Hard work

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES - BY NANCY MACPHEE JOUR­NAL PIONEER nmacphee­jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

The life of a model can be lonely and the work, hard.

“When I was in Lon­don, I was there dur­ing Fash­ion Week and there were about 20,000 mod­els in one place. Say there would be a Vi­vian West­wood cast­ing that morn­ing, there would be at least 500 girls sit­ting around a stair­case, just wait­ing, and they all look like you,” said Glover.

“You really have to think, ‘what am I go­ing to do to stand out to th­ese peo­ple, in front of all th­ese girls?’ You have to be on, you have to be fresh, even though you walked for 15 min­utes to get there.”

Time man­age­ment is key to suc­cess.

“I had about 25 cast­ings in one day. I had to wake up at 6 in the morn­ing... pack my own lunch and I was lit­er­ally sprint­ing to cast­ings, pour­ing rain, look­ing like a wet dog and I have to make my­self look good,” Glover said with a laugh.

A work­ing model is al­ways on the go, go­ing from cast­ing to cast­ing, job to job, and city to city, of­ten liv­ing out of a suit­case with lit­tle so­cial life.

What’s de­picted on shows like “Amer­ica’s Next Top Model” is “close” to real life.

Con­fi­dence is im­por­tant, some­thing not al­ways easy to have.

“I am really crit­i­cal about my­self,” said Glover. “We kind of see our­selves dif­fer­ently than other peo­ple do we do. We look in the mir­ror and see that we are big­ger than we should be, but we are not.”

But con­stant re­jec­tion, for the 19-year-old, isn’t the hard­est part about the job.

“I love eat­ing but you have to eat really healthy and really ex­er­cise a lot, and I don’t do that. That is the hard­est part for me,” she said. “I like the way I am.”

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