When the first season of Breaking Amish wrapped up, Kate Stoltzfus was still pursuing her professional modeling career after signing with Major Model Management in New York City. We shared some of her first modeling photos back in November, and with the premiere of Breaking Amish: Brave New World airing tonight on TLC, we thought we’d check back in with Kate to see if she’s still at it — and it appears she is!
Check out some of Kate’s more recent modeling photos from her ever-growing portfolio at Major Model:
Here’s a check-in video clip from TLC in which Kate talks about how hard it has been trying to be successful in such a competitive and stressful market:
Here’s what Kate had to say in the clip:
I’ve been living in New York and working on a career in modeling. I’m a small fish in a really big pond and it can be a little bit overwhelming at times. They could care less about you.
When I was still Amish I felt the pressure to always be perfect. It was crucial for me to have my hair perfectly straight, my dress the perfect length — everybody pressured me to be perfect… Now that I’m in the fashion industry it’s almost the same thing. I have to keep my skin clear, I can’t be too fat, if I break out it’s a problem, if I get a bruise it’s a huge deal.
Sometimes I still wonder who I am.
Kate didn’t necessarily come across all that well during the first season (seeming a bit emotionally unstable and a little too fond of alcohol), and I had my doubts as to whether or not her goal of being a professional model was realistic. But, I have to confess that when she got in front of the camera, I thought her photos were striking and, well, pretty damn good!
That being said, I really can’t imagine how hard it is to try and make it in that profession, and I can’t imagine the psychological stress caused by having a career where success is measured by how attractive people think you are. But, Kate appears to be sticking with it! She’s still listed on the Major Model website and she has added a large number of pictures to her portfolio. (All of the photos in this post are new since November — at least on they’re new on their site .)
Here are Kate’s measurements from the site, just in case you are actually in the market for a model and needed to know
Dress 2 US
Shoe 8 US
I assume that Kate took a bit of a hiatus from modeling while she and the rest of the cast filmed Breaking Amish: Brave New World in Sarasota, Florida, but that may not mean she removed herself from the beauty industry entirely. According to an article from February on YourObserver.com (since deleted), TLC camera crews were at the L. Boutique and Spa in Sarasota on February 12 filming Kate as she helped a Mennonite girl (reportedly named Katie, but there may have been some confusion because that is Kate’s actual first name) transition to being English.
Kate Stoltzfus reportedly acted as the stylist for Katie, who is 18 and assumed to be from a Mennonite community in Sarasota. Katie received a makeover at the boutique and spa, which included having her first haircut. She reportedly had close to 18 inches trimmed off, which was donated to Locks of Love. According to the report, Katie entered wearing traditional Mennonite clothing but left sporting high heels and with a Susana Monaco dress.
I suppose we will know all about that soon! Until then, let’s enjoy a few more of Kate Stoltzfus’ modeling photos shall we?
And just in case you were curious, here’s a little bit about Major Model from their website. (Yes, they are Legit with a capital “L!”)
The brand Major Models was established in the late 80’s in Milan by entrepreneur and businessman Guido Dolci to service the growing fashion scene throughout Europe, fuelled in part by the re-emergence of couture. The runway and editorial boards throughout the most prominent markets issued a demand for new talent, and the modelling industry has seen regular growth to this day.
In 1999 Major Milan, working from a solid market presence in Europe, hired Katia Sherman to re-establish the Major brand in the New York market and provide leadership to further develop major into a worldwide agency. Mrs Sherman’s experience with Michele Pommier and Wilhelmina provided a thorough understanding of the industry and offered clear direction for a business development plan. The brand would go on to gain a respected position among the top ten agencies in the world, known for regularly producing top talent on both the men’s and women’s boards. The booking teams at Major are comprised of the top industry professionals with a keen eye for beauty and attention to detail. Client commitment is due largely to the efforts and creative contributions made by bookers and their representations of models.
Through a series of strategic mergers and acquisitions Major Milan has firmly established itself in New York, Paris and Munich and is currently in the process of implementing a new plan for growth into South America, India and China