By Natalia Zurowski
When a model goes on a contract overseas, they usually end up staying in a model apartment (an apartment owned or rented by the agency and then rented or subletted to the models). Model apartments start off as being fun, exciting, and an excellent way to forge new bonds with your agency peers. Over time, especially as models get older, the novelty wears off.
You arrive, once again, to a new market (or one you've been to before) and take the metro or taxi to your new temporary home. You open the door and your physical reaction is to turn around and run back in the other direction. You tell yourself, "Next time I'll get my own apartment." You've made this pledge to yourself before.
Here we go again!
Here are 18 signs that you know you're in a model apartment:
1. Bootleg DVDs of questionable movie taste ("But it was only 5 RMB!")
2. Nude thong (most likely used) under the bed, closet, or in a cupboard
3. Half used bottles and sachets of painkillers and other Russian and Eastern European medicine
4. Random pair of high heels belonging to no one
5. Old spices like pepper and salt that have seem to become a fixture in the apartment
6. Leftover toiletries galore in the bathroom (Christmas came early this year!)
7. Unintelligible etchings or graffiti on apartment furniture (Why guys? Why?)
8. Compcards and portfolios circa five years ago (Does this person even model anymore?)
9. Angsty teenage diaries or job notebooks where a maximum of 10 pages were used and then forgotten
10. Broken lighters - just incase it works again
11. Eclectic and mismatched cutlery and mugs likely purchased at a dollar store
12. Leftover wine/beer bottles and/or cans strew around the apartment or balcony (Tsingtao anyone?)
13. Cigarette butts in places there should never be cigarette butts
14. Stickers - probably obtained at a convenience store, sketchy nightclub, or from a candy bar - on the wall, nightstand, wardrobe, cupboard etc.
15. Bunk beds (the camp like experience dies pretty quick) fully equipped with mattresses thinner than a yoga mat
16. Leftover buckwheat or "grechka" in the cupboard
17. Left behind books in various languages
18. Dishes on dishes on dishes