There are so many times where people ask me for the truth about modelling and the industry. From the outside looking in the modelling industry must seem so glamorous and glossy with skinny bitches who don't eat in sunglasses and all black hailing cabs in NYC to runway shows and shooting campaigns- for some it is like that. But in reality these stereotypes are mere myths so I thought I'd clear up the top ten that I hear. Just so you know I am not complaining about my job at all but I just thought it would be interesting to hear a bit more about what goes on behind the magazines! I complied this list with other models so it's not just my opinion :) 1. "Models don't eat!" This is the most annoying, information pills erectile sentence that I hear from people outside of the industry. It's not even a question. People are telling me about my diet before I've even opened my mouth. Most models like myself are just naturally slim and tall due to genes! My dad is 6"4 and is slender like me and my mum is my height and can fit into my friends size 8-10 top shop jeans. People always assume that all models are anorexic and unhealthy- that's how the media portrays them but in reality some models have the best diets in the world with diets that are compared to athletes. I know girls who run marathons every year and train like athletes; they are both healthy and slim.

2. "Models are dumb!" It's a stereotype often portrayed in movies and tv programmes that models are literally just dummies (excuse the pun). This is one of the most played out myths I've heard. There is a model named Bridget signed to my agency who is a doctor and works in A&E and models in her spare time. I know a model who has recently opened up his own restaurant called 'The Rum Kitchen' in notting hill. I know countless models who came to London and learnt English from scratch in six months and can speak several different languages too.

Me in the wandsworth Guardian for receiving A A B in my A levels lol

3. "You've got a great job, you get to travel the world for free." If I get a job abroad the client will pay for my flights and accommodation so I can do the job. They do not pay for me to sight see and chill out for a few days. A model named Crista just flew to beautiful Buenos Aires. After 23 hours of flying, she landed at 9pm. She was taken straight to a fitting for the job until midnight. Then started work the next morning at 6am. She was in a studio all day, was taken to dinner by the production team in the evening and then flew to New York at noon the next morning, but obviously had to be picked up from her hotel at 8:30am to get to the airport on time. She only saw the city from a cab... This is normal.

Me shooting in Thailand inside a house.

4. "You must be rich!"

I'm not going to deny that modelling can be very lucrative if you work often doing money jobs but this isn't the case for all models. There are some models who will be in every magazine but have no money to their name. Magazines don't pay. So just because their face is everywhere doesn't mean they have any money at all. Modelling is not a steady job... You can go through periods where you are not working and even if you we're working before you don't get paid straight away. It's not like a normal job where you get paid at the end of the month, sometimes you could be waiting up to four months to get paid so what would you do if you only worked a few times and had no money saved up? This time last year I was waiting for my jobs to pay and I had no money, it taught me a lot about saving and the harsh reality that this job is not guaranteed.

5. "All you do is stand around and have your picture taken- so easy; you're set for life!"

Just because you see the end result and think you could emulate it doesn't mean it was easy to get to that point; that's the beauty about modelling, it makes everything look easy and in reach. What people don't know is that to get that photoshops the model may have had to fly to New York and live there for six months by herself not knowing anyone. The model could be sixteen years old and not speak much English. She would also have a lot of competition as everyone would want to get this particular photo shoot. It's not as easy as it all looks. Plus who knows what happened to this girl after this amazing shoot? Seem girls' careers can be so short. I know girls who were the talk of the season for six months, she couldn't do New York fashion week the following season and everyone forgot about her. Sounds harsh but it's hard to stay relevant if you're not lucky!

6. "Do you get to keep the clothes?" Myth. We never get to keep the clothes after a fashion show mainly because they are the only one produced! It would be impossible to keep it! After some of the big shows such as Fendi they gift the girls a handbag which is really nice but this is rare. Some fashion shows pay in clothes but to be honest, half the time you never receive this payment so you would've basically worked for free.

loved this dress!

7. "Modelling seems fun and easy, I want to do it." Modelling is an amazing opportunity and I've experienced so much at such a young age! But it can also be a curse how perfect the industry is portrayed to outsiders because they don't seem to understand how hard it is. Do you think you could leave everything that you know for a chance that you may or may not be successful? That's what thousands of girls do when they enter modelling, some as young as 15 leaving their home countries to come to London or New York at a chance that they could be big. The competition is crazy with girls eyeing each other up sometimes if they see a girl with a similar look as them which also makes it hard for girls to make friends sometimes if they are shy. Modelling is not a job; it's an entire lifestyle that you take on as soon as you decide to do it properly. You don't pick when you work and its not like you can turn down certain jobs. This career has so many positive aspects but it can get really hard which is hard to explain to those who are not in the industry. 8. "I bet you get driven everywhere!" No. No I don't. I remember when my friend asked me how much I spent on taxis when in New York. She said it must be a lot as I had just told her I had around 20 castings a day or more. I had to laugh because I was not in a taxi at all when in NYC unless it was an emergency (or I felt mad lazy). I was on the subway from the first day I got to New York and had to master it all in a short time. The first time I went I had a chaperone who would take me and the other foreign models to castings but the next time I went I was on my own in big old New York City getting lost and breaking down in the middle of the street because I couldn't find my casting! If you watched me on 'The Model Agency' then you're probably thinking "you were in a taxi then"... I was also its a camera crew with massive heavy cameras so on that one day I got to get a taxi and even then it wasn't all day! This is the same for London by the way- I spend 80% of my life underground especially during fashion week!

