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.
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.
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.