By Michele Smith
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It’s the one question I have been asked so very often: is a model’s life glamorous? What most people don’t know is that behind the scenes, what you are looking at is pure hustle and bustle. A model (and especially one that is not a supermodel), doesn’t simply wake up, show up to a runway event and go home. I think if most people truly understand what a day in the life really means, they would consider an alternative career path. Here is glimpse of my typical day and of course they all vary across the board at the same time.

My alarm typically goes off by 6 a.m. This gives me time to squeeze in a workout in before the day begins. While I cannot afford an in-home personal trainer, I either have to head to a gym or work out at home. Either way, I always switch up the routine with a mix of cardio and weight training. I learned a long time ago, that if you do the same workout every day your body becomes immune for lack of a better word, and switching up the routine always keeps your body in shock. After my exercise routine, I have a low-carb, high protein breakfast. First I feed my dog, then typically I like scrambled eggs and fruit, as it is a quick and a healthy breakfast.

The most important part of my day is planning ahead, because my schedule changes on a minutes notice. I pack a bag with healthy snacks (usually fruit and a salad in a refrigerated pack) and most importantly a change of shoes. While many designers like you to have a certain heel size for fittings, you always need to have something comfy for running in between appointments. This is where I say “goodbye” to the heels and “hello” to comfort. It is also key to have the transportation system in the city down pat, whether you are taking a cab, hopping on the bus or subway.

Today I start with a fitting for an upcoming runway show and it is always important to be on time. My agent typically checks in with me (or I check in with her to let her know I am at the appointment) to review the schedule for the day. This typically changes …. especially if I am asked to go to an audition. Fortunately, my agent will help me juggle my schedule accordingly. Next on today’s agenda, I head off to a magazine photo shoot and am in hair and makeup for almost an hour. During this time, I am typically checking my emails and texting back and forth with my agent. During this shoot, I was requested to audition for another upcoming runway show, so my second fitting appointment was pushed back. I rushed and made it to both of the appointments to return home around 7 p.m.

The schedule today was rather hectic, so I am forgoing the typical evening workout and am opting for a high-protein healthy dinner instead. I hydrate most of the day and am in bed by 10 p.m. – no one wants to hire a model with dark circles under their eyes.

At the end of the day though, one certainly has to ask – is this glamorous or not?