Feb 09, 2017 1:04AM

Meet The Model: Marte Mei van Haaster

Natural beauty.
Dutch model/artist/total babe Marte Mei van Haaster just finished a big job with Pharrell Williams and G-Star RAW — helping them to realise their dreamy collab on the new Elwood X25. The line features 25 prints that Pharrell curated from traditional patterns, camo and checks. The campaign imagery shows Pharrell and Marte Mei looking damn fine in the new products, which hit stores Feb 16.
 
 
 
Marte Mei caught our attention hardcore — her artwork, which she does with her husband under the name MAXMEI, is just as beautiful as her face. We had to get to know her.
 
 
Name:  Marte Mei van Haaster
 
Nickname: Bimi (after the mini broccoli)
 
Star sign: Taurus with Libra as rising sign
 
Where are you from? 
Amsterdam
 
What were you into in school? 
Boys, lunch breaks, candy and high grades.
 
What did you do for your last birthday? 
I invited a group of friends, we had Mexican food and a BBQ at the waterside close to our home. There is a river called the IJ – great hang-out for a swim in summertime.
 
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever what would it be?
I really liked being 24 the past year. I felt mature enough to worry less about life but young enough to still feel ambitious and get excited about new things. But who knows, I might enjoy 25 even better.
 
If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose?
A pygmy goat, the one that stays small forever. Would be super nice to have one to join me and my hubby everywhere we go!
 
What scares you most?
Losing your loved ones. My friends and family are the most important thing in my life.
 
Best piece of advice you ever received?
When I worry about the future, my husband and mother in law always say: "Daar ben je zelf bij." It basically translates to "you'll be present / there when it happens." It roughly means 'why worry about something now if you can decide how to respond in the moment itself' At first this was an annoying piece of advice to me, but I more and more understand the meaning - that it's better to focus on pure presence always, instead of aiming to prepare for something that might or might not even happen.
 
What celebrity do you have a crush on?
Jake Gyllenhaal.
 
Do you prefer crowds, small groups or being alone?
Small groups.
 
You worked with Pharrell, starring with him in the campaign for his new collection. Was it awesome?
It was INCREDIBLE. His energy was phenomenal and he really touched my heart. For somebody to be so loving and open minded and caring of the whole team around him was very special to see and experience. It's no wonder to me that Pharrell is so good at what he does because he carries some sort of magical energy around him that gives him the strength to create and love to connect with others.
 
You're an artist yourself, and the collection featured loads of prints. Which is your favourite?
I work as an artist with my husband Max, we're called MAXMEI. My favourite print was the black and white check.
 
Will you send us a selfie?
I'll make an exception for you! As you can see on my instagram @martemei I'm not a selfie kind of person.
 
 
Photos: G-Star RAW, @martemei

Hayley Morgan