Sadie Robertson says that the models at New York Fashion week gave her dirty looks and nasty comments.
Sadie, 17, presented her “Daddy-approved” prom dress line at the fashion week in September 2013.
She recounts the experience in her new book Live Original, which is slated for release on October 28.
Robertson says she tried getting some of the models with a “hey ya’ll,” but that it didn’t work out well.
“They just looked at me like they had icicles in their eyes. Without using words, they sent me a strong message: ‘What are you doing here?'” she said, noting that she felt uncomfortable because she’s from Louisiana while the models were from places like Russia and other European countries.
“To me, they all looked about six feet tall and were super skinny,” the devoted Christian writes, per an excerpt obtained by Radar Online. “They were pretty obsessed with their weight, so instead of having snacks or treats, they smoked cigarettes and drank coffee…They were quiet, and they seemed either sad or kind of angry.”
But Sadie says that she soon overcame feeling intimidated because she realized that the models “had a lot of insecurities.”
“They cared way too much about their outward appearance— and confidence is an inside thing,” she explains. “If people try to become confident by trying to make themselves look better or feel better, they will never get there.”
“I could have totally lost it over the comments people made and the icy looks they gave me,” the teen concluded. “But I didn’t. God had been training me all my life…to be strong and confident.”
Meanwhile, Sadie said that she felt vindicated when she and Dancing With the Stars partner got a good score despite not doing a “sexy” rumba.
“I guess you all could tell that last week was pretty hard for me. It was really stressful, and I wasn’t getting the dance down, and Mark had been telling me all week, ‘You’re not going to get good scores because you’re not doing a sexy rumba and that’s what they want to see.’ … And I was like, that’s okay because I would rather get a bad score from the judges than know in my heart that I did something that I’m not comfortable with. So, when we went out there and we did it, after the dance, I was so nervous because I just knew I was going to get ripped to shreds by the judges,” she told TV Guide.
“That’s what I had been trained to think was going to happen. So when they were so respectful of the dance and they loved it and appreciated me standing up for what I believed in, I just kind of felt like God blessed me with the judges liking the dance.
“It just paid off to do the right thing, and it just made me really emotional to finally get the hardest dance so far, in my opinion, out of the way and just be done with it. It felt really good.”