Pasha Harulia was fifteen when strangers began reaching out to her on Instagram, asking if she was interested in modelling. She wasn’t—but at her mother’s urging, she agreed to give it a shot. Weeks after signing with an agency in her native Kiev, the then-sixteen-year-old was en route to Paris, booked for the Balenciaga show. “I didn’t even know what Balenciaga was,” says Harulia, who is now nineteen. “People told me it was good.”

After Paris came Tokyo, where Harulia shared a models’ apartment with several Russian girls, the youngest of whom was thirteen. It was an intense few months, much of the time spent in a van that shuttled the young models to castings. “I had some fun,” she says. “But mostly I was thinking about the money.” Guangzhou, China, was different. Modelling for e-commerce sites, she says she’d sometimes shoot up to 100 looks a day. “It was like, how do you say it—like someone wiped the floor with me,” Harulia recalls. “And then threw me away.”

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