Top by United Colors of Benetton
Shorts by American Eagle Outfitters
Photography by Cody Criglow
A Non-Model's path to Being a Model pt. 1
I've always despised the way people are so quick to label themselves as 'models' and I've always been really hesitant to call myself one. So I always found it comical when people would mistake me for one or tell me that I could be one. Sure I have the height, but I'm far from the qualifications of what I believe to be a bonafide model, you know, the seemingly unreachable perfection you see in the fashion magazines.
The modeling industry has got to be one of the hardest industries to be in. The sole basis of the job is to be judged on your looks and that can be tough on even the most self-assured soul, let alone my own. But while it's easy to start thinking about the cants, the hows, and the many ways I am not fit to be a model, the only thing that I realized was that I should just do things that I enjoy.
I have to say that even though I will probably never be good enough to go pro, what I DO have is good enough to help other people. I've been able to participate in 2 charity (unpaid) runway shows. Being able to help other people is probably just as satisfying as a contract with one of the top modeling agencies in New York.
Bottom line: The only person who should judge whether you can or can't do something is yourself and sometimes the only thing that is stopping you from doing things is yourself.