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Haven’t I Seen You Somewhere?

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Have you ever thought about what a model does after they’re done modelling? I do. While I still have a few years before I have to think about doing something other than rocking the runway, it’s sort of controlling my mind at the moment.

I asked my agent about it, and not only did he shrug away my concern, he changed the subject. That is definitely not a good sign.

I don’t have any modeling friends that have retired yet, but some of my friend’s moms were models, and they didn’t offer any hope. One girl’s mom became a flight attendant, another one went into sales. The majority of them had achieved the ideal “I used to be a model” career- the overindulged trophy wife.

I’m not looking forward to a life of Botox and yoga while picking the best nanny for my baby. There have got to be better options!

My problem is that I started modeling really young. I have been modelling since 14, and I didn’t really have a chance to develop any other skills. If I did stop I’d probably have to do something in the modelling industry, like be an agent, or coach. Wait, isn’t there a saying about that?

Those who can’t, teach.

I could teach people how to model!

But what I am terrified of is something that is more likely to happen – I get a job in the mall folding sweaters or rearranging the clothes on a mannequin. Do you have any idea how difficult it would be to take direction from some kid who couldn’t tell the difference between J Brand and True Religion…

My God, I’m getting dizzy just thinking about it.

That’s probably the reason why I’ve started taking some classes online. I figured when the time comes, I better have something else to fall back on. I’m thinking a career in fashion buying would be perfect for me, or I could be a wardrobe consultant.

I just need it to be something- anything – that keeps me from having to answer that awkward question of “Haven’t I see you somewhere?” from some guy in t-shirts and sweats eating a hot dog in the mall. I mean, I’m not ashamed of being a model; I just don’t want that to be all I do.

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