'Model Squad' cast opens up about the pressures of the modeling industry, building their brands and more

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As the fashion world gears up for New York Fashion Week to start next week, some of the world's top models are preparing to give their fans a proverbial peek behind the curtain of the modeling industry with E!'s new series, "Model Squad." Premiering on Tuesday, September 4, and running through Friday, September 14, the eight-episode docu-series is one of the first-ever reality series to give viewers a genuine understanding of what it's like being a top model.

Taped during NYFW in the fall of 2017, "Model Squad" follows Daniela Braga, Olivia Culpo, Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Nadine Leopold, Caroline Lowe, Ashley Moore, Shanina Shaik and Devon Windsor as they navigate Fashion Week and beyond.

AOL's Gibson Johns recently sat down with a majority of the "Model Squad" cast to discuss their experience of filming the show, the mixture of competition and support within the modeling industry and why major gigs like the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show really do matter.

Below are excerpts from our interview:

On what it was like having cameras around during the filming of "Model Squad":

Devon Windsor: It’s different for them to be following you around at all times. At least when cameras are in front of us, you know that they’re just cutting and editing to make a commercial or whatever, but they’re not including every single word you say or every single facial expression.

Nadine Leopold: And every angle! [Laughs]

Devon: It’s hard to control everything that comes out of your mouth, too...

Shanina Shaik: I feel that, in general, we have cameras around us all the time, but then this [holds up iPhone] is also a camera all the time. We’re constantly in front of it and on social media, so the fact that we have a camera with us everywhere already in our phones, I feel like it’s actually taken a little bit [of pressure] off of our jobs, with social media. You’re going to see the real us, our true selves and what we really do. It takes us away from our social media and constantly being like this [holds iPhone in front of her].

Hannah Ferguson: If you think you’re seeing people’s day-to-day lives on social media, this is even more so because we’re not able to filter what the camera is catching. It’s even more of a look into our inside lives and what we go through and experience.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: Shanina Shaik, Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Nadine Leopold, Caroline Lowe and Devon Windsor attend the Build Series to discuss the E tv show 'Model Squad' at Build Studio on August 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: (L-R) Models Shanina Shaik, Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Nadine Leopold, Caroline Lowe and Devon Windsor attend the Build Series to discuss 'Model Squad' at Build Studio on August 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: Shanina Shaik, Nadine Leopold, Caroline Lowe, Ping Hue and Devon Windsor attend the Build Series to discuss the E! tv show 'Model Squad' at Build Studio on August 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: (L-R) Models Ping Hue, Hannah Ferguson, Nadine Leopold, Shanina Shaik and Devon Windsor from TV show 'The Model Squad' visit SiriusXM Studios on August 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: (L-R) Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Caroline Lowe, Devon Windsor, Shanina Shaik and Nadine Leopold are seen in NoHo on August 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: (L-R) Hannah Ferguson, Nadine Leopold, Devon Windsor, Shanina Shaik, Caroline Lowe and Ping Hue are seen in Chelsea on August 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Stars of E!'s Model Squad Hannah Ferguson, Ashley Moore, Caroline Lowe, Daniella Brag, a guest, Ping Hue, Olivia Culpo and Devon Windsor during New York Fashion Week: The Shows - Day 1 on February 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
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On looking back at footage filmed of themselves a year ago:

Ping Hue: It’s like a time capsule! The stuff that bothered me on the show a year ago, I don’t think about anymore. I feel like it’s a different life.

Shanina: Things change! You just see life pass you by. For me, I was preparing for my wedding, and now I’m married. It brings back memories. I didn’t have my family there, so I was like, 'Maybe I should get married again with my family there.' It brings back those feelings. That was a hard time for me to prepare this big moment in my life and not have any family present. I had my girlfriends there, and you’ll see Nadine with me, but it would be nice to go back and time. It’s good to document those memories.

Caroline Lowe: It’s good that it’s coinciding with this year’s [NYFW], and it’s a comparison. It’s to compare and contrast with this time last year. Like everyone has said, we’ve all grown so much, and we’ve learned so much from filming the show.

On getting support from other models while navigating the industry:

Nadine: For me, Devon [supported me] even before the show. I remember I was really young, and I just moved here without a lot of friends. I had just started working with [Victoria's Secret] and my first year I didn’t get the show, and I remember I got the call on Halloween. I broke down, and I was so upset, but I remember Devon picked me up and she was talking me up and, even though we’re both blonde, I feel like I’ve never felt competitive with her. She was the biggest friend to me. 

Devon: You want your friends doing it, you want them to have the experience that you had so much fun doing. You learn to be happy for other people.

Hannah: Obviously there’s a lot of competition within the industry, but with your close friends, you’re just happy for them for what they’re able to accomplish.

Shanina: It’s all based on looks, too, which is something you can’t change. Another model told me, "Say a casting director is looking for apples, and you come in and you’re a pear. You’re not going to get that gig. They want apples."

Devon: You have to seek guidance with your friends and your agency, especially when you’re young. I remember my mom didn’t really know anything about the industry. She was like, ‘Why don’t you reach out to Karlie Kloss and ask her some questions?’ Because she’s from St. Louis, too. And I was like, ‘Nooo way!’ It’s not like we have that guidance person that we can call whenever we’re unsure about something, so we’re just figuring it out on our own and asking each other things. It’s an independent thing.

