I think we’ve all been there before. In the modeling world, part of the challenge is trying to fit yourself into whatever the “box of the day” is. One of the first things that you learn is that if you expect to walk on a runway, you’re going to have to learn to adapt yourself. You’re going to have to wear things you don’t like. You’re going to have to step outside of your comfort zone and do things you’ve never done. You might be uncomfortable. You might hate it. You might not feel like yourself, but you do it anyway.
Here’s the thing: I think that so many models forget when we’re tackling these challenges that underneath it all, these people are looking at you. If you can’t find a way to be you in anything you wear, then you’re nothing but a walking mannequin. And I know, I know… That’s kind of the point. But I see a lot of girls who get upset because they find themselves in the midst of something that they don’t understand, something that they’d never do, something that is just as opposite of them as the sun is to the moon.
When some girls don’t win a challenge, when they don’t succeed, they blame it on the challenge. On the judges. On the circumstances. I’ve been there. We’ve all done it. But you know what? Recently, I’ve finally started to grasp that if I don’t be myself, if I worry too much about the “box” I’m supposed to be stuffing myself into, then I lose myself, and THAT is when I lose. You can be yourself no matter what challenge you face. And I’m not talking about wearing the same hair, or wearing the same skin. Think about it. Each time you see a challenge, you probably get a mental picture of what that means to you. And I get one. Everyone does–but our pictures aren’t going to be the same.
Stay true to you. Stay true to that picture inside of your head. While it may be “not quite right” for a particular challenge, you are still being you. That’s what everyone wants to see… those little qualities that make us all unique. Don’t ever let the fact that you aren’t just like everyone else deter you. You don’t have to try so hard that it’s OBVIOUS you’re trying too hard. Just be yourself. I wish I could see more of you being yourself. I can’t even begin to explain the wonderful doors that have started to open for me since I started doing this.
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[Hands][Slink][AvEnhance Hands (Elegant)]
[Eyes]IKON][Sunrise Eyes (Azure Light)]
[Eyeshadow][Zibska @ Uber][Caia #15]
[Lashes][*Mon Cheri*][Falsies – Mesh Lashes]
[Face][Madrid Solo][Hustle (Blush, Moles, Freckles)]
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[Teeth][PXL][OpenMouth Pro Basic]
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[Dress][RAPTURE @ .PENUMBRA SS 2016 FW][Kona – Snorkel]
[Inspiration Tune][Colbie Caillat – Try]