Me about to run to another show during London Fashion Week.

9. "All models look so confident." This is a nice myth! I remember when my mum saw me walk in a show for the first time and she said how cool and confident I looked. In reality I was sh*tting myself and didn't breath until I got off of the runway (no, really) and I still get some mean butterflies before doing a runway show! Obviously loads of models are crazy confident and love the runway but some are just beginners and deep down are sh*tting it. Or they're like me... Still sh*tting it but just not new haha.

Me in my first show ever! Marc by Marc Jacobs..

10. "Modelling is glamorous." I think the most glamorous thing about my job is the clothes I wear and the end product. The in betweeny bits aren't that shiny and fab! A perfect example of this would be the house I stayed in in New York for a month during fashion week. We had a mice infestation; they would run over the cooker and around our feet during peak hours. Not even night time. These were New Yorker mice not British ones. We also had cockroaches; one crawled out of a girls cereal when she went to pour it. The bath was stained yellow and brown from not being washed properly. Need I say more? Please do not get me wrong, I love what I do and wouldn't trade any of the experiences I've had for the world! This is just a list of things that I hear a lot which I feel need to discussed in more depth! It is hard to explain why modelling is actually a really hard job to people when all that can be seen from the outside is the end product but I thought it would be interesting for people to know that there is more to the job than what meets the eye! There are so many times where people ask me for the truth about modelling and the industry. From the outside looking in the modelling industry must seem so glamorous and glossy with skinny bitches who don't eat in sunglasses and all black hailing cabs in NYC to runway shows and shooting campaigns- for some it is like that. But in reality these stereotypes are mere myths so I thought I'd clear up the top ten that I hear. Just so you know I am not complaining about my job at all but I just thought it would be interesting to hear a bit more about what goes on behind the magazines! I complied this list with other models so it's not just my opinion :) 1. "Models don't eat!" This is the most annoying, this web order sentence that I hear from people outside of the industry. It's not even a question. People are telling me about my diet before I've even opened my mouth. Most models like myself are just naturally slim and tall due to genes! My dad is 6"4 and is slender like me and my mum is my height and can fit into my friends size 8-10 top shop jeans. People always assume that all models are anorexic and unhealthy- that's how the media portrays them but in reality some models have the best diets in the world with diets that are compared to athletes. I know girls who run marathons every year and train like athletes; they are both healthy and slim.

2. "Models are dumb!" It's a stereotype often portrayed in movies and tv programmes that models are literally just dummies (excuse the pun). This is one of the most played out myths I've heard. There is a model named Bridget signed to my agency who is a doctor and works in A&E and models in her spare time. I know a model who has recently opened up his own restaurant called 'The Rum Kitchen' in notting hill. I know countless models who came to London and learnt English from scratch in six months and can speak several different languages too.

Me in the wandsworth Guardian for receiving A A B in my A levels lol

3. "You've got a great job, find decease you get to travel the world for free." If I get a job abroad the client will pay for my flights and accommodation so I can do the job. They do not pay for me to sight see and chill out for a few days. A model named Crista just flew to beautiful Buenos Aires. After 23 hours of flying, she landed at 9pm. She was taken straight to a fitting for the job until midnight. Then started work the next morning at 6am. She was in a studio all day, was taken to dinner by the production team in the evening and then flew to New York at noon the next morning, but obviously had to be picked up from her hotel at 8:30am to get to the airport on time. She only saw the city from a cab... This is normal.

Me shooting in Thailand inside a house.

4. "You must be rich!"

I'm not going to deny that modelling can be very lucrative if you work often doing money jobs but this isn't the case for all models. There are some models who will be in every magazine but have no money to their name. Magazines don't pay. So just because their face is everywhere doesn't mean they have any money at all. Modelling is not a steady job... You can go through periods where you are not working and even if you we're working before you don't get paid straight away. It's not like a normal job where you get paid at the end of the month, sometimes you could be waiting up to four months to get paid so what would you do if you only worked a few times and had no money saved up? This time last year I was waiting for my jobs to pay and I had no money, it taught me a lot about saving and the harsh reality that this job is not guaranteed.

5. "All you do is stand around and have your picture taken- so easy; you're set for life!"

Just because you see the end result and think you could emulate it doesn't mean it was easy to get to that point; that's the beauty about modelling, it makes everything look easy and in reach. What people don't know is that to get that photoshops the model may have had to fly to New York and live there for six months by herself not knowing anyone. The model could be sixteen years old and not speak much English. She would also have a lot of competition as everyone would want to get this particular photo shoot. It's not as easy as it all looks. Plus who knows what happened to this girl after this amazing shoot? Seem girls' careers can be so short. I know girls who were the talk of the season for six months, she couldn't do New York fashion week the following season and everyone forgot about her. Sounds harsh but it's hard to stay relevant if you're not lucky!

