I was working for Betty Barclay and showing outfits with a group of models in a busy London fashion show room, when I heard a loud slow scream ‘Get out of that dress, you are killing my sale’ I didn’t realise it was directed at me until I saw the angry red lipped fashion seller, burning eyes at me with a straight arm, directing me back to the changing room. I was selected out as the bad apple. I was mortified. My dress didn’t fit!
This couldn’t be happening to me! It was my job as a model to look good, fit clothes and sell products.
Moments like these, and the constant pressure of staying an ideal weight slowly robbed me of the confidence and self-esteem I once had.
My acquaintance with personal image grew working on TV campaigns, photographic and fashion work. Over the years, I have been told that I was too tall, too short, too thin, too fat and have been weighed and measured in front of clients who didn’t believe my dress size or weight.
It got me thinking. If, as a model I had problems with clothing that didn’t fit, what was it like for other women, when it came to buying clothes they wanted to feel good in? How did they feel about their body shape and size. Were shopping trips a success or a series of fails?
Later on, I worked with top clothing brands selling collections to buyers across the country. I watched as they tried to keep customers happy. Complaints that jackets weren’t long enough, sleeves too short and neck lines too low. It was clear that shopping needed to be easier for everyone, and a lot more fun!
By now my overwhelming desire and passion to help women feel and look their best, had reached a point of no return.
In 2006 I re-trained with Toshiko Kobatake of Talking Image to become a style coach in colour analysis, styling, personal shopping, make-up and wardrobe planning.
I have worked with stunning size zero models who have been the most self loathing people I met, and plus size women who have turned heads and commanded a room with their presence, confidence and natural ease.
Having been a model doesn’t exempt me from having insecurities or things I would like to change, but it is how we feel about ourselves that matters and giving ourselves permission to feel and look our best, for us.
We have to wear clothes, so why not make them count! Dressing should be fun and in balance with who you are, so that how you look, resonates and reflects with how you feel from the inside, out .
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