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7 Modeling Myths Busted

Typically what you see on the internet makes everything in life seem oh so rosy but we all know that’s just not how it is. I actually prefer social media that way. The last thing I want to see online are daily depressing quotes or political battles but a blog… a blog can show many emotions and that’s exactly what I plan to do with this post.

If you follow me on any social media, it looks like I’m living the life and I have all the time in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and wouldn’t trade it with anyone! I’m so lucky to do what I do, to see the world like I am and to meet so many amazing people, but that’s just not what it’s like on a day to day basis. Do you really want me post pictures of a studio after studio, weight room after weight room? Boring! Personally, I find pictures of beautiful sunsets, incredible food and amazing views far more interesting.

Modeling is much the same way. When the general public thinks of modeling, they automatically assume that we all have naturally perfect bodies and can eat whatever we want or have an eating disorder. People assume that we’re rolling in money and just take some pictures in amazing locations and that we don’t really work. While sometimes in certain markets, that may be true, for the life of the average full-time female model, it’s simply not. (I can’t speak for guys and plus models as the business works differently for them.) Based on my experience, here are some of the myths you may even believe yourself about the average full-time female model:

Modeling Myths

1. Models have naturally perfect bodies: We’re far from picture perfect. What you probably don’t know is that most models don’t look like “models”; they’re not so tall, not that thin and have break-outs just like everyone else. Think about it. Look around at the advertisements that surround you. No, not Cover Girl but the ad on the bus that just went by or the woman on the billboard you just drove by. Do you really think they’re all six feet and skinny as a rail? News flash! Models come in all shapes and sizes. Ok, yes, we all won the genetic lottery on some level but most models don’t look like the supermodels we get clumped with. As per us all being super skinny, let me preface this by saying I bust my ass to get my body to look the way it does; I work out consistently and eat very clean. (I don’t do it to be thin, I do it because I enjoy being healthy.) There are girls that are naturally thin and don’t have to take care of themselves but chances are, they are what has been coined “skinny fat” (because they’re not tone).

2. Models have all the confidence in the world: Overall, models are the most insecure group of people I know but put up the best front. Imagine going to 4-8 job interviews in a day and getting turned down each time. In markets like Cape Town and Istanbul, that happens to us several times a week. Think of what that does to your self confidence alone and now add people laughing at your pictures, critiquing your appearance and telling you to fix things about yourself continuously. Markets like Milan take your measurements weekly to ensure you maintain your ideal weight. A friend told me that when she was living in Milan, her flatmate was reporting to her agency what what was eating. And in this business, if you’re 25+ years old, you’re old. Not to mention, you get to compete with girls 10 years younger. Eek! Now what do you think all that would do to your self confidence?

3. Models don’t work: When I go shopping, I detest trying on clothes. When I can’t motivate myself to get to the fitting room, I’m the girl standing in the middle of the store throwing on clothes on top of my clothes to try to gauge whether it fits. The reason for this is primarily because in a day’s work, I’ve had to put on up to 200+ pieces of clothing! Jeans are the worst. If I ever didn’t know what chafing was, I do now. Some work days last for as many as 14 hours and may even shoot through the evening. As always, there’s a flip side… we may work a 10 hour day and only actually end up working one. If you’ve ever worked as a sales associate in retail, you know what I mean when I say it’s like being on the floor for 10 hours and only actually having customers and clothes to fold for one. It can be more painful than being swamped or if you’ve ever waited tables, it can be more painful than being “in the weeds.”

4. Models are dumb: Now that’s just rude. If you believe this one, answer this: how many models have you actually met to even make that assessment? I’m guessing none. Young girls that are thrown into this business are forced to grow up far quicker than most. We have to compete with hundreds of other girls, each one prettier than the next, for a single job so the young models can’t help but develop wit and personality quickly. In America I wouldn’t dream of hanging out with most girls 10 years younger than me but the girls I’ve met modeling internationally are more mature and worldly than their age and have become some of my closest friends. Additionally, there are plenty of models with degrees or pursing one and there are those who successfully juggle second jobs with families and finally, those that move on to other careers (because we’re so gosh darn smart)!