6. "Do you get to keep the clothes?" Myth. We never get to keep the clothes after a fashion show mainly because they are the only one produced! It would be impossible to keep it! After some of the big shows such as Fendi they gift the girls a handbag which is really nice but this is rare. Some fashion shows pay in clothes but to be honest, half the time you never receive this payment so you would've basically worked for free.

loved this dress!

7. "Modelling seems fun and easy, I want to do it." Modelling is an amazing opportunity and I've experienced so much at such a young age! But it can also be a curse how perfect the industry is portrayed to outsiders because they don't seem to understand how hard it is. Do you think you could leave everything that you know for a chance that you may or may not be successful? That's what thousands of girls do when they enter modelling, some as young as 15 leaving their home countries to come to London or New York at a chance that they could be big. The competition is crazy with girls eyeing each other up sometimes if they see a girl with a similar look as them which also makes it hard for girls to make friends sometimes if they are shy. Modelling is not a job; it's an entire lifestyle that you take on as soon as you decide to do it properly. You don't pick when you work and its not like you can turn down certain jobs. This career has so many positive aspects but it can get really hard which is hard to explain to those who are not in the industry. 8. "I bet you get driven everywhere!" No. No I don't. I remember when my friend asked me how much I spent on taxis when in New York. She said it must be a lot as I had just told her I had around 20 castings a day or more. I had to laugh because I was not in a taxi at all when in NYC unless it was an emergency (or I felt mad lazy). I was on the subway from the first day I got to New York and had to master it all in a short time. The first time I went I had a chaperone who would take me and the other foreign models to castings but the next time I went I was on my own in big old New York City getting lost and breaking down in the middle of the street because I couldn't find my casting! If you watched me on 'The Model Agency' then you're probably thinking "you were in a taxi then"... I was also its a camera crew with massive heavy cameras so on that one day I got to get a taxi and even then it wasn't all day! This is the same for London by the way- I spend 80% of my life underground especially during fashion week!

Me about to run to another show during London Fashion Week.

9. "All models look so confident." This is a nice myth! I remember when my mum saw me walk in a show for the first time and she said how cool and confident I looked. In reality I was sh*tting myself and didn't breath until I got off of the runway (no, really) and I still get some mean butterflies before doing a runway show! Obviously loads of models are crazy confident and love the runway but some are just beginners and deep down are sh*tting it. Or they're like me... Still sh*tting it but just not new haha.

Me in my first show ever! Marc by Marc Jacobs..

10. "Modelling is glamorous." I think the most glamorous thing about my job is the clothes I wear and the end product. The in betweeny bits aren't that shiny and fab! A perfect example of this would be the house I stayed in in New York for a month during fashion week. We had a mice infestation; they would run over the cooker and around our feet during peak hours. Not even night time. These were New Yorker mice not British ones. We also had cockroaches; one crawled out of a girls cereal when she went to pour it. The bath was stained yellow and brown from not being washed properly. Need I say more? Please do not get me wrong, I love what I do and wouldn't trade any of the experiences I've had for the world! This is just a list of things that I hear a lot which I feel need to discussed in more depth! It is hard to explain why modelling is actually a really hard job to people when all that can be seen from the outside is the end product but I thought it would be interesting for people to know that there is more to the job than what meets the eye! There are so many times where people ask me for the truth about modelling and the industry. From the outside looking in the modelling industry must seem so glamorous and glossy with skinny bitches who don't eat in sunglasses and all black hailing cabs in NYC to runway shows and shooting campaigns- for some it is like that. But in reality these stereotypes are mere myths so I thought I'd clear up the top ten that I hear. Just so you know I am not complaining about my job at all but I just thought it would be interesting to hear a bit more about what goes on behind the magazines! I complied this list with other models so it's not just my opinion :) 1. "Models don't eat!" This is the most annoying, this web order sentence that I hear from people outside of the industry. It's not even a question. People are telling me about my diet before I've even opened my mouth. Most models like myself are just naturally slim and tall due to genes! My dad is 6"4 and is slender like me and my mum is my height and can fit into my friends size 8-10 top shop jeans. People always assume that all models are anorexic and unhealthy- that's how the media portrays them but in reality some models have the best diets in the world with diets that are compared to athletes. I know girls who run marathons every year and train like athletes; they are both healthy and slim.

2. "Models are dumb!" It's a stereotype often portrayed in movies and tv programmes that models are literally just dummies (excuse the pun). This is one of the most played out myths I've heard. There is a model named Bridget signed to my agency who is a doctor and works in A&E and models in her spare time. I know a model who has recently opened up his own restaurant called 'The Rum Kitchen' in notting hill. I know countless models who came to London and learnt English from scratch in six months and can speak several different languages too.

Me in the wandsworth Guardian for receiving A A B in my A levels lol

3. "You've got a great job, find decease you get to travel the world for free." If I get a job abroad the client will pay for my flights and accommodation so I can do the job. They do not pay for me to sight see and chill out for a few days. A model named Crista just flew to beautiful Buenos Aires. After 23 hours of flying, she landed at 9pm. She was taken straight to a fitting for the job until midnight. Then started work the next morning at 6am. She was in a studio all day, was taken to dinner by the production team in the evening and then flew to New York at noon the next morning, but obviously had to be picked up from her hotel at 8:30am to get to the airport on time. She only saw the city from a cab... This is normal.

