Is Modeling a Proper Career?

I'm sure majority of our parents have told us that modeling is not a proper career to pursue in or a good path to take at least once in our lifetime. The reasons behind them were probably "You will have to wear really revealing clothes in front of many men", "modeling will influence you to conduct bad activities like smoking or taking drugs", "some rich well-known man will pay you to sleep with him "and many more. But then you see models like Tyra Banks, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and many more doing so well in the fashion industry, they all seem so content with their luxurious life. You can not seem to decide which is true and false. And as an aspirating model who's a degree or PHD holder, unsure if you would really want to break into the modeling industry, risking yourselves being involved in activities you did not sign up for or just play safe and pursue your career in a more safe and stable line like a Physiotherapist or PR practitioner or something else. So is modeling a proper career to pursuit?

Modeling as a career has its pros and cons. It's a vast industry that many are dying to get in but only a few can make it on top. It is an industry that's always surrounded by cameras, well-known people, media and more. So whatever you do it is being under surveillance by everyone. Many are willing to sacrifice to get this kind of attention and life, some would even cross their personal boundaries in hopes that some agency would notice them. However, the modeling life is of course glamorous too. You get to travel the world, wear designers' clothes, meet superstars, maybe even lucky enough you might have one or two flings with them, get expensive makeover that no one else can have except for you, get exclusive access to many places without the need to queue up, earn big bucks and more. While there are numerous great things of being a model there is likewise a dull underside that everyone bought to know about before transferring ownership of their life to the trend setting world.

PROS

  1. If you're blessed enough to be scouted by one of the top agencies, guarantee your bank accounts will be flooded with large sum of money. If it's a small agency but a legit one, you still get your paychecks that can cover your bills and keep you more than alive.
  2. You get to see the world for free! Yeah, you can definitely cross out all the places in that travel bucket list of yours before you die
  3. Free branded stuff! Clothes, bags, shoes, you name it. Generous designers would give you one or two of their creations to you as a token of generosity or gratitude. And that's only if they really like you. But of course sometimes they're for advertising purposes as well.
  4. Boost your confidence. Trust me, the more shows you book, the higher