For the third time, Manuela Frey (24) is looking for “Switzerland’s next top model”. Larissa Marolt (29) is one of the members of the jury by her side. The Austrian has not only a model, but also a lot of television experience – which extends to jungle camps.
Marolt became known through her victory in “Austria’s Next Top Model” in 2009 and the subsequent participation in the German counterpart of Heidi Klum (48). A time that was not only nice for the then 16-year-old. “I had to grow up very quickly,” she says. “At this age, you are not aware of what it means to be in the spotlight. You are observed from all sides, I had to put on a thick skin and learn not to let criticism get me down. “
Life experience from the jungle camp
But Marolt is likely to have many thanks to her participation in “I am a star – get me out of here!” remembered in 2014. She set the record for the most frequent participation in a jungle test and in the end came second behind Ballermann star Melanie Müller (33).
While for others the show is the end of the line, for Marolt the show was a stepping stone. «That was an incredibly important time for me. Such formats always fascinated me. There you gain life experience that you can only have once. “
Today she is an actress
Reality TV also enabled her to take some knowledge with her for acting. She can be seen again and again in films and series such as “Storm of Love” (ARD) or currently the police student Leonie Ruska in the ZDF early evening series “Bloody Beginners”. «Today my main job is an actress. Of course I also do TV projects that I find exciting and that appeal to me, why not? The same goes for modeling. “
Marolt is pleased that she is now looking for the next Swiss top model. «I get on really well with Manuela Frey. We are in regular contact. ” In addition, the field of candidates for this year’s season is very diverse, including a curve model and a candidate who would actually be too small to model. “I always gave all participants the tip not to chase after the ideals of beauty, but to stand by their own type,” says Marolt.
“The time of the ideals of beauty is over”
A model has to occupy a room and stand out from the crowd. The character is becoming more and more important. Marolt: “I think the time of the ideals of beauty is over. Those who have character and are authentic will always be successful. “
“Switzerland’s next top model” runs every Wednesday at 8.15 p.m. on ProSieben Switzerland.