5. Models don’t eat: Oh please. The sheer amount of food I can eat would put a grown man on the floor. I’ve witnessed many model friends eat just as much. They’re just more likely to make healthy choices and exercise regularly. Unfortunately, there are still many models are constantly trying to lose or gain weight because of pressure rather than making an effort to be healthy. Ultimately, these girls end up stressing over everything they put in their mouths. But like I said, most models eat.

6. Models are rich: We’re broke. If we want to go to Paris or Milan for example, we have to pay for it. After we get there, we have to pay inflated amounts for comp cards, living arrangements, website fees and more. The commission our agencies earn off our rates go up as high as 50%. I’m not even going to get into taxes. Sure, rates in the states and Germany can be really good but rates in places like Turkey and Greece often only put $150 in our pocket for a full day (and remember a full day can easily be 12 hours). Oh, and don’t forget all the time we put into going on castings and don’t earn a penny.

7. Models always work in amazing places: My Instagram may look like I’m always working in exotic locations but I typically work in a standard studio. Part of the reason I wanted to become an international model was so I could travel; I wanted to experience different cultures, meet cool people and see nature in every way possible. Luckily I wasn’t naive enough to think that it would be all flowers and candy. If I’m not working in a studio or the occasional stunning location, most of the time I’m spending the day running around to castings. And it shouldn’t be forgotten that all this time we’re in these cool places, we’re far away from home. You know the saying, “there’s no place like home.” There really isn’t and no matter how beautiful a shoot location may be, there’s still “no place like home.”

7 Modeling Myths Busted >> Food For Beauty

One of many studios

As you can see, modeling can be emotionally taxing but one thing is for sure, it really helps you grow as a person. I’ve learned so much in the last year and have grown so much, I hardly recognize myself. Even though the reality of modeling may not be what people think, it has it’s perks for sure. (Those will be saved for another post.) Please note that as always in everything, there’s an exception to everything! Now… I’m going to not go searching the internet to look up plane tickets to go home and start looking up pictures of Greece and my next adventure. Right. Cheers!

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Modeling in Istanbul: A Day of Castings

Castings in Istanbul are a completely different experience from anywhere else I’ve been for so many reasons. Here’s a rundown of what our day might look like:

Late every evening we get a sheet posted in our living room that tells us whether we’re working or casting and what time to be ready. The model apartment I’m living in is located two floors above my agency, so it makes it easy for them to post the updates after each work day. Usually our morning call time is around 9:15am so by this time, I’ve already been to the gym, showered and have my morning green smoothie in hand. Promptly at 9:15, we show up in the parking lot and start piling into one of the agency vans. Thankfully it’s in my nature to be on time since it’s crucial to get a seat near the front as the air conditioning barely reaches the back and there’s just no room or god forbid, you have to sit on the floor.

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My Trip to the ER + Antibiotics

What’s the worst part about traveling? Getting sick. If there’s one thing I can vouch for first hand, you don’t want to end up in the hospital in a foreign country.

The symptoms started shortly after arriving in Istanbul although very sporadic and far between in the beginning. For me this is pretty standard when I arrive in a new country so I didn’t think much of it. Then a few days ago I spent a couple evenings doubled over in pain with stomach issues. (I’ll spare you the details.) I could have put up with it for several days before giving into seeing a doctor. Even in the states, I just don’t go to the doc. I don’t. For one, I’ve rarely had insurance so it’s quite pricey and another, I refuse to take antibiotics if I can help it. I’ve been doing my best to heal my gut and taking antibiotics will reverse all my hard work.

The word “antibiotic” literally means “against life”

Simply stated, antibiotics are a poison that kill your body’s good bacteria in addition to the bad. Once the bacteria has been killed, it leaves way for yeast to grow in your body which is why UTI’s are so common after a bout of antibiotics. While there is absolutely a place for them in our lives, they’re used and abused to the point that they’re now doing more harm than good.

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Modeling in Istanbul: Model Apartment Living

In each market, the living situation is completely different. In Cape Town, I shared a room in a hostel for several months where all the models were put on the same floor and for the second half of my stay, I had my own room in a tiny guest house with the bare essentials. In Hamburg, I rented a room in someone’s home and the living was quite comfortable (except for the fact that I was living in someone else’s space). Istanbul is the first place I’ve actually lived in one of the infamous “model apartments”. While I like the idea in theory because of the instant connection to other models, it’s far from ideal.

