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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28. Chapter 28

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Maddie peeked out behind the heavy blue curtain and bit a fingernail as her eyes nervously scanned the crowd.  Dozens of members of the press were crammed into the room in anticipation of Maddie’s press conference with Victoria’s Secret.

Reporters chatted amongst themselves while photographers and videographers adjusted large professional cameras mounted on tripods.  At the front of the room was a stage set up with a simple table and a few chairs where she and her team of Victoria’s Secret representatives would soon be sitting.  There was a microphone in front of each place, along with slim bottles of Evian water.

Her stomach was full of butterflies as she thought about how in a few minutes, she would be addressing the press.  She had never been fully comfortable giving interviews, and now there was nowhere to hide.  Not to mention Ann pretty much told me my career with Victoria’s Secret will be over if this doesn’t go well, Maddie thought as she anxiously smoothed out the front of her dress.

Maddie’s outfit had been carefully selected by her stylist to convey the right message of subtlety and sophistication.

“With all the rumors going around about you, we want you looking modest and demure,” the stylist had said, more to herself than to Maddie.

“Nothing red… far too sexy,” she’d murmured, scanning through racks stuffed with clothing.  “No animal print, much too loud… I’m thinking white or light pink, maybe lace?  Soft, delicate, innocent…”

They had finally settled on a light pink silk dress with a high neckline.  Maddie had on very simple, natural makeup with flushed, rosy cheeks and light pink lip gloss.  Her hair was down and wavy and pulled back with a white headband.  The whole look was very fresh-faced and young.

Maddie couldn’t help feeling like a twelve-year-old going to church instead of a sixteen-year-old supermodel, but everyone assured her she looked great.

Her mom, Cassidy, and Bree were all backstage with her for moral support.  

“I want to go onstage too!” Cassidy whined. 

“I’d trade places with you in a heartbeat,” Maddie responded with a sigh. 

“You’ll be fine Maddie,” Bree assured her.  “I mean, you didn’t even do anything wrong!  Think about when Tiger Woods faced the media after he cheated on his wife!  This has got to be way easier than that!”

“I’m glad you’re finally doing this,” her mom chimed in.  “Some of those rumors were so ridiculous,” she said, wrinkling her nose.

“I can talk to them for you!” Cassidy piped up, hopping from foot to foot.  “Please let me go talk to them!  I wanna get my picture taken!”

Maddie took a deep breath, trying to shut out Cassidy and keep her cool.  Suddenly, Ann appeared next to her, looking just as nervous as Maddie felt. 

“Maddie, it’s time to go onstage.”

Maddie nodded and took a deep breath.  She stiffly made her way out to the table and sat down, along with Ann and her Victoria’s Secret-appointed publicist.  She could hear a flurry of cameras clicking as soon as she stepped out onto the stage.  Am I supposed to smile?  Am I supposed to look serious? she wondered.  Maddie settled on a neutral sort of half-smile.

Maddie settled in her chair and cleared her throat awkwardly, trying to unfocus her eyes so she wouldn’t have to look too closely at the crowd in front of her.  She then carefully recited a short, formal statement that had been prepared for her by the Victoria’s Secret public relations department. 

“Members of the press, good afternoon.  I would like to thank all of you for coming.  As you all know, up until a few months ago I was just a completely normal girl finishing up my junior year of high school.  Now, I am so grateful to be able to call myself a Victoria’s Secret model.  I feel extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work for a company I admire so much.  It has always been my desire to use my status in the spotlight to be a role model for other teenage girls.”  Maddie paused a moment and cleared her throat.  “As you all know, there has been quite a bit of misinformation reported about me in the media lately.  I called this press conference in order to address some of these issues and clarify the difference between what is true and false.”  She stared out into the sea of strange faces.  “I will now be taking questions from the media.”

Once Maddie announced she’d be taking questions, there was a burst of activity in the crowd as hands shot up in the air and questions got shouted.

Maddie’s publicist seemed to be in charge of controlling the crowd and selecting which questions got asked.  She motioned to one guy, a big burly man with the letters “AP” on a tag around his neck. 

“Maddie, what plastic surgery procedures have you had?” he called out.

Maddie let out a small sigh.  This was an easy question.  “I’ve never had any kind of surgery,” she responded firmly, glad to finally be able to clear up that rumor. 

