by Emma Dibaja
The year 2010 was an exciting year for 17-year old Tabea Weyrauch, who won an exclusive contract with IMG Models, the world’s biggest modeling agency, which represents supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum. In addition to winning a modeling contract, she appeared on the cover of the first 2011 issue of the Sunday Independent’s Life magazine, and not to mention that she is the S/S 2011 face of A|wear.
Commenting on her win of the 2010 The Model Scouts, she said: “I’m overjoyed at winning. I’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime. If I’m honest, I didn’t expect to win given all the other amazing girls in the competition. She continued: “I’m surprised how much this experience has changed me. I’ve grown up a lot in a short period of time. It’s hard for me to choose a favourite moment, as I value every step of the journey. I particularly loved being able to visit so many amazing cities and meeting so many important people within the fashion industry.”
A few words of encouragement for model-hopefuls
The fresh model spoke to BBC about her experiences and what winning meant for her and how her life has and hasn’t changed since winning.
“We went to London, Paris, Sydney and New York as part of the show, and met so many fantastic people along the way and learnt so much about the fashion industry itself. I loved the travelling. One of the highlights was the fashion show in Sydney Opera House.”
“The catwalk itself was exhilarating; I found it such an adrenalin rush. It’s hard, tiring work getting ready, you have lots of people pulling your hair and poking you, but you forget it all when you’re on the runway.”
“Before this, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Now I’ve found what I want to do with the rest of my life.
Mixing modeling with studying
“I’m going to finish off my A-levels and try and build up some experience and get some work under my belt, and hopefully things will really take off next summer. I’ve been in contact with my agency, IMG, and they’re keen to get started, but they’re also keen I finish school first. I’ve got my modeling contract now, so I’ll see where it takes me. I’d love to live in either Paris or New York, and take part in fashion weeks all over the world.”
I felt that Tabea’s experiences could be useful for any aspiring and/or new model who is wondering what modeling is like and whether or not it’s the right thing for you. Tabea is the perfect example of a young, 17-year old woman, who kind of drifted into modeling, like many others do as well, only to quickly discover how great a career as a model in fact is. So if you’re interested in modeling, why not get started.
Interview courtesy of BBC news. Photos courtesy of Google image search.