December 30, 2008
By the time my first photo shoot rolled around this morning, I'd managed to reign in my fears enough that I was almost looking forward to it. (Well, at least, I wasn't dreading it anymore, which was definitely progress.) What really helped was knowing that everyone at Shape was just as invested as I was in getting a great picture. The fashion department sent me a huge box of clothes to try on, which was the most fun I've had in ages. I absolutely adored the sweater and jeans I picked to wear in my photo—although I'll be even happier next month, when they're way too big for me!
All those countless hours I've spent watching America's Next Top Model paid off! I smiled with my eyes, and slouched my shoulders for a couture shot, and followed every bit of advice I can remember Tyra Banks ever saying. Then, with that out of my system, I settled down and started listening to the photographer. I can't wait to strike a new pose next month.