Local model on "ideal body type" and more
Madison Riedmiller took her first modeling class when she was in seventh grade. Now, the 15-year-old blonde is rocking the runway at Omaha Fashion Week for the fourth time.
We caught up with Riedmiller, of Lincoln, to talk about staying runway-ready and the body image pressure young models face.
Q. Do you feel pressure to look a certain way? Is there an ideal body type?
You have to be 5"9” or taller, and I"m 5"9”. You have to be thin. I"ve always eaten healthy so that"s not really a problem for me. There is a lot of pressure when you"re around other girls who are skinny and tall. I try not to think too much about it.
Q. What do you do to stay in shape for shows?
I go to Pilates once a week and yoga one to two days a week. It tones, lengthens and strengthens your body and doesn"t add too much muscle the way running would. I also eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, chicken, fish, salads and granola bars.
Q. Do you ever splurge?
Occassionally I"ll have ice cream or pizza just to have a break, but I usually stay on track.
Q. Do you eat or exercise differently in the weeks before a show than you do day-to-day?
It"s not like I need to lose any weight. It"s more about maintaining my weight. I eat well and exercise all the time because I never know when a job is going to pop up.
Q. What"s the atmosphere like during a show?
It"s crazy. There"s a ton of people running around. Hair and makeup artists. All the designers are trying to get the models ready. It"s fun and exciting. Before I walk, I get a little nervous, but it"s fun when I"m on the stage.
Q. What would surprise people about the modeling industry?
People stereotype models. They think they"re stuck up, but everyone I"ve met is super friendly and so nice and down to earth.
Watch Riedmiller tonight during the finale of Omaha Fashion Week between Ninth and 10th Streets in downtown Omaha. The show begins at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets online at omahafashionweek.com.