I started modeling when I was 13, these photos are from one of my first shoots in Stockholm. I was dying to grow up, to get out of the small town I was raised in and hungry for new experiences. My interest in fashion led to this decision, that made me grow up too fast, that made me far too concerned with my weight. Thinking back on these years I just wished I had waited, been patient and stayed a school girl for just a little while longer. But I’ve never had patience.
13 is such a fragile age and it makes me sad to see the majority of the models in some shows in this young age. You’ve just gone from child to teenager and you listen too much to what your agency tells you, even if it’s not healthy for you. You haven’t had the time to develop your own voice in this world of adults and it’s just too easy to get on the wrong track. I was affected by the industry, I’m not gonna lie, I was way too skinny sometimes. But I was still lucky, I had parents who would come with me to all shoots and meetings at the agency and setting some boundaries. And when I got the offer to go to Milan for a few months they strictly said no, I was absolutely furious at their decision then, but today I am feeling nothing but thankful!