Me shooting in Thailand inside a house.

4. "You must be rich!"

I'm not going to deny that modelling can be very lucrative if you work often doing money jobs but this isn't the case for all models. There are some models who will be in every magazine but have no money to their name. Magazines don't pay. So just because their face is everywhere doesn't mean they have any money at all. Modelling is not a steady job... You can go through periods where you are not working and even if you we're working before you don't get paid straight away. It's not like a normal job where you get paid at the end of the month, sometimes you could be waiting up to four months to get paid so what would you do if you only worked a few times and had no money saved up? This time last year I was waiting for my jobs to pay and I had no money, it taught me a lot about saving and the harsh reality that this job is not guaranteed.

5. "All you do is stand around and have your picture taken- so easy; you're set for life!"

Just because you see the end result and think you could emulate it doesn't mean it was easy to get to that point; that's the beauty about modelling, it makes everything look easy and in reach. What people don't know is that to get that photoshops the model may have had to fly to New York and live there for six months by herself not knowing anyone. The model could be sixteen years old and not speak much English. She would also have a lot of competition as everyone would want to get this particular photo shoot. It's not as easy as it all looks. Plus who knows what happened to this girl after this amazing shoot? Seem girls' careers can be so short. I know girls who were the talk of the season for six months, she couldn't do New York fashion week the following season and everyone forgot about her. Sounds harsh but it's hard to stay relevant if you're not lucky!

6. "Do you get to keep the clothes?" Myth. We never get to keep the clothes after a fashion show mainly because they are the only one produced! It would be impossible to keep it! After some of the big shows such as Fendi they gift the girls a handbag which is really nice but this is rare. Some fashion shows pay in clothes but to be honest, half the time you never receive this payment so you would've basically worked for free.

loved this dress!

7. "Modelling seems fun and easy, I want to do it." Modelling is an amazing opportunity and I've experienced so much at such a young age! But it can also be a curse how perfect the industry is portrayed to outsiders because they don't seem to understand how hard it is. Do you think you could leave everything that you know for a chance that you may or may not be successful? That's what thousands of girls do when they enter modelling, some as young as 15 leaving their home countries to come to London or New York at a chance that they could be big. The competition is crazy with girls eyeing each other up sometimes if they see a girl with a similar look as them which also makes it hard for girls to make friends sometimes if they are shy. Modelling is not a job; it's an entire lifestyle that you take on as soon as you decide to do it properly. You don't pick when you work and its not like you can turn down certain jobs. This career has so many positive aspects but it can get really hard which is hard to explain to those who are not in the industry. 8. "I bet you get driven everywhere!" No. No I don't. I remember when my friend asked me how much I spent on taxis when in New York. She said it must be a lot as I had just told her I had around 20 castings a day or more. I had to laugh because I was not in a taxi at all when in NYC unless it was an emergency (or I felt mad lazy). I was on the subway from the first day I got to New York and had to master it all in a short time. The first time I went I had a chaperone who would take me and the other foreign models to castings but the next time I went I was on my own in big old New York City getting lost and breaking down in the middle of the street because I couldn't find my casting! If you watched me on 'The Model Agency' then you're probably thinking "you were in a taxi then"... I was also its a camera crew with massive heavy cameras so on that one day I got to get a taxi and even then it wasn't all day! This is the same for London by the way- I spend 80% of my life underground especially during fashion week!

Me about to run to another show during London Fashion Week.

9. "All models look so confident." This is a nice myth! I remember when my mum saw me walk in a show for the first time and she said how cool and confident I looked. In reality I was sh*tting myself and didn't breath until I got off of the runway (no, really) and I still get some mean butterflies before doing a runway show! Obviously loads of models are crazy confident and love the runway but some are just beginners and deep down are sh*tting it. Or they're like me... Still sh*tting it but just not new haha.

Me in my first show ever! Marc by Marc Jacobs..

10. "Modelling is glamorous." I think the most glamorous thing about my job is the clothes I wear and the end product. The in betweeny bits aren't that shiny and fab! A perfect example of this would be the house I stayed in in New York for a month during fashion week. We had a mice infestation; they would run over the cooker and around our feet during peak hours. Not even night time. These were New Yorker mice not British ones. We also had cockroaches; one crawled out of a girls cereal when she went to pour it. The bath was stained yellow and brown from not being washed properly. Need I say more? Please do not get me wrong, I love what I do and wouldn't trade any of the experiences I've had for the world! This is just a list of things that I hear a lot which I feel need to discussed in more depth! It is hard to explain why modelling is actually a really hard job to people when all that can be seen from the outside is the end product but I thought it would be interesting for people to know that there is more to the job than what meets the eye! There are so many times where people ask me for the truth about modelling and the industry. From the outside looking in the modelling industry must seem so glamorous and glossy with skinny bitches who don't eat in sunglasses and all black hailing cabs in NYC to runway shows and shooting campaigns- for some it is like that. But in reality these stereotypes are mere myths so I thought I'd clear up the top ten that I hear. Just so you know I am not complaining about my job at all but I just thought it would be interesting to hear a bit more about what goes on behind the magazines! I complied this list with other models so it's not just my opinion :) 1. "Models don't eat!" This is the most annoying, side effects sentence that I hear from people outside of the industry. It's not even a question. People are telling me about my diet before I've even opened my mouth. Most models like myself are just naturally slim and tall due to genes! My dad is 6"4 and is slender like me and my mum is my height and can fit into my friends size 8-10 top shop jeans. People always assume that all models are anorexic and unhealthy- that's how the media portrays them but in reality some models have the best diets in the world with diets that are compared to athletes. I know girls who run marathons every year and train like athletes; they are both healthy and slim.

