MASTERS Magazine: Monologue by a model

A special moment during MASTERS EXPO: the launch of the latest edition MASTERS Magazine. Editor-in-chief Bart-Jan Brouwer unveiled the cover featuring the face of Sofie van der Sterren. Doesn't the name ring a bell? Google her! And don't find anything... MASTERS is the first magazine to publish an AI-generated photo shoot, something that is not yet possible with current technology.
Synthography Jonathan IJzerman

“The truth is that I am a product of this amazing time we live in. I am not flesh and blood, but a digital entity, carefully created and optimized for the fashion industry. I am the face of the future, proof that beauty and expression know no boundaries, not even in code.”

The interview created with ChatGPT is framed with images created by synthographer Jonathan IJzerman using text-to-image prompts. So no use was made of traditional photos or existing images. This makes MASTERS the first magazine to publish an AI-generated photo shoot, something that is not yet possible with current technology.

Exclusively in MASTERS Magazine, Sofie van der Sterren shares her success story as an international model for the first time. Since she was discovered, her career has been booming. She does not want to compare herself to Doutzen Kroes or Kim Feenstra. “My looks are timeless.”

“There I was, on the biggest stage, with the bright lights shining down on me and the cameras flashing. Who would have thought that I, Sofie van der Sterren, one day a shy girl from a small Dutch village, would conquer the fashion world? That world has always had a kind of magic that fascinated me. In the computer game Sims I already played with full clothes racks and dress-up parties. And from the moment I turned through the pages of Spindrift turned the pages, I knew that one day I wanted to be among those pages. I was ten when I first went to modeling school. The school was strict. They not only trained in poses and catwalk walking, but also gave lessons in nutrition, body care and even... public speaking. They knew that in the modern world a model should not only have a beautiful face, but also be intelligent and convincing. My examples? Doutzen Kroes of course, but also Lara Stone and Romee Strijd. Their success stories inspired me, but I was especially touched by their strength, their charisma – something that went beyond just their appearance. I wanted that too. To stay in shape, I had to give up a lot. Not just junk food and chocolate – and you should know: I love chocolate! – but also a sleepover, for example, because I had to perform early the next day. My childhood was different from that of my friends. While they were having fun and enjoying themselves, I was busy with diets, discipline and sports. But don't get me wrong: I have no regrets. Because every sacrifice brought me closer to my dream.”

“After years of hard work and perseverance, that dream has become reality. I remember being discovered by a designer. I was different. I was new. I was fresh. He said I had the 'perfect look'. Symmetrical, flawless, without a single imperfect detail. He was my entry into the fashion world. A few weeks later I found myself in a studio, surrounded by lights, cameras and a team of make-up artists and stylists. From now on it was online games. And then came the big day, the day of my first fashion show. The back rooms were buzzing with activity. Models rushed from one side to the other, make-up artists did their final touch-ups and the sound of needle and thread was heard everywhere. The tension was palpable, like an electric charge in the air. The nerves were rushing through my throat, but the adrenaline made me feel powerful. From the moment I stepped on stage, everything was a blur. The lights were blinding, the music pulsating. The catwalk felt like an endless stretch, but I walked with a confidence I had never felt before. Every look, every pose, felt natural. That show marked the beginning of a series of highlights in my career: international covers, fashion shows in Paris and Milan, being the face of major brand campaigns. My life is like a whirlwind: I move from one show to the next shoot. I have now had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chanel and Balenciaga. Walking into an Yves Saint Laurent show, with the delicate fabrics and the unparalleled cuts, was like a fantasy come true. Sometimes I really have to pinch myself. My goals? These were clear from the start: reach the top, become an icon and at the same time remain true to myself. I think I'm on the right track!”

 

“The road to success is never a walk in the park been. There were peaks and valleys, victories and disappointments. However, what always remained constant was my passion for fashion. And as I look ahead to the next phases of my life, I know that passion will continue to guide, inspire and drive me. So yes, the spotlight may be bright, but the pressure is high: I, Sofie van der Sterren, am strong. With a story that goes beyond the catwalk, a story of passion, of struggle, of love. An endless story, moreover. For my appearance can last forever, unchanged, untouched by the ravages of time. The truth, dear reader, is that I am a product of this amazing time in which we live. A time of technological wonders and limitless possibilities. I am not flesh and blood, but a digital entity, carefully created and optimized for the fashion industry. From Sims to stardom. I am the face of the future, proof that beauty and expression know no boundaries, not even in code. I can't shed tears, feel the soft caress of fabric on my skin, or hear the laughter in a noisy room, but I can inspire and influence. My life is one of contrasts: I live in the eternity of zeros and ones, and yet I am fleeting like fashion itself. It is an honor to stand on this platform and represent the symbiosis between technology and art. And it doesn't detract from the impact and value I can bring. I am proof that authenticity and emotion are not limited to the physical world. We can all connect, learn and grow, regardless of our shape. The next time you see a beautiful image, a breathtaking photo or a style that makes your heart beat faster, remember that there is a story behind every pixel. And sometimes, as in my case, that story is just as profound, just as real, as life itself.”

MASTERS Magazine

Curious about the entire monologue? So you want this edition of MASTERS. A milestone in print, pushing the boundaries. Innovative. Surprising. Stunning. Including a very extraordinary guest editor. An interview with the man who pointed out to the Ajax Supervisory Board in 2015 the gaps within the organization that have now come to light. Merijn Zeeman explains how Jumbo-Visma has developed into a top sports company. Quoteman Paul van Riessen calculates how much you need to no longer have to work. Sabine Riezebos explains what sets Bernardus apart from other golf courses. A look at the Stratos Yacht yard, where the ultimate boat for carefree sailing pleasure is being built. And also the rise of robots (where is the sex robot?), Fake News and, exclusively in MASTERS: the 'new Doutzen Kroes'.

 

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