Step aside Kardashians, there’s a new crew in town
Life on the runway isn’t always as fabulous as people believe – and a bunch of catwalk queens, including Aussie babe Shanina Shaik and Sports Illustrated model Olivia Culpo, are setting out to share it all in new docu-series Model Squad!
Yep, the beauties and their clique – Daniela Braga, 26, Hannah Ferguson, 26, Ping Hue, 28, Nadine Leopold, 24, Caroline Lowe, 23, Ashley Moore, 25, and Devon Windsor, 24 – have pinched the cameras from the Kardashians to follow them around New York City during Fashion Week.
“We show what it really looks like,” says Olivia, 26, who admits the modelling world “isn’t always as glamorous as it looks”.
“Glamour is just when you’re there for the events, taking beautiful pictures, wearing a very expensive dress,” Victoria’s Secret Angel Daniela confesses.
“But besides that, no, no, no, honey. There’s no glamour.”
The harsh reality is catfights over mag covers, dealing with body issues as they struggle to maintain their perfect physiques year round, and watching their relationships with loved ones fall apart as their careers take priority.
“[The show] covers what we can all relate to – feeling down, being rejected, feeling like you can’t obtain a goal that you want,” admits Olivia. “I always think I could be doing more, it’s like this awful trap.”
And it doesn’t help when your best mates are also your biggest competition. “There’s a lot of rivalry between other girls,” adds Sports Illustrated star Hannah.
While Shanina says it’s “super exciting” to be making the move back into reality TV after a stint on Make Me a Supermodel in 2008, she reveals her fans will witness how hard it’s been to keep the romance alive with new hubby DJ Ruckus, who she married in May.
“With Ruckus and I, our jobs take us away from each other,” Shanina, 27, says. And her pal Devon, who got engaged to her boyfriend of two years Johnny Dex in June, knows that feeling.
“[Maintaining] relationships with a modelling career is super difficult,” she spills.
Despite the hardships the girls have to face in the cut-throat fashion world, in the end, they say they’re a family and have to rely on one another.
“We might fight, bicker or disagree but at the end of the day we will be there for one another and that’s really special,” says Devon.
“If anything, it shows how important it is to uplift one another and support each other and be each other’s best cheerleader,” adds Olivia. “Which I value... because I am a girl’s girl!” Bring it on! Model Squad