2. "Models are dumb!" It's a stereotype often portrayed in movies and tv programmes that models are literally just dummies (excuse the pun). This is one of the most played out myths I've heard. There is a model named Bridget signed to my agency who is a doctor and works in A&E and models in her spare time. I know a model who has recently opened up his own restaurant called 'The Rum Kitchen' in notting hill. I know countless models who came to London and learnt English from scratch in six months and can speak several different languages too.

Me in the wandsworth Guardian for receiving A A B in my A levels lol

3. "You've got a great job, pills you get to travel the world for free." If I get a job abroad the client will pay for my flights and accommodation so I can do the job. They do not pay for me to sight see and chill out for a few days. A model named Crista just flew to beautiful Buenos Aires. After 23 hours of flying, she landed at 9pm. She was taken straight to a fitting for the job until midnight. Then started work the next morning at 6am. She was in a studio all day, was taken to dinner by the production team in the evening and then flew to New York at noon the next morning, but obviously had to be picked up from her hotel at 8:30am to get to the airport on time. She only saw the city from a cab... This is normal.

Me shooting in Thailand inside a house.

4. "You must be rich!"

I'm not going to deny that modelling can be very lucrative if you work often doing money jobs but this isn't the case for all models. There are some models who will be in every magazine but have no money to their name. Magazines don't pay. So just because their face is everywhere doesn't mean they have any money at all. Modelling is not a steady job... You can go through periods where you are not working and even if you we're working before you don't get paid straight away. It's not like a normal job where you get paid at the end of the month, sometimes you could be waiting up to four months to get paid so what would you do if you only worked a few times and had no money saved up? This time last year I was waiting for my jobs to pay and I had no money, it taught me a lot about saving and the harsh reality that this job is not guaranteed.

5. "All you do is stand around and have your picture taken- so easy; you're set for life!"

Just because you see the end result and think you could emulate it doesn't mean it was easy to get to that point; that's the beauty about modelling, it makes everything look easy and in reach. What people don't know is that to get that photoshops the model may have had to fly to New York and live there for six months by herself not knowing anyone. The model could be sixteen years old and not speak much English. She would also have a lot of competition as everyone would want to get this particular photo shoot. It's not as easy as it all looks. Plus who knows what happened to this girl after this amazing shoot? Seem girls' careers can be so short. I know girls who were the talk of the season for six months, she couldn't do New York fashion week the following season and everyone forgot about her. Sounds harsh but it's hard to stay relevant if you're not lucky!

6. "Do you get to keep the clothes?" Myth. We never get to keep the clothes after a fashion show mainly because they are the only one produced! It would be impossible to keep it! After some of the big shows such as Fendi they gift the girls a handbag which is really nice but this is rare. Some fashion shows pay in clothes but to be honest, half the time you never receive this payment so you would've basically worked for free.

loved this dress!

7. "Modelling seems fun and easy, I want to do it." Modelling is an amazing opportunity and I've experienced so much at such a young age! But it can also be a curse how perfect the industry is portrayed to outsiders because they don't seem to understand how hard it is. Do you think you could leave everything that you know for a chance that you may or may not be successful? That's what thousands of girls do when they enter modelling, some as young as 15 leaving their home countries to come to London or New York at a chance that they could be big. The competition is crazy with girls eyeing each other up sometimes if they see a girl with a similar look as them which also makes it hard for girls to make friends sometimes if they are shy. Modelling is not a job; it's an entire lifestyle that you take on as soon as you decide to do it properly. You don't pick when you work and its not like you can turn down certain jobs. This career has so many positive aspects but it can get really hard which is hard to explain to those who are not in the industry. 8. "I bet you get driven everywhere!" No. No I don't. I remember when my friend asked me how much I spent on taxis when in New York. She said it must be a lot as I had just told her I had around 20 castings a day or more. I had to laugh because I was not in a taxi at all when in NYC unless it was an emergency (or I felt mad lazy). I was on the subway from the first day I got to New York and had to master it all in a short time. The first time I went I had a chaperone who would take me and the other foreign models to castings but the next time I went I was on my own in big old New York City getting lost and breaking down in the middle of the street because I couldn't find my casting! If you watched me on 'The Model Agency' then you're probably thinking "you were in a taxi then"... I was also its a camera crew with massive heavy cameras so on that one day I got to get a taxi and even then it wasn't all day! This is the same for London by the way- I spend 80% of my life underground especially during fashion week!

