I met Rebecca on Instagram, a Canadian model who had work as a model in Mexico City. I don’t know exactly at what point we started following each other and developed this new millennial friendship. I always appreciate foreigners who can understand mexican culture, and this girl not only understands it but is also super witty about it, being a fashion designer myself I was very interested in her perspective as a model working in the fashion industry in our country. So I asked her a few questions…
VA- Hi Rebecca, tell me a how you ended up working in Mexico City.
R- I met an American model in Beijing who had modelled in Mexico City. She constantly spoke about how deeply in love she was with Mexico city. Since that moment I dreamed about going. Years later I was in Milano for the summer season, after years in Asia and Europe I really needed a break. Meredith gave me the contact of David Souza, the director of Paragon models, he was super excited and asked me to come that September! I had to go to NYC for a month before I finally touched down in DF, but the minute I arrived I knew I was in love. Mexico is the most magical country I have ever visited. It has my heart.
VA- That is so sweet of you to say!
Compared to other countries where you have worked how is the environment different in Mexico?
R- Mexico is very relaxed. There are much less castings and the pace of work is slower. Mexican people have a flair for enjoying life, so working with them is a pleasure. My clients in Mexico always fed me, made sure I was happy on set and were never critical in a way that was un-necessary.
VA- What qualities do you think girls should have to have a long lasting career in this business?
R-There will always be a girl who is more beautiful, thinner or taller than you- what sets you apart is your personality. I firmly believe that I got as far as I did because I have a positive outlook and demeanour. No one wants to work with a diva. Having longevity in the fashion world, especially in modelling, is about your attitude and whether or not people enjoy working with you.
VA- As a fashion designer I must completely agree with you. When I look for a model to shot a campaign or lookbook it always comes down to personality for me, who is going to be fun to work with. Who has a creative mind of her own not just a beautiful face.
And speaking of fun, during your time in Mexico City which was one of your favorite modelling jobs and why?
R- Shooting for ELLE magazine! It was my first week in Mexico and my first job! The entire set and styling was red and the team was so laid back and kind. The stylist was also a read head, so we had a connection.
VA- That sounds really fun, besides that experience what would you say would be the perfect work environment for you?
R- I always love to shoot in a studio. There is less pressure because the lighting, set and weather are man made. If I got to choose anywhere in the worldI would choose the dessert in Morocco! Or maybe the streets of Tokyo. I’ve always wanted to do one of those Vogue Dessert shoots, where the models skin is perfectly bronzed and oiled. Probably because my pale skin could never be that way! My dream photographer would be Steven Klein. His photography is so strong and sexual.
VA- It does sound dreamy! I totally picture you on the streets of Tokyo too! Tell me, what’s your favourite thing about this industry?
R- My favourite thing about the industry is the talented and inspiring people I get to be around. Being a model is about helping someones creative dreams and ideas come to fruition. The most rewarding part of my job is when I feel like I’ve played that role perfectly and the creative team is happy.
VA- That is honestly the exact reason why I personally appreciate and value good models so much. I think being able to portray someone else’s ideas while adding their own personality too is such a tricky thing to do right. Really valuable work.
What would be your least favourite part and what do you think should change inside of the industry?
R- My least favourite part of the industry is the rigid rules that can be imposed on what beauty “should” be. The industry is slowly changing. We are seeing more woman of colour, body shapes and ages than ever. It is simply not enough. There is a major lack of diversity in the industry. I hope that we will continue to see more ethnically diverse models, models of visibly different ages and body shapes as well as more models that represent gender fluidity and the LGBTQ community.
VA- YAS! I have the same wish for the industry. Where do you want to take your career now?
R- My career has been changing recently. While I still model, my body has gotten more womanly, changing the types of jobs I’m suited for. Lately I’ve been doing more commercial work than I ever had before. I also started my own model management and scouting agency just over a year ago! Being a director at Agency F|H has been really empowering for me. Being able to help young models and guide them in away that I felt I needed when I was starting out is very rewarding. Navigating a global fashion market as a teenager is completely overwhelming, and if you don’t have a great manager you can have some pretty difficult experiences. I hope to continue to mentor young women and men as they grow and develop as models.
Rebecca recently signed with THE FACE MODELS in Mexico City.