I love getting questions from you guys about what I do and the fashion industry but sometimes 140 characters on twitter isn't enough! I decided to curate the ten most popular and interesting questions I am asked about my career and answer them here, viagra in depth, viagra approved on crackedchinacup.com. If you want me to do another video answering even more of your questions then please let me know!
2. Do I still get nervous? I remember the horrible butterflies I would get before walking out onto the runway because of how hard I found walking in heels. In my head I would be thinking all sorts of things such as “look natural” “swing your arms” “don’t do that thing with your face”- of course I looked like a bad mannequin with a mechanical arm and frozen duck face at my first few attempts at shows (luckily they were not fashion week shows). Now, I’ve mastered my walk I don’t really get nervous anymore unless the runway is slippery or the shoes are really unstable but I don’t overthink anymore, I just walk.
3. Most embarrassing moment? Well, there’s a few lol. Once I was doing an in-house show for Topshop and the bust of the strapless dress was too big. Of course my cute brown nipple came out but not before the camera, which was projecting the footage onto a jumbo screen, managed to be showing the detail of the bust of the dress- the detail being my nipple. Another time I got really sick during Fashion Week with the flu and had a call time of 6am. I woke up at 5 unable to see straight and had the worst migraine and no mum to give me medicine. When I walked out onto the runway I could hardly see because the brightness of the lights made me temporarily blind, I had a ridiculous fever so was sweating off my make up and couldn’t walk properly in the shoes. When I came off the runway everyone was patting me on the back saying I was amazing which meant that I looked like a drunk, flaming pile of dog shit and wasn’t even walking straight on the runway. This was one of my first fashion week shows ever.
4. Hardest part of my job right now? Being away from home. I’ve basically been living in New York since January and if you had asked me if I would be doing that this time last year I would’ve said “Hell no, I couldn’t live there”. But when you get your tax bill at the end of the year and go over your statements and see you spent around £10,000 on flights and temporary accommodation in New York alone you realise that flying back and forth for work isn’t worth it. At all. I had to decide if I was truly serious about working and my career and I was so moving to New York was really my only option. I guess it was meant to be though as I met my boyfriend out here who I couldn't live without but of course I feel like I'm missing so much being away from home.
My mum, my twin brothers (from my dads side), my cousin (have plenty more but my pics are on my iPad)
5. Is there more opportunities in the US than there is in the UK? Definitely. The debate can go on and on about which city has the true monopoly over the fashion industry but at the end of the day every model, regardless of colour, knows that to make it big you need to spend time in new york. Whether it’s for commercial work such as ecommerce (online retail work) or pre fall collections or campaigns, all the big names (and big money) is in new york. And yes, for those wondering, there is definitely more work for black models in New York because there is more of a market in America and last year I found that most of my big jobs were in the states.
6. Is it harder being a black model? Yes. That phrase about working twice as hard doesn’t apply to black models- it’s more along the lines of ten times as hard. In a show with thirty models usually only one or two are black. When I went to Milan last season I waited three hours at a casting to be told they “don’t want any Afro or China models this season” and had to smile and say okay and leave. Being a black model is extremely hard, especially if you are of a darker complexion but it doesn’t deter me. I make sure I’m at my best so there’s no excuse for me to not have a chance and move on quickly from any rejection I get in the industry.
7. What has been my worst experience in the modelling industry? For some reason, all of my worst experiences have been with hairdressers lol. But one that I really remember was when I was 16 and shooting an editorial, at this point I still had long, healthy hair which I was really proud of. The hairdresser touched my hair and acted disgusted and said I needed to wash my hair, despite it being clean, because of the oil I had in it. He said “You girls need to stop using all that oil stuff in your hair, its like putting fat from a frying pan in it and it nasty and doesn’t do anything for your hair”. We were shooting in an old pub and I had to wash my hair with freezing cold water into a grimy pub sink while he continued to tell me “I’ve done Naomi Campbells’ hair so I know what I am talking about”- yeah, okay. In the end the hairstyle was something that could have been done easily with a bit of dry shampoo and I remember feeling really awkward and upset by his tirade of comments.
8. What has been my best experience in the modelling industry? I could literally write pages and pages of all the amazing experiences I have had during my career so far but one of the most unique was working with the incredible hat maker Philip Tracey. He remembered me from when I worked with him at the Vienna Life Ball and asked me to be his fit model for his first hat show in twelve years in 2012. Being his fit model meant I would go to his studio practically everyday for a month and be his live mannequin while he built his hats from scratch; it was an amazing process to be a part of. The best bit though, was that the clothes for the show were all Michael Jackson originals! From his jacket in Thriller to his bondage outfit in Bad and even pieces from The Jackson 5; I GOT TO TRY IT ALL ON! I even got to try on his diamond encrusted glove- I basically shook hands with Michael Jackson. In total I tried on about 60 or more of his outfits, even ones that were not featured in the show and even though every model was assigned a look, I was the only one who could say that I had tried every single one on and more. I am probably the only person on Earth who can say they have done that.
9. How long do I see myself modelling for? Despite popular belief that modelling is a short-lived career, if you work hard and stay in shape you can model well into your 30's or longer. Older people love to remark that that isn’t long at all but actually, if you’ve been working since you were 15, making consistent money and were smart with it, you could probably kick back by 40 with a couple properties under your belt and change in the bank. I know models who shoot ASOS and are 34 but you wouldn’t know and some models who you would assume are in their mid 20s are nearing 30 with no evidence of slowing down at all. That's not even including the likes of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss who are in their 40's. So many other paths and opportunities naturally present themselves to models who want to try other things such as acting, fashion design etc and I am really interested in fashion journalism and TV so who knows how long I will be a full time model but I do know you won’t catch me doing your regular 9-5.
10. Is there anything I wish I could change about the industry? There are a lot of things I wish were different from the racism I have experienced to the situations some girls have been put in that no one will ever be fired or reprimanded for; the fashion industry is its own world- universe even. I wish I wasn’t told every season that any black girl, even if they look nothing like me, is my competition and that I need to beat them or that girls were not put in positions where they were pressured to do something compromising in fear of their career being tarnished but that is the industry. However, a lot of positive changes are happening and there is still a lot of light and positivity and love in this crazy place that is fashion, so I do hope that things change to make it an even better thing to be a part of and despite the few not so nice people I have met, there are many more amazing ones so that's one thing I wouldn't change at all.