Modelling is a family tradition that goes back generations. My mother and grandmother modelled also. Like them, I've never pursued it religiously because I've always answered the challenge of the mind. I despise women who get by on looks alone, or feel that they have a license to do whatever they want because they can get away with it. I think that most beautiful women never developed a personality or mind because they didn't have to. Cynical, but I dare you to disprove my theory.
I do know some beautiful women that actually have personalities, hearts and minds. But they're rare. (Michelle, who is a regular contributor in here and a personal friend of mine is one example of a beautiful woman who is balanced).
I started modelling when I was 15 years old. My first gig was with a major department store. Have you ever heard of Mannequin Modelling? (For more information on it, you can go here, just know I don't necessarily endorse everything on this site.) Anyway, you stand in the main store window, for everyone to see, as still as a mannequin. If you're really good, you'll attract crowds of people who will stand around staring at you - trying to figure out if you're real or not. I was the best in the group. I was able to stand perfectly still, hardly breathing or blinking, for long periods of time without a break.
People (especially teenage boys) would jump at you, slap the glass, or try to make you laugh. Again, if you were good you stared straight ahead - glazed eyes and aloof poise. I loved the challenge of it. When my time was over, I'd have people stop me in the mall and tell me incredulously that they almost couldn't believe I was real when they saw me in that window. I guess it was the prankster in me that took secret delight in having little old ladies walk by, pause, and do a double take; or had the satisfaction of knowing that no one had been able to shake me up.
I couldn't do it now, I just don't have the patience or time for it any more. I've had modelling agencies approach me to model full-time but I won't do it. Life is larger than modelling. I don't want to look back on my life with regret when I'm old.