Shit Models Don’t Say
Hey ladies. This one is important.
To put a few things out there, this post is going to be a little unlike the others. I’m gearing it specifically at models, right now, dealing with fashion week. This post is what I needed to hear, and what several active and former models have asked me to discuss with you. Because, the truth is, all models have felt this way. I cannot think of one friend of mine who hasn’t expressed such concerns to me during show season.
Also, I’m going to be more blunt than usual. Because it’s oftentimes show season that sets the tone for the rest of your year; in how you perceive yourself, how you view yourself in comparison to other girls, and most crucially, how you treat yourself. I’m going to be honest here because I know how many girls are too scared to ask questions — I understand that.
First off, I can almost guarantee that during the slew of castings, go-sees, and fittings this week you’ve looked at other models in squinty-eyed curiosity — how do I measure up? you may have thought. For me, I’d always assume I was the biggest girl in the room. It kept a fire under my butt, and jolted me to stay on track if I ever got too comfortable in my career.
This sort of attitude, this fear-based kind of motivation, will do us no good. I’m not saying this because I’m no longer modelling and therefore can say anything I want no matter how unrealistic it may seem; I’m saying this because I was my most successful when I adopted a confidence in my own body as it’s own individual thing. Also, my friends, girls who I’ve known in the industry long before I ever started in it, weren’t their most successful until they adopted this attitude. If you’re following us on Instagram under the hashtag #beforetheyworeheels, you’ll see heaps of top models telling you, over and over and over again, to embrace your OWN qualities, to shun the idea of looking like everyone else even though the past ten years of top models has pushed us towards the notion. Look, I get it. But how cool will it be to look back and know you just got to do you?
Pack snacks. Raisins, fruits, vegetable juices, cashew milk, nuts, hummus, protein-rich meals…eat every few hours. But actually, eat. I’m giving you the permission to do so, and squashing the fear that eating before a fitting will jeopardize your chances of fitting into the clothes. Listen to me; your agency approved you to cast for shows. That right THERE tells us you’re good to go — your body is where it should be, so don’t try to lose weight during this hectic and crazy month. You’re going to look drained, tired, and think about it — would a brand want a sick looking teenager representing their work? So please, maintain your beautiful self this week. Your body is WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE. But let me ask you this: is your mind?
In terms of body jealousy, too: do you. No other body will look like hers, and no other body looks like yours. It’s also so easy to develop a distorted sense of self during this time; so focus within, radiate what is unique within you, and don’t be afraid to look people in the eyes and scare the crap out of them with your awesomeness. #YOLO, amiright?
Now, girls. We’re so proud of you. Are YOU proud of you?
Madison Schill (M/O/M)