Are Feet Gross?

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Just my opinion on feet and proper foot care.

Submitted: January 14, 2020

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When winter comes to an end it will quickly become time for swimsuits, palm trees and white-sandy beaches.  The warm weather will likely have most of us out by the pool or maybe even playing in the ocean. This will also mean it’s time for strappy sandals, flip flops and bare feet.  To save themselves the embarrassment of having unsightly feet, thousands (or perhaps millions) of women in America will be heading out to have their first pedicure of the year.

 

Unfortunately, this is how most women approach footcare- as an afterthought.  Feet get trapped inside of hot socks and nasty shoes or boots all fall and winter and probably aren’t even properly washed at the end of the day.  Feet only get thought of when it’s time to wear some revealing footwear and that’s a shame. Most people think that feet are gross but with proper care they can actually be a beautiful part of the body.

 

My name is Ansley, I am a 24 year old model and it’s safe to say I have a lot of experience with proper foot care.  Unlike a lot of women who grew up playing sports, I instead grew up competing in beauty pageants and I began modeling in my late teens.  Even though I am only 24 I’ve already had a very successful and lucrative career as a model. I’ve done pretty much every kind of modeling there is including fashion modeling, swimsuit and lingerie modeling and even foot modeling.

 

 

Being a model is definitely exciting; as part of my career I have done photo shoots all around the world in beautiful places like Milan, Italy, Moscow, Russia, Munich, Germany and at more exotic beaches than I can even remember.  I’ve even done shoots in private jets and on gorgeous yachts while out at sea. One of the things I love most about modeling is the constant pampering and weekly spa visits that keeps my skin soft and flawless from head to toe. I know this must sound strange but the topic that I am most passionate about, when it comes to beauty, is the topic of pedicures and foot care.

 

Ever since I started modeling, photographers, modeling agents and editors have all told me that I have beautiful feet.  Perhaps I’m genetically blessed with silky soft soles, heavenly arches and delicate toes or perhaps it just because I take really good care of my feet no matter what time of year it is but people have always immediately noticed them.   But perhaps the biggest compliment I’ve received is what launched my side hustle as a foot model.

 

About three years ago a photographer contacted my agent and requested for me to model some sandals she needed to photograph for a shoe company.  The photographer, a woman named Olivia who I’ve worked with on previous occasions, said that she noticed my “pretty feet” when she was shooting me during a swimsuit shoot and knew that I would be perfect for the gig.  Initially I was surprised by the request but my agent told me that the Olivia sounded frazzled when she spoke to her on the phone. The photographer told my agent that the foot model who was originally booked for the shoot got sick and couldn’t be there so they needed someone ASAP.  I had a lot of fun at the shoot and the shoe company loved the way my feet looked in their sandals. This was my first experience modeling feet, professionally, but it certainly wasn’t the last.

 

 

Ever since that fateful day with Olivia, I’ve been booked to model flip flops, nail polish, foot care products and strappy sandals.  My precious feet have even been on TV- displayed in several lotion and exfoliation commercials. Foot modeling quickly became my favorite form of modeling, and you might be surprised to know that it’s also the most lucrative part of my career.  Agents have numerous swimsuit, lingerie and fashion models at their disposal but “parts” models (like foot, leg and hand models) are few and far in between. Thus, if a model has the natural talent to model feet or hands she can make a fortune. My feet have paid off my mortgage and the car loan on my Mercedes!

 

So do I think feet are gross?  NO WAY! If anything, hands are gross!  Hands touch germ-infested door knobs, nasty gas pumps and worst of all- other people’s germy hands.  Unfortunately, most people think that feet are gross but this is simply because feet can quickly become gross from neglectful treatment.  A lot of women consider cracked heels, calluses/rough patches and dry spots to be “common” foot problems but I disagree; I have never experienced any of these issues and it is simply due to the fact that I give my feet the proper attention they deserve.  But you don’t have to be a foot model to have soft, gorgeous feet. Here are 5 quick tips to get you started: 

 

Lotion up!  I’m definitely not shy when it comes to the amount of lotion I use massage into my feet everyday.  Be sure to be generous when applying lotion to your tootsies and enjoy the massage part. Another trick is to put lotion on your feet before bed and cover them with socks to allow the lotion to absorb into your feet while you sleep but try not to do this too often; wearing socks to bed all the time is not good for your feet.  And always be sure to apply lotion after a shower or bath as water can dry your skin out. So don’t be shy with the lotion!

 

Exfoliate.  Yes, even the most seasoned foot models have to exfoliate from time to time and no amount of lotion will prevent this.  Proper use of lotion (specifically foot creams) does extend the time periods between exfoliations but it doesn’t prevent them all together.  A common mistake women make is exfoliating with a pumice stone in the shower. Although it’s better than not doing it, wet exfoliations aren’t as effective as dry ones.  I always do my exfoliations dry, before I get in the bath and I immediately apply lotion after getting out of the water. You can also use a chemical exfoliator, such as a foot peel, but I try to avoid those as they are a bit harsh for my feet.  Occasionally, I may use one during the winter months but you may enjoy using them more than I do; it just depends on what your feet need.

 

DIY Pedicure.  Get good at doing your own pedicures.  You can even invite your friends over for a pedicure party!  Doing you own pedicures with no only save you money but they can also save you from getting a nasty bacterial or fungal infection.  If you do go out to the spa to get your pedicures then I suggest bringing your own tools and also find a spa that does dry pedicures.  Let’s face it, there is nothing better than going to the spa- but let’s just make it safe for our feet.

 

Try reflexology.  Ladies, if you like foot massages then you will LOVE reflexology.  Reflexology is an element of ancient Chinese holistic medicine that is based upon the principle that the nerves from your vital organs terminate in your feet.  By precisely massaging certain points in the soles of your feet a reflexologist can increase blood flow the corresponding organs, thus improving your health. A reflexologist can also pinpoint certain issues going on with your feet and help you correct those issues.  For example, if you have a discoloration in the sole of your foot it may be due to an issue going on somewhere else in your body and it may not have anything to do with your feet at all. Plus a reflexology massage feels amazing!

 

Lastly, avoid the heels.  I know ladies, high heels are cute, fun and sexy… but they are terrible for your feet.  Even though I often have to wear high heels when I model, I NEVER wear them outside of work.  Heels cause all kinds of painful and permanent damage to your feet. Trust me, they aren’t worth it in the long run.  When I’m not modeling I’ll be wearing either flip flops or fuzzy slippers. That’s it. And the flip flops nowadays are amazing- there are so many brands now that have build in arch support and I highly reccomend those.  Plus, what better way to display your beautiful feet than with a pair of cute flops?

 

So I hope that my little essay about feet has at least changed you mind on the societal stigma that feet are naturally gross.  Or at least, maybe I’ve persuaded you to take better care of your feet year-round instead of just in the summer months. Whatever the case may be, please get out and enjoy the beautiful, warm days we have coming up!
























 


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