On whether or not there's too much weight put on landing the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show:

Caroline: I think it’s good to have that! If there’s not something to look forward to or to work toward… Look, you’re just as good as your next job. You can do something and you’re like, "How can I beat myself?" It’s always good to have a goal and those clients are a lot of people’s goals.

Shanina: It’s career-changing, too. That’s why a lot of girls have that drive to get those jobs. It changes your career. It's instead of hustling all the time. For V.S., it changed my entire job. You feel at ease when you know you’ve made it, and you have more control of your career.

Devon: What’s the point if you’re going to be doing mediocre jobs forever, you know? We want that makeup campaign or V.S. or [the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue], because those are the things that remind you why you’re doing it and what you’re working for. If it wasn’t anything major, it would be too easy.

Caroline: It would be like going to a job and never getting a promotion, with nowhere to go. 

Devon: Yeah, and it can feel devastating when you don’t get it, but there are always other things. There are a million jobs that are also rewarding. 

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SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Bella Hadid attends 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai - Show at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Bella Hadid attends 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai - Show at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by J. Lee/FilmMagic)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret Angel Romee Strijd walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret Angel Elsa Hosk walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Maria Borges walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Lais Ribeiro walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Sui He walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret Angel Jasmine Tookes walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Devon Windsor walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Liu Wen walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Candice Swanepoel walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Models Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge walk the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Georgia Fowler walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Kelly Gale walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Barbara Fialho walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Estelle Chen walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Nadine Leopold walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Sara Sampaio walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Gizele Oliveira walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Grace Bol walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Amilna Estevao walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Aiden Curtiss walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Vanessa Moody walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Blanca Padilla walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Dilone walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Megan Williams walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Sanne Vloet walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Sui He walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret Angel Lais Ribeiro walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Amilna Estevao walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Vanessa Moody walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Roosmarijn de Kok walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Samile Bermannelli walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Grace Elizabeth walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Xiao Wen walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Alecia Morais walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Alanna Arington walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Maggie Laine walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Lameka Fox walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Daniela Braga walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Aiden Curtiss walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Amilna Estevao walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Frida Aasen walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Georgia Fowler walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Leila Nda walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Devon Windsor walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Bruna Lirio walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Jourdana Phillips walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Xin Xie walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Nadine Leopold walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Victoria Lee walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Lais Ribeiro walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: (EDITORS NOTE: This image contains partial nudity) Bella Hadid walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by J. Lee/FilmMagic)
US model Jasmine Tookes presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Fred Dufour / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian model Bruna Lirio presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Romee Strijd walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Xin Xie walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Amilna Estevao walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
French model Estelle Chen presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Jane Zhang performs on the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Harry Styles performs on the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
US singer Leslie Odom Jr. performs during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Jane Zhang performs on the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Jane Zhang performs on the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Miguel walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Harry Styles and Candice Swanepoel walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Stella Maxwell walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Harry Styles walks the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
TOPSHOT - Models celebrate during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Models celebrate during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Fred Dufour / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Victoria's Secret models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, Aiden Curtiss, Alanna Arrington, Alecia Morais, Alexina Graham, Amilna Estevao, Barbara Fialho, Bella Hadid, Blanca Padilla, Bruna Lirio, Cindy Bruna, Daniela Braga, Devon Windsor, Dilone Altagracia, Estelle Chen, Frida Aasen, Georgia Fowler, Gizele Oliveira, Grace Bol, Grace Elizabeth Harieth, Jourdana Phillips, Karlie Kloss, Kelly Gale, Lameka Fox, Leila Nda, Leomie Anderson, Liu Wen, Maggie Lane, Maria Borges, Megan Williams, Ming Xi, Nadine Leopold, Roosmarijn De Kok, Samile Bermannelli, Sanne Vloet, Sui He, Vanessa Moody, Victoria Lee, Xiao Wen, Xin Xie and Zuri Tibby pose backstage during 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Models Stella Maxwell, Elsa Hosk, Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, musician Li Yundi, singers Miguel, Jane Zhang, model Adriana Lima, singers Leslie Odom Jr., Harry Styles, models Romee Strijd, Jasmine Tookes and Taylor Hill perform on the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Models Angel Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Josephine Skriver, Stella Maxwell, Martha Hunt, Liu Wen and Ming Xi walk the runway during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
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On having aspirations beyond modeling and building their brands:

Nadine: The whole point of modeling is to put your name out there and open so many doors to do other things afterwards.

Devon: There’s kind of a time-stamp as a model. You only age and get older and older. You can’t be doing those commercial jobs all the time, and that’s money that you’re not going to make anymore. It's what Olivia [Culpo] does, she’s built her brand up to be "Olivia." She is herself, and not just a model, and that’s amazing because she gets hired for so many things that specifically want her. She can do anything: Designing, acting ... she even sings! Modeling, runway. She has capsule collections. And I think that’s the goal for any model who is thinking beyond what you’re going to do today. What do you want to do forever? All the top supermodels have built businesses around themselves.

Shanina: You don’t want to be tied to an agency, either. As much as they support and believe in you, being in control of your own career is liberating in that sense. You don’t have to rely on someone else to have to pick up the phone for you. You’ve created a brand for yourself, and you’re a name. The list is limitless of what you can do. 

"Model Squad" premieres on Tuesday, September 4, at 8 p.m. on E!

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