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In light of the recent Daul Kim tragedy, I thought I’d open up the floor to talk about fashion’s glamour – or lack thereof. I’ve been on just about every side of the industry – writing, PR, designing, model booking, retail, fabric sales, show production, mass manufacturing, styling, hair dressing – and I’m yet to encounter a truly glamorous fashion job. As an 18 year old starting out in Auckland, the prospect of working as a shop assistant for Little Brother, New Zealand’s top menswear label, seemed like the epitome of style and sophistication. I had fun, yes, but there’s nothing glamorous about standing on your feet for eight hours a day serving customers.
The point I’m trying to make is that everything seems glamorous until you’re actually doing it. And, presumably, nothing appears to be as glamorous as modelling. You show up, have a team of people fuss over you, look beautiful for a couple of hours, then leave. But obviously that’s not what it’s really like. How about the endless castings, the sleazy photographers, the uncertainty of when your next pay cheque is coming, the constant travel, the separation from your friends and family… As some of you know, I have this girl Corinna staying with me at the moment. She’s here from Germany. She normally lives with her parents in a small village north of Berlin, but she often travels to Hamburg and Milan. After New Zealand she’ll fly to Hong Kong where she’ll work for two months. She’ll be there for Christmas and New Year’s, separated from everyone she knows. She’s 19 years old.
The late Daul Kim, one of the industry’s top working girls, often wrote of the late nights, the long hours and the loneliness of modelling. She complained to friends that the her life was “too frenetic and incompatible with forming the sort of long-term relationship she hankered for.” Where’s the glamour?
So here are my questions:
Do you consider the fashion industry to be glamorous?
What do you think is the most glamorous job in fashion?
Do you have any industry horror stories?
Do you work in a job that is actually glamorous?
Knowing the realities of modelling, would you choose to be a model yourself?
Would you allow your children to model?
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