It sounds like every young girl’s dream: to be crowned Miss Teenager, to have the papers write about you as ”the most beautiful teenager of the world”, to be interviewed by the biggest Dutch Tv-shows and to be the first European to ever win this title. This in itself might seem like a huge achievement but besides that she has an amazing following on Instagram and Facebook plus brands and companies are dying to work with her. Let me introduce you to Lotte van der Zee! The most beautiful teenager in the world.
Every morning, I open my Facebook to see what is new in this world. I know this sounds a bit odd but strangely enough I always see news articles on my Facebook timeline. One of the headlines of this morning says: ”Dutch Lotte (18) is the most beautiful teenager in the world.” I open to see who it is and what she looks like. Obviously I expect to see a very sexy young girl. A gorgeous, young blonde with bambi eyes stares at me from my small Iphone screen. She laughs and looks like a geniunely nice person. To my surprise she isn’t what I expect her to be. She is uncommenly beautiful but still has her innocence. I read the article and find out that she lives in Enschede. My family lives in Enschede so I decide to sent her a message on Instagram to ask her if she wants to shoot with me. To my surprise, she responds and two weeks later we meet!
A very down-to-earth teenager
When I finally meet Lotte, she is very open and spontaneous. Looking back at the shoot with her, she is one of the most easy-going models I ever shot. She likes everything, every edit, every location and she even apologizes for not posting right away. I am shocked! During the shoot we had the best time and I think it is mainly because of her friendly personality. She shows genuine interest in me and what I do for a living. She hardly talks much about herself unless you ask her. Then she is very open and tells me what goes on in her head.
So who is Lotte? Lotte is a young Dutch girl of 18 years old. She is currently studying to become a beauty specialist. She says: ”Just like other girls, I have duties to fulfill. I still go to school and have one more year to complete before I graduate and can start working.” So why did she decide to become a beauty specialist? ”My mom is a beauty specialist and I really didn’t know what to do with my life. It seemed like the most natural choice for me to study in this direction” she explains.
So how did it all start with the beauty pageants? ”I was asked to join Miss Teen of Overijssel. I wasn’t really sure if I should join the pageant because I had never thought about it before and didn’t think that I had a chance to win. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to join. Why not? What is there to lose? I won the pageant and was crowned Miss Teen of Overijssel. That got me into the national pageant, which I won too. After that I went to Guatemala to join the Miss Teen Universe pageant. Together with 33 other girls we competed for Miss Teen Universe.”
In The Netherlands beauty pageants are not really a thing. I guess some attention goes to Miss Netherlands but besides that I don’t really think it is as big as it is in The United States for example. I hardly know anything about this world, a world that is all about a certain type of beauty, about grace and about crowns and tiaras. So I ask Lotte for some insight information: ” I always try to be myself in this world. That is the most important thing. If course I can’t be very political when I’m representing my title and there are certain things you can’t really do when you are in public but I never try to be something I am not. I think that is what makes a person unique. In this industry you get to meet a lot of new people. It is much more fun when you can be yourself around them. Besides that you have to mature very vast and be independent in order to maintain yourself. I can highly recommend joining pageants to other girls. I had so much fun during the pageants and learned so much. Also meeting new people is really great and you get to go to the best places in the world!” She is super positive.
Lotte inspires me. She is so down-to-earth and just like a normal teenager should be. She tells me: ”I want to inspire other girls by showing that you can achieve so much by just being yourself. One person loves soccer and is very good at it and the other, like me, is good at being in pageants. If you are the best version of yourself, you can achieve so much. Everybody is good at something and I think people should be treated as equals.”
Being in the media
The media loves her and has written so much about her after she won. She was in several talk shows and appears in a couple of YouTube channels. I ask her what it is like to be in the media: ”At first I had to get used to it a little bit but now I really have fun during appearences.”
However it is not all positive. With all the loving reactions and media attention there are also people who bring her down on social media. She tells me that people often comment on her pictures that she is wearing too much make-up and that they would only do that for a photoshoot: ”But a lot of times my pictures were taken during a photoshoot and people do my make-up. I don’t walk around all day wearing the same make-up as when I am on a shoot.” I feel kind of sad for her and ask her what that does to her: ”To be honest, most reactions were really positive. There are always people who feel the need to express themselves on social media. I can understand that I might not really be the most beauitful teenager in the world. I just got lucky winning this title. But still sometimes I really don’t understand some of the reactions. Those people don’t even know me and yet they write about me. I always keep thinking that if people really knew me, they wouldn’t have said those things because I am not the way they describe me at all. I really shake it off,”
Meeting Lotte and spending the day with her was really fun. She is very different than what you would usually expect from someone who is called The Most Beautiful Teenager in the World. She is super down-to-earth. She wants to get to know people and is open. She shows a lot of interest in other people and works hard during the shoot. I can totally understand why she won this title. Not only because of her looks, but also because of her sparkling personality. Stay tuned because in the future Lotte wants to start vlogging and perhaps work in the TV industry!
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