Brogan Loftus ~ High School to High Fashion
An interview with Brogan Loftus, she speaks to her proud secondary school - Pocklington, York - on her journey from high school to high fashion.
OP Brogan Loftus (06-13) has had to grow up quickly in the demanding world of fashion modelling, but working for some of the world’s top designers has opened up some amazing opportunities. Now a scout for boutique model agency Linden Staub, Brogan reflects on her career to date.
Her journey began when she was 12 years old. She was out shopping with her family and was approached by a model scout. She says “At the time, I had just spilled hot chocolate all over my white jeans so I couldn’t believe that she thought I had potential. I was ecstatic, but thought nothing else of it as I was so young.”
However, the seed had been sown and at 16, Brogan went to London to meet some agencies, eventually signing with M and P Models. This led to her meeting her model agency bookers, Tara and Esther, who quickly became like a second family to Brogan as she was slowly introduced to the world of modelling.
“To be honest, I didn’t really model at all up to this point, but at 18 I was really unsure about what I wanted to do after school, so I took the risk of moving to London to give modelling full-time a shot.” The risk paid off for Brogan; she arrived in London in August and by September she was already in Paris walking exclusively for Celine.
“In the modelling world this is a huge deal; I didn’t think of it like that at the time – I was just focused on the fact that I got to meet Kanye West backstage! I was still pretty oblivious to the whole industry and unaware of how crazy my life would become from here.”
In the years since this meteoric start to her professional modelling career, Brogan has travelled all over the world, walking in catwalks for big name designers such as Chanel, Armani, Alexander Wang and shooting for exclusive magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and British Vogue.
“I think my career highlight was being flown first class to Dubai to walk the Chanel show. It was on their private island that had taken two years to build just for this show. That was pretty amazing!”
However, there is no doubt that it is a tough industry to be in and there are plenty of downsides to life as a professional model. For Brogan, having this much success so quickly was slightly overwhelming and travelling to different cities on a weekly basis was unrelenting and exhausting. Brogan comments “I would get very home sick, especially when you find out that you’re going away the night before you have to leave!”
Although Brogan is still modelling (she did a Vivienne Westwood show two weeks ago), she is now also working and scouting for boutique agency Linden Staub. The agency was created and is owned by her bookers, Tara and Esther. They have known Brogan and her family for the last six years and have offered a guiding hand throughout her career so far.
“It’s amazing for us all to grow together and to have the confidence that when a new girl gets signed to the agency they will truly be looked after and supported. It is also great for parents to have me to talk to about certain aspects of the industry that may appear daunting at first. I can speak from first-hand experience as I have already been through it all myself.”
Brogan also credits Pocklington School for helping her to nurture the resilience she needed to cope with the demands of professional modelling and for honing her natural ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. She says “I had to become independent almost overnight and I feel at school we were treated as equals to the adults, which was an invaluable trait I had instilled within me and gave me a lot of confidence and maturity.”
Click here for the interview on Old Poklingtonians website.