“Maddie’s boobies are all natural!” a little voice yelled from the front of the stage.  Maddie head snapped over to see Cassidy standing in front of the crowd, grinning.  What the hell is she doing here? Maddie was mortified.  The crowd of reporters, on the other hand, seemed to get a real kick out of it, chuckling and photographing the young girl.  “Tell us more about Maddie!” someone yelled in her direction.

Maddie glanced at Ann seated beside her for help.

“As Maddie’s little sister confirms, she has never had any type of cosmetic procedure,” Ann said smoothly, getting the press conference back on track.

Mrs. Fox appeared and dragged an unwilling Cassidy backstage by the arm.  Serves you right, little brat, Maddie thought darkly, the nerves returning to her stomach.

The publicist selected another question from the crowd.

A woman with shiny dark hair asked, “Maddie, many parents who hoped you’d be a role model for their daughters are disappointed in your recent behavior. Would you say you’ve learned anything from your wild past?”

Okay, now that’s a tricky question.  The butterflies in Maddie’s stomach batted their wings furiously.  Maddie cleared her throat and chose her words carefully.

“First of all, my past has in no way been as wild as the press has made it seem.”  Maddie paused as she contemplated the next part of the question.  What have I learned from all this?  “I believe in learning from our mistakes.  And a big mistake I made was trying to be someone I wasn’t to fit in with certain people at my school.  I think that I lost myself a bit trying to get them to like me.”

This apparently wasn’t the answer the reporters had been expecting, because for a moment, everyone was surprised into silence. The woman who’d asked the question nodded in satisfaction.

The publicist selected another reporter from the crowd.  That person asked, “So what do you have to say about your fling with the married photographer?”

Maddie couldn’t help but crack a small smile.  That rumor was just so ridiculous.  “Completely untrue.”  She paused a beat, hesitating.  “Actually, I've never even kissed a guy before.”

Surprise flickered across more than a few faces. 

“I haven’t always gotten much attention from boys,” Maddie tried to explain, her cheeks blazing.  Yup, there it is.  Sixteen and never been kissed.  Bet they all think I’m REAL cool now! 

Beside her, Ann leaned forward into the microphone, clutching her cell phone in her hands.  “Sorry to interrupt your questions everyone, but we have actually just gotten word from our technology department that they’ve discovered who is responsible behind the defamatory website concerning Maddie.”

Maddie’s eyes snapped to Ann.  They found out who was behind The Truth About Maddie Fox? she thought incredulously.  Wait, how did they find out?

Ann spoke as if she had heard Maddie’s thoughts.  “Victoria’s Secret launched our own private investigation into who was trying to discredit one of our models.”

Omg, who was it?  Maddie thought to herself.  It was Sundance, right?

 “The website was actually traced to the IP address of a MacBook laptop belonging to a classmate of Maddie's.  We understand it was a former friend of hers.  The information on that website has no truth to it whatsoever,” Ann declared confidently.

I knew it was Sundance! Maddie thought triumphantly.  I knew it all along!  That’s the only classmate she could be talking about, right?  Ha!  I can’t wait to see her face when this goes on TV!

Maddie couldn’t hide the gleeful smile that suddenly swept across her face. 

“Maddie, how does this new information make you feel?” someone asked.

“Oh, very relieved!  I hope this clears some things up about me,” Maddie explained.  “It’s important to me that my fans know that all that stuff about me wasn’t true.” 

She stole a quick sideways glance at Ann’s cell phone, which was just a few inches away from her on the table.  Maddie’s eyes narrowed as a name jumped out at her amongst the text.  It was not a name she expected to see.

Sawyer Blake?

Sawyer???  Really? Maddie tried to mask the shock in her face as more questions got shouted to the front of the room.  I would think if not Sundance, it would have at least been Livia or something! 

Maddie thought back to how angry he’d been when she had refused to make out with him, and how he hadn’t showed up at Sundance’s pool party the next day.  Maybe he’d spent the afternoon building a website instead?

I guess he didn’t handle rejection very well, she thought uncomfortably.  But there were pictures from the pool party on the website!  He had to have been working with Sundance and those other girls!

They were all in it together!

Suddenly, another question rang out from the back and thoughts of Sawyer and Sundance flew out of her head.  Maddie couldn’t see who the asker was, but she’d recognize that voice anywhere. 

