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Do You Think Being a Supermodel Is a Real Job?

Some of you roll your eyes when you hear another supermodel fretting about her job. I mean, what else does she have to do other than to look pretty, right? Paulina Porizkova writes in the Huffington Post:

But unlike those other gifts also allotted at birth: talent, strength, wit or intelligence --which you have to cultivate to fully develop before you reap rewards-- beauty is instant. Just add water, and boom, you can get lots of extra attention from people, and later, you can become a model, a stripper, a girlfriend of someone famous or a TV personality.

Paulina says the supermodel career is commonly seen as a "shallow calling," but it's really not fair because models are just capitalizing on their natural talent. After all, would you consider it shallow for J.K. Rowling to take advantage of her knack for storytelling? I imagine being a model is no easy job — having the constant limelight on you can be very stressful. The pressure to be thin and catty co-workers makes modeling a lot tougher than it seems.

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
Yeah, it's a real job! It takes time management skills, social aptitude, organizational skills ("Wait, I have to be at what party? When? #$%&!"), as well as the good looks on the surface. Not only is it a real job, it would be a nearly impossible job for me. I'm just too much of an introvert to deal with the constant social interaction.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I would never want a job where people would have to say "She's a ______, but she's actually really smart." Or a job with a 5-10 year lifespan (and that's if you're really lucky) that gives you no real skills for the future. But other than that, sure, it's job.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Yes....but To me it's like a professional athlete. They get paid a lot to do something that others dream of. So hearing them complain makes you think 1- you made how much last year?? What's it going to take to make you happy!?, and 2-since it's SOOO awful, quit! And get yourself a regular job. Then we'll talk about how your job sucks. K?
wmoonw wmoonw 6 years
Supermodels aren't just all about the catwalks and photo shoots, anyway. I think if you really want to do well at it, you have to be constantly promoting, being interviewed for magazines and TV, etc, and that's not even counting side projects, like TV shows and clothing lines, which they all seem to be doing. Plus, if you're really big-league, you have to look good and watch what comes out of your mouth all the time, because you never know when someone's going to be following you around with a camera or recorder. And all those parties they seem to show up at? You never know when that's a paid appearance. So yeah, I think it's a real, full-time job.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I prefer being able to eat whatever I want. Gain 10 pounds, lose 10, it's my choice, not someone else's
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I think so. Some of them have to stand barely clothed for several hours on a photo shoot day after day. I think that'd be pretty tough.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I certainly wouldn't want to do it. Stand like this, arch back uncomfortably, hold, pose, no turn this way, now tilt just a little, yes, perfect, wait lose five pounds, make that ten....
RosaDilia RosaDilia 6 years
I would think so especially if you get paid thousands of dollars a day.
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