Behind the Scenes: A Model Citizen

In the prior edition of Behind the Scenes, I mentioned that ModCloth models are often not professional models at all, but regular gals that we’ve sussed out on the streets of Pittsburgh. Since so many of you were pleasantly surprised, excited, and inspired by that tidbit of information, I thought it would be fabulous to focus on one gorgeous gal’s fashion fairytale and take you behind the scenes of what it’s like to actually be a ModModel!

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Hannah was strolling down Walnut Street, a popular shopping district in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, when she was approached by a ModCloth stylist. He inquired as to whether she’d ever modeled before. When she said she hadn’t, he asked if she’d be interested in doing so for ModCloth. Hannah (and her mother, who was accompanying her on the shopping trip) was understandably skeptic, for it’s not  every day that a stranger asks you to model! However, after some research and a look at our site, she decided to give it a shot!

ModCloth’s “Back to School ’09” shoot was Hannah’s first foray into the world of modeling. She said, “I was apprehensive at first, because when you watch shows like ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ the fashion world seems kind of scary. I didn’t want to be treated like a commodity.” However, she was pleasantly surprised to find that a ModCloth photoshoot felt much  more like play than work!

A few of Hannah’s favorite aspects of Mod modeling are the easygoing environment, incredible indie soundtracks on set (this shoot included Yelle, Interpol, The Knife, Annie Lennox, Phoenix, Little Boots, Ladyhawke, and more), and last, but certainly not least, our resident ModDogs. “It’s fun working with the other models here. We’re comfortable with each other. I was worried they’d be  experienced and I’d feel awkward, but it’s not like that at all. Plus, the music is pretty much what would be on in my own room. And then there’s the dogs – I love the dogs!” she said.

It was clear that Hannah and Samantha were enjoying their afternoon shoot, chitchatting between takes, dancing to the fun beats, and indulging in some of the homemade baklava Hannah’s mom brought! The super cool black and white, larger-than-life polka dot and striped set, and the colorful and cool ensembles also added to the energetic vibe on set.

Hannah used to be the kind of gal that stuck to the basics when it came to fashion. However, I’m happy to report that modeling for ModCloth has pushed her style boundaries! She confessed, “I have fun trying out different looks at shoots. It’s like playing dress-up!” She now finds herself drawn to wild, whimsical accessories and extra touches of fantastical flair. Her favorite pieces from the new stylebook? “I have to go with the Trousseau Top and Never Waist a Rose Belt!” Terrific taste, if I do say so, myself.

Since her first shoot, she’s now done five others and signed with an agency. Despite the fact that modeling was not her previous ambition, Hannah has now decided to pursue it full-time to see where it may lead!

This is just one girl’s ModCloth modeling fairtytale, as well as a peek at the personality behind one of the pretty faces you see on our site! As for the next Behind the Scenes, what would you like to find out more about, ModLovers? Your wish is my command (and next BTS post).


About Natalie

As the owner of three small, fluffy dogs, Natalie has accepted the fact that dog hair being everywhere and on everything is just part of her lifestyle now. She cannot stop decorating (and redecorating) her home, and lives by Robert Venturi's words, "Less is a bore." Fresh flowers, floral print dresses, and a good gin and tonic are just a few of her favorite things.

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    aire 01/11/2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Great job! Another look into the wonderful world of ModCloth!

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    crystal 01/11/2010 at 4:38 pm #

    awesome! congratulations hannah!!

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    Jen 01/11/2010 at 4:40 pm #

    What an intelligent, well-spoken woman.Women like her make me proud to be a ModCloth customer!

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    Kate 01/11/2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Great post! I love that ModCloth models aren’t all established pros!

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    Katie 01/12/2010 at 8:21 am #

    One of the things I love most about ModCloth is how great of a job you do of making customers feel included with little peeks at the people we see on the site. Hannah seems like a really cool, down to earth girl, and that makes me love ModCloth all the more!

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    nicole 01/12/2010 at 2:49 pm #

    i want to be spotted on walnut street!

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    Kit 01/13/2010 at 9:19 pm #

    I agree with Nicole, I want to be spotted on Walnut street too! Though that might be a bit hard considering I live half way around the world!

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    Bille 01/16/2010 at 5:16 pm #

    I for one would love to see the how they do the make-up for these photoshoots on the next BTS.

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