The world of fashion has attracted a high degree of fascination from everyone. Be it, men or women, be it 14-year-olds or 40-year-olds; everyone is enchanted by it, and everyone wishes they were in it.
When someone sees a runway model, he or she is bound to do a double-take. Every woman fantasizes about having the perfect model dimensions without an ounce of fat. Little do they know that models hardly eat anything to maintain a body like that? Walking on the ramp for Victoria’s Secret as an angel is the dream of every model and every wannabe model.
Who wouldn’t want to be the next Gigi Hadid or Taylor Hill? Being the second Kate Moss could be life-changing. One such dreamer was our protagonist, a budding model with the brightest future who would have made her mark, but didn’t quite do it.
THE STORY BEGINS
Rachel May had always aspired to be a model. She had the face, the features, the body, and the poise. She knew she would make it in the competitive world without a shadow of a doubt. In the times, when she had to take quick, easy loans online to supplement her basic needs, she knew her purpose. At times, when she had to skip a few meals to save money for auditions, she knew her priorities.
Rachel was ambitious to her core. After being rejected for a hundred times, she got the opportunity to walk for a local designer. And then her journey began. At the show, a photographer saw his muse in her, and her next assignment was on.
It was an onward and upward journey after that. For Rachel never looked back, the photographs changed the game for her. Not only did she receive a pretty large cheque, but she had also become the new kid on the block. A new kid everyone wanted a piece of.
THE TASTE OF SUCCESS
Rachel was a gem to work with, and she was always on time, she did as the designers and stylists asked her to, and she never threw any tantrums. She breezed through the world in those initial years.
Her gait was so different and unique that there was not a show she could get in. From Tom Ford to Burberry, from Versace to Armani, she had walked them all. Her success was the talk of the fashion industry. A girl from a small town outside of Liverpool had taken the fashion industry with a storm.
THE DRUGS AND THE ALCOHOL
It is often said that you should not let your success and bank balance get to your head. If you do, then it won’t be long until it starts ebbing away. The same happened with Rachel, and she became too arrogant.
An industry like this has many forces working against you from all-night-long parties to the drugs and alcohol. How long does one resist? Rachel’s willpower soon faded, she got slowly into drugs. She had done it all from snorting to injecting.
Her situation got so bad that her agency had threatened to drop her. She was not getting any shows. The next hit was all she desired.
THE ROCK BOTTOM
Then one fateful day, she went to a party, she was so drunk that she could not even pick up her phone and call a cab. Still, she continued to get even more inebriated and decided to do some drugs, and then she overdosed.
If her manager had not come on time, she would not have made it out of that party alive.
This is a typical story in the fashion industry. Although it is illustrious, it is also very dark. The naive and innocent get converted into the arrogant and ruthless. The world is only for the thick-skinned, who can endure any and everything the world may throw at them. So, the next time you think of getting in this industry, always ask yourself, are you cut out for it?