Modeling is Sad and Weird For Amanda Gullickson

"With modeling you have to say, 'I don’t want that cookie.' My hips are right on the edge of 35 inches, so if I eat too much I might go over to 36."
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"With modeling you have to say, 'I don’t want that cookie.' My hips are right on the edge of 35 inches, so if I eat too much I might go over to 36."
Photo: One Management via WWD

Photo: One Management via WWD

Every week, WWD interviews a working model for "Model Call." It's a great way to get a glimpse into the world of modeling and makes you realize that some models actually say things and have personalities.

And sometimes, like in today's "Model Call," we're shown how sad and weird modeling is.

Gorgeous 17-year-old Amanda Gullickson is a former Delia's catalog model from Charlotte, N.C., who just moved to New York after graduating high school early. She probably had a pretty normal life until she moved here. Now, her new normal is keeping her waist measurements below a very specific number and going to castings where getting the job is dependent on correctly answering questions like what kind of condiment she would be.

Read on.

WWD: What has been the most surprising part about your new career? Gullickson: The biggest shock was having to watch what I eat. Since I was a basketball player before, you always want carbs. With modeling you have to say, “I don’t want that cookie.” My hips are right on the edge of 35 inches, so if I eat too much I might go over to 36. I watch proportions. I had to cut out candy and I’m such a candy person.

WWD: Tell me about your first casting. Gullickson: It was for the Susan Woo look book. It was pretty good, but the only thing that threw me off was she asked me if I were a condiment, what would I be. I just said ketchup — I didn’t want to answer wrong.

WWD: Did you book the job? Gullickson: I haven’t found out yet. I asked her what condiment she would be, and she said Korean hot sauce. Her assistant said relish.