Over the years of modelling I have been through thick and thin. A lot of girls ask me how they can get into the industry, but before I tell them I always make sure to inform them how hard this industry can be on a girl. You have to be able to take criticism on a constant basis. I have been told I am too fat, too tanned, my hair is too long, too blonde, I am too curvy, not curvy enough, and the list goes on and on. I think girls need to realize this before they think about getting themselves into this industry because I have seen girls get destroyed.
Many people think that most models are “stuck up” but I’ve found that it’s actually the exact opposite; they’re insecure. In order to survive this industry and come out of it with a good perspective you need to be strong, confident, and independent enough to travel the world by yourself. My rule of thumb: “Don’t take anything personally, always be street smart, and know how to say NO.” This job may look glamorous, but never question that there is a lot of ugliness that comes with it.
With that being said, modelling has also given me some amazing opportunities that I may have never experienced otherwise. I’ve been able to travel the world and see some amazing things, meet incredible people, and progress in ways that I can’t even begin to describe.
Whether you’re a model or not I think it’s important for everyone to realize that what we see in magazines, on television, and all over the media is a fantasy. It’s not natural, and women especially need to stop comparing themselves to these women they are seeing in media these days. Beauty comes from within. Be confident within yourself no matter what size or shape you are.
Modelling is just a form of art; not reality.