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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23. Chapter 23

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Maddie shivered in the chilly night air as she paced back and forth on the Blake family’s front porch, waiting to get picked up.  She felt restless and agitated as she replayed the events of the evening over and over again in her mind. 

Did I do the right thing, not letting him kiss me? she wondered.  He was such a sleazy jerk!  But I need to just get it over with already, she scolded herself.  I’m pretty much the last girl in my grade to have never been kissed.  Even Bree has kissed a boy before- she had a boyfriend in eighth grade, she told me!  And I’m sure Sundance has been asked out by at least seven guys this year alone, Maddie thought dismally.  I’m sixteen and I’ve never been kissed, how pathetic!

At last, after what felt like hours, but was probably only a few minutes, a blue Ford Mustang pulled up in front of the house.

Maddie opened the door and hopped in the front seat.  “Thanks for picking me up,” she said gratefully.  “You’re a lifesaver!”

“No problem,” Evan answered easily, frowning as he caught sight of Maddie’s tear streaked face.  “What happened?” he asked grimly, putting the car in reverse and backing out of the driveway.

Maddie sighed.  “It’s been a long night,” she answered evasively.  She had been a little reluctant to text Evan to come pick her up, but he had been so nice to her earlier, she figured she might as well take the chance.  And here he was!

“Um, why are you dressed like that?”  It was kind of dark outside so it had taken her a second to realize that Evan was all dressed up in an elegant dark tailored suit and white button down shirt.  He looked fancy, with cufflinks and a tie and everything.  “Where were you going?” she inquired curiously. 

“Oh, nowhere!  Just… some thing,” Evan quickly brushed off the question. “So, what happened to you tonight?” he asked her again.

Maddie stayed silent. 

“You can tell me what happened,” he said gently.  “Did you get into a fight with one of your friends?”

Maddie shook her head.  “No.”  Why don’t I just tell him?  “So…. I was babysitting, and the kid’s older brother goes to school with me and he was there.  And he invited me into his room and I thought he just wanted to watch TV but…” Maddie shuddered as her voice trailed off.

Evan tensed up.  “Did he put his hands on you?” he asked quietly.

 “He tried to.”

“He did what?” Evan yelled furiously.  Maddie stole a glance at his dark, murderous expression.  “I could kill that guy!  I seriously want to turn the car around right now and go punch that douchebag in the face!”

“No, no, it’s okay, I yelled at him and told him off.” Maddie hastily explained, feeling worse as she relived the moment. 

“What an asshole!” Evan exclaimed angrily.

“That’s what I called him!” Maddie chimed in.  “I just had to get out of there, you know?”

“Well, it’s a good thing you texted me!  Maddie, you need to be more careful about who you hang out with!” Evan admonished her.

“I know,” she sighed.

Evan struggled to find the words to express himself.  “You are… very attractive.  Guys are gonna try to hook up with you any chance they can get!”

Maddie blushed.  All she had heard was Evan calling her attractive.  “I’m just not used to this whole fame thing yet.”

Evan nodded sagely.  “Look, this industry can be brutal.  You’ll never be completely sure who your real friends are.  People will try to get close to you all the time.  Sometimes they’re being genuine, but most of the time, they just want to use you.  Sometimes they want money, sometimes they want fame.” 

Maddie thought about how Sundance had hogged all the attention at the launch party.  “Yeah,” she agreed.  “I know how that goes.”

The two teens sat silently in the car as Evan drove in the darkness. 

Finally, Maddie spoke up in a small voice.  “And he didn’t even like One Direction!”

Evan cracked a smile.  “I know, that’s a dealbreaker for you, right?”

Maddie glanced over at Evan and caught him subtly checking the clock on the dashboard.  “You’re driving kind of fast right now.  Am I keeping you from somewhere you need to be?” she asked carefully.

“Well, actually….” he hedged.

“Come on, you can tell me,” Maddie pressed, the same way he had urged her to talk earlier.

“Well, I was actually sitting at the Teens on Screen Awards when you called,” he explained grudgingly, gesturing down at his outfit. “I’m just trying to hurry up and get you home because I’m nominated for Best New Actor and I kinda didn’t want to miss it.”

Maddie gasped.  Her jaw literally was about to hit the floor.

“What are you, crazy?” she screeched.  “Get back to the awards ceremony!”  He left in the middle of an awards show just to come pick my stupid ass up? she asked herself incredulously, suddenly feeling incredibly guilty for calling him.  And he was nominated and everything!

