Franca Sozzani’s petition against Anorexia is an important one. It frustrates me when the world ostracizes the models for being so skinny when the business demands it so forcing the kids to acquiesce to it. A young girl has enough pressure just trying to act like an adult in a sea of Fashion predators, much less not having the security developed within herself yet to define her own beauty and be confidence to express it. Agreed, part of the importance of modeling is fitting the clothes and as an agent I truly appreciate a beautiful fashion frame. I’m not saying that “junk in the trunk” should become runway savvy. I worship the linear lines of a fashion body and Im the first one to fight to keep it. But while many Fashionistas cry foul with their fists in the air against Anorexia, few do anything about it. It becomes press worthy momentarily like one of our beloved trends then designers continue to design size 0 dresses. We need larger players like Franca to begin to police them, but we need more. As an agent I demand from the models the ability to focus, innovate and excite their role in assembling their greater persona. But how can you do that when your stomach is growling and your brain isn’t properly nourished? If I’m asked to finesse a 40 page licensing contract on an empty stomach, one of 2 things is going to happen, I’m going to leave the model unprotected somewhere in those pages or I’ll end up with my fist thru a wall.
Category Archives: Things I Notice as an Agent
Im very much a visual person stimulated by imagery. You always know when spring campaigns arrive because the magazines are stacked with pages of vibrant color from the new campaigns. This season in particular boasts a plethora of kaleidoscopic colors including Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Choo, Dior. I love the use of blue in this Versace ad.
One of my best friends helped me realize that I have a voice that extends beyond the confines of the modeling agency in which I work; that there is a behemothic audience out there that is looking for information and guidance in the modeling world. And that this mob is looking for someone to listen to, with pitchforks raised and fists held high. Thousands of kids are out there aspiring to be models and want to know how to do it. Some just want to know what its like to live through my eyes as an agent, to experience what its like to be backstage at a Versace show or in the room when a new model is told that he or she got their first campaign.
My friend told me “You’re an Agent at Wilhelmina Models in New York City, the fashion capital of the world. You’re on TV, you travel the world not only looking for models but also speaking to kids worldwide. People know who you are and want to know what you have to say. You have so much to share.”
So I created this site for you, you pretty things.