Why, yes. I might have. There is a part of me that wants to apologize because it felt so…..mean. The other part of me rationalizes this “mean girl” behavior as, well, the industry. It’s not personal…..mostly.
Yes, I am talking about runway modeling.
I had the opportunity to sit in on the model casting calls for the Kansas City Fashion Week. I sat next to Roxanne, of R Treasures Boutique, and she is really quite funny. At one point I ended up sitting next to a designer who was too important to introduce herself (okay, that was unkind of me, but really.) Sitting on the couch next to that designer, the thought crossed my mind that she had better have some really awesome shiz-nit come down that runway, because she hasn’t got anything else in her favor. Okay, that was unkind also. But honestly. Her behavior and attitude made me realize that your personality and the things you say can taint your work. It’s sad but true; how many times have you said you love something but you despise the person behind it? I love the food, but the staff was horrible? I love their clothes, but the associates were snobs? How many times have you bought something you didn’t really want just to support a friend (Pampered Chef anyone?)
If I ever come across as “high-and-mighty” you just tell me to stop it, okay? And feel free to tell me so in a nice, loving, kind tone……haha.
Now contrast that designer with another designer I briefly spoke to at the end of the evening. She was much more down-to-earth and my first impression of her left me hoping that she does really well (this is her first year showing!) and finds great success in her endeavors. The contrast between my feelings regarding those two designers is extreme.
I asked Teisha Barber, Executive Director and model, her advice for models on casting calls; after all, she has seen how this works from both sides of the equation. She would make a great mentor for anyone interested in the modeling business. She even “walked the runway” for us. She’s good. Really good. I could sum up her advice in three words: meet her criteria. Need clarification on any of the criteria? Just ask. I took notes (wink.)
What I wore to judge these models:
Top: Zara (similar here)