Evan laughed at her reaction.  “Oh, it’s not that big a deal,” he replied modestly.  “Those awards shows drag on for hours—they can get really boring!  Not even the actors stay in their seats the whole time; people go to the bar, the bathroom.”   He shrugged sheepishly. “Plus, my category isn’t coming up until near the end.” 

Despite his assurances, Maddie still felt pangs of guilt.  “I’m sorry I texted you.  I should have called someone else.”

 “Hey, don’t be silly!” he said, looking over at her with a frown.  “You needed to get picked up!  Besides, I wanted to see you!”

Suddenly, he glanced down at his phone and groaned.  “My manager won’t stop texting me!” he complained.  Maddie caught a glimpse of the screen before he shoved it back in his pocket.  She could see the words “WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU???”

Maddie turned to Evan and spoke seriously.  “Look, go to that awards show right now!  I insist!  Don’t worry about me, Evan!  When we get there, I can take a taxi home!” she pleaded. 

Evan glanced at the clock again.  “Are you sure?” he asked hesitantly.

“Yes, I’m sure!  Just go!” she cried.

Evan sped up the car and merged onto the freeway.  A few minutes later, they made it to the front of the awards arena.  They both dashed out of the car and ran their way up the front steps, Maddie dragging Evan by the hand.  “Leave your car with the valet,” she called breathlessly.

Suddenly, both teens were accosted by a short, flamboyantly gay man standing on the front steps outside.  He had on thick, black-framed glasses, a purple fedora covering his bald head, and Maddie was pretty sure he was wearing some blush. 

 “Where the hell have you been?” the man snapped in a bitchy voice.  “Your manager sent me to look for you!  Best New Actor is going to be announced any minute!”

“Sorry about that,” Evan apologized, pausing to smooth the creases out of his jacket.

“And you!” the man sneered at Maddie.  “What in god’s name are you wearing?  Honey, grunge went out of style back in the nineties!” he scoffed, taking in Maddie’s tattered jeans, dirty Converse sneakers, and rumpled grey sweater.  “Only Kate Moss can pull off heroin chic, and you ain’t no Kate Moss!”

He turned away from the two of them and called out to a woman running around wearing a headset and holding a clipboard.  “Lucy, grab the backup, the Versace! The one Demi couldn’t squeeze her fat ass into!  Hurry!”

Who IS this guy? she wondered bemusedly. “No, no, I’m not staying,” she tried to explain but the man was so frantic he didn’t seem to hear her. 

“You and your date better get ready!” he snapped at Evan.  “You need a lint roller for that suit!”  The man peered closely into Maddie’s face.  “Are you even wearing any makeup?” he sputtered in irritation.

Before Maddie could answer, he spun around and shrieked to his assistant, “Lucy, put some makeup on her!”

Evan could only look on helplessly as a woman grabbed Maddie by the arm and hurried her away to the ladies’ bathroom.  The assistant quickly stripped her down to her underwear and shoved her into an over-the-top, glittery floor-length evening dress.  Maddie tried to protest, but the woman shushed her.  “Just let me do my job!” she snapped.  “I don’t wanna get fired!” 

Maddie stumbled out to where Evan and the man were standing.  “Much better, you almost look like a human being in that!” he moaned.  Maddie looked down at the dress sparkling and glittering with beads and crystals.  It looked like something Beyonce would have worn in Dreamgirls.

“Careful with that!  It’s Versace couture!” the man barked at her.  “Lucy, hurry up with the makeup!”

“I’m going as fast as I can,” the assistant protested as she hastily dabbed some bright red lipstick onto Maddie’s pout. 

The man put one hand on Evan’s back and one hand on Maddie’s back and shoved them both toward the door.  “Hurry, now go!” he hissed. 

Evan grabbed Maddie’s hand and smiled down at her, his eyes twinkling.  “I guess you’re my date,” he murmured, sounding amused. 

Maddie smiled shyly back at him.  “I guess I am.”

They pushed open the auditorium doors and scurried inside together just as the nominees for Best New Actor were being announced.

 

 

 

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 1.  Celebrity you’d most want to be best friends with: 

2.  Celebrity you’d want to be your date to prom:   

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4.  Favorite 1D Girlfriend:   

5.  Celebrity you’d want to switch bodies with:   

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7.  Best Personality:  

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