Editorial: The Trials and Tribulations of a Model Life - Publication: Raygun Magazine - Date: October 2001

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So what is it like to be a model? Apart from Anorexia, bolemia partying too hard on the international A-list celebrity scene and lots of free clothes - there’s a lot more to gracing the pages of glossies and global catwalks - or is there?

Fourteen year old model Jessica Kuncl of Maryland says it's both fun and tiring, "Cause you've got to walk in those heels. and very hard you've got to move from studio to studio. If I didn't win I could still go on to bigger and better things. The best thing that's happened is meeting the other models - I was thinking they would be snobby little brats, but they're not they're nice. Modeling is my life".

Samantha Bales, also 14, from Houston says the best thing about modeling is that it provides a big opportunity to get seen. "I always liked the camera. I've wanted to be a model since I was three. The work is fun - i thought it would be a lot of work, but no. My parents have done a lot for me to get this far. (Linkin Park) I want to study fashion photography. To be a successful model you have to not
be afraid of being attractive, but not to the point where you think it's all about you, anyway I don't really want a boyfriend".

I'd like to go out with a rockstar more than abasketball player," says Model, Caroline Christman, 14 of orlando. "I likeJustin Timberlake. It's going to start my modelling career, and it means making money. I want to make money having fun".

Catrina Stella has been modelling since having won the LA Looks contest a year ago. The worst thing about being a model is being recognised in public by total strangers and them commenting on you. It can be a little embarassing. The best thing is the travelling and the money, though experience has taught me that it makes sense to focus on school if your still at that age.

Id never use someone to accelerate my career, though it does happen. I love rock and roll and Ive always dated musicians," In fact Catrina was discovered via polaroids taken by a photographer backstage at a Megadeth concert – rock on dude.

Highly successful and internationally revered, Kat Moss is the archetypal new millennium model. Whatever she does, it seems she is destined to be the girl who, as Calvin Klein puts it, "defines her generation".

So how did her modeling career start? "I was on a holiday [in 1988] with my dad and my brother. We'd been in the Bahamas for two weeks and on the way back Halfway through the flight a man came over to where I was sitting and said, "Excuse me." I was like, "What? What do you want?" He said, "My sister owns a modeling agency and she'd like to speak to you." We ended up having this chat. To this day she's still my agent – Sarah Doukas.

Of visiting her first agencies and attending her first castings, Kate says she was nervous, and intimidated. "By all the people and all the buzzing, and all the sitting around waiting. I felt really small in this huge place. Now, after years of being in it I know that it's not that big at all. But it felt huge at the time.".

Shrouded in controversy due to her much publicized excesses, Kate checked out of the high life and into rehab at the end of last year. Now straight and sober, she’s philosophical about her prior indulgence.

"When you first start doing shows, the first thing they give you before you go out on the runway is champagne. I'm not saying that it makes a difference. I was drinking when I was 14 or 15, when I was still living in Croydon I was down the pub getting drunk. I don't think it's anything to do with my work. There's as much pressure in this industry as any other high pressure industry.

"Back then I never said no to having a good time, to anything. My mum used to say to me, 'you can't have fun all the time,' and I used to say, 'why not?'. Why the fuck can't I have fun all the time? And I just thought that fun went with partying and all that kind of stuff, but it doesn't necessarily. (whispering) It can actually make you really miserable if you do it in excess".

Written by Craig Stephens

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