Tijana Stoisavljević is a tv presenter, model and journalist, married to soccer player Mihailo Milutinovic.
She started her career at the age of six, when her parents signed the first contract at UMS, where she became one of the lecturers. After she worked in India, France, Germany, was in the Italian and Indian editions of Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, as well as on the cover of the Times of India. One of the most important milestones of her career was taking part of the Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
Tijana is a Faculty of Philology graduate and she speaks fluently five languages. Education has always been in the first place for me - Tijana says. Her favorite language became Japanese during her studies due to the seven levels of politeness, and she even learned the highest one, the one used to address the emperor.
Do you believe that television is losing influence due to the popularity of social media?
I believe so, especially in the USA. In Serbia not as fast, there are still many people watching television but its no longer comparable to the influence it had in past decades. YouTube and Instagram are becoming far more relevant, it’s the 21st century and we need to adapt to the new normality.
In your case, how was the transition from the modeling industry to media?
Actually there wasn’t any transition. When I was six, I went to UMS talent school where I had classes of journalism, acting, dance, singing and modeling. From childhood I was on television and it’s where I feel the most comfortable, I feel like I belong in front of cameras.
You are known as someone who was building her career step by step. What job had the biggest impact on your career?
Every campaign, every fashion show, every shooting was special for me and made me who I am today. I suppose that my first fashion show had the most impact as I walked with Milorad Mandic, he's one of the most famous actors in Serbia. In that moment I realized I wanted that to be my career, television, runaways and photoshoot. I’m also very proud of the cover in the Times of India, shooting for Vogue and few others collaborations I did.
As a traveller, do you have a special place/country that made you consider relocating?
I love Belgrade and Serbia. My family, friends are there and I was born here. The thing is that I'm always on the move, I love to travel and discover new places, I could travel all the time. In the past, I lived in USA and I would consider it again for few years, but also Spain and Italy. My grandma was Italian and it has a special place in my heart, from historic cities to beautiful heritage. Most importantly, my husband is professional soccer player therefore the decision to move to another country would depend mainly from his job. Madrid is my secret dream, I really hope we’ll move there one day.
Tell us more about your habits and the healthy lifestyle you are promoting?
Oh not really. I’ve trained in karate for over 10 years and I had to stop due to a knee injury, which made me incredibly lazy. When it comes to food, I have to thank my parents for a perfect DNA as I can eat almost everything. Sweets are not my favorite, but I adore fast food and the Italian cuisine. Also, I barely eat meat, so I'm mostly vegetarian. I would say that I’m back on track with fitness and I’m proud of my health routines.
Which brand you identify yourself with the most?
One and only, Versace!
Your opinion on top models from the 90s being replaced by Instagram influencers?
They will never be replaced! Top models from the 90s will be fashion icons in eternity and there’s no influencers that could change it. I wouldn’t be able to compare top models and influencers, they are completely different professions. Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington otherwise known as the Big Six, cannot be compared or replaced.
What would you reccomend to a young person that wants to follow in your path?
I’m very grateful for my childhood. I think that now reality is very different, and kids are different too. They were born into technology and phones, so the career paths are much different compared to the 90s. My career started at UMS, where I have learned everything I know, they are like my second family. I wish kids today could have the same opportunity, my suggestion would be to work hard on themselves, and never give up because when a door is closed, a window opens. This job is very complicated and requires a lot of dedication, plenty of work and several renunciations, but it's worth it. If you want to be part of this industry you must continue until you succeed, and if you don’t it just means it’s not over yet!