February 27, 2011 01:00 PM by Shayla Perry
Carla Hall of Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars has mentioned her brief career in modeling before, but how did she go from being a student at D.C.’s Howard University, to a model in Paris, to a Top Chef? Find out here!
“A lot of times, girls grow up wanting to model. I didn’t,” Carla Hall tells iVillage. “I fell into it at Howard University, and then I hated my accounting job, so I went to Paris — as you do — and just had a telephone number and beat the pavement.”
“It was a wonderful experience being on my own and being in a foreign country and thinking I was taking care of myself, but the fact is I had a bank account where I was not having to rely on the modeling,” says Hall.
So how did modeling lead her to the culinary arts?
“Contrary to popular belief, models can probably eat you under the table,” Carla reveals. “We had these great big brunches at this woman’s house named Elaine, and everybody would talk about ‘oh, my mother does this’ and ‘oh, my mother does that.’ And my mother made Aunt Jemima box pancakes, so I wasn’t really contributing. But I was like, ‘Oh my gosh’ at all the socialization that goes on in the kitchen, and I started buying cookbooks, and that was the whole thing of how this all got started.”
And aren’t we all glad about that? Can you imagine Carla Hall “Hooty-hooing” down a runway?!
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