3/4 The Bag Fiasco
Even as I was recovering, laying on bed, I tried to keep up appearances on #Instagram by posting stock photos, coz I was still aware my responsibilities both with brands that had sent stuff & with managements that repped me. I was also still trying to keep in touch with friends as well as my prof’s students. However, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but acquaintances, brand & managements began pulling themselves away from me. Whether the rumors got to them or they simply showed their true selves when I was no longer around, but lots of deals fell through, although I told them I was ready to work again. From Oct to Dec I only did 4-6 campaigns; before I fell ill I could do at least 10 campaigns/month. I didn’t mind it much, except for one. A local bag brand gathered me & some friends back in May & wanted us to do a group campaign for their upcoming luggage releases. They even created a Line group for us & I would take a look just stay updated. I told the brand reps my condition & they said they were wiling to wait and wished me a speedy recovery. Weeks & months later I saw my friends posted pictures with the brand’s luggage. I said to myself, “Oh I’m not included”. I knew the contract needed to be renewed every 4 months, in Feb 2019. I came back to Jogja late Jan 2019 & I told the brand reps, in case they’d still wanna work with me. I didn’t heard from them for quite sometimes, until one day I received a #WhatsApp saying “We’re keeping the current formation & not adding new ones”. I whispered to myself, “It’s their loss!”. I wasn’t hurt or anything, just a bit annoyed by their lack of loyalty. I was one of the few ones who came to the initial gathering, more than half of the formation were recommended by us. I kept it to myself, I never trash-talked the brand coz I believed God had prepared something better for me. The campaign was a FLOP. Little did I know, that belief brought me to #ElleIndonesia & here I am strolling with an #ElleLuggage. I picked the shocking pink one so I’d spotted it easily at the baggage claim. It’s spacious, light, yet durable. Above all, it’s stylish & fashionable.
Merci beacoup #ElleBag #ParisianAnywhere