Volunteer Model…

…But not model volunteer. Here’s one for the WTF! Mongolia category. Another volunteer, Clare, who works at a university for fiber-arts and fashion, invited me and a few of the other volunteers to be models for the school’s annual fashion show. Apparently, they only wanted men as the women had many more costume changes to make, and I guess they wanted foreigners, because hey let’s face it, we’re kinda funny looking! We did two night shows at a swanky hotel, got some free food afterwards, and obviously did something none of us would ever have been even remotely considered for back at home. In case you are wondering what my qualifications are, here’s my best guess:

  1. I’m foreign (a novelty I’m afraid I can’t help)
  2. I can walk in a straight line, execute turns and stops, while not becoming lost, confused or falling over.
  3. I can tolerate sharing a changing room with the very nice Mongolian models and spending the evening swaddled in fine wool, cashmere, yak and camel very likely making an ass of myself.
  4. I was somehow able to keep a straight face through it all.

My future as a human clothes-hanger doesn’t look all that promising, but I can definitely say I have a lot more respect for the modeling profession–it’s harder than it seems for sure. Anyways, a very fun experience, and photos I will look back on for years to come and laugh my ass off (at myself)!

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4 Replies to “Volunteer Model…”

  1. Good stuff, Jon. The silliest thing I’ve done is walk home from the local market with farming tools… all the Kenyan farmers just laugh! One came to me and said, “You want to be a farmer?” and I said, “I AM a farmer!”

    Hah! Keep it up, and enjoy your last few months in Mongolia!

    Alan
    http://alaninkenya.org

  2. Jon goes uptown in cashmeshear Wow! Loved it. Where’d you get those kickers?
    Tham Mongo babes look gooood Wow! Looka like you better spend the last months SHOPPING! For real deel not those hi-fash shreds!! Now get back to work pastin up them Ivanhoe out of Mongo stickers!!

  3. Bro Haley, I believe your heart is in the right place and I hope the extension ends up being everything you hoped for. I also believe your wallet will be in the right place when you return to VanCity and start your new career as a fashion model. Just kidding, but seriously those pics aren’t bad at all and I’m sure the after party and the whole experience in general was a blast. Have Fun

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