Confessions of a High School Supermodel

Meet Maddie Fox, a self-proclaimed Lozerilla. She’s 16, loves One Direction, shops at Forever 21, and frequently spends high school lunchtime hiding inside a bathroom stall. Maddie dreams of fitting in with the popular girls, but her shyness (and the fact that she has the most embarrassing family in the world) makes that impossible.


But when a chance encounter with a modeling scout thrusts Maddie into stardom as the next Victoria’s Secret supermodel, the girl that no boy ever looked at twice is suddenly a sex symbol, her picture on every teenage guy’s bedroom wall.


Maddie has to navigate her newfound fame amidst the jealous girls at school who want to see her crash and burn. But is getting everything you ever wanted all it’s cracked up to be?

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10. Chapter 10

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Maddie and her mom sat in Ann Sterling’s spacious pink office in cushy leather seats.  They sipped delicately from mini bottles of Perrier given to them by Ann’s secretary.  For once, Cassidy had been left at home. 

Maddie looked around, enjoying the plush, cozy office.  It looked even better in person than when she had seen it on TV so many weeks ago!  There were those signature pink Victoria’s Secret stripes painted down the length of the walls.  All the furniture was mirrored, and Ann had dozens of photos arranged elegantly on the walls, all in glossy white frames.  There was a large bouquet of white roses in a crystal vase sitting on one corner of her desk, and a white candle burning in another corner, giving off a sugary, vanilla-y scent.  The entire effect was feminine and girly, yet still sophisticated and chic.  Maddie casually thought to herself that if she were decorating her dream bedroom, she’d want it to look similar to this.

“Thank you ladies so much for coming all the way down here!  I know you and Maddie must be very anxious.”  Ann smiled serenely at Maddie, her expression not giving anything away. 

“First of all, I have something I’d like to show you both!” 

Ann reached down behind her desk and pulled out a large posterboard.  Maddie gasped.

Printed on the board was one of the photos from Maddie’s photoshoot.  Maddie’s breath caught in her throat as she carefully examined the photo.  It had come out even better than she’d ever dared hope.  This particular shot showed Maddie grinning happily and swinging a fluffy pillow around, looking like she was about to hit someone with it. 

Ann looked at Maddie’s excited face and beamed.  She pulled out another cardboard image from behind her desk.  This was obviously one of Maddie’s dancing poses.  Maddie’s curls were splayed out around her and her arms were up, mid-shimmy.

Maddie felt her mom stiffen slightly next to her, but she herself was mesmerized. 

Maddie analyzed the photo of herself.  Her body looked surprisingly good!  That fake tan and airbrushing made her look sleek and toned instead of mushy.   Her skin looked completely flawless, and blemish-free (thanks to the magic of Photoshop, no doubt!)  Best of all was the expression on her face.  She looked so… so happy!  Maddie couldn’t remember the last time she had seen herself look that joyful and carefree.

 “They came out beautifully, didn’t they?  I always knew I could spot talent!” Ann declared confidently.  She suddenly leaned forward and a businesslike expression flitted across her face.   “Usually, all of our top executives would be here to deliver news like this, but since I was the one who discovered you at the mall and worked so closely with you at your photoshoot, I wanted to be the one to talk to you first.” 

Maddie felt blood rush to her ears as time seemed to move in slow motion.  Would they really have called me all the way to this beautiful office just to reject me?  No one in the world could be that mean, could they? 

“Maddie, your pictures have been reviewed extensively by our board members.  I don’t know if anyone has told you this, but through the course of our search, we’ve reviewed pictures of over five thousand girls, many of them highly experienced professional models.  You weren’t always the most obvious choice for us, but for some reason, we just kept coming back to your pictures.  We think you’d make an absolutely wonderful choice for us.  We would love to offer you the opportunity to be the face of the Victoria’s Secret Pinkette Collection.”

Maddie felt her mind go sort of blank.  Is this really happening?  She couldn’t think.  Am I hearing this right?

Maddie couldn’t believe that just a few short weeks ago, she had been convinced that this whole thing was just the girls in her class playing a joke on her.   She wasn’t a glamorous supermodel about to represent a national brand.  She was just Maddie.  Until now. 

She felt a huge smile spread across her face.  She tried to suppress it, but the harder she tried, the wilder and more ecstatic it became.  She felt so happy, she thought she might cry.  This is amazing!  This is going to change everything!  I’m never going to have to hide in the bathroom ever again!

Mrs. Fox shifted around in her chair.  She cleared her throat, about to speak, but Ann jumped in eagerly.

“The press is going to go crazy with this.  We’re planning a huge promotional campaign around the country. There’s going to be more photoshoots, interviews, parties.  She’ll need media coaching.”  Ann was clearly delighted at being able to deliver the good news.  “First off, we’d like you to meet all the other executives so they can get to know you a little better and discuss some of your duties.  Are you ready for all this Maddie?”

Maddie couldn’t speak.  She couldn’t even breathe.  Is this for real?  She saw Ann’s face shining at her and knew that she wasn’t dreaming and all of this was actually happening.

