Photo illustration by Alyssa Abraham
Hebron’s next top model
November 7, 2017
Light meal. Hair. Makeup. Practice.
It is all routine for senior Skylar Boyd when it comes to preparing for photoshoots and fashion shows. The closer it gets to the shoot or show, the more hectic her schedule becomes.
As a model under Diane Dick’s agency, Boyd has shot in New York and California with various photographers such as Jimmy Bruch and Dapper Rebels; Boyd has been modeling under this agency ever since she was 13.
“I was about 9 years old when my mom brought it up and I obviously wanted to do that,” Boyd said. “It seemed so fabulous, but it wasn’t like I wanted to be the girl who was up there, I just wanted the self esteem, not status. With my lisp, I felt like an outcast and modelling put me out there and it made me feel a lot better about myself.”
Boyd said her mom, Chala Frieze, has helped her the most with her modelling career.
“My mom was a pageant girl so she was really into all that stuff,” Boyd said. “She was like ‘whenever you want to do it, it is totally up to you.’ She is my makeup artist and I’d always get ready with her [for photoshoots and shows]. I practice with her and she always gets me hyped up before a photoshoot.”
Recently, Boyd has stopped taking part in photoshoots and fashion shows to focus on school work.
“School is just hectic already and [I] get too stressed,” Boyd said. “There was actually one day I had a major test on a Friday and I couldn’t make it because I had a shoot for a clothing line. I had to be there, so I had to miss that test and it put me way back. So, from that day on, I decided I can’t put modeling before school and I put it off.”
Boyd hopes to pursue modelling in Austin after she graduates; however, she said she is not sure if it is something she wants to pursue as a career.
“There are awesome agencies down there and I feel like I’ll be more in the game once I graduate,” Boyd said. “I’ll be able to do more things with modeling and push out of my comfort zone a bit. It is stressful [to consider] it a career because modeling is off and on. For a model you have to be a certain size and I’m not there and I don’t want to have to worry about that for the rest of my life, but if I’m OK by the time I graduate and I want to make it a career, then I will keep it up.”
Although it may be stressful at times, Boyd says that taking part in photoshoots and fashion shows has helped shape her to be more confident in herself.
“I’m not as shy as I used to be,” Boyd said. “In runway shows, I’m in front of all these people and it’s scary, but as soon as you get out there you are like ‘I got this.’ I just feel like if I can get out there and go, then I’m fine so it has really helped me a lot with not being afraid.”