February 21, 2014 3 minute read
I’m so excited to bring this new component to the blog! I believe that everyone has the right to ultimate health and therefore flawless skin, but it’s a whole new ball game when your livelihood depends on it. So as a model that has been there, I want to help all you other models. I’ve seen some terrible things done to and by girls in the name of their careers that didn’t have to happen. So I feel the responsibility to share what I’ve learned in my ten years as a model to empower other women. After all, the ways in which you take care of your skin will take care of the rest of you – exercise will increase oxygen and blood flow to your skin but will also boost your metabolism, using skincare with the right ingredients will clear your complexion but also reduce toxin exposure, eating all the required nutrients will create glowing skin but will also increase energy production at a cellular level.
Anyways, so here we are. I don’t claim to know it all, but I do know a lot – I know the pressures. I will never forget being a 14-year-old girl, in New York for the first time, and having my new agent say “you should lose 10 pounds, sweetie – wear a fleece track suit with a garbage bag on top and just walk really fast on the treadmill.” What!? I promptly left that agency – did I mention my mother was standing right beside me. Boy I hope I never run into that agent again (for his sake). Then there was Milan. I remember being 16 and upon talking about my athletic body being told, “just start up smoking and you’ll look like a real woman,” as the person gestured to a very anorexic looking woman with a cigarette in hand across the room. It’s ironic, isn’t it? That the women in this industry, who young girls hold as a standard for who they want to be, can sometimes be the unhealthiest. If you eat healthy and nutritious foods and exercise regularly and you’re still not rocking a 23-inch waist, nothing is worth destroying your body to get there. Nothing. Because, guess what? Not everyone is built to be a size zero. Your body is completely unique, but it can still be strong, sexy and lean if you are nourishing yourself the right way. Plus let’s be honest, there are a lot of things that taste way better than skinny feels.
In lieu of those incidents, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have more positive encounters than negative. With amazing individuals by my side I have been coached to where I am today. It is my hope that everyone, no matter their profession, can benefit from this series – but these posts will be written for models. Since not only did I have the upbringing that gave me thick enough skin to say no – I had (and still have) the teams in place to give me access to the best in nutrition, skincare and health. So for my long-legged friends who don’t have that door open to them, here I am. Standing at the side entrance REALLY excited to help you healthily navigate this crazy yet wonderful industry. Stay tuned!