Maddie couldn’t suppress her grin if she tried.  The words “I am so ready!” were forming in her brain and had almost made their way to her lips when---

“I’m sorry, but Maddie will have to decline.” 

Huh?

Maddie’s mom sat stiffly in her chair with her arm crossed and a sour expression on her face.  “Ms. Sterling,” she began.  “First of all, I want to thank you for being so kind to us this whole time, supporting Maddie and believing in her.  I’ll admit, I never thought in a million years that I’d be sitting here like this, having to make this decision for my daughter.”  She spoke in a formal sort of way, almost as if she had practiced what she was going to say.

She paused for a moment and took a breath before continuing.  “However, Maddie’s dad and I have talked about it very seriously, and unfortunately, we’ve decided this wouldn’t be appropriate for her.”

Maddie couldn’t believe her ears.  “WHAT?!” she turned to her mother and searched her face for some sign this was a joke.

Ann looked equally surprised.  You could tell she was a woman who wasn’t used to hearing the word no

Maddie’s mother turned to her and said quite firmly, “I just think this is all too provocative for a teenage girl.  Your job is to get good grades and help out around the house.  Not have grown men take sexy pictures of you in your underwear.  I’m sorry Maddie, but we’ve made our decision.” 

Ann shook her head, her mouth pursed unhappily.  “Well, forgive me if I look a little shocked right now, but I just don’t understand where this is coming from.  You allowed Maddie to participate in the photoshoot.  You submitted her medical clearance.”

Mrs. Fox nodded.  “It was such a difficult decision for us.  Believe me, her father and I considered it.  I mean, the money was very tempting.  But ultimately, we need to do what’s best for Maddie.  And for right now, that’s going to high school and being a regular student.”

“HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO ME?  It’s not fair!”  Maddie burst.  She looked helplessly at Ann, who seemed upset and a little annoyed.  “You were fine when I was taking the pictures!” she snapped.  Maddie felt tears spring to her eyes, but for a completely different reason than a few minutes ago.

Mrs. Fox shrugged.  “I didn’t see the harm in letting you take a few photos.  But a one-time-only photoshoot as a special occasion is completely different from uprooting your entire life.  I am NOT going to pull you out of school to let you fly around the country doing god knows what!  And you heard what Ms. Sterling said-- there were so many other girls to choose from, I didn’t think I would actually be put in this position where it would be you.”

Maddie frowned.  “Oh, nice to know you didn’t think they would pick me!”

“Maddie, you’re not old enough to make this decision, so I have to make it for you.  Your father and I talked about it and we are not comfortable with the idea of our little girl becoming a… a sex symbol.  Your job right now is to go to school and get good grades and that’s it.”

Maddie couldn’t believe what she was hearing.  She was speechless with disbelief.  After all that waiting, all that hoping, all that time spent dreaming of hearing those very words “We would love for you to be our model…,” her mom had no intention of letting her do it.  This was so unfair!  What a waste!  What an absolute waste!

“Don’t look at me like that, Maddie.  There will be other opportunities.”

Maddie scowled at her mother, knowing she was wrong about that.  This had been her one opportunity to be something more than Lozerilla Maddie.  She eyed the stern expression on her mom’s face.  She knew the difference between when her mom could be persuaded and when she meant what she said.  And her mom was definitely not joking. Maddie angrily brushed a few tears out of her eyes.

Ann looked at her with an ‘I’m sorry, I wish there was something I could do’ expression. 

She looked at Mrs. Fox.  “Well, I’m very sorry to hear that.  The other executives and I were really looking forward to having Maddie star in our campaign.”

Maddie buried her face in her hands so Ann wouldn’t see the tears streaming out.    

Ann continued, “However, you’re Maddie’s parent, so of course, I respect your decision.  Let us know if you change your mind.”

Maddie’s mom nodded appreciatively.  “Thank you for understanding, Ann.  I just feel like she’s too young.  Maybe if she were a little older, a little more mature.” 

Maddie’s mom glanced at her daughter sniffling into her hands.  “Oh, don’t be so overdramatic!  This isn’t the end of the world!” 

Mrs. Fox thanked Ann Sterling and left the office.  Maddie was too distraught to say goodbye.

The whole way home, Maddie’s mom tried to talk to her and explain why she had rejected the offer, but Maddie refused to even look at her.  She just sat with her arms crossed and her head turned away.  When they got home, Maddie raced to her bedroom and slammed the door so hard the entire frame shook.  She threw herself on the bed and her whole body was overcome with loud, shaking sobs.   I hate mom, I hate mom, I HATE MOM! Her mind screamed like a chant.  I’m never speaking to her again!  Never!

 

Things That Are Overrated

Demi Lovato

Prom, Homecoming, and any other school dances

The Catcher in the Rye

Pretentious sushi snobs who try to order in Japanese

Any product endorsed by a Kardashian

Yoga Club

Pool Party Fridays

The Sundance Film Festival

Victoria’s Secret Models

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