Column: Meet Belgian model Margaux Deckers

At Blogzine we give a change to everyone to share their own personal and unique story. From career switches to power women and everyone with a specific passion, we love to share it with you! In our first column we have Margaux Deckers, a 15 years old Belgian model, that will share her stories with you on a regular base.

Hello World! I’m currently sitting behind my desk writing this article for Blogzine. Never would I have thought that one day I would be writing my column for a magazine. And today is that day! In my column I will take you on my journey as a young model, dancer and Belgian Influencer. It will be a journey with a lot of storytelling, behind the scenes pictures and of course I will also share my work.

I want to share a message that is close to my heart: believe in yourself!

How it all started

It all started at the age of 8 when I was dancing in a big dance company in Belgium named Studio 100. At a certain moment my teacher approached me and told me something that would change my life forever: “Margaux I think you are ready to do audition for the professional company!”.

One sentence, one very important sentence with a strong message and that was the day that I went for it! At the audition I gave everything I had and fought for my dreams. In the end I was chosen out of 200 kids that came that day as well and this was just the beginning…

Through this company I came in contact with people that created videoclips, organised auditions and commercials. But also performing on stage! And to be honest, it really is a crazy world, but I love it. At the end of the road, performing is something I always wanted to do. So no matter how hard I have to work, I will chase my dreams and will do everything so I can perform as it’s my biggest passion.

And as the years passed by I got a lot of bookings that helped me to grow and get experienced in the different fields I work at. However, I also got my disappointments that made me strong at the same time. And that’s something we all need to be realistic about because if life was that easy, it would be boring.

Combining school and my carreer

Nothing comes easily if we don’t work hard enough for it. For example with school. It’s just reality: I’m 15 years old and I have to combine my work and every hobby I have with school. It’s not unusual that I have to miss a day at school because of what I do. However when I go back I have to keep up and study twice as hard the days after to make sure I don’t miss out on anything important.

During those years I also discovered the modelling world as people were often telling me that I had a strong face. But me becoming a model? Really? Wow! It’s like every girls dream to become a model and every girl wants to do a photoshoot for fun during her teenage years.

However I wasn’t a size Zero because of the dancing which resulted in having a very athletic body, so I doubted. “Could I really be a model?” was the first thought that came across my mind at that moment. And then I realised that if I didn’t give it a try, I would never know if I could do it.

You are too fat

So I wrote messages and e-mails to a few agencies and got most of the time the same answer such as “Oh Margaux! Your face is amazing but could you loose some weight on the hips?”. This made me lose my faith but luckily I had my mom to support me. She always told me to hold on, also now when it’s sometimes more hectic and busy. And I did!

Thanks to her support and the fact that fashion and brands are changing their vision, I can now be a model as well. Nowadays they are working with more realistic models, creating a variety of portraits and showing body diversity.

Right now I’m working with InBetweenmodels, which is my mother agency. I’m very happy to be a part of their portfolio as they accept everyone just the way they are. It’s very motivating. It encourages me to continue to pursue my dreams and to work even harder to achieve my goals.

This was only the start of my weekly column on Blogzine. I will share more stories during the upcoming weeks. However I want to end today’s article with an answer to the questions that I often get on Social Media from other girls from my age: “How can I be a model? or “Do I have to loose some weight to become a model?”. My answer will always be something that is close to my heart: Be yourself as you’re perfect the way you are. Work hard and believe in yourself.

Love, Margaux

This article has been written in collaboration with @MARGAUX.DECKERS

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