What is Fashion Model Life being Like

Hi guys, I am your new blogger for OnahJung.com. My name is Yanfei or you can just call me Yan. I am from a small town in China and I spent my high school life in Vancouver. Then I came to the University of Toronto for studying Architecture. I love reading and I am so excited that I am here to write my blog posts.


I want to talk about my experience of fashion modeling because this is the experience lead me to the fashion industry and then I fall in love with it. As I said I was from a small town. It does not like Shanghai or Beijing has plenty of luxury brand flagship stores and I lived in a suburb in Vancouver. I never had the opportunity to be fashionable.

But I believe nowadays people can get the information of these designer brands more easily because of the power of social media and they can also purchase the products more easily because of e-commerce. This is a big difference from the last generation.

After I came to Toronto and entered university, my horizon was expended. I am tall like 5’11’’ so people always asking me am I a basketball player or model. There is a lot of fashion shows going on in Toronto, and I was really lucky that I got the opportunities to walk for the shows like Fashion Art Toronto (FAT) and Massexodus (School of Fashion at Ryerson University). They would usually call for volunteer models 2-week before t show opening. These shows are open to everyone and no need to sign the contract with any agency.

What the fashion show for a model be like? We need to do the casting first to see the designers whether want our style or the outlook. Then we need to do the fitting, which is put on the clothes and the designers will judge which outfit would be the one to put on the show. Then we rehearse for the show. On the D-Day, we need to arrive at the stadium at least 4 hours ahead to get the makeup on done and lining up to walk. Some times, we may be rejected by the designers before the show starts, saying by the designer assistant “You do not need to walk”. So models only walk like 1 minute in the show but we put hours to prepare the show.


Then let’s talk about shooting, I am also very lucky as Architecture and Visual Arts are under the same faculty in UofT, some of my friends are amateur photographer and some became professional photographers after graduated. I sometimes will be their model for shooting, it also never been easy. When I was in the shooting, I need to focus. I believe modeling is another way of acting that we are talking to the camera lenses. For some special shooting, I can only wear one outfit in a snowing day or lying in the water for hours, or put on and off clothes constantly. So when people see the amazing photos in our profile, they will not see how hard we put behind the scene.

We say the more glamorous the job is, the greater the effort behind it required. All the jobs need to be respected. I enjoy my job being a fashion model as being a freelance model, I was not restricted by the agency. If you want to know more about how a contracted model life being like, please comment below and I will tell you the story.

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Author: Anfy

Dream(ak)er. Graduate of the University of Toronto. Studied Architecture, Visual Arts, and Art History. Freelance fashion model, video maker/ social media manager, UX/UI designer. Being expressive makes me alive, being creative makes me curious.

7 thoughts

  1. Great to read about fashion model’s life….sounds similar to architect’s! long preparation hours for the short presentation time! of course with better clothes 🙂


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