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328--Spain: Barcelona, Glamour in Squalor: Fashion Model for a Day
@ CherieSpotting     Oct 18 2005 - 03:17 PST
cherie writes: I slipped into the extraordinary life of a fashion model for one day in Barcelona, Spain. What’s it like for an ordinary woman to be dipped in glamour for a brief moment? What does it feel like to have people staring at and fawning over you? Do photographers really say lame things like: “Make love to the camera?” (No!)

The idea of being a “fashion model” was a novelty for me. I’m not used to wearing much make-up or taking more than a few minutes to arrange my hair. I was an empty canvass (except for the wrinkles and freckles) waiting for the make-up artist to create a new look on my face. Isn’t a modeling simply another form of human art? Being a model for a day was like trying on another life. I looked in the mirror and saw myself. It was me, but it wasn’t me. My reflection was another possibility of me, a side of me I had never explored. I felt strange and silly; coy and courageous; alive and awake, beautiful and brazen.

Eric Garcia, a fashion photographer, took these photos of me on the streets of Barcelona, Spain. For Shoot 1 we ducked behind an alley. All dolled up, I sat on an old mattress surrounded by weeds and graffiti art. Modeling is a work-out so for Shoot 2 we climbed eight flights of stairs until we reached a rooftop where I lounged on an inflatable couch with zebra pants and a black boa. (By the way, I do that all the time!) As the day turned into night, I wrapped myself in a trench coat and pulled my suitcase down the busiest street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas.

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Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>

Photo by Eric Garcia

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Photo by Eric Garcia.

Getting my make-up touched up. Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

Getting my make-up touched up. Photo by Eric Garcia.

My friend <a href=http://www.foxmarineservices.com/>Dustin Fox</a> digitally manipulated this photo.  Photo by <a href=http://www.ericgarcia.net/>Eric Garcia</a>.

My friend Dustin Fox digitally manipulated this photo. Photo by Eric Garcia.