Rising model Marga Esquivel, who had a successful season on the catwalk during the Spring/Summer 2016 collections walking for top labels such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Roberto Cavalli and more, has commented on her own personal fashion week experience via her tumblr. She wrote:
As fashion week draws to a close, I just have to say whole-heartedly how I felt about my first “real” season. It was a roller coaster. There were a lot of disappointments… and tears… and some blood (from my feet of course). But overall, I don’t think I could’ve asked for anything more. I walked 16 shows, at least one in each major fashion market. I’ve learned a lot about myself this past month. I’ve learned that I’m capable of doing anything, no matter how tired I am, as long as I was willing to push myself hard enough. People often think that fashion month is glamorous as a model, but the reality is far from the fantasy. I woke up every morning to begin my day at 6:30AM and didn’t get home until midnight. Fittings lasted until 2 o'clock in the morning sometimes. Sleep deprivation, hunger, and exhaustion were a big part of my month.
At the end of it, all I can say is that I’m proud of myself. I may not have booked all the major shows, but the shows I did book were still a major accomplishment to me. I’m happy to have represented the Filipinos and Southeast Asians… to make people see that our beauty is also appealing. I pushed my physical limits and overcame the obstacles in front of me despite all my doubts. I made friends with girls who I previously have only admired in magazines; they’re considered my colleagues now. I proved to my agents that it wasn’t a mistake to put their faith in me. Lastly, I learned that I don’t need to fit into the traditional mold of what models are expected to be, I can be myself and people will either love it or hate it… But guess what? No ****s are given. I’m beyond grateful for all the opportunities presented to me and all the support from my agents, boyfriend, family and casting directors who believe in me.
I have a lot of work to do until next season comes around, but I’m willing to give it my all again and hopefully the results will show my dedication and hard work. Often times in the midst of all the stress, I thought I wanted to give up because of the rejections and cancellation of options that I faced… But now I’m inclined to have people rethink their choice when they say no to me. Hopefully next season it will turn into a “yes”. For now, I’m heading back to my home sweet home in LA to detox and reset my system… Get ready for shoot season!