“As a woman, I want to be valued as much for my mind as for my looks.”
– Rebecca Shugart
Welcome back to Face Time. DFW Style Daily’s newest series gets to know the personalities behind some of Dallas’ most recognizable faces. Sure, we’ve spotted them on runways and ogled them in glossies, but there’s a lot more to models than meets the eye.
So far, we’ve picked the brain of the very outspoken Logan, who reads the Financial Times between shoots (and the occasional run-in with a pop star). Last week, we met Carlotta, who worked directly for Yves Saint Laurent. The iconic designer sketched his haute couture collection from her very form.
Today, a striking up-and-comer answers our Q&A. Read on to meet Rebecca, and click here for more Face Time model interviews!
DFW Style Daily: At what age did you begin modeling? Tell us about your first job.
Rebecca Shugart: “I started modeling when I was 16. My first job was an editorial for Dallas’ own ON Magazine, shot by Richard Krall, who is an amazing photographer. It was really great to have the opportunity to work with such talents from the beginning.”
What do think is the biggest misconception about models?
“Other than the obvious eating disorder misconception, another big one is the idea that models are unintelligent. As a woman, I want to be valued as much for my mind as for my looks.”
Describe your most exciting assignment so far.
“Last year, I had the honor of being photographed for Teen Vogue in New York City! I was so nervous and anxious to impress the photographer, art director, etc., that I brought brownies from my favorite local bakery for everyone on set that morning.”
How do you prepare for a job?
“I start by doing online research to get a feel for the brand and photographer that I’ll be working with. The more I know, the easier it is for me to walk on set with confidence. Espresso helps, too.”
What is the craziest/silliest/most unusual thing you have done on a job?
“Recently on a test shoot, the photographer wanted to film me telling him ‘you’re crazy, it’s over, I’m leaving,’ as if I were his scorned girlfriend ending the relationship.”
What is your dream modeling job, or who would be your dream client?
“My dream job would be a campaign for Givenchy. Not only is it one of my favorite design houses, but I always love the look of their advertisements.”
Name a model you admire. Why is she a role model to you?
“Mariacarla Boscono is one of the very best in my opinion. She has such striking features! She has been in several of Givenchy’s beauty and fragrance campaigns over the last few years.”
Are there any “deal breakers” for you when it comes to job requirements?
“I stay away from anything that is tasteless, or that makes me feel uncomfortable as a woman.”
What did you have for breakfast?
“Fage fat free yogurt with honey. I always chop up a golden delicious apple into small chunks, then add raisins and granola.”
What do you like to do when you’re not modeling?
“When I’m not working, I work out at the gym and spend time with my friends. Whenever I’m in New York City, I love to shop and people-watch in the park with my boyfriend, Kirby.”
All photos courtesy of Wallflower Management.