"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.
"I always have to take care of my skin, hair, go to the gym, eat the right things. When I was younger I had an eating disorder. My body has always been on the curvier side for models, but I am always criticized for my body. When I was younger I wouldn't eat for days or I'd starve myself because the agency would tell me I was fat. I was never fat, but this is what they tell you.
"Once I was sitting at an agency and there was another model there. She was maybe 14 or 15 and was very skinny and beautiful. The agents were telling her that she needed to drop at least 10lbs and get a boob job, and then she would look perfect. She's just a kid, getting to know her body, and at that age you already don't feel good about yourself or comfortable in your own skin. I think many girls have to listen to this every single day."