Magdalena Frackowiak: 'Don’t torture yourself with criticism'
Magdalena Frackowiak credits her relaxed nature for helping her succeed in the fashion industry.
The Poland-born model has been in the business for nearly 15 years, after her mother entered her into a Warsaw agency's modelling competition when she was a teenager, which she duly won.
Following a stint studying architecture, Magdalena chose to focus on modelling full-time, quickly snapping campaigns for Prada, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton, and walking for the likes of Dior and Givenchy. But while 31-year-old Magdalena, who admits to being a self-confessed workaholic, believes it's her calm demeanour which is the secret to her longevity.
"I’m very ambitious – I don’t want to lose any time. And it feels good to work hard; it gives me satisfaction and it makes me stronger," she told The Edit. "But I’m very chilled, too; I think it’s important that you don’t take things too seriously, that you have fun and don’t torture yourself. You have to let the criticisms go in your left ear and out your right."
The 5'11" blonde beauty, who is dating Italian designer Daniele Cavalli, the son of famed designer Roberto, adds that her austere upbringing has caused her to be humble in the face of her success.
With far-flung destinations a pipe dream, Magdalena always admired the likes of Natalia Vodianova, Isabeli Fontana and Adriana Lima growing up, but had no real expectation of following in their footsteps.
"I grew up in a very grey kind of world, wearing clothes from kids in older classes. Everything was very simple and there was no money," she explained. "So seeing those girls in magazines and on television, it was impossible for me to imagine myself there."
In spite of a fulfilling career, including opening an Alexander McQueen show, Magdalena has been keen to explore her design roots, and found the time last year (15) to launch a line of jewellery, made in collaboration with her best friend.
And she’s pleased to have an outlet for her creative ambitions. "I took my route, I took what life gave me... But once I turned 30, I wanted to go back to my dreams; to do something that I had always wanted to do," she said of her jewellery venture.