Hi Giselle, you probably don't remember me but I was in the Metropolitan Fashion show as one of Mily's navigation girls! I really look up to you, because I am only 14. I love your pictures and your walk is just amazing! Your such an inspiration! I just wanted to ask how you got started modeling and how you became such a success? Thanks, Zoey LeSueur
Hello Zoey! You are SO sweet! I started out doing exactly what you’re doing at 14 :) Like you, I e-mailed people in the fashion industry, networked and learned as much as I could about the ins and outs of modeling by participating in local shows and shoots. What is wonderful about Seattle is that it is a pretty small market for fashion so once you’re in, you’re in! It’s all about who you know so doing lots of free jobs at first is a great stepping stone for meeting people and building up your reputation as a model. Send me a friend request on facebook and message me if you ever wanted to get together for coffee sometime. I’d love to chat with you and answer any questions you might have!
Sometimes, I still don’t know what to do with the amount of love God has brought in my life through the people He has so graciously placed in it. Yesterday’s bus ride (along with other times) was a testament to how I am now surrounded by such loving, encouraging, and supportive people. Up until eight months ago, I can honestly say I’ve never had friends who made me feel good about myself from the inside out. I believe that when one is constantly told the same thing about themselves, they start to believe it. For me, I was always put in the shadow of my “friends,” and they enjoyed bringing me down for the purpose of raising their own self-esteem. Over time, I simply believed what others defined me as: stupid, ugly, non-existent eyes, awkward, weak, weird-looking. When I doubted myself, everyone agreed. It was when that light at the end of the tunnel started to become visible; when I began to realize my potential and self-worth during the end of junior year, that every single one of my “friends” slowly abandoned me. All alone, the lies I had believed about myself started to become truth. And it wasn’t until the Lord placed me in the most authentic community that they revealed themselves as lies again. After all, Satan hides behind lies, and when you eradicate them with the truth, he is left exposed and weak.
I am so happy to be in a community where people lift each other up. Yesterday, I was talking to one of my close friends, Giselle, about relationships and other personal topics. She pointed out that I don’t see enough good about myself; that I don’t realize how much value I could bring into a relationship, and she’s right. I don’t. Sometimes, when I put myself down, she’ll look at me with the most genuine disbelief in her eyes, that it makes my heart soar to the skies. Finally, someone who doesn’t agree with my insecurities. Finally, friends who see more in me than I do! When you’ve gone as long as me (not to make myself sound old, wise, or incredibly experienced in pain) in believing the worst things about yourself, the pain runs deep and heals slowly. I still struggle with seeing the beauty of myself, from the inside out, but having such encouraging friends to always speak truth into my life has been one of the biggest blessings! What peace, what peace for those whose confidence is in the Lord!
“Sometimes love is a surprise, an instant of recognition, a sudden gift at a sudden moment that makes everything different from then on. Some people will say that’s not love, that you can’t really love someone you don’t know. But, I’m not so sure. Love doesn’t seem to follow a plan; it’s not a series of steps. It can hit with the force of nature—an earthquake, a tidal wave, a storm of wild relentless energy that is beyond your simple attempts at control.”—Deb Caletti (via danseurs)