Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Everyone has to start somewhere...

Promise you won't laugh?

In the interest of relating my journey through the world on the wings of a madcap modelling career with complete truth and honesty (my self-sworn commandment for this blog) I will post my very first model pictures here, right now...

...Well, maybe in a little while, when I've worked up the courage and gotten to know you a little better!

I went to a tiny, amateur little modelling school in my mid-teens with big dreams and high hopes. I'd been devouring fashion magazines for a couple of years and stared in wonder at the gorgeous, glamorous girls smiling, sulking and pouting their way from cover to cover.

I was naturally thin and had suddenly grown to a respectable 1.75m (5'9") which was (and still remains) a good model height. At school I was shy and bookish, not athletic in the least, certainly not the popular cheerleader type. But my slight build, clear skin and wild imagination gave me the courage to ask my parents if I could go on the course. They spoke to the agency and thought it would be good for my self-esteem regardless, deciding to send my two younger sisters along!

The course took place over three days, covering such topics as skincare, make-up application, dressing correctly for your body-type, healthy eating, exercise and then finally posing, walking on a ramp and different types of modelling. At the end of the course we had to apply our own make-up, dress up in two different styles, walk the ramp and pose for photographs.

Which resulted in these, my very first model photographs!


 

The make-up, wardrobe and poses might go a long way towards giving away my current age! 
I'd love for you to guess which year these photos were taken? Vote in the right hand sidebar!

Okay, now that you've had a good chuckle, can you believe that from THAT I went on to become a supermodel? Okay, so maybe not a supermodel at all, but at least a professional, full-time, international model with agencies, bookers, shoots, shows, travel and a nice bit of income to boot.

How I managed that, stayed sane, healthy, friendly, drug free, down-to-earth and true to myself, is the story that will unfold on Model Mentality.

31 comments:

Ruby Slippers said...

Oh man, no wonder you look so good in all your photos! I didn't guess, but I just thought you were REALLY good at posing and looking hawt!

Kitty Cat said...

Oh, you've now got me hooked, what a good, juicy intro to your new blog!

Being Brazen said...

your a model - awesome chick :)

Explains why you so photogenic

:)

Nice to see you are blogging again *hugs*

younglove said...

I am glad to see the Lasik went well and that your blogging into a whole new world of modelling, sounds very exciting :)

AmyJean said...

You are meant for the camera :) Can't wait to read more!
RelentlessBride

dancefloortragedy said...

It looks brilliant and classy and just incredible! How exciting!!!

Stephanie @ Gossip. Style. Wed. said...

I'm sorry, but I simply won't be able to follow along. Because, well, I like you. And if I start to read your new blog, I'm sure I will begin to like you more. And well, it's just not fair to us mortals to be friends with models. I'm sure you understand.

..Teehee. V. excited for you!

Amber said...

holy shit. hilarious. i'm excited to read more!

Julia said...

here you are!!!
can't wait to read more

twinkle730 said...

I knew it! Seriously I always thought you were a model or a fashion designer or something! Again, as usual you left us hanging & I can't wait to read more!

Jess said...

Ha! This really does explain so much. Like, why you and all the people you hang out with are all ridiculously good-looking.

I'm excited to read more!!

Kimberly Julie said...

At 22 I am still learning to embrace my height (5'9.5'')... I can't wait to hear about your journey! :)

Rachel said...

:)

looking forward to reading more...

Hannah Noel said...

So that explains why you look AMAZING IN your wedding photos. You were modeling!!! now I don't feel so bad anymore for knowing I won't look that great in mine haha.

Can't wait to see more pics!!!!

EliandMe said...

Where did my comment go? Grrr.

The general gist was no surprise, drop dead gorgeous, can't wait to read your adventures etc etc etc.

I love the pics by the way, but I say that as a girl totally stuck in that fashion era.

Once A Bride said...

this is not suprising to me at all--you're gorgeous. can't wait to hear more.

Mrs. S said...

Ok I totally should have seen this coming. Did we not all fall all over ourselves at your wedding pictures? Of course we did, you fabulous model you!! And no wonder you are such a "clothes horse" as they say!

I am super excited about this new blog!

agirl said...

Oh my f*ing gosh. Of COURSE you're a model! D'oh! Feel like a bit of a dimwad for not seeing that coming. Maybe it's because you're so... nice? Not what mere non-models like myself expect. ;)

(I feel I need to go look at that episode of Sex and the City now.) (And lady, you never fail to amaze.)

Karen - Lucky Me said...

I always thought you were a model but wasn't sure. I even shoed my husband and some of his guy friends your blog about the model from Africa. I can't wait to read this blog - it's almost like The Hills or The City, but REAL!

~abi~ said...

yaaaaaayyyy!!!!!!! :) i am super-excited to "follow along!"

Tenille said...

loves it.

The Cwtch said...

Yay! You are back! Very much looking forward to following your new blog! How exciting!

TinyToes said...

oh, the Blossom-style hat! that was such a good look for you babe. god - can't believe what a long way you have come...!

jessica lynn said...

seriously!?!?!?!? no wonder your wedding pictures are some of THE BEST i have ever seen. seriously. loves it.

LPC said...

Once a Bride's recommendation to someone else led me here. I am now rooting around looking for my slippers, a cup of tea (since it's morning here in California), and a comfy chair.

OK. Ready for a killer story now.

Cate Subrosa said...

Thank you so much for fixing it so that I can comment! I am *so* excited that you're back blogging again, and with stories to tell... woohoo!

Ok, off to vote...

Brunhilda said...

I knew you were just too ridiculously good looking. I am really not surprised you model. Hmmm. I would guess the photos as circa 1995ish. As I used to sport the Blossom hat look myself.

Jessica @ budgetsavvybride said...

I can't say I am surprised- you are GORGEOUS! I'm very interested to read the story. :)

Peonies and Polaroids said...

I laughed. Sorry. Weren't the 90s just the peak of style?! Your gorgeous smile rescues it though!

ansie said...

baie mooi!!! Dit lees klaar baie lekker - go girl!

Broke-ass Bride said...

Of course you're a model! No one is as natural in front of a camera as you are otherwise. You're a beautiful, bold, bodacious beauty - I'm so glad to see inside this part of your life!