Me about to run to another show during London Fashion Week.

9. "All models look so confident." This is a nice myth! I remember when my mum saw me walk in a show for the first time and she said how cool and confident I looked. In reality I was sh*tting myself and didn't breath until I got off of the runway (no, really) and I still get some mean butterflies before doing a runway show! Obviously loads of models are crazy confident and love the runway but some are just beginners and deep down are sh*tting it. Or they're like me... Still sh*tting it but just not new haha.

Me in my first show ever! Marc by Marc Jacobs..

10. "Modelling is glamorous." I think the most glamorous thing about my job is the clothes I wear and the end product. The in betweeny bits aren't that shiny and fab! A perfect example of this would be the house I stayed in in New York for a month during fashion week. We had a mice infestation; they would run over the cooker and around our feet during peak hours. Not even night time. These were New Yorker mice not British ones. We also had cockroaches; one crawled out of a girls cereal when she went to pour it. The bath was stained yellow and brown from not being washed properly. Need I say more? Please do not get me wrong, I love what I do and wouldn't trade any of the experiences I've had for the world! This is just a list of things that I hear a lot which I feel need to discussed in more depth! It is hard to explain why modelling is actually a really hard job to people when all that can be seen from the outside is the end product but I thought it would be interesting for people to know that there is more to the job than what meets the eye! There are so many times where people ask me for the truth about modelling and the industry. From the outside looking in the modelling industry must seem so glamorous and glossy with skinny bitches who don't eat in sunglasses and all black hailing cabs in NYC to runway shows and shooting campaigns- for some it is like that. But in reality these stereotypes are mere myths so I thought I'd clear up the top ten that I hear. Just so you know I am not complaining about my job at all but I just thought it would be interesting to hear a bit more about what goes on behind the magazines! I complied this list with other models so it's not just my opinion :) 1. "Models don't eat!" This is the most annoying, this web order sentence that I hear from people outside of the industry. It's not even a question. People are telling me about my diet before I've even opened my mouth. Most models like myself are just naturally slim and tall due to genes! My dad is 6"4 and is slender like me and my mum is my height and can fit into my friends size 8-10 top shop jeans. People always assume that all models are anorexic and unhealthy- that's how the media portrays them but in reality some models have the best diets in the world with diets that are compared to athletes. I know girls who run marathons every year and train like athletes; they are both healthy and slim.

2. "Models are dumb!" It's a stereotype often portrayed in movies and tv programmes that models are literally just dummies (excuse the pun). This is one of the most played out myths I've heard. There is a model named Bridget signed to my agency who is a doctor and works in A&E and models in her spare time. I know a model who has recently opened up his own restaurant called 'The Rum Kitchen' in notting hill. I know countless models who came to London and learnt English from scratch in six months and can speak several different languages too.

Me in the wandsworth Guardian for receiving A A B in my A levels lol

3. "You've got a great job, find decease you get to travel the world for free." If I get a job abroad the client will pay for my flights and accommodation so I can do the job. They do not pay for me to sight see and chill out for a few days. A model named Crista just flew to beautiful Buenos Aires. After 23 hours of flying, she landed at 9pm. She was taken straight to a fitting for the job until midnight. Then started work the next morning at 6am. She was in a studio all day, was taken to dinner by the production team in the evening and then flew to New York at noon the next morning, but obviously had to be picked up from her hotel at 8:30am to get to the airport on time. She only saw the city from a cab... This is normal.

Me shooting in Thailand inside a house.

4. "You must be rich!"

I'm not going to deny that modelling can be very lucrative if you work often doing money jobs but this isn't the case for all models. There are some models who will be in every magazine but have no money to their name. Magazines don't pay. So just because their face is everywhere doesn't mean they have any money at all. Modelling is not a steady job... You can go through periods where you are not working and even if you we're working before you don't get paid straight away. It's not like a normal job where you get paid at the end of the month, sometimes you could be waiting up to four months to get paid so what would you do if you only worked a few times and had no money saved up? This time last year I was waiting for my jobs to pay and I had no money, it taught me a lot about saving and the harsh reality that this job is not guaranteed.

5. "All you do is stand around and have your picture taken- so easy; you're set for life!"

Just because you see the end result and think you could emulate it doesn't mean it was easy to get to that point; that's the beauty about modelling, it makes everything look easy and in reach. What people don't know is that to get that photoshops the model may have had to fly to New York and live there for six months by herself not knowing anyone. The model could be sixteen years old and not speak much English. She would also have a lot of competition as everyone would want to get this particular photo shoot. It's not as easy as it all looks. Plus who knows what happened to this girl after this amazing shoot? Seem girls' careers can be so short. I know girls who were the talk of the season for six months, she couldn't do New York fashion week the following season and everyone forgot about her. Sounds harsh but it's hard to stay relevant if you're not lucky!

6. "Do you get to keep the clothes?" Myth. We never get to keep the clothes after a fashion show mainly because they are the only one produced! It would be impossible to keep it! After some of the big shows such as Fendi they gift the girls a handbag which is really nice but this is rare. Some fashion shows pay in clothes but to be honest, half the time you never receive this payment so you would've basically worked for free.

loved this dress!

