Like many successful models, Lindsey Wixson has traumatizing memories of people telling her she was ugly before everyone thought she was gorgeous. Of course, she was tall and skinny in her middle-school years and has all the usual "I was so gawky and awkward!" stories, but her now-celebrated gap tooth was also an issue. She tells British Vogue:
I was actually always really self-conscious about my gap. In middle school, this group of girls were always trying to beat me up — they called my gap a parking lot. It was a really awkward time. I remember first mentioning to the girls I used to sit next to at lunch that I was looking for a model agent, and then the next week they came in with a list of things they didn't like about me. I felt skinny and tall — it was the worst time of my life. But I don't feel like that anymore. Modelling has really helped build my confidence.
Because nothing makes you feel cool like when Madonna has to wait for you to finish work, and then winds up playing musical chairs with you.
When I was shooting the Miu Miu campaign, Madonna turned up. She was supposed to be having dinner with the photographers Mert and Marcus, but they were busy shooting us, so she just had to wait. We started making the accompanying video and then Madonna stood up and said to us 'I want to see if you girls can dance'. So we started playing Musical Chairs, with her counting the beats. She said, 'It doesn't matter if you're out of time, just stay in character'. It was a brief meeting but pretty special.
In fact, her life is so glamorous and amazing now that she's sometimes scared to tell her friends back home in Kansas.
Prada flew my sister and I first class to Beijing for a show there. We went business class — it was so glamorous — we had our own pod and everything. The Pet Shop Boys performed after, it was amazing. I was afraid to tell my friends about it, in case they thought I was boasting. I get really scared of anyone thinking that. Maybe it has something to do with those girls from school.
Since she rolled up to prom with a CNN film crew this spring, she's probably safe from bullies these days.
Southern Belle [Vogue UK]
Related: Video: Going to Prom in Wichita, Kansas, With Lindsey Wixson