NYFW Fall 2011: Model Diary

NYFW Fall 2011: Model Diary
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 09, 2011

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Day 5
This is the scene at the Chado Ralph Rucci show. It was a very clean, polished and edgy venue; when I was walking I could barely see with all the lights flashing and reflections off the mirrors and floor straight into my eyes!


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Day 5
This was the make-up for the Rucci show — smoky eyes have been a trend this season.

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Day 5
My birthday is on Valentine’s Day! Some of my fellow Elite models took me out for a great birthday dinner – and no, we did not just share one plate, even though it looks like that in the picture!

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Day 4
My birthday is on Valentine’s day! Some of my fellow Elite models took me out for a great birthday dinner – and no, we did not just share one plate even though it looks like that in the picture!

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Day 4
This was my outfit for the presentation. The show was all about presenting the clothes the way they used to back in the day — making it look like you are the most important person in the room. It was much better than just standing on a box for two hours like some other presentations!

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Day 4
Ignore my scary face and focus on the lady next to me, Bethann Hardison. She is so funny and full of life!

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Day 3
Me getting my make-up done at a presentation for Wes Gordon at the St.Regis Hotel. It was a tight squeeze so I ended up having to stand whilst getting my make-up done but the end result was still nice if I do say so myself :)

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Day 3
This was my look for the presentation. Look how red they made my lips! Luckily, they toned it down after this because I think I resembled a clown! Well, a clown in a really nice outfit.

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Day 3
After the rehearsal we had to get changed back into our own clothes and had around half an hour before the presentation so I used this time to do some English coursework. Being a student and modeling at the same time is difficult, but it has to be done — they are both important to me!

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Day 3
An ugly picture of me at 9:30pm looking so tired from my day but I had just received a call from my agent telling me to go to a fitting for a job that was happening the next day! I went in my Pjs!

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Day 2
Sitting around in a hallway waiting for a casting which was meant to start at 7pm… it started at 7.30! This is something that happens a little too often during fashion week!

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Day 2
This is Carole White the owner of my U.K. agency, Premier. Her and my booker, Annie Wilshaw, took me out to dinner to insure I don’t live off of just pizza and cereal whilst I’m here LOL.

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Day 2
Walking to a casting which happened to be near Central Park. It’s days like this and pictures like this that make me happy to be in New York. The snow looks beautiful not deadly!

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Day 2
My look for the Nomia presentation which took place at The Standard Hotel. There was so much confusion getting there plus I had just got flu :( but in this industry unless you’re dead you will be going to your job!


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Day 2
This was the make-up and hair for the show. Simple, sleek pony tail and bleach effect eyebrows. It was actually just concealer on my brows, but I look kind of scary!

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Day 2
This was the hair for the Mandy Coon show. This was a particularly testing job for me seeing as they gave me shoes which were way too small plus I was still recovering from the flu! Very crazy day.

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Day 1
In the lift for my first casting for this weekend; how come in America they don’t have a thirteenth floor in some buildings?! I know it’s superstition but c’mon — the thirteenth floor still exists! It’s about 10:30am and I’m soo tired despite going to bed at 9pm! It’s cold and raining but the show must go on.

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Day 1
First casting of the day. Nanette Lepore — she has some really cute clothes!

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Day 1
Ummmm, had to stop off and purchase some ‘Baked by Melissa’ cupcakes! They don’t have these in England but they really should! They taste so good — who said models don’t eat, huh?!

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Day 1
My fellow Elite girl, Kelsey Day and I on the subway. Love this girl, she makes me laugh so much! We have the best conversations, especially on the subway… I swear I spend 60% of my day underground in this state! We’re off to see Andrew Weir show. Fingers crossed.

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Day 1
New York has been so gray and cold — and they say London is bad! Today was one of the first sunny days I’ve experienced whilst being here and it made me feel so positive. Even though I had 8 castings it went by so much faster because the sun was shining :)

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Day 1
At the Russell Marsh casting and they gave us a lovely goodie bag containing an O.P.I. nail varnish, mints for our smelly breath, mascara, lip balm and some other model necessities. There was well over 200 girls at this casting and I had to wait over an hour to be seen. It was worth the wait to meet the noted casting director who casts for designers such as Prada and Miu Miu.

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Day 1
On the floor for the Betsey Johnson casting! She’s so fabulous for her age; so unique and eccentric…love her!

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Day 1
Walking through Times Square to go home — 8 castings later. I’m so tired but today was a great day. Off to the model apartment to look for my stolen shoes — yes, stolen. Living in a house with 11 other girls is hard. Your food gets taken, your milk gets drunk but never have I experienced my clothes/ shoes being stolen! So angry!

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Day 1
Dinner with my Elite family at Indochine.


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Day 1
Hil Anderson and I fooling around at dinner. I was so under-dressed but had no time to change because I had nine castings!!

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Day 1
Me after Indochine. I just want my bed! Eleven castings tomorrow!

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