“Are you dating anyone?” a voice called out from the back.  Maddie jumped a little in her seat.  The voice in the crowd unmistakably belonged to Evan Reed.

 Oh my god, what is he doing here with all these people?  WHAT IS HE DOING HERE?

Maddie chewed her bottom lip nervously, her eyes wide as a sea of expectant faces gazed back at her.  Finally, she shook her head. “No.”  She chose her next few words carefully. “There was someone I was kind of into, but things didn’t work out between us.”

Maddie glanced down at her hands folded in her lap, visibly nervous.  Why did he come all this way just to ask me if I was dating anyone?  After all this time with no contact from him, why would he just show up here?

From the back of the room, she could see an arm rising in the air, and all of a sudden, his voice spoke up again.   “So this person that things didn't work out with... did you like him a lot?”

Maddie’s publicist loudly interjected before she could speak.  “I'm sorry, but Maddie won't be answering any more questions about her personal rela---“

“It's okay!” Maddie interrupted.  He’s got some nerve coming here and grilling me about my relationship status!  So he wants to pick right now to talk about this?  Fine! she thought defiantly. 

Maddie raised her chin in the air stubbornly.  “Yeah, I actually did like him a lot, whatever he may think of me.  But he decided to go out with someone else instead!”

The hand in the back rose again.

The publicist ignored him.  “Let's move on!” she announced, her eyes scanning the room for another reporter.  “You already had your question!”

“No no, let him ask it,” Maddie acquiesced, curious as to what he had to say.  At this point, people were peering very interestedly at the figure at the back of the room.  Maddie tried to catch a glimpse of his face, but he was obscured behind the throng of people.

“Did you know that the person you liked actually didn't go out with anyone else and was just fooled by someone looking for attention?

Maddie paused.  Huh?  He and Sundance didn't go out?  ‘Looking for attention’ sure sounds like Sundance all right…  “No, I wasn’t aware of that...” she replied slowly.

By now, the other reporters in the room were whispering to each other and stepping aside and clearing some space so that they could see the mysterious question-asker. 

“And what would you say if that guy told you he was extremely sorry for not calling you back, but that his managers hid his phone so that he wouldn’t?  Do you think you could give him another chance?”

Maddie paused in surprise.  They hid his phone from him?  I guess his agent and manager didn’t want him to contact me.  They probably thought it would get him bad publicity. Maddie was finally able to catch a glimpse of Evan in the crowd.  He had a baseball cap pulled low over his face but she could see he how nervous he looked standing there waiting for her answer. So he did want to talk to me after all? 

“I would say…”  Maddie drawled out slowly.  “…that it all depends on how the guy actually feels about me.”

Evan’s face looked sweet and earnest below the baseball cap.  “Let’s say he liked you… a lot.  Would you give him another chance?”

Maddie tried to look professional but she couldn't stop the huge smile sweeping over her face. “I guess that would be something I could do.”

The volume of the rest of the room had risen from whispering to full-on shouting during this time.  Someone behind Evan reached over and boldly snatched the baseball cap off his head.  Someone took a picture of him.

“It's Evan Reed!” somebody shouted.

That seemed to release the floodgates and the photographers exploded around them, catching Maddie's stupidly happy expression and Evan’s smitten, slightly embarrassed look.  People shouted questions at her about their relationship and swarmed around him shoving microphones in his face.  With all the chaos happening around them, all Maddie could think was simply, So he does like me after all!  It felt like all the pressure from the last week had lifted off her chest.  Now, all she felt was bliss. 

The mayhem continued for another minute as Maddie’s publicist struggled to regain control of the situation.

A frazzled looking man stood up on a chair and yelled to the front of the stage, “Will Maddie still be modeling for Victoria’s Secret?”

Ann tapped on her microphone, trying to get everyone’s attention.  She soon realized it was fruitless but answered the question anyway.  “Yes, of course!  We wouldn’t trade her for the world!” Ann spoke loudly into the microphone, trying to be heard.

Maddie’s publicist had clearly realized that there was no getting back the attention of the crowd.  She hastily called to the audience. “Thank you ladies and gentlemen!  This now concludes our press conference!”

Ann grabbed Maddie by the arm and hurried her backstage.  To Maddie’s relief, she was smiling. 

“That went well, didn’t it?” Ann asked her brightly.  “Everyone loves you!”

