Except, maybe, your lack of a modeling career. Back in the day, Barbizon used to put out ads that all but promised you'd become a model after walking their hallowed halls. Now? Well, let's see. You'll have confidence. You'll be able to present yourself to others better. And you'll get a surrogate family. (What's a few thousand dollars for all that, right?) Says one woman who makes me a little sad, "I will go to my grave saying that the best thing I ever did was go to Barbizon." Oy.
I'm sure many of us remember flipping through teen magazines and coming across Barbizon ads in the back. They inevitably featured a pretty girl and an ad tagline inviting you to "train to be a model... or just look like one!"
As a brace-faced, spiral-permed pre-teen I knew, just knew that with the right training, I would be the next Cindy Crawford. I wheedled my parents into attending a Barbizon "modeling seminar," which was really a sales pitch to enroll would-be models in expensive courses. Did you share this dream?