Fina had her first professional photo shoot a couple of weeks ago.
It had been a dream of my wife’s since she was young to be a model, and she admitted later that while she was pregnant, she prayed everyday for Gwan Se Eum Bosal to give Fina good health, she also prayed that she would have long legs and a pretty face!
We sent her photos out to a few agencies, and all but one responded. I’m not crazy about the industry, and I’d rather live in an age of “post-consumerism/post-advertising” but for now it seems harmless, and it gives my wife something to do until she’s able to work full-time again.
EunBong said that it was a long day, but they enjoyed it. There were two other babies there but for the whole day they kept calling for Fina! The owner of the company came in to look at her and said he thought her photo had been Photoshopped. He was amazed that she actually looked like her photo.
I know my baby is cute (it’s really hard to practice not being proud!), but it still surprises me to her all the reactions from people, especially in Korea. EunBong said that it’s actually exhausting when she goes out, even to the grocery store. People swarm her to look at Fina, especially middle school and high school students. She said one girl was looking at Fina, and finally blurted out, “Oh, your so pretty, but I’m so ugly so you should have to look at me, you should only see pretty things!” She then covered her face in her hands and ran away. I felt sorry that the girl felt that way, but I also hoped that Fina will look at beauty or look at ugliness in her life to come and not be effected either way. Look at what happened when young Siddhartha was at last confronted with the ugliness of the world…
She got called in this week for another campaign, advertising baby carriers. They thought they’d use her more as a filler, but when they saw her, they told EunBong they’d like to use her for their full-two-page spread!