A true runway model Alek Wek is not here for the new trend called “Instagram Models.”
“I think the fashion industry has gotten to a place where it is embarrassing. When I think of ‘Instagram models,’ I say you have to take baby steps. You cannot just walk straight onto the runway. When I was working, there was no digital. We actually worked, we used Polaroids,” she told us.
Wek, who’s walked for labels such as Chanel, Gucci, Dior and YSL, added: “Anything that those girls get for instant gratification, [they’ll] have to pay for it later.”
Alek is talking about Instagram models who are getting work from designers based on their followers.
Back in the day, modeling was one of those careers you had to break into. It wasn’t just post a bunch of Instagram pics and someone would contact your yahoo email and you would get work.