Tamy Glauser: Unusual models can struggle
Tamy Glauser thinks it's harder to break into fashion when you have a unique look.
While the trend for androgynous models remains hot news in fashion, the women who rock a boyish look are still greatly outnumbered by more classic models.
However Swiss star Tamy, who sports a shaved head, is making waves on the runway.
“When you’re unique, it can be that much harder to break into things. But I’m happy to have come into this business in a place where I’m able to communicate and collaborate. I can just be myself, and I’ve gotten the chance to work on some wonderful things that I never thought I’d be able to do - fashion just keeps surprising me," she smiled to style.com.
She's stormed the catwalk for some of the world's most respected designers, including Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Riccardo Tisci.
However Tamy came to fashion late, only starting out in her late 20s.
"I had nothing to do with fashion. I was never really into it, but I had friends asking me, ‘Don’t you want to do this?’ But I was already 27 - why would I even think about [starting] at that age?” she recalled.
A friend sent her photos to an agency in Paris and she was soon snapped up. Last year though she had a crisis of confidence and contemplated throwing the towel in.
"'What the f**k am I doing? Should I just quit this whole thing? I’m not 16 and it’s not OK to not have money and to be struggling.’ I saw all my friends stepping up their careers and starting to be successful. I felt left behind," she said.
Tamy enjoyed a successful time at the recent Fashion Week shows, which included landing a runway exclusive with Louis Vuitton in Paris.
She got to work closely with Nicolas Ghesquière and his team, though she never dreamt they'd choose her as a Louis Vuitton girl.
"When I came to the agency and heard I had confirmed that, I felt such happiness that I cried. It felt like confirmation that I was on the right path, that the hard times had been for something," she said