Carré Ottis : The truth about modeling

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the CITIZENS of FASHION

Text by BY CARRÉ OTIS, with DR SARAH SPINNER VOGUE

THINK models are effortlessly perfect glamour magnets lapping up the good life?

US model Carre Otis lets Vogue.com.au in on the truth about airbrushing, starvation, yellow teeth and sexual abuse…

When I was 18 and arriving on the modelling scene in the mid-80s, attention from the public felt sudden and surprising. After working so hard as a teenager in both Europe and the States, after so many rejections and failed “gosees”(castings), after the countless not-so-subtle suggestions from industry professionals that I just might not have “it”, I was shocked when others started following my career. When I visited my agents, they’d hand me a stack of letters and I’d look over my shoulder, wondering if it was intended for the actual famous models in the other room. “Carr.,” my agent said, her hands firmly planted on my shoulders, “You’re a…

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