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I was pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of people and overall interest in modeling for the magazine. The casting call was ‘successful,’ and we came away with about 84 interested people. I thought that on a good day we might have gotten 50, so I was quite pleased with the fact that we surpassed that goal easily.
As good as the turnout was, it unfortunately was not all that diverse. I had written in the invitation that we were looking for all heights, shapes, sizes and colors – and that any and everyone should apply! The people who showed up were GREAT, don’t get me wrong… but I was hoping we would get a wide array of people.
Through out the afternoon we pulled people off the streets, called our friends, bothered people coming in and out of Baker and walking by Scripps to come over and get their picture taken and sign up to model for Thread Magazine. There was some good response to this, but witnessing these accounts first hand, I was surprised by all of the people who turned us down.
I felt like most of the men and women who arrived at the casting call were on the thinner side. This is fine, but we were hoping to cast people of all sizes. When we asked other people walking by who might fit the latter description, they kindly declined. At first I thought it was coincidence, or perhaps they just didn’t have time to stop by on their way to class. But after a while, we got the message that a lot of people were declining based on the fact that they didn’t perceive themselves as being “model worthy.”
Soon, other people helping out with the casting call were noticing the same thing. Everyone started commenting on the lack of variety in the types of people who were coming up to us and wanting to model. We are aware of what the majority of society deems as “model” appropriate, but at Thread Magazine we aren’t about that at all. And as much as we tried, we couldn’t convince people otherwise. No amount of flattery would change their mind. And oddly enough, the majority of people who were unsure of themselves were actually guys!
“I’m not a model.” or “I’m definitely not model material.” and even “Hah! Definitely not!” or “Are you joking?!” Were the responses that we got from most people who refused us.
The sad part of all of this is that we can only work with what we have. And since people self selected themselves as “not worthy” or “not appropriate” of being a fashion model, our model database is slim. (Both figuratively and physically). And the irony of not wanting to promote only one body type, but only getting that certain body type to sign up is hard to deal with. If normal/average sized, but also beautiful and fashionable people don’t throw their hat in the ring, then there is not a whole lot we can do. Other than try again…
Thread Magazine is well aware of the stereotypical model body promoted here in the U.S., and while that is beautiful and works well for some things, there is a whole plethora of other shapes and sizes that we also want to incorporate. We do not want to alienate anyone, and we don’t want to further the mainstream media’s choice of only using ’80 lb. 6 ft models’, and no one else. That’s not right nor is it practical, and it goes against the message we, at Thread, are trying to send.
So the next time we ask and invite you, don’t be afraid or hesitant. Put your best foot forward and bring your smile and come get your picture taken! This is a student publication for STUDENTS, and we want to account for everyone within our pages; not just whom society has deemed acceptable.
Although Athens is worlds away from New York, I can’t help but feel that I have been somehow reconnected with the fast paced frenzy of city living and the flashy world of fashion over the last few weeks.
As Creative Director of Thread Magazine, I have had a lot on my plate lately (as have all the other executives, members and of course the editor-in-chief). From scheduling photo shoots, to plotting out outfits, tracking down clothes to use and styling models, there has been a lot going on… And it has all taken me back to my days of interning at Harper’s and volunteering at New York Fashion Week.
Even though it has been tiring, I haven’t felt happier or more driven since I moved here. Just about everyone involved in the magazine has put their best foot forward and has overwhelmingly contributed their time and efforts.
I must admit that I wasn’t sure how quickly things would get off the ground with Thread, but I will be the first to say that we have successfully taken off at lightning speed! The organization has operated amazingly, even though there have been some rough patches to overcome. The professionalism I have witnessed over the last month has surprised me. I often find myself forgetting where I am, that I’m not in the middle of hills and farmland, but rather in a cool midtown loft studio shooting for high-end fashion magazine editorials.
So far, I have come up with on trend looks and styles concocted out of (more or less) the closets of fashionable college students. From men to women’s fashion, we have touched on a lot of different aspects and I’m so excited to be a part of it all.
The lights, cameras, models and photographers come together to create this nearly alternate universe of fashion; a microcosm of creativity and passion within the confines of southeast Ohio.
The photo shoot process is absolutely genuine, all the way down to the hair and makeup team and rolling racks filled with clothing options. I don’t know whether to be more surprised or more joyous about how everything has unfolded thus far. I feel like I am in my element and am exactly where I am supposed to be.
We have triumphed over every bump in the road and have hung on to the deadlines by our fingernails. Everything about this last month has been new, and now that we have the swing of things I can only imagine what we will be churning out for future issues. The events that have taken place thus far have gone by so quickly, like the yellow blur of a passing cab.
And it is admittedly a little sad once the lighting comes down and the models wave goodbye. The photographers pack up their equipment and the clothes are rolled away… When I walk back to load up the trunk of my Buick rather than catch the 1 train downtown – this is when I snap back to the ‘real world’.
It’s a fine line we are treading on. But between this other world we’ve created and the reality of our surroundings, it is here where I feel most at home.