working in fashion pr you find yourself working with the créme de la créme of bitch - from assistants, tv personalities, other pr, celebrities, socialites, fashion stalkers, designers, editors, producers, models, etc...
however, the most gracious people i have been able to work with have been bloggers, photographers, and tv hosts. they are always so eager to help boost your career, offer criticism and advice and are always smiling.
when i moved back to Nicaragua, i had no choice but to network and get to know the Nicaraguan fashion circle. and i've done it all through this blog. i've met most of them, been gifted their designs, been invited to their events, and have sat them with them for drinks n giggles.
knowing who i am and knowing who i represent i try to maintain a boundary and keep calm.
STORY ONE : MODELS
for example, the models here, i've probably met three that are model material with a fierce backbone and walk for the business. i seriously can not handle socialites and misses being models because every time i have a casting or fitting, they are too damn diva to even show up or put the clothes on because its sheer or not to their liking. first of all missy, if you were hand picked for my show, you were lucky and all u gotta do is put on the damn outfit and fuckin walk down the runway. i seriously don't give a shit if you don't like the dress cause it's "ugly" "too naked" "makes you look fat" or "not your style". if you don't wanna wear what i am telling you to wear , then please walk out the fuckin door , cause i seriously don't have time for your lame ass shit. knowing the designer you are being casted or fitted for you should be prepared to do what you are told. if i say no bra, what do you think that means? if i say don't smile down the runway cause it's not the victoria secret fashion show, then get online, google fashion tv, catch a show and see what a REAL model looks like and walks, cause you my dear are not one.
this is the reason, this past season, i told my boss we should have an open casting to check out perspective girls who might be involved or wanted to be involved in the modeling world. well, this open up another gate from hell. while we did find new talent, we also found fashion stalkers. girls, who now send me life story emails each week, with blurry blackberry pictures of them with their dog, pictures of them with every type of hair color, closeups, and very awkward 'sexy' pictures of them at the beach in a teeny weeny bikini. sweety, no! again, please google "model comp cards" - i understand you aren't a model and probably don't want to spend on professional comp photos but at least try to make them look professional. sending these pictures is just as sending your resume for that dream job...you need to take your time to edit. i also ask, the Nicaraguan 'model agencies' do this! i wish, i could show you the photos i've received from girls and agencies ... terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE!
DEAR MODELS :
dear models, i have NOT selected for fashion shows. if i haven't emailed you immediately it's probably because you aren't model or potential model material! so please stop trying, please stop sending me angry emails or putting down the models i have chosen. you weren't selected because you're not even 5'8 feet and you're not sample size. we love diversity but sometimes during castings you can't even walk in heels or flats!! how do you think that's going to look down a very long runway?
DEAR MODEL CRITICS :
if you have never interned or worked in a real fashion show please do not judge me or my models. we always try to look for the very best but unfortunately in nicaragua we only have prunes, former misses and divas that think they got it. it's time for new young models who are still learning, listening, and humble.
(photo below) up and coming model, Emilia, discovered by Shantall at a graduation party has now modeled for Shantall and Vicente Castellon's SS12 and lookbook.
(photos below) here are some examples off google, search word : "model comp cards" YOU SHOULD TRY!
If you know how to use Photoshop or Powerpoint, you can do this!
just for kicks , here's a "What You Think Models Do "