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Zucchini Hummus (Raw, Bean-free) >> Food For Beauty

Zucchini Hummus (Raw, Bean-free)

I love dips! I especially love hummus but oftentimes I’m running around and don’t have time to cook the chickpeas and don’t want to resort to using them from a can. (I avoid cans because of the chemicals associated.) This dip is a tasty alternative and works great as a salad dressing or a substitute for mayo.

Chickpeas are known to cause uncomfortable gas and bloating but since this hummus is zucchini instead of bean-based, it gets digested much easier. Not only is it bean-free, it’s properly food combined.

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It’s Time for Turkey + Turkish Green Beans

In two days I leave for Istanbul, Turkey and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s been a whirlwind few months here in Hamburg but I’m ready to move on. Not only do I get to experience a new and completely different place, both my sister, Nekol, and my good friend, Heather, are going to be there as well! I don’t believe in fate but this turn of events may have made me think twice about my stance.

Istanbul

In honor of my next adventure, I decided to make a dish similar to what I’ll find in Istanbul and am very pleased with the result! As usual, it’s very simple to make and you can easily swap out veggies to use up what’s sitting on your counter. It’s anti-inflammatory thanks to the turmeric and is super tasty.

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Hamburg: Places I Love

Alster Lake: There’s nothing more I love doing in Hamburg than going for a run around Alster Lake. This 160 hectare lake lies in the heart of the city and the permitter is approximately 7.5 km (4.7 miles) around. Along the shoreline, read a book and soak up the sun, meet friends for a bbq, or come back in the evening to watch a sunset. On the lake, take a boat trip, rent a sailboat, or try your hand at standup paddle boarding. Alster Lake is my absolute favorite place in Hamburg.

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American in Germany (Part 2): The Good, the Bad, the Funny

Germany has a wide variety of quirks I find intriguing.

The Good

No bicycle helmets required. I like being able to take my life into my own hands. Who wants to wear those ugly helmets anyway? It makes total sense if you’re on a motorcycle but regardless, I like having the choice.

Dogs don’t have to be on a leash. People bike, run and walk with their dog trotting just a few feet in front or behind or right next to them. At the park the dogs roam freely, play with new friends and swim in the lake to cool down. It’s far more rare to see a dog on a leash, than one on its own. I’d give anything to have my dog, Honey, here with me now!

Food & flea markets. There’s a different one everyday! My favorite are of course, the organic food markets, Öko-Wochenmarkt & Regionales.  The one closest to me is down the street in St. Georg. If possible, I’m there every Friday. They know me by name and seem very happy to answer my never ending questions about all the foreign fruit and veggies.

Goldbeker, Hamburg, Germany Thrift Market >> Food For Beauty

This was my first experience at a flea market in Goldbeker

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American in Germany (Part 1): The Little Things

There are so many things to take into account when you come to a new place from what to pack, visa requirements to exchange rates, etc. Of all the countries I’ve traveled to (over 20 at the time I write this), Germany is the most similar to America but it obviously has some big differences. When I talk about differences between the countries, I’m not talking about government or health plans or any of that… I’m talking about the little everyday things like the times people eat dinner, the style of clothing or the modes of transportation. We tend to take into account the obvious, but there’s so much more to consider.

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Berlin Train Station

 

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Food Combining Chart by Food For Beauty

Food Combining

Food combining is a challenge I attempted to take on quite a while ago. In fact, I printed out a handy chart I found when I was in the states nearly a year ago and have since transported it with me halfway across the world. Each new place I arrived, I’d take it out of my luggage and place it somewhere I’d see it every day. As often as I looked at it, I simply couldn’t wrap my head around the concept. Every attempt I made to food combine, I’d somehow find a way to break the rules and not realize it until it was too late. (The avocado still gets me every time!) So up until this point it really didn’t do me any good.

Thankfully, since arriving in Germany, I came across a chart put together by my favorite blogger, Megan at Detoxinista, and suddenly it all made sense. (If you haven’t checked out her site already, you should!) After a couple weeks of practice, I can now food combing effortlessly. I’m not saying that I practice this at every meal – I don’t – but I make an effort whenever possible.

What is food combining?

“… a system of eating foods that combine together efficiently to assist digestion so that your digestive tract does not have to work so hard to give you the nutrients you need for energy.”

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