Top model Daria Werbowy has been quoted as quitting the profession because she ‘physically and mentally couldn’t handle it’ anymore.
Do all models feel like this? Is it really a hard graft? Well those in the know will all tell you that it certainly isn’t all glitz, glam and chauffeur driven limos for sure. But a sensible schedule coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle would be deemed as no more taxing than most other jobs. But maybe if you add ‘celebrity status’ into that equation then it could end up being way too much to handle.
Daria Werbowy told The Telegraph that the “reality of the [modelling] industry and the ephemeral nature of beauty and fame” gave her a certain distance from the world she works in.
Daria Werbowy, who modelled for Mango was considered one of the top 10 highest-paid models of 2013 goes on to say, “I decided to do the minimal amount that I could get away with, because I physically and mentally couldn’t do any more”.
“It’s like, you have everything you want, what you dreamt of is coming true, you can’t buy anything else to make you happy, so then you think, Well, what else is there? And you have to leave.”
It was turning 30 when something shifted for the model who first entered the industry at 14. “I was so relieved. I was like, I can do and say and be whatever I want now-because I’m 30. There was a lot of surrendering.”
The model is now taking time out to enjoy the fruits of her labour, as she is hailed as the ‘world’s hottest supermodel’ on the February cover of US Harper’s Bazaar.
After that, Werbowy will be back to her carpenter boyfriend and Ashtanga yoga lifestyle – “I’m addicted. I stopped drinking, so this is the way life goes” – in rural Ireland.