Should Cisco Make An Album?
Why an album? Okay, burgeoning supermodel Cisco Tschurtschenthaler hasn’t mastered the guitar (yet), but you can see why her intriguing blend of hard and soft features might bring to mind distant echoes of a 1965 Marianne Faithfull by way of 1969 Patti Smith.
Hailing from Munich, she harnesses a peculiar mix of burning Bavarian intensity and NYC cool that could easily lend itself to a primordial-alt-rock turn, if she wanted to go the way of Nico on Chelsea Girl.
Now the new face of the month for Vogue Paris, she’s recently graced editorials in Amica Magazine in Italy, and demonstrates that she can easily model in the big leagues, and make it look easy. But now we’re waiting to see if she’ll meet the Andy Warhol or Jackson Browne to take the rocket ship of her career in an unexpected musical direction. The good news? Such a career turn is completely unnecessary when one already has everything: which in Cisco’s case is a loving husband, positive outlook and peace of mind.
Thanks to MP Management for this interview, in which Cisco showcases a complex set of interests that encompass spiritual development, a wide-randing cultural fascination and just a taste of her obsession with Bali.
On the Modeling Business
Q: Who or what inspired you to become a model? How did you get started in the modeling business?
I never thought about becoming a model; I wanted to be an actress. At the age of 16 a male friend of mine suggested I come with him to his agency because he thought I could work well. From that day I was signed with an agency and the next day I was working.
I was asked to ride topless on a motorbike on the bottom of the ocean with scuba diving gear. That was an great experience.
Q: Describe yourself as model in three words.
In the moment.
Q: Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
I have a very strong connection to Bali, which is why I built my house there. I also fell in love with the desert of Morocco recently. We were in a place called Bin el Ouidane and stayed in the most amazing house owned by two landscape architects. It was like the Garden of Eden.
Q: Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
I recently worked with David Bellemere for French Vogue. He was composing each picture with great concentration and never took more than 5 shots. I had a front row seat to wittness him creating his art.
Q: Is there a difference in posing when you’re doing a cover vs. an editorial?
It really depends what you’re shooting. I find these days everything is very natural and not posy.
Everybody is looking for the accidental “moment in-between.” For a cover of a magazine you definitely have to pull some stronger poses, own it and be confident.
Q: Is there an artistic or general difference in doing editorials / covers in Europe, as opposed to the USA?
You will definitely have to smile on the cover of an American magazine.
A good agent should be a person you can trust, someone who has your best interest at heart and who is a strong part of your team as well as being an advisor.
Q: Who is your favorite all-time model?
Q: What era would you like to bring back?
’70s rock and roll.
Q: Best jeans?
Q: Favorite store?
Reformation in NYC.
Drinking lots of coconut water and only using Paraben-free producs and organic skincare.
Q: Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
Get lots of sleep the night before and drink a big glass of spirulina with a squeeze of lemon.
Q: How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
I practice TM (Transcendental Meditation) daily. My brother-in-law is a meditation teacher and he taught me and I really enjoy doing it. I practice Pilates and yoga and try to mix it all up so I never get bored. I grew up with the snow in Munich and was always snowboarding but now my heart beats for surfing. It’s the best feeling to catch a wave. I can’t wipe the smile off my face after I get a good one.
Q: What is your favorite part about your body?
I love my whole body and I look after it.
Food and Nutrition
I love all sorts of different foods. My mother-in-law is an ayurvedic cooking teacher and I learned a few amazing recepies from her. But I also like fine food. On a recent trip to Paris I went to a restaurant called L’atelier de Joel Robuchon and the betel leaves with crab were off the hook. Bali is full of amazing tropical food which I also love.
Q: When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
Eating healthy means eating food that agrees with your body type and makes you feel nurtured.
Q: Favorite fashion magazine?
Vogue because it is the non plus ultra [“there is no greater”].
Q: I’d like to meet …
Q: Favorite quote
“All you need is love.”
Q: If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
I should have learned how to play guitar in my spare time, but I didn’t.
Q: People have said I look like …
A young Nicole Kidman and Raquel Zimmerman.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I love to hang out with my husband in our house in Bali. We go surfing, cook nice meals, listen to music and just look at the ricefields. I like the simple things in life. Besides that I started designing jewelry and also getting a bit into interior design.
Mother Agency: Iconic Management Hamburg
Milan: MP Management
Paris: Karin Models
New York: One Management