We weren’t expecting the modeling gig to take place outdoors away from heat

I have a job with a high-end fashion brand, and I coordinate all of our modeling efforts! The job has taken me to fashion shows around the world, and I’ve been fortunate to have met several interesting people along the way.

A few years ago, I traveled to Iceland for a completely out-of-this-world show; I flew with 17 models from the US, and the people I was with and I were all so gleeful to experience Iceland’s weather! The models and I are all from a undoubtedly moderate climate, so the people I was with and I were looking forward to a respite from the heat once our plane landed.

And the people I was with and I stayed for a night in a hotel to sleep off the jetlag, then I didn’t even use the oil furnace in our room that night; after a lifetime of only ever having to use air conditioning, the chill on our skin was a welcome change. The people I was with and I were all undoubtedly gleeful for the show the next day; but, when the people I was with and I arrived at the address for the show, the people I was with and I were confused: there wasn’t a building at all. Then the people I was with and I saw the catwalk and makeshift “backstage,” which were both in the middle of a frozen prairie. One of the models said, “I don’t believe that I can do this without heating!” My models are tough, however walking down an elevated catwalk 40 miles from the nearest oil furnace was going to be a challenge. To make up for the lack of an oil furnace, some of the Icelandic models in the show gave our models hand warmers to put in their shoes. I crouched over 1 of the laptop monitors backstage, which was venting semi-warm air; I sure felt silly for not using the oil furnace in our room the night before! But, the people I was with and I all made it out unscathed: frozen solid, however ready to be in our nice moderate hotel rooms!

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