Up and coming model and social media starlet Kendall Visser’s joie de vivre is refreshing and contagious. The beachy haired beauty with a radiant smile has already walked for Giorgio Armani, and Dolce & Gabanna all while attending school. Now that she is pursuing her dream full-time the future looks bright for this Arizona native.
Tell us about your childhood.
I am very grateful for my childhood—I am the eldest child in my family—I have one brother, one sister, and my parents are happily married. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and I grew up there up until I entered high school, and then we moved to Newport Beach, California. I am very close to my family, and it is something I highly cherish.
Tell us about how you were discovered.
I was laying out by the pool at a country club in Arizona with my girlfriends when I was scouted by a model agent. I was fifteen years old at the time. The agent was from a local agency in Arizona where I was eventually signed to in addition to agencies in LA, and New York. I am now based in New York, and Paris. I am very lucky that model scout discovered me because I do not think I would have ever gone into this career if it weren’t for what happened that day.
How do you think social media, in particular Instagram, has helped you as a model?
Social media has done so many wonderful things for my career aside from just keeping me connected with family and loved ones. It has given me the opportunity to really show who I am through all the different features it has to offer. I can show my personality, my interests, my lifestyle, and my overall vibe through Instagram. It has helped brands, and casting directors get a better sense of who I am as an individual, therefore helping me get booked more.
What have been your career highlights so far?
I have been extremely fortunate in my career so far. I graduated from college last May and I moved to New York to chase my dream of becoming a full-time model. When I graduated I spent some time in Paris and I walked in my first Paris Haute Couture show for Giorgio Armani. When I was in school I would get booked direct and one of my highlights during that time was getting to work with my brother Neels. We did an American Eagle campaign together and we walked in a Dolce & Gabbana show literally side by side. Achieving things like that when I was still in school was major for me. Now that I am out of school I am able to stay focused on my career and achieve so much. I cannot wait to see what opportunities come my way.
What are your aspirations and goals for the future?
Overall, I aspire to be happy with who I am and happy with whatever I may be doing in the future. I also aspire to always be surrounded by good people that I love. I have countless goals with modeling, and I am going to work my hardest to achieve those goals. I also have been taking acting classes so I hope there may be some big acting achievements in my near future and later. There are also so many extraordinary connections that can be made in this industry, and I feel that I will benefit from that in the long run and maybe discover a hidden passion throughout my journey.
What do you hope to get out of your modeling career?
I hope to have many incredible experiences modeling such as traveling to cool places for destination shoots and shows. I would love to see the world and different cultures while doing what I love. I feel that traveling to new places can really shape someone and their outlook on life. I am very fortunate that my career has those opportunities. I hope I get to be in big campaigns, big runway shows, and that I achieve the unexpected. I am optimistic that I continue to find amazing people along the way and like I said before, create new connections that can benefit myself and others.
If you weren’t modeling what would you be doing?
I would probably be focused on acting. I started taking classes this past year and I have fallen in love with it. It is truly amazing and it’s almost therapeutic for me. Acting can be challenging but it has allowed me to express myself and get out of my shell like I never have before.
What do you think people would be surprised to learn about you?
I think people would be surprised to learn that my family is South African. My dad was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. The last thing I think people would be surprised to learn about me is that my absolute favorite thing on earth is ice cream. I have a personalized ice cream scoop that says Ken Viss the Ice Cream Princess that my friends gave me when I was in high school.
Follow her on Instagram