I'm sure many of us remember flipping through teen magazines and coming across Barbizon ads in the back. They inevitably featured a pretty girl and an ad tagline inviting you to "train to be a model... or just look like one!"

As a brace-faced, spiral-permed pre-teen I knew, just knew that with the right training, I would be the next Cindy Crawford. I wheedled my parents into attending a Barbizon "modeling seminar," which was really a sales pitch to enroll would-be models in expensive courses. Did you share this dream?