Model Catherine McNiel is making her comeback next week, gracing the cover of Australian Vogue. McNiel has also confirmed that she would return to the New York catwalks this January. After spending months away from the modeling industry, McNiel was photographed at the Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search with eight horizontal cuts on her forearms, which she refuses to comment on. Her agent, Chic Management's Kathy Ward, claimed they were from a skateboarding accident, but the model’s mother claimed she fell down the stairs.
Catherine’s mother, Melissa McNiel told News.com.au that she never forced her into modeling, and the industry is not as glamorous as it appears. She says the constant pressure to maintain your looks sometimes gets her daughter down.
However, Katy Ward insists that the shoot for Australian Vogue is 20 year old Catherine’s ticket back into the industry, and she will not only walk in New York Fashion Week, but Milan and Paris as well.
We wish Catherine all the best in her courageous comeback and we hope with all of our hearts that she is seeking help if indeed she is suffering from self- mutilation. We know the industry is hard, and the pressure can sometimes be monumental but please talk to someone, anyone, if you are experiencing severe depression. Don’t keep those emotions bottled up.
We’ve already lost one beautiful soul, Daul Kim, and that’s one too many.
*Catherine is with Next Model Management in New York