New York-based Kremena, or Kremi for short, Otashliyska (who is signed with Supreme, Elite, Why Not, Women Milan) made her debut in March 2012, walking exclusively for Balenciaga's Fall 2012 show in Paris and then the brand's Spring 2013 show. She has since made it onto Models.com's Hot List after walking for just about every major design house, including Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, and the list goes on. Kremi, who in spite such fame is professional and sweet, has graced the pages of CR Fashion Book, Interview, LOVE, Vogue, and W magazines - just to name a few, starred in Prabal Gurung and Valentino lookbooks, and fronted campaigns for Balenciaga. She talks to us about how she is different from other models, whether she thinks she is pretty, that time Nicolas Ghesquière sang to her and more ...
The Fashion Law - How old are you now and you’re from Bulgaria, right?
Kremi Otashliyska - I am 18 years old and yes, I am from Sofia, Bulgaria.
The Fashion Law - Prior to being scouted, did you think you were “model material”?
Kremi Otashliyska - A lot of people told me that I should be a model. Both my sister and my mother and I have the same body stucture and we have all been told this. I actually wanted to be a actress before modeling, but modeling happened faster so maybe I will act in the futue.
The Fashion Law - What do you think makes you different from other models?
Kremi Otashliyska - Hmm ... that's a difficult question because I think all models are different physically and mentally. I can say for myself that I am young but I take my job very seriously and I am very responsible. I think I'm different from North American models because I am Eastern European. So, I think in a very Eastern European way. haha.
The Fashion Law - A very Eastern European way?
Kremi Otashliyska - I just means that we think very differently. Only eastern people would understand. haha
The Fashion Law - How do you like to spend your time when you're not working?
Kremi Otashliyska - When I am not working, I love being home just sleeping and doing nothing all day. Besides that, I like spending time with my family and friends not thinking about the fashion world, just doing normal things.
The Fashion Law - What has been some of the highlights of modeling and what are the downsides?
Kremi Otashliyska - The highlights are traveling to the fantastic destinations around the world and the interesting people you meet. The clothes you get to wear are incredible. The downside is shooting a winter collections in summer and summer in winter. 5 am calltimes. I could go on and on, but at the end of the day, it is worth it and I won't complain about it.
Also a highlight was last september at Nicolas Ghesquière's last show for Balenciaga. I was doing looks for them. I was called into the office, so I thought they wanted me to do more looks. Nicholas and all of the assistants were there. As I went inside the studio, I saw that there was a cake and gift, and they started singing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song. It was so nice, real, and so warming. I will never forget that.
The Fashion Law - I know that for awhile you didn't tell many of your friends that you were modeling. Have you told them yet?
Kremi Otashliyska - Haha. They all know now. It is hard to keep it a secret when you are in magazines.
The Fashion Law - What are some of the common responses when people find out that you're a model?
Kremi Otashliyska - WOW. Cool. Do you like the clothes? Do they give you stuff for free?
The Fashion Law - Do you consider yourself as beautiful as the fashion industry thinks you are?
Kremi Otashliyska - I dont consider myself ugly but i don't consider myself very pretty. I just think I look like a normal skinny tall 18 year old girl.
The Fashion Law - What are you obsessed with right now?
Kremi Otashliyska - I don't think I am the kind of person that gets obsessed with things.