Selita Ebanks was once dismissed from American Vogue magazine with a wave of the hand from editor Anna Wintour, instantly ending her prospects with the fashion magazine.
Explaining the situation, she told MTV News: "I wore Timberland boots. I had on corduroy high-water flooded beige pants with a button-down plaid shirt. I was a tomboy.
"I remember walking in ... Trudy, from Vogue at the time, she looks at me startled and I didn't understand why. I was like, 'What up? Who am I here to meet?'
"Needless to say my cover did not come out, to say the least, and I have never shot Vogue magazine."
Rather than being bitter, Selita, 27, considers her visit to the offices a learning experience.
She added: "Now that I reflect back on it the lesson is to always do your homework.
"Always be aware, don't just take people's word for it and walk into a room. I should've asked, 'Who am I here to see? Who will be in the room?' But this is something you live and you learn."