"I'm sorry but you don't really look the part, we're looking for models," My first model call practically broke my heart. I was at some fancy hair salon trying to get into this huge show Western University put on every year. Here I was surrounded by tall skinny blonde girls with fake tans; totally not my scene.
I stand 5'6" and I weigh about 110-115 depending on how many cookies I've eaten. I am very pale, with very dark hair and features. I have quite a few tattoos now and I alternate piercings. I do not look like the girls on the cover of Vogue, and well I also don't have the look of the girls you see on runways. And believe it or not I still model.
I started with suicide girls and I was introduced to this amazing community of beautiful girls who embrace their differences.
To be completely honest, modelling is the same no matter what category you're put in. Even in the alternative modelling industry there are people who will discriminate, there will still be those creepy photographers and there will be photoshop and editing. You can thank society for that; for creating an unachievable ideal.
My advice is to love yourself. The most attractive models I have ever met and the most successful ones are the models who embrace themselves and know they are beautiful.
People are waiting to help.