When I was 14 they told me I couldn’t be a model. In fact I was turned down by every agency in my country. Being a model was never a passion of mine but as many other kids I tried my luck as a young teen. I remember sending out an email with pix to 10 different agencies. 9 of them rejected me while only 1 requested a sit down. From the age 14-19 I was working min wage backing groceries, doing dishes, assisting in a clothing store etc, so even though modeling wasn’t a dream of mine, the idea of making better $ had me quite psyched. A week went by before I met the agency. I remember having a conversation about the industry as well as my scars before doing Polaroids. They explained in a polite way, that i was called in bc they liked my look, but needed to see the scars in person as they unfortunately though it could be a disadvantage for a model and result in high editing costs. With that said I left the agency hoping for the best but knowing not to keep my expectations high. A week later I received an email saying something in the lines of: “We like ur look and ur personality but unfortunately we have decided not to sign u as we have difficulty finding a place for u in our portfolio“. My whole life growing up I’ve had other kids point fingers at my scars asking me “what happened to ur face?”, “Why do u have those weird scars?”, “Those scars are ugly, u should get them removed” etc. so I won’t lie and say that the 10 rejection was any easier. Anyw, Im not writing this to point fingers at anyone but more so to inspire others to follow their dreams. Don’t let anyone tell u what u can or can’t do. We all experience struggles and rejections in life. I’m by no means saying that all struggles are equal but it’s up to us to choose how we deal with it as well as how we let it affect us.
I personally think, that when someone has suffered damage and has a history, it makes them more beautiful. Remember that everything each of us are going through or have been through, doesn’t make life uglier, even tho it may seems like it while going through it. It’s our job to turn our struggles into something beautiful and say- “look at what I’ve been through, it’s made me who I am today