Former Model Johanna Stickland on “Real Women”

  • Johanna at 14 Johanna at 14
  • Johanna at 14 Johanna at 14
  • Johanna at 14 Johanna at 14
     

My career as a model began at the age of 14 and lasted less than a year. Everything happened at such a rapid speed, I felt burnt out and craved normalcy. I decided to take a break to complete high school. I was told by my agents that such a break would end my career, and they were right. When I attempted to re enter the industry, my body had changed, and I didn’t have the same measurements at 18 as I did at 14. I was told that to have success, I had to be either a size zero to work as a straight size model or a size 12 to work in the plus size division. At a size 6, there was no place that I really belonged. It is hard to say when or how the fashion industry will ever allow for more diversity. Not just in body types, but in ethnicity as well. Creating a dialog on these issues and garnering more attention to them is the first step. When I reflect back on my time working as a model, I have nothing but gratitude. It sparked my interest in photography, and allowed me to meet amazing individuals who inspired me to create as well. As a photographer, I am drawn to women as subjects, whether they be models, friends, or my mother. If I were given the opportunity to shoot for Vogue tomorrow, I would shoot the same array of subjects. There is no such thing as “real women”, because all women are real.

WOMEN by Johanna

2012

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

 

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

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 See more of Johanna’s work on her tumblr.

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