7. "Modelling seems fun and easy, I want to do it." Modelling is an amazing opportunity and I've experienced so much at such a young age! But it can also be a curse how perfect the industry is portrayed to outsiders because they don't seem to understand how hard it is. Do you think you could leave everything that you know for a chance that you may or may not be successful? That's what thousands of girls do when they enter modelling, some as young as 15 leaving their home countries to come to London or New York at a chance that they could be big. The competition is crazy with girls eyeing each other up sometimes if they see a girl with a similar look as them which also makes it hard for girls to make friends sometimes if they are shy. Modelling is not a job; it's an entire lifestyle that you take on as soon as you decide to do it properly. You don't pick when you work and its not like you can turn down certain jobs. This career has so many positive aspects but it can get really hard which is hard to explain to those who are not in the industry. 8. "I bet you get driven everywhere!" No. No I don't. I remember when my friend asked me how much I spent on taxis when in New York. She said it must be a lot as I had just told her I had around 20 castings a day or more. I had to laugh because I was not in a taxi at all when in NYC unless it was an emergency (or I felt mad lazy). I was on the subway from the first day I got to New York and had to master it all in a short time. The first time I went I had a chaperone who would take me and the other foreign models to castings but the next time I went I was on my own in big old New York City getting lost and breaking down in the middle of the street because I couldn't find my casting! If you watched me on 'The Model Agency' then you're probably thinking "you were in a taxi then"... I was also its a camera crew with massive heavy cameras so on that one day I got to get a taxi and even then it wasn't all day! This is the same for London by the way- I spend 80% of my life underground especially during fashion week!

Me about to run to another show during London Fashion Week.

9. "All models look so confident." This is a nice myth! I remember when my mum saw me walk in a show for the first time and she said how cool and confident I looked. In reality I was sh*tting myself and didn't breath until I got off of the runway (no, really) and I still get some mean butterflies before doing a runway show! Obviously loads of models are crazy confident and love the runway but some are just beginners and deep down are sh*tting it. Or they're like me... Still sh*tting it but just not new haha.

Me in my first show ever! Marc by Marc Jacobs..

10. "Modelling is glamorous." I think the most glamorous thing about my job is the clothes I wear and the end product. The in betweeny bits aren't that shiny and fab! A perfect example of this would be the house I stayed in in New York for a month during fashion week. We had a mice infestation; they would run over the cooker and around our feet during peak hours. Not even night time. These were New Yorker mice not British ones. We also had cockroaches; one crawled out of a girls cereal when she went to pour it. The bath was stained yellow and brown from not being washed properly. Need I say more? Please do not get me wrong, I love what I do and wouldn't trade any of the experiences I've had for the world! This is just a list of things that I hear a lot which I feel need to discussed in more depth! It is hard to explain why modelling is actually a really hard job to people when all that can be seen from the outside is the end product but I thought it would be interesting for people to know that there is more to the job than what meets the eye! There are so many times where people ask me for the truth about modelling and the industry. From the outside looking in the modelling industry must seem so glamorous and glossy with skinny bitches who don't eat in sunglasses and all black hailing cabs in NYC to runway shows and shooting campaigns- for some it is like that. But in reality these stereotypes are mere myths so I thought I'd clear up the top ten that I hear. Just so you know I am not complaining about my job at all but I just thought it would be interesting to hear a bit more about what goes on behind the magazines! I complied this list with other models so it's not just my opinion :) 1. "Models don't eat!" This is the most annoying, side effects sentence that I hear from people outside of the industry. It's not even a question. People are telling me about my diet before I've even opened my mouth. Most models like myself are just naturally slim and tall due to genes! My dad is 6"4 and is slender like me and my mum is my height and can fit into my friends size 8-10 top shop jeans. People always assume that all models are anorexic and unhealthy- that's how the media portrays them but in reality some models have the best diets in the world with diets that are compared to athletes. I know girls who run marathons every year and train like athletes; they are both healthy and slim.

2. "Models are dumb!" It's a stereotype often portrayed in movies and tv programmes that models are literally just dummies (excuse the pun). This is one of the most played out myths I've heard. There is a model named Bridget signed to my agency who is a doctor and works in A&E and models in her spare time. I know a model who has recently opened up his own restaurant called 'The Rum Kitchen' in notting hill. I know countless models who came to London and learnt English from scratch in six months and can speak several different languages too.

Me in the wandsworth Guardian for receiving A A B in my A levels lol

3. "You've got a great job, pills you get to travel the world for free." If I get a job abroad the client will pay for my flights and accommodation so I can do the job. They do not pay for me to sight see and chill out for a few days. A model named Crista just flew to beautiful Buenos Aires. After 23 hours of flying, she landed at 9pm. She was taken straight to a fitting for the job until midnight. Then started work the next morning at 6am. She was in a studio all day, was taken to dinner by the production team in the evening and then flew to New York at noon the next morning, but obviously had to be picked up from her hotel at 8:30am to get to the airport on time. She only saw the city from a cab... This is normal.

