Modeling at Daegu Arts University and Part-time Princess
I’ve never considered myself particularly beautiful. Of course, there are some features of my appearance that I like more than others, but, overall, I’d consider myself to be quite average … And I’m perfectly content with this.
When I came to Korea, I became aware that my appearance was ‘exotic’. Strangers would tell me that I was beautiful and inquire as to where I came from. … This led to some interesting opportunities which I could never have entertained back in the U.S. At my internship company, I was asked during the interview if I would be okay to model for them. Thinking it was a joke, I laughingly agreed to the suggestion. A couple of weeks later, I was called upon by my superior to receive free facial treatments which they would record and use for advertisement purposes.
Later, my friend offered to recommend me for a part-time job which she held—acting as a princess in an amusement park. I just had to smile, hold a sign, and take pictures with guests while dressed as Alice (Alice in Wonderland). The pay was good, there were free meals and snacks, and the job was actually pretty fun! I am not the type who fantasizes about working as a princess at Disney World or anything of the sort, but I enjoyed the part-time work nonetheless.
Most recently, I met some art students while drinking with friends in downtown Daegu. They took my contact information and requested for me to be a model for their final projects. Along with two of my French friends, I made my way to the little arts school tucked away in the nearby mountains and modeled in some different outfits and themes.
Never before had I imagined these types of opportunities during my semester abroad in Korea. Modeling and the like are certainly not an area in which I excel, and I don’t plan on pursuing anything related to that in the U.S. (not that it would even be an option :P) . Either way, these were certainly some memorable experiences.