February 15, 2021
Christina Ionno is an Elite Model, with FMI in Taiwan.
The nature of the jobs here is definitely not easy at all. On one occasion I
worked a 19 hour double-shift and by "work" I mean WORK... no lazing around
whatsoever. This feels like super-model boot camp.
I must say that the Taiwanese are the most genuine people. They don't start their conversations
with mindless chit-chat ("Hi, how are you? How's your day? That's great!"). No, they
talk to you about what they want, and if they like you they will show it, if
not... they will show it.
It's funny, I can spend a whole day with a group of
Taiwanese that speak very few words of English, but at the end of the day
I feel like in some way we communicated. You laugh at the same things (they
find the smallest things funny, like if you sneeze, it's hilarious to them)
and it's like you are communicating on a different level when you are limited
to few words and just having to understand through gestures and
personalities and the way a person holds themself.
Be prepared though, if
you come to Asia you get thoroughly judged on a daily basis and have to
have strong self-esteem to deal with it. I have seen PLENTY of girls come
and go because they just cannot put up with it. Even if clients love you and
book you every day you will still get picked on for something. For example,
whenever a make-up artist is trying to tame my ferocious eyebrows I catch
them giggling and calling over a few other people to giggle along with them. "Eyebrows...SO BIG!" (So, I was born with lego blocks for eyebrows, I GET
IT), ha ha, but you just have to take it all with a grain of salt, stay true to yourself and not let anyone get to your head.
About half-way through my stay here I had a bit of an unpleasant
encounter... I was dealing with insane amounts of work and wild weekends and
then the in-between which was my living situation. I obviously wasn't
thrilled about living with eleven other females who weren't the friendliest
bunch of foreigners I've come across, but hey, I put up with it. I was only
really in there to sleep anyways (which was tough, because my bed was right
beside the window and with the humidity and amount of people in such a tiny
space EVERYTHING WAS ALWAYS WET).
One night got out of hand though. It was night ten of no sleep for me and when you work everyday, you NEED that beauty
sleep, but it was just so wet and humid that week and my blankets and
clothes were damp from the window. I lay awake on my bed feeling like
some lagoon creature, almost in tears from being so exhausted and I knew
something was not right... went to work bright and early and by the time I
came home (around 9:00 p.m.) I wanted to faint, but as I crawled into bed, I
noticed that EVERYTHING WAS GREEN...