Maddie could see her mom, Cassidy, and a beaming Bree approaching her from across the room, but her attention was diverted by another figure who had just managed to fight his way backstage.

Evan stood in front of her, breathless and with rumpled clothing, having just elbowed his way through the crowd.

“Talk to you later, Maddie!” Ann said with a knowing smile as she made a swift exit.

“Hey,” Maddie said shyly. 

“Hey,” he breathed with a smile.  “I’m sorry for crashing your press conference.  I just had to see you.  I couldn’t let things end like that.” 

Evan was looking at her the way that Maddie had always wanted a guy to look at her.  The way all girls want to be looked at.  Like she wasn’t just the only girl in the room, but the only girl in the world.

“Maddie, it was all a misunderstanding!” he explained earnestly.  “Sundance randomly turned up at the restaurant I was eating at and wanted to say hello” he described, shaking his head.  “I remembered her from the party so I stopped to chat a second.  All I wanted to ask her about was you.  And I wanted to text you but there was so much drama going on, my people wouldn’t let me!”

Maddie’s heart beat a little faster as Evan stepped closer.  Little does he know I’ve already forgiven him, she thought.  You had me at hello! she recited to herself, cheesy love quotes from movies flashing through her head.

“Do you forgive me?” he asked with an adorably sheepish smile.  Maddie could feel her brain draining of logical sense and filling up with hearts and flowers and love poems.  He’s so cute!

“That depends,” Maddie replied teasingly. 

“On what?” Evan asked suspiciously.

Maddie’s heart was pounding through her chest.  “Are you going to kiss me?”

Evan smiled widely.  “One first kiss, coming right up!”

“It's not your first kiss too, is it?”  Maddie asked, slightly embarrassed.  He must be so much more experienced than me. 

“The first with someone who matters,” he said softly.

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!!!!!

He leaned in close and Maddie felt her insides melt in anticipation.  Evan was taller than her and she was tugged up onto her tiptoes.  I can’t believe this is actually happening!!! her mind screamed.  Every event in my life is going to be different afterward because I’ll have been kissed!

Evan’s lips touched hers, soft but firm at the same time.  He put both of his arms around her waist and pulled her closer to him.  Maddie’s eyes were closed, trying to preserve the moment, this little slice of time she knew she would always remember.  Time has a way of standing still during the moments that define one’s life, and it felt like this kiss lasted hours instead of seconds. 

They finally broke apart and smiled at each other.  Neither of them said a thing, but they knew what the other one was thinking.  That wasn’t just any kiss.  That was the best first kiss of all time!  Of anyone, ever!  Evan bent down and kissed her again.

Best second kiss ever!

That was so worth waiting for!

 

 

 

Romantic Quotes

 

 “And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.”

-Across the Universe by Beth Revis

 

"Love is friendship caught on fire."

-Jeremy Taylor

 

"Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze."

-Elinor Glyn

 

 “I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favorite person of all time.” 

-Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

 “You’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood, and seized my heart.”

-Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

 

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you ... I could walk through my garden forever."

-Alfred Tennyson

 

"You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear."

-Oscar Wilde

 

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."

- Dr. Seuss

 

"True love stories never have endings."

-Richard Bach

 

 

The End

 

 

 

 

To all of our beautiful, incredible, amazing, wonderful, brilliant, inspiring, perfect readers,

 

Thank you all SO MUCH for taking this journey with us (and Maddie!) 

 

When Marissa and I first started posting Confessions of a High School Supermodel on here, we never thought in a million years that it would lead to thousands of views and become such a big part of our lives over the past few months! 

 

Whether you have been following the story since the very beginning or have only recently discovered it, thank you all for your positive feedback, support, and encouragement!

 

We have actually already started a movella for the sequel, which will continue Maddie’s story.  You can find it on our profile if you want to save it for future updates on the story!

 

We have SO many different ideas for book 2!  We still haven’t finalized the storyline so our big question to you guys is: Where do you want the story to go?  What do you want to see happen to Maddie, Evan, Sundance, Bree, Maddie’s family, etc…?  More modeling, more romance, more friend drama, more about her being famous, more about her embarrassing family?  Is there any particular storyline you are dying to see happen?  Anything you are sick of and don’t want to see any more of? 

 

We want to make this the best book possible, and any advice you guys could give us would be really helpful!

 

So once again, thank you to everyone!  :)

Love,

Shanna and Marissa

 

 

 

 

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