InStyle Magazine
December 22, 2017 1:30 pm

Before Chrissy Teigen became a Sport’s Swimsuit Illustrated cover star, cookbook author, and a Twitter phenom, she was an aspiring model trying to make it. Like many starting out in the modeling industry, there were some ups and downs, as well as some very valuable lessons learned along the way.

During a fireside chat with Revolve and celebrity hairstylist and The Ouai founder Jen Atkin, she revealed the one thing she wish she’d known when she started her career.

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“I remember living in Miami in this apartment with five other young models, and it was two bedroom and we were each paying like $4,000 a piece,” she continued. “Looking back it doesn’t make any sense, but for me it was so cool that an agency wanted to move me to Miami. It felt glamorous, and it felt cool but I didn’t realize how many people pull fast ones on you and I would have definitely gotten a business manager a lot earlier as a young person.” So there you have it—if you’re starting out in the modeling or entertainment world, get a business manager to advocate for you.

Her advice didn’t end there though. When asked the mantra that she lives by she said, “Be humble.” Definitely words to live by. “The world is really small. Word travels so fast with how you treat people. How speak to people. Little things go a really long way.”