nadine Leopold walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Nadine Leopold walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)


Want to learn more about Leopold and the rest of the diverse, hard-working and of course stunning cast of E’s newest docu-series? Make sure to tune into E! for the ‘Model Squad’ premiering on September 4th at 8/7 CST!