Monday, March 25, 2013

what I wore: dealing with models

 top: J.Crew, skirt: walmart, belt: thrifted, shoes: ross, earrings: the limited, bracelets: Tiffany's, juicy couture, Arizona humane society.

So this weekend Brand and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Arizona Humane Society’s 15th Annual Fashion with Compassion.
We each had different duties, and we definitely had a good time.
Brand’s main job was to walk the sweetest 5 month old lab around and introduce him to possible adopters.

My job was to work with the models.
For the record I want this post to be politically correct and I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, but I’m still going to try and be honest.

So when I think of models I think of those pretty pictures on magazine covers, air brushed and all. 
I also think of America’s Next Top Model. 
If you’ve ever watched ANTM then you know that in a competition models are fierce and filled with drama.
I witnessed something different this weekend.

I was put in charge of dressing two models for the runway and we had three outfit changes.
Easier than it sounds, trust me.
I prepared by looking at the clothes and make sure everything was easy to get in by unbuttoning and unzipping things.

As the models started coming backstage all I could think about was, holy crap I’m so short! (I’m 5’6.)
Almost every girl there was at least 5’9 without heels, and weighed a whopping 110 pounds –if that.
I definitely felt out of place.

On each rack of clothes there were two pictures of the girls that the clothes were worn by.
The pictures somewhat look like the girls in person, but thankfully they introduced themselves to me.
After I saw the girls in person and compared what they looked like to their photos I felt really good about myself. 
I thought, dang, I could be a model if photo editing can do that! 
(I'm not trying to be rude to the girls there)

But then I got to thinking about magazines and how they glorify models. 
They do so much airbrushing and editing of each picture to make sure it looks perfect. 
When in reality those models don't really look like that! 
It made me feel better to know that the models looked just like me and my friends. 

While we were waiting for the show to start I felt like a wall flower. 
All the models were conversing with one another, talking about other jobs they’ve done, you know- the things models talk about. 
And then there was me just standing there waiting for this show to start. 
I wanted to join their conversation so bad, but I literally had nothing in common with them. 
That was the most awkward part. 

Since the show had another 45 minutes till it started, and we were just sitting around anyways, I decided to head out and find Brand because he was hanging out with my kind of people.

I guess the moral of this post is: 
Don't compare your self to those people on the cover of the magazines. 
They don't really look like that. 

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  1. Aww that's nice to read! Always comparing myself even though I know I shouldn't! X Thanks for the post x lotti

  2. Well, girl, I think you could totally handle that modeling business : ) You've got some cute posing going on! That outfit is so cute. I can't believe you got that skirt at Walmart!

  3. I definitely agree with you. I don;t usually compare myself to others (even those in magazines). BUT I am sure if I knew I was going to meet one of the people in the mags I would start to compare and get nervous.

    You are beautiful! Don't compare yourself to anyone. You have that natural beauty and airbrushing is definitely not needed!

    Xo Lourdes

  4. such a cute outfit! I love those colors together! it is so hard to not compare yourself to others whether in magazines, on blogs, in person BUT I know that is such a time waster and joy stealer!

  5. Teehee, so true! I used to work at a modeling agency, and it would blow my mind to look at a photo and then meet the real person. And now that I work in advertising and am on the other side of the deal--looking at photos to select talent for commercials or photo shoots--I'm always wary of a "polished" photo. It's way too easy to get down on yourself if you're comparing your look to their airbrushed product. It always reminds me of that quote about comparing your behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel... so NOT a fair comparison. Keep your chin up, beautiful!

  6. Cute look! And sounds like you learned a great lesson. So often we idolize the picture-perfect women in magazine's, when half the time the images are so fake. That's why I love perusing other blogs with real women like yourself!

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  9. Love the color combination in your outfit. I'm a huge fan of gingham for spring, too!
    It's really hard not to compare to the celebrities and models in magazines, but you bring up the great point that we should try to avoid it.
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