“You’re a natural-born model,” Ido wrote me. Ido was one of eight charming and talented photographers I got to know on production day.
Mmm…OK, But let’s be honest, I’m certainly no model and definitely not a naturally born one.
One of my least favorite childhood memories was on Purim, about 38 years ago. One of my best friends and I dressed up as Mickey Mouse. She was petite, pretty and a natural at flirting with the camera. And me? I was a head taller than her, bulky and awkward (or at least I felt it) and the world’s worst flirter, especially with cameras.
During my time living in the U.S., an American friend asked me why I’m never smiling in any of my pictures. “Good question,” I said to myself and finally, like any other lively American, began sporting a smile every time a camera popped up. Instantly, I became more photogenic.
When I opened my Instagram account 3 years ago, the necessity of fast and readily available pics required that I not only shoot photos but also be photographed with my jewelry. About a year ago, I was approached by a young smart girl that had some great professional advice for me. She said that I looked great and that I myself am precisely the demographic, the story and typecast my brand deserves. All of a sudden I was photographing myself without any hesitation.
So, as part of a long-overdue correction on behalf of that young girl who never felt totally comfortable within her own body, I immediately said “yes!” when Instagram Israel Community challenged me to become “a model for a day”. And what an amazing day it was! And what spectacular pictures I got! And the people I met? Remarkable! I’m so happy I came and thank you so much for your vote of confidence and opportunity you gave me.