Me shooting in Thailand inside a house.

4. "You must be rich!"

I'm not going to deny that modelling can be very lucrative if you work often doing money jobs but this isn't the case for all models. There are some models who will be in every magazine but have no money to their name. Magazines don't pay. So just because their face is everywhere doesn't mean they have any money at all. Modelling is not a steady job... You can go through periods where you are not working and even if you we're working before you don't get paid straight away. It's not like a normal job where you get paid at the end of the month, sometimes you could be waiting up to four months to get paid so what would you do if you only worked a few times and had no money saved up? This time last year I was waiting for my jobs to pay and I had no money, it taught me a lot about saving and the harsh reality that this job is not guaranteed.

5. "All you do is stand around and have your picture taken- so easy; you're set for life!"

Just because you see the end result and think you could emulate it doesn't mean it was easy to get to that point; that's the beauty about modelling, it makes everything look easy and in reach. What people don't know is that to get that photoshops the model may have had to fly to New York and live there for six months by herself not knowing anyone. The model could be sixteen years old and not speak much English. She would also have a lot of competition as everyone would want to get this particular photo shoot. It's not as easy as it all looks. Plus who knows what happened to this girl after this amazing shoot? Seem girls' careers can be so short. I know girls who were the talk of the season for six months, she couldn't do New York fashion week the following season and everyone forgot about her. Sounds harsh but it's hard to stay relevant if you're not lucky!

6. "Do you get to keep the clothes?" Myth. We never get to keep the clothes after a fashion show mainly because they are the only one produced! It would be impossible to keep it! After some of the big shows such as Fendi they gift the girls a handbag which is really nice but this is rare. Some fashion shows pay in clothes but to be honest, half the time you never receive this payment so you would've basically worked for free.

loved this dress!

7. "Modelling seems fun and easy, I want to do it." Modelling is an amazing opportunity and I've experienced so much at such a young age! But it can also be a curse how perfect the industry is portrayed to outsiders because they don't seem to understand how hard it is. Do you think you could leave everything that you know for a chance that you may or may not be successful? That's what thousands of girls do when they enter modelling, some as young as 15 leaving their home countries to come to London or New York at a chance that they could be big. The competition is crazy with girls eyeing each other up sometimes if they see a girl with a similar look as them which also makes it hard for girls to make friends sometimes if they are shy. Modelling is not a job; it's an entire lifestyle that you take on as soon as you decide to do it properly. You don't pick when you work and its not like you can turn down certain jobs. This career has so many positive aspects but it can get really hard which is hard to explain to those who are not in the industry. 8. "I bet you get driven everywhere!" No. No I don't. I remember when my friend asked me how much I spent on taxis when in New York. She said it must be a lot as I had just told her I had around 20 castings a day or more. I had to laugh because I was not in a taxi at all when in NYC unless it was an emergency (or I felt mad lazy). I was on the subway from the first day I got to New York and had to master it all in a short time. The first time I went I had a chaperone who would take me and the other foreign models to castings but the next time I went I was on my own in big old New York City getting lost and breaking down in the middle of the street because I couldn't find my casting! If you watched me on 'The Model Agency' then you're probably thinking "you were in a taxi then"... I was also its a camera crew with massive heavy cameras so on that one day I got to get a taxi and even then it wasn't all day! This is the same for London by the way- I spend 80% of my life underground especially during fashion week!

Me about to run to another show during London Fashion Week.

9. "All models look so confident." This is a nice myth! I remember when my mum saw me walk in a show for the first time and she said how cool and confident I looked. In reality I was sh*tting myself and didn't breath until I got off of the runway (no, really) and I still get some mean butterflies before doing a runway show! Obviously loads of models are crazy confident and love the runway but some are just beginners and deep down are sh*tting it. Or they're like me... Still sh*tting it but just not new haha.

Me in my first show ever! Marc by Marc Jacobs..

10. "Modelling is glamorous." I think the most glamorous thing about my job is the clothes I wear and the end product. The in betweeny bits aren't that shiny and fab! A perfect example of this would be the house I stayed in in New York for a month during fashion week. We had a mice infestation; they would run over the cooker and around our feet during peak hours. Not even night time. These were New Yorker mice not British ones. We also had cockroaches; one crawled out of a girls cereal when she went to pour it. The bath was stained yellow and brown from not being washed properly. Need I say more? Please do not get me wrong, I love what I do and wouldn't trade any of the experiences I've had for the world! This is just a list of things that I hear a lot which I feel need to discussed in more depth! It is hard to explain why modelling is actually a really hard job to people when all that can be seen from the outside is the end product but I thought it would be interesting for people to know that there is more to the job than what meets the eye! I went to my agency today to discover a giant parcel waiting for me. I opened it sceptically and found a giant white box from 'Burger & Lobster' containing a set of handmade silk pyjamas! How random! I ate there recently with my boyfriend and really enjoyed it but I'm still unsure about how or why I was sent this random, page beautiful gift! They are handmade from Bali and have a nude lady on them; perfect for me, diagnosis both exotic and erotic haha! ¬†Thank you 'Burger & Lobster' for my random gift, will be eating there again soon!