‘You’re there from 5am for just two minutes on the runway’: Simone Holtznagel reveals the very unglamorous side of Fashion Week
To the outsider, Australian Fashion Week looks like the epitome of glamour.
But look beyond the bright lights, expensive outfits and star-studded parties and there’s a whole other world of insufferable boredom.
Simone Holtznagel told The Daily Telegraph that models actually spend most of their time waiting around backstage.
‘You’re there from 5am for just two minutes on the runway’: Australian model Simone Holtznagel reveals the very unglamorous side of Sydney Fashion Week
Speaking from the front row on Tuesday, Simone said: ‘They have been here since 5am, only to walk on the runway for two minutes.’
‘You come out for two minutes, but if your show is at 10am, you spend all morning getting ready, you are nervous as hell backstage, then you come out for two minutes and then you are done.’
‘It is a pain for just two minutes of fun,’ she concluded.
Simone is currently in Australia so she can renew her U.S. working visa. She previously moved to Los Angeles in 2014, following the death of her friend and mentor Charlotte Dawson.
It’s a tough life being a model! Speaking at the Alice McCall show in Sydney on Tuesday, Simone said: ‘You come out for two minutes, but if your show is at 10am, you spend all morning getting ready, you are nervous as hell back stage, then you come out for two minutes and then you are done’
Relocated: Simone is currently in Australia to renew her US working visa, after she moved to Los Angeles not long after her dear friend, Charlotte Dawson, took her own life in 2014
Simone recently revealed she was on a quest to scatter Charlotte’s ashes all around the world.
She told The Sunday Telegraph: ‘Charlotte’s ashes are in Bali, New Zealand, Bondi, and I have a little bit I am going to scatter at all her favourite designer stores on Rodeo Drive [in Los Angeles] and all places fabulous.’
In February, she shared footage to Instagram of herself scattering Charlotte’s ashes outside of a Chanel store.
Tribute: In February, the model continued her journey by scattering Charlotte’s ashes outside a Chanel store (pictured). She said: ‘The security guards at Chanel were pumped when we told them it wasn’t drugs but ashes we scattered along their entrance today’
The two women became friends after meeting on 2011’s cycle of Australia’s Next Top Model. Simone was a contestant and Charlotte was her mentor.
Charlotte died aged 47 at her home in Woolloomooloo, Sydney on February 22, 2014. Her death was later ruled a suicide.
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Close connection: Simone (left) and Charlotte (right) remained close friends after Charlotte was a mentor to Simone on 2011’s cycle of Australia’s Next Top Model