This is something I need to go over with you guys because I think a lot of you think that I am against the modeling industry.
I recently had this talk with an agency I am going to start working with (fingers crossed!). They asked me where my desire to work for an agency came from considering my blog is “the retired model” and I write about some of the negative things within the industry. So, here is my statement:
When I first started TRM a year ago, my main goal was to educate people on the modeling industry. I wanted to write something that young boys and girls could read through and decide if that was the right career for them. Because as much as there are “modeling guides” and interviews, a lot of that is bullshit.
Six years ago, I was 15 and just starting out as well. Wanting to know everything there is to know about the elusive world of fashion, I cracked my knuckles and began to Google. My searches led me to FashionTV videos, Pony-Ryder.com interviews, and stories about Kate Moss in the 90’s. All of my research would prove irrelevant.
First of all, a model who is signed to a top agency isn’t going to spill the beans because her agency would drop her. In those FashionTV interviews, you see a happy model who is SO excited to walk down the runway for Louis Vuitton. But what you don’t see (or notice) is her blistered feet, swollen eyes, or bad skin from the various makeup brands being plastered on her face every day. Her answers may be slower than usual because she is fucking exhausted from working 16-20 hour days. A lot of people think that models are dumb but really a lot of them are just tired.
Second of all, the era of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell is dead. Finito. You have no idea how hard it is to try and explain this to people such as my mom, who constantly told me, “you can definitely be the next Kate Moss”. (That’s sweet of you mom, but you have no idea what you are talking about.)
Like with fashion, models are like trends. One day, blonde hair is in and brown hair is out. The next day, braces-molded teeth are out and gap teeth are in! When I joined the ranks, it was all about the leggy beauties. Karlie Kloss, Frida Gustavsson, Daphne Groeneveld, etc. Nowadays, the latest trend is nepotism. Kendall Jenner, The Hadid’s, Cara Delevigne, etc.
The Retired Models was everything that I wished I could’ve read before entering the cutthroat world of modeling. I wanted to show people what was really happening. So many people thing that it’s an easy career and that can’t be further from the truth. Models work very, very hard and most of them are very, very young. Compared to some of my Russian counterparts, I had it pretty easy. A lot of these Eastern-European girls are supporting their families and being pressured by their parents to stay in modeling. I have found that if these girls don’t make it, a lot of them resort to prostitution.
In the end, what I wanted to say with TRM is that, like with any career, there are good points and bad points. The worst points are the grueling hours, being far from your families, and exposure to drugs and creepy men at a young age. However, there are a lot of great things that can come out of it too such as living/traveling to countries all over the world, working with some of the most interesting people, and making lifelong connections.
Basically, it’s all about the decisions you make. Are you going to go out clubbing the night before a big shoot or stay in and get your beauty sleep? What will make you more successful?