"People assume the modeling industry is a glamorous life, full of compliments and free stuff. But what it really is, is a lot of rejection and nasty comments. It's a lot of young, skinny girls getting measured and looked up and down, and then told that they are not good enough, and that they need to lose this, and that, change this, and that. You always are left with the feeling that you are never good enough.
"I deal with people on a daily basis who don't see that I have talents; that I am smart. I work very hard and they always think that everything I have has come easily, and that I get everything for free. I work very hard for this job in this industry, which people don't even consider to be a real job. But what they don't understand is that I'm by myself for months at a time, not seeing my family or friends. Most of these women are very young from other countries, many with degrees in other fields. They are talented. They paint, play music, have been doctors or lawyers. But the public doesn't see that. They think we are stupid and pretty.