I have most definitely been away from the modelling game for quite a few years now, and somehow I met up with an up and coming photographer ( @FACESPLACELACES ) and was able to just get right back into it.
From the ages of 16 -19 years old I modelled part time, and loved it.
My dream was to be a high fashion model in big magazines, modelling for designer brands or modelling for artists across the world to deliver an incredible message.
The jobs I worked were nothing big, even though I met a lot of big time celebrities at the time, but as I creeped closer to my 19th birthday I realised that in this day and age, I was never going to be a high fashion model.
I am 5″5 , with boobs and curves. At the time I could fit into size 8 clothes, but I was a size 10 – nowhere near what I needed to be to be a high fashion model. ( Haha I am a lot bigger than that now ) I needed to at least be 3-4 inches taller, I was getting bored of being casted for party scenes in high heels and revealing dresses, and t shirt companies that disappeared after the first shoot. So I decided that maybe it was time to end this career and I did.
Don’t get me wrong, I was offered big paying modelling jobs of up to 10-20k… but it would require me to have my breasts out. Glamour modelling… because of my body type.
I look back and I realise that things have changed so much over the years since social media has come and now there is plus size modelling..( not that I am big enough to even do plus size modelling ) Girls with curves are jumping into the high fashion scene and the modelling industry is becoming more open, more real. Also photographers are more open minded about the models they add in their art.
So last week I jumped up in my bed, popped my laptop open and thought, I need to just get out there and take some pictures. I applied for some castings and many photographers got back to me. I still got the odd few asking for nudity but I got tons more who were open and respected my boundaries.
That is where these photos came along.
The moment I met @FACEPLACESLACES I immediately felt comfortable and jumped back into the model role, produced some incredible images and had an enjoyable time. @FACESPLACESLACES is an amazing photographer , as you can see, and you should definitely give him a follow and check out his other work on instagram or his website.
I definitely had quite a few insecurities/fears holding me back and I am glad I just did it, instead of telling myself I’m not good enough. It does help that times have changed and the industry is more accepting of more natural looking girls and guys, as it helped give me a boost of confidence ( I feel like I have a chance now to do something I love without feeling pressured to drop my standards ) I have also now booked other shoots and am looking forward to doing more in future with some incredible artists.
So my message to you is, when you feel the time is right, make sure you adjust yourself mentally and just take the dive ( or take small steps towards your goal – which ever way you feel you can handle …but do not just stand still because no one will pick you up and carry you to your goal )
Love and light x
( More pictures from this shoot coming soon – follow my instagram @SKYCHRISTINA to see them first )