Good morning moon. Hello Dubai
you better not pout, you better not cry
Missguided Holiday ‘13 Campaign shot by Zoe McConnell
Just hangin out all grinch-like last year at the Vision holiday party. Snap by Randall Slavin.
In honor of tbt and trying to get into posting more often, I am proud to dedicate this behind the scenes throwback to not just who you would call the ultimate dream team, but who I consider family!
Bjorn Borg Holiday 2013 Campaign
Happiest Moments : home. alone. half naked. music full blast.
Thank you so much for this question! This has been really heavy on my heart. I have never really had an opinion on much. Ive always kind of taken a back seat, trying to understand others- how they think and why they do the things they do. If you were to ask me what my favorite color is, I wouldnt have an answer. Personally, I cant compare red to blue. Certainly, they both offer something so different and without either, there would be no purple. I try to appreciate all things as I feel everything coexists. On a particular day I may be drawn to a certain color because of my mood, but ultimately I have no ‘favorites’. I know, it sounds boring! Anyway, my rambling does play part in this question. It goes back to opinion. Just recently, I have decided to dig less into my brain and a little more into my heart. With doing so, I have found myself to believe in the lifestyle of the human race a bit differently. Part of the lifestyle that came to surface was consumerism. Just a little background, I grew up in an atmosphere that was very ‘needy’. Now that I am older, I can recognize that I played a huge part in the needy society. I so badly wanted the next best thing, what everyone else around me had. I didnt have the knowledge, the education, I didnt know any better. I have found those minute things have dwindled as my awareness for the larger picture has surfaced in place. Today, I am faced with inner turmoil. Part of my dream as a child was to travel the world. Modeling has opened up this door so widely for me. I would not have been able to get to all of the places I have been nor learn all that I have if it were not for the opportunities this industry has given me. I am so grateful, as I truly would not change it all for anything. However, I do think part of a models job (female or male) is to ‘advertise’ consumerism. When a client decides on a model, they choose one in which they think will convey whatever it is the client means for that specific product. Sometimes its an overall feeling or concept. Usually, behind any advertisement is a message to drive and sell a product. Models are a huge part in that. Its why they are hired, it is believed he/she/they can drive and sell an image. As Im still learning and growing (as one does all throughout life) I dont know where to stand. I feel my job does not contribute to the belief system that has started up within myself. I know modeling is not permanent. For a while I started to feel like a hypocrite. Then, I realized I was forming an opinion. And to me, opinions are just thoughts geared towards one side, causing judgement of the other side and an overall loss of balance on perspective. I began favoring the ‘bad side’ of the industry rather than bringing good into an industry that I feel is lacking. I do believe I have in ways contributed to consumerism with what I do for a living. Right now, I am just taking the time to be patient with myself and the industry. Rather than ‘x’ it all off as something bad, I have decided to ‘use’ it for the greatness it brings while giving back with small, simple things throughout each day. A new dream has been born and I will fulfill its purpose. The change that is building up within will soon find ways of reflecting and once it is so strong, I believe it will beam. Until then, Im going to let things carry out organically. I still have so much to learn. I have impeccable trust that with an open mind, the world will in turn be open.
It took a while to build up the confidence to go into agencies being 5’6. I still lack confidence at times thinking Im not what the industry accepts, but I love the challenge :)
If you have a will, you must make a way. Keep going in anyway. Let your potential be limitless!