Confessional: Shalom Harlow

Shalom Harlow returns to the runway for Alexander Wang's Fall 2012 show after a four-year hiatus. In this film, the brunette beauty talks about her journey to 90s supermodel stardom.

Released on 6/13/2013

Credits

Starring: Shalom Harlow

Transcript

00:00
(ethereal music)
00:09
People often make the assumption when they hear
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that I had hippie parents, that that means
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that I grew up on a commune or something like that,
00:15
and that's not the case.
00:17
My parents were missionaries.
00:19
I was born outside of Toronto.
00:23
In terms of, like, what I was taught,
00:25
there's definitely a strong sixties idealism
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that I'm really grateful for.
00:33
I was scouted at a Cure concert,
00:35
model scout approached me there, and
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asked me,
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if I modeled, and I thought that was ludicrous.
00:43
When I started coming to do shows in New York,
00:45
New York had a pretty electric energy then,
00:50
it was the early nineties, and there was a lot
00:52
of really fun theatrical types that were designing,
00:56
and so the runway kind of became the stage
00:59
for all of these mega model personalities
01:03
to flaunt their stuff.
01:05
(moody bass riff)
01:08
I had no relationship to the fashion world whatsoever.
01:12
I'd never even seen a fashion magazine.
01:15
I grew up without a television
01:16
and just really wasn't very connected
01:18
to pop culture in that way.
01:22
I was like Alice in Wonderland.
01:23
I mean, I had no reference point for anything,
01:26
and I was suddenly in Paris,
01:30
on catwalks for designers that I could
01:34
barely even pronounce their names.
01:37
We would all watch on the monitor,
01:40
while so-and-so was out there doing her thing,
01:44
and we'd be screaming and clapping.
01:47
It was about personality then, and it was about
01:49
what you did at the end of the runway.
01:53
And then sometimes it would be about one-upping each other,
01:55
you know, like, woah, so-and-so just, like
01:56
did you see that, oh yeah well here I go.
02:01
This idea of returning to the catwalk is, um...
02:06
(laughs)
02:12
I do feel some nerves, and I do feel the height
02:15
of those shoes.
02:18
I hope I don't slip, was the next thought.
02:21
On the runway, how does that feel now?
02:25
Does it feel any different, does it feel the same?
02:28
I'm curious to examine that.
02:30
(ethereal music)
02:34
(moves into moody rock music)
02:43
Generally speaking, I think there's a lot projected
02:45
on beautiful women, period.
02:48
At least, maybe this is just my fear,
02:51
but I do sometimes feel like, dismissed,
02:54
before I've even been allowed to participate.
02:58
I have moments of feeling really wounded,
03:03
but I am pretty optimistic, and I do enjoy a lot of my life.
03:08
And I'm peaceful inside.
03:10
(energetic rock music)