Toni Garrn: 'Don't ditch school for modelling'
​Toni Garrn is adamant she wouldn't have made it as a model if she'd quit school.
As many in the fashion industry are scouted when they are young, there is a constant conversation about whether models should be able to walk catwalks and pose for photo shoots before they turn 18. Toni was discovered by an agent when she was just 13, but juggled her jobs with school; something she thinks was vital to her career.
"If it weren't for my education, I truly wouldn't be as successful at my job as a model," she told elle.com. "I wouldn't be as focused, I wouldn't be as knowledgeable about the cultural things like art and music that often inspire the designers, I wouldn't be as sensible about investing, about travel… and also, socially, being around girls my age and making friends made me feel so much more secure and confident in myself, and also obviously happier! People forget about that part."
That's not to say the process was easy for Toni, 23. Completing school and modelling assignments meant she had little free time and was always rushing to hit a deadline, which is why she is so thankful to her family for helping her.
"I think it depends on the person, obviously, and their support system," she said. "My family was very supportive, but also very insistent that I finish school, and to be honest, I wanted to finish school... I went into school whenever I was home. It wasn't that easy because I was in New York shooting campaigns every weekend. I really owe it to my brother - he helped me study a lot."
The German model prides herself on her knowledge of world issues and she touched on how proud she is of her country and the way it has aided with the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Germany has helped the most refugees of any country, at a time when US presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would send all Syrian refugees "back" if he wins the election.
"My hope, our hope, is that everyone can be as open-minded as Germany is," she explained. "It's a huge process to get Syrians into any country and they're not dangerous at all! They're human beings... Look at the potential for what so many new people could give back to us! That potential and the fact that they need homes is so much bigger and stronger than anything we should be scared of."