Transcript for Life of a Model: 'Secrets of Chasing the Dream'
Great story. To the side of the beauty business that may not be so pretty. You might think the models have an easy and glamorous life. One struggling model says that's simply not true. Linsey davis has her story. Reporter: Strutting your stuff on the catwalk and gracing magazine covers had never seemed so unglamorous. At least when seen through the eyes of model ashley stitt. There is so much reaction. You don't always get paid. There's no stability in this work. Reporter: Stitt has been a cover girl and industry insider for more than a decade. This is her day job, trying on clothes. Then, posing for pictures. Doesn't sound too strenuous until you hear her talk about it. Or read what she wrote in this column for the huffington post. The modeling industry is the most unglamorous part. Reporter: When she landed this, her first cover, for "women's health" magazine, she was disappointed to learn she'd get paid $250. She says many other day-long Just $100 for the entire day. A lot of models do end up working as waitresses. Stetts wants to clear up misconceptions and give outsiders the inside of what she calls the underbelly of the industry. It is a business for them. And they see you as a way to make money, eventually. If you need to borrow money from your agency because you're waiting to pay your rent, they'll charge you sometimes 10%. Reporter: At 30 years old, stetts says she knows she's nearing the end of her shelf life as a model. What's next? Reporter: Back in march, she started an advice blog called the frugal model. Teaching girls to be beautiful on a budget. For "good morning america," linsey davis, abc news, new york.
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