It is no secret, the modeling world can be one of the most oppressive industries for mental health.
Models are given no other value aside from external reference points and and as a result they forfeit control- to a large degree- over the ownership of their happiness.
Recognizing this as a glaring problem facing thousands of young women, top Brazilian Fashion Model Paula Weckerle sat down with the London Daily Post to advocate why a new, more compassionate and self-reliant approach towards mental health is so necessary, especially in the age of social media.
London Daily Post (LDP): What do you consider to be your greatest asset, and what is most important for a model in the industry today?
Paula Weckerle (PW): Honestly, my mental strength. I think being mentally healthy is the most important thing for anyone, a model especially. Because sometimes people will tell you that “you’re not good enough.” You need to be mentally strong, and then you can focus on taking care of your body. That’s my passion, helping people with this.
LDP: Is there anything specific you want to teach or promote to younger models or even other people?
PW: Yes, I want to work to bring awareness and help people deal with mental health issues, like anxiety. I also want to help people find their passions. I think one key component many people are missing is communication, and how/with whom to do it properly—many people are afraid of others’ judgements. But communication is really the solution to all of one’s problems. So I want to help promote this, and spread awareness to people through my platform.
LDP : What are your next career moves?
PW: I want to focus on modeling, because I’m so blessed to be able to work here,
But I also want to have a side passion project helping girls in the industry, especially with eating disorders, and depression, self-esteem issues, and those who are struggling with being away from families, on top of all the burdens that society already puts in their heads.