If I have learned something during my short career as a model it would definitely be that you can't do it on your own. I don't mean literally, of course you need a photographer, and other coworkers like makeup and hair artist, and most of all, you need designers, brands and shops which you are modeling for.
This is where today's story comes from. Like I mentioned, my career started less than a year ago, but it is developing at an amazing pace I never expected. So, I have had the opportunity to work with many people, and to create successful collaborations. But it is not all that easy, shiny, pink and with unicorns bouncing around. When you are starting, and nobody knows about you, you have a modest portfolio, it is very hard to get sponsorship and collaborations. Which is perfectly understandable, not many brands or designers want to gamble with someone who still hasn't proved their talent, and they rather choose someone they already know, someone popular. And to be honest, there are soooo many amazing alternative models they can choose from. But, not all of those who decline you do it in a professional or respectful way. And it can be very demotivating. You come to wonder how on Earth are you supposed to make it and build your career from ground zero.
One of my first collaborations ever was with The Gothic Shop from UK. They loved my photos and put their faith in me, which was so much more important than the fact I got their clothes to work with. After that, many other collaborations followed, with them and with others. I have nothing but words of love and gratitude for the amazing people from The Gothic Shop. I have seen many other models who are supported by them and they never fail to appreciate our work. A shop behind which stand people who really live what they preach
They run one of the best online shops in the world- you can find a wide range of brands, clothes and accessories and whatever you choose it will be top quality and it comes to your door. With their work with models, they show what it really means to love and support the goth community all over the world. Their facebook page is an amazing display of Goth beauty and style. It show that indeed anyone can wear their clothes, regardless of the age, body shape, or occasion
This blog is not an advertisement for a shop. It is not about separating one collaboration from the others. I love and respect all the people I ever worked with equally. This is about saying thank you to someone who is generously supporting alternative models without discrimination. In my opinion, The Gothic Shop is a true role model of what a big goth brand or shop should be doing for our subculture. Bravo!