Read how Top Model needs private jet to Ibiza for Vougue
A short introduction about myself. I am a catwalk and editorial model for a well-known Parisian fashion house. My daily routine is to wake up and go to the photo-studio to update my books and shots.
Around once a week, I will be called to a shoot or casting for an extensive campaign. A massive attack may be a tv-advert or editorial about the brand that I represent.
Most of the stalks and castings that I do take place in other countries.
I live in New York City, but I can be flown to remote locations all around the world to snap the perfect image of me. This is my dream job, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything other than modeling. However, some downsides come with being a well-known model, like myself.
The strict dieting and traveling aspect of the job take the highest toll on my body and mind. It can be quite dangerous for me to go to busy airports, as I get recognized at almost every turn.
Most of the people who know me from my work will ask for a picture or just say hello. Although a small percentage of people will invade my personal space or act in a manner that is threatening or abrasive.
This is one of the reasons why I typically fly on private aircraft. I find the charter jets and helicopters that I hop on to be even more luxurious than first-class on commercial flights.
The dieting side of my work means that I must eat specific meals at specific times and supplement this nutrition with the right amount of sleep. When I was starting out in the modeling world, I found it very difficult to get enough sleep when traveling across the world in an economy seat.
Fortunately, with private jet traveling, I can choose aircraft with a bed onboard. For meals, I inform the air steward of the essential meals that I would like to eat while flying. This way, I get to sleep and consume the right nutrients before an important shoot. By business is conducted through my looks, so I must look as good as possible before arriving at a location.
What Jets Do You Fly On?
As I live in New York City, I tend to travel either very locally for shoots or very far. This means that in the morning, I may need to be in Manhattan, and the next morning I need to be in London or Paris.
As the distance from New York City to London crosses a vast range (the Atlantic Ocean), a jumbo jet is required. These massive jets can take around 14 passengers, each with a large seat and luggage allocation. Before booking a plane, I will ensure that there is a bed on board, with a kitchen also.
If there are a group of models, then they will accompany me on the trip. If it is just myself flying, then I will bring family or friends to join me. It is environmentally irresponsible to operate only one person across the world on their own plane, so I also look for empty leg flights. In the past, I have been flown to a remote island, which requires a midsize jet to refuel multiple times.
Disadvantages To Flying Private
One of the most significant difficulties that I find when flying on a private jet is the lack of interaction with other people. Despite bumping into the occasional over the zealous member of the public at an airport, the majority of people that recognize me are excellent. I enjoy talking to people at the airport very much. When flying first class and business class, I find myself conversing with people that have intriguing stories and experiences. When flying private, you can only talk to the people who you already know and the air steward. On a 14 hour flight, this can get quite tedious. Another disadvantage when flying private is the high cost. Fortunately, I rarely charter the jets myself, and this is organized by the brand or event that is hiring me. Whether it is me paying for the plane or not, it is still a cost that is coming from someone’s pocket. The final issue that comes from private jet travel is the high amount of carbon dioxide that is produced. In the odd occasion that I am the only person traveling on the plane, there is a large plane flying and spewing CO2 for 14 people, but with only one onboard. This is quite worrying for me, as I am a big supporter of climate change initiatives. Commonly, I will choose carbon-neutral charter companies to fly with, or I will hop on more fuel-efficient jets.
I have been contracted to open a beach club in Ibiza tomorrow afternoon, with the contract only being signed today. This means that I have to fly 10+ hours across the world with little time to organize a flight or pack. Fortunately, I can call my charter broker at any time in the day and book a flight with only 30 minutes warning. On the plane, I will be carrying a large amount of luggage as I am there for one week. A group of 6 of my friends will be accompanying me on the trip, with two dogs also joining the entourage. If I travel on a commercial flight, there is the chance of being delayed, which would void my contract and result in a loss of business.
To conclude, private charter jets are the most time-efficient way for me to travel.