What 11 High-Fashion Supermodels would tell their 15 year-old Selves.

Combined, these girls have over 90 years of experience in the modelling industry. As dear friends of ours, many an afternoon has been spent laughing and “ah-hah-ing” with these gorgeous, soul-seeking ladies. The most profound bits of wisdom & beautiful moments of love were gleaned in this tight circle: either backstage at shows or worlds away, plugging away on Facebook chat. No matter how often we may see each other, our sisterhood bond of fashion holds strong.
Today, we thought we’d gift you with a little love; exclusive advice from models whose minds have taken them to Chanel, Vogue, and the Victoria’s Secret Runway. What would they want to have known at 15? Here you have it.

LAUREN CHAN

After a few years as a plus-size model there are a few things I’d love to be able to tell my pre-model self. First, be mindful and don’t get discouraged. What’s the point in beating yourself up or comparing yourself to other people? Second, get (or stick to!) a defining trait. Whether you’re going to be the commercial model mogul, the witty social media wiz, or the über-stylish edgy girl, find something that others can identify you with. Finally, have other hobbies, interests, or endeavors. Whether you paint, act, write, or take classes, It’s really important to not throw all of your energy into one aspect of your life.

OKSANA OREL

When you are looking for an agency, you are not the only one being interviewed. It is important to interview the agency as well, because you are essentially entering a business partnership and need to know that both of you are on the same page in terms of advancing your career and how it is going to be done. Not being in control of your career and schedule is the one of the hardest parts of modelling, but when both you and your agency have an understanding that they are there to manage you by suggesting the best options, you will always have control of your life.

AMANDA YU

1. Be confident. It’s okay to be different so embrace it.
2. You’re young. Make sure you are having fun and don’t grow up too fast.
3. It’s okay to be alone. Try not to rely on a boy to fill that hole.
4. Life only gets better as you get older
5. DON’T tweeze your eyebrows!!!! Stay far away.

GRACE MAHARY

I guess my few words of advice to any aspiring model would be…
Do it for yourself, not for anyone else.
Stress makes nothing better. Relax, don’t internalize criticism, and remember to enjoy the journey for what it is.
Lastly, if you’re going to do anything in this world, give it 100% because you can’t half-ass at life and expect full rewards.

ZOË COLIVAS

To my 15 year old self…
Make the most of every experience. You never know the next time you will be in magical places, with fascinating people and once in a lifetime opportunities. Always keep learning from the people around you. You are so young and you have so much to learn. Listen, observe and soar.

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SOPHIE TOUCHET

Never let yourself be affected by the things that happen out of your control. It’s so much easier to be happy if you let it go of the things you can’t have any impact or decision on.

AINE O’GORMAN

You are just breaking out of your painfully shy cocoon. Don’t make your decisions based on your fear of what others might think. Every time you trust your own instincts and choose a path because its for you…your confidence will grow even more.

KATE LEANNE MOORE

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to say no. Just because someone else is moving faster than you doesn’t lessen your own accomplishments. Fake it till you make it, baby. Smile with your teeth and never skip dessert.

JESSICA (JESSA) BROWN

You are about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of your life, take nothing for granted because it may not last forever. Modelling is a great opportunity that not everyone gets to experience, but always be true to yourself. Remember even though you are young, you still have a voice and don’t be afraid to speak up if you are uncomfortable or don’t want to do something. Also, travelling is one of the best parts of modelling and take advantage of it while you can. There are times I have travelled and been so caught up in work that I never took the time to look around and really appreciate where I was. I would never have been able to travel to some of the places I have been to without modelling. Most of all just have fun with modelling and don’t take it too seriously. When times get tough, keep your head up and be happy for everything you have accomplished. Looking back now I really value the ups and downs of modelling and how it has influenced my life.

DANI SEITZ

I would tell my 15 year old self to always trust your gut — you’re allowed to say no.

JESSICA LEWIS

Take it all as it comes but don’t place too much importance on anything as everything is fleeting. Love your friends and family fiercely. Food and travel are huge assets to my life, but remember, everything in moderation. Take moments to revel in where you’re at in life as the years pass, these moments feel SO GOOD. Size ain’t nothing but a number and health is the key to happiness. In the face of hatred challenge yourself to show compassion, you’ll walk away with a smile. There is beauty in our differences and there is no “right way” to do things, there is only the way that works for you and doesn’t hurt anyone else. Keep your face makeup free at least 3 days a week, your body and soul will thank you for it. Don’t use your clothes to Complete yourself, use them to Enhance yourself. Exercise, read and challenge the norm…remember change wasn’t brought about in a day.

Uh….Amen.

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