What pretty young girl doesn't dream about becoming a model? When I was sixteen, I was asked to model by a reporter for our local paper and ended up on the Sunday cover in color and half the front page.
That eventually led to modeling in San Francisco and to a contract with Ford Models, in New York City, the largest and most prestigious modeling agency in the world. Through that, I also worked for almost a year in Europe based in Italy at a top sister agency, where I learned the ropes, built my portfolio, studied photography, fashion, and discovered the joy of world travel.
That first job was shocking to me, out of the blue, totally flattering and gave me confidence. Now it seems it is my just-turned-twelve year old daughter's turn as she begins to blossom as an almost teen.
Because of this and being a Caucasian she was often treated like a celebrity in China, with people staring and wanting photos of her or with her, but when real modeling agency reps wanted her to model, she was startled and tickled pink. She was certainly happy that she was fluent in Mandarin because they didn't speak any English! It was our first day in Beijing and we had to go to the Apple store for a small problem and they came up to her with the modeling proposals.
She ended up in the local paper, but we were too busy on our China Vacation for many modeling jobs. She will be a little older when we return so we'll look into it more then because she wants to experience more of it. We emphasize heart and brain focus in our family first and foremost, but creative expression as well as beauty inside and out is also something to honor, enjoy and be grateful for.
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”