How A Banana Faced Girl Turned Into Ford Model
Social media is very powerful. It can make or break a person in minutes.From the Pakistani chaiwali to Nepali tarkariwali and to salt bae everybody got famous all thanks to social media. Internet and the follow-based platforms have catapulted complete “no ones” into the spotlight. Most of these youngsters didn’t even finish university, nor did it take them years to achieve success. They do however work hard in what they know best. They all have a talent, whether it’s a charisma the size of Texas or a great taste in fashion.
But there are some who get famous just by chance. And here we have a similar story of Salem Mitchell who just signed to Ford Models after years of humiliation for her banana like skin.
Yes Salem was made fun off by her friends. In an interview with the San Diego Voice, Mitchell said, “I got popular on social media mostly by people making fun of me. I have a lot of freckles, which I don’t see as a problem, but apparently, a lot of people haven’t seen them before. People would say I looked like a banana or a cheetah or like I had a skin disease.”
But instead of cowering because of the comments or refusing to post any more images of herself, Mitchell embraced them and flipped. She started doing photo shoots with the very bruised bananas they to which they compared her.
“If people are going to laugh at me, I’m going to laugh with them and I’m going to be in charge of the jokes that are about me. [The bananas] kind of looked like me.”
These comments and laugh made her famous which lead to a full page spread in Paper Magazine and escalated to modelling opportunities at Vogue, Gucci, Missguided and Beyonce’s website.
This fame has not only brought her modeling contracts but also has given salem more fans on social media. Salem’s now got a huge following online with over 37k followers on Twitter and nearly 70,000 on Instagram.
She says ‘I’ve always wanted to model but there was a point where I thought it was unattainable. Super happy that I get to be apart of such a great agency and that the modelling/fashion industry has started to become so much more inclusive.’
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