No big deal, I just used to model for them.
STOP LAUGHING! I'm serious....kind of. I need to back up a little, don't I?
Before the 6 foot, 100 pound models get to try on the infamous push up bras and tiny knickers for the catwalk, a few rather ordinary, nothing special and certainly not supermodel women "fit" them first. These "fitting models" have to be very specific measurements, but they come in ALL SIZES. Think about it - if a bra or pair of underwear gets sold to a wide range of people and sizes, it needs to be fit on a human body in that exact size.
So I got to go to work for companies like Victoria's Secret and La Senza, trying on different clothing items. Sometimes I got lucky and wore a pair of PJs for an afternoon while designers talked about it, and other times I got to wear some teeny tiny things while (female!) fitting techs stuck me with pins.
Was it a strange job? Oh yes. Did it pay well? OH YES. You have to stand around in various stages of undress, so you basically get paid through the roof.
Anyway, my point for all of this was - if you watched the VS Fashion Show and felt bad about your body image in any way - don't. Because those sexy getups weren't made for 6 foot beauties, they were made for average women. Me. My mother - who works there full time. Even older, bigger women well into their 50s. And everyone in between.
|Me and Mama Dukes|
Have you ever watched the VS fashion show? Do you find it motivational or depressing?
I've watched it on occasion, but I just watch it like I would watch a science fiction movie about time travel - it might be theoretically possible, but it's not happening in my life time!
Do you think you could ever be a fitting model - would you be comfortable?
It was okay for a few months for the money, but you definitely have to develop a thick skin hearing things like, "are you sure this model is the right size?" and having people poke at you, frown, and then go off in Cantonese. Fuuuuun.