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INTRODUCING NADINE STRITTMATTER
Both a horse whisperer and a veteran of the fashion world, Swiss born Nadine Strittmatter has a face to remember.
Her modelling career spans over 20 years and she too covers much ground living in Paris, Los Angeles as well as her native Zurich.
She adores the style of Jimi Hendrix and is passionate about environmental protection (having been an ambassador for myclimate since 2012).
Here we talk with Nadine to learn more about what empowers her and which city she prefers.
Where is home?
Anywhere in Nature. Los Angeles. Paris. The Swiss mountains. I feel at home wherever my friends are.
When do you feel most empowered?
I think riding bare back on a horse is really empowering. It is based on complete trust and, I feel, almost some sort of telepathic communication with the horse.
What is your idea of heaven?
Heaven? Can we just make it here and now?
LA, Paris or Zurich?
All of them.
LA feels like the future for me because it is cut away from the heaviness of Europe and it’s complex history.
Obviously I love the sunshine, and I love being on the Westside, Venice Beach, close to the ocean and I am always trying to go for a dip as much as possible. The ocean calms me down.
"Paris is where I spent most of my years. I love it for it’s beauty and light, culture and complex and intellectual inhabitants. The best young cooks are in Paris - why are they all Australian?"
Zurich is where I am from though. I love it for its cleanliness and stability, and the lake, the Zurich lake. I love taking a dip in the summer with the snow covered mountains in the background. It almost feels like the fish in that lake die because it is too clean.
What do you collect?
Vintage Plates from all over the world. I found some on a recent trip to Italy and Spain that are 100-300 years old. I then found all these old colonial Dutch and English plates in Sri Lanka -they are my favourite thing to eat out of.
The last book you read?
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I agreed to read it together with a friend and then we discuss it – our own book club!
Your favourite era in history?
The turn of the century. I would have loved to have been able to travel to Africa or the Middle East back then… think Karen Blixen circa Out of Africa, or even in another time for a more 'Lawrence of Arabia’ moment.
Your most vivid memory?
Hiking in Bhutan followed by flying over Mount Everest on the way home.
If you had to choose just one hobby for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Horse riding for sure. Galloping through fields, forests and on beaches…it really gets the endorphins going!
Your favourite gallery to visit?
I also love museums, I like the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, as well as Le musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris, and le Palais de Tokyo. I also like this young gallery called Karma International that are situated in Zurich and LA.
If you could fill your home by works of any artist – living or dead, in any medium, who would it be?
The work of friends.
Other than that I would also add some Cy Twombly, Albert Oehlen, Genevieve Figgis, Francis Picabia and Irving Penn photographs.
I also love young Swiss artists Fabian Marti and Raphael Hefti.
The best film you have seen lately?
I loved Ryuchi Sakamoto: Coda a documentary about the famous Japanese composer. At one point in the film he goes to play a piano that was flooded by the tsunami on the destroyed coast in Japan and records it's different sounds and then later uses it in one of his newer works. I thought that was fascinating.
I also saw Christopher Robins, which was directed by one of my best friends Marc Forster. I loved it.
Last but not least I also loved Won’t You Be My Neighbour? byMorgan Neville. I think that everyone should watch this film, especially during these times.
Do you dream in Swiss German, French or English?
I dream in images and a language that is not any of the three that I speak.
If you had to choose someone to play the lead in your biopic.
Which environmental issue are you most passionate about?
I think we should all try to use less plastic - those images of plastic in the ocean are so hurtful. In LA all my friends now carry water in their non-plastic containers and there are stations all over town to fill them up with purified alkaline water. We should also be educating children heavily about climate change.